If I Were A Boy with Lillian Francis

December 27, 2015

If I Were a Boy

Hi everyone. I’m Lillian Francis and my novel New Lease of Life was released two days ago on Christmas Day. Don’t worry, it’s not a belated Christmas story but it is a story about giving, forgiveness, and charity.

Setting this story in the world of charity shops and vintage clothing gave me an opportunity to do something quite alien to me…fawn over clothes.

I’m not a girly girl, anyone that met me at the UK Meet will attest to that fact. I’m a jeans, Converse, and geeky t-shirts kind of girl—although, to be fair, my girlhood was long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Give me a superhero or obtuse Monty Python reference, especially some type of mashup, and I’m as happy as a pig in muck. You can keep your Jimmy Choo’s and D&G, if anyone can find me a Torchwood/Avenue Q T-shirt I’ll be your friend for life. And the day I can afford a hand-painted pair of Converse with Deadpool on one foot and Spiderman on the other… *happy sigh*

Anyway, I digress. Playing dress up in Pip’s vintage clothing donation and Colby’s charity shop gave me the opportunity to explore the type of clothes I’d love to be able to wear if I could rock that androgynous look. Brocade waistcoats and tweed jackets, slim trousers and suede shoes. A boating blazer the envy of Henley—okay, I totally had one of those, in fact the colour combination of Pip’s was the exact copy of the one I owned when I was 15–and 1930s Fair Isle knits.

blog.lulusvintage.com200812manly-mondays-v.html Pips waistcoat

I browsed tweed websites for that mix and match layered look. I spent hours picking just the right waistcoat for Colby to have in the shop–it’s here on my Pinterest and yes, Pip is wearing it in the mirror on Paul Richmond’s amazing cover. Google now send me ads for hospitality tents at Henley and people with an interest in tweed now follow me on Pinterest for Pip’s NLOL board. Possibly I indulged myself more than necessary but I had fun doing it.


If I were a boy…
I’d embrace my new body and dress like Pip does in the mirror.
Or maybe I’d end up in my normal ‘uniform’ of jeans and geeky T-shirt.

Is there any style of clothing you wish you could wear but you don’t because it doesn’t suit your body shape/life style/other people’s expectations/budget?
And can anybody tell me why a Torchwood/Avenue Q mashup is my holy grail?

About the Author

Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.

Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cozy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write. Luckily there is always room for romance no matter what plot bunny chooses to bite her, so never say never to either of those stories appearing.

Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a windswept desolate moor or in an elaborate shack on the edge of a beach somewhere, depending on her mood. And while she’d love for the heroes of her stories to either be chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons more often than not they are doing something far less erotic like running charity shops and shoveling elephant shit.

Drawn to the ocean, although not in a Reginald Perrin sort of way, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.

Find her at:

Blog: lillianfrancis.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lillian.francis.100

Twitter: @LillianFrancis_

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Lillian_Francis

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