HOW TO KEEP A BOY AS A PET

(OR HOW TO SURPRISE A DAD ON FATHER’S DAY)


HOW TO KEEP A BOY AS A PET

In Diane Messidoro’s debut novel, How to Keep a Boy as a Pet, audacious fifteen-something, Circe Shaw, embarks on an urgent journalistic mission to reveal, ‘The Official Truth about dating the male human species’. But, while the book is most definitely a romantic comedy, and early reviews have compared Diane to both Jilly Cooper and Louise Rennison, there’s rather more to her story than first meets the eye…

diane messidoro‘Like Circe, I lost contact with my dad when I was 12.’ Diane explains, ‘I was left hurt,  confused and angry. But what was far more difficult to deal with was the feeling that somehow I wasn’t good enough; that there was something I should have done to make my dad stick around. That conviction rocked my confidence and helped to land me in all kinds of boy trouble.’

Diane has mined her teenage experiences along with all she’s learned subsequently about family psychology to tell Circe’s story. ‘I’ve written the book I wish I’d had as a teenager: a funny take on a painful situation, which might just help girls appreciate their true worth, and steer them clear of some of the dire mistakes I made.’

While Diane is passionate about encouraging girls to be confident in who they are, she has another more unusual ambition for How to Keep a Boy as a Pet this week. ‘It’s a tough sell, I know, but I’d love girls to buy the book as a Father’s Day gift, particularly if their dad isn’t around as much as they’d like.’

‘I believe many fathers don’t appreciate quite how important they are, or how their own attitudes can influence their daughter’s behaviour with boys. Reading about Circe and her ‘invisible dad’ might just strike a chord. It’s too late to reach my own father, sadly. But, had he read the book, I’ve a feeling I might have seen a little more of him.’

How to Keep a Boy as a Pet is published by Electric Monkey, Egmont (May 2012)

Diane is happy to talk about the issues in the book and how her own father’s absence has affected her life.

To discuss an article, interview or appearance please contact:

Vicki Berwick at vberwick@euk.egmont.com or call 0207 605 6643

Or email Diane direct at diane@dianemessidoro.co.uk or call 07930 682298