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Daisy Waugh has written for most national newspapers and magazines and has contributed columns in the guises of restaurant reviewer, agony aunt and Los Angeles adventurer. She lives in London with her husband and two children. Her latest book, Melting The Snow on Hester Street has just been released and is our Book of the Week.

What is your preference, writing a column or writing a novel? 

I enjoy both. I get adrenalin from newspaper journalism, and a wonderful sense of peace and freedom from writing fiction.

Do you feel the pressure of your literary name? 

Yes, very much. It takes various forms. Yoga helps.

Describe Melting the Snow on Hester Street in five words? 

Highs'n'lows  in 1920s Hollywood.  - which is only four words. Unless you think that's cheating?

What is the appeal of the Roaring Twenties? 

I think it's the mix of glamour, boldness, optimism and confidence -  coming so soon after the Great War  - that makes it an incredibly poignant era.

Was it deliberate to release the book at the same time as The Great Gatsby premiered around the world or just a happy coincidence? 

A happy coincidence! In fact my last book, Last Dance With Valentino, which came out a year or two ago  - is set on Long Island's Gold Coast among East Coast high society. Set in 1917, the first half of the book is based around a real life  high society murder -  and is in many way even closer to the world of Gatsby than this one... I rather wish Gatsby had been released then, too. 

What’s next for you?

A novel set in 1913 Colorado. It's about fashionable Socialists , striking coalminers and exhausted whores.  Also a non-fiction book about motherhood, to be released next month - I Don't Know Why She Bothers - Guilt Free Motherhood for Thoroughly Modern Women. (Title too long to Tweet. Should have thought of that, shouldn't I?)  It is being serialised very soon - at the end of this month in the Times and Sunday Times.

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