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My next book is called ‘Toast of Brighton’ and it’s due out later in 2019. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoying telling the up-down-up story of Evie whose perfect life shatters in one fateful moment.

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The art of doing two things at once

In which I admit I’m not able to do two things at once. Something’s got to give. And I’m afraid that has to be the stand-up.

Starry starry night

My husband-to-be assured me we could get hitched with minimal fuss. In a registry office. With no guests. Neither of us will write special vows. I voiced  doubt.

Getting choppy with standup

Mr Fanning picked up my set and put on his ‘let me show you how it’s done‘ face. He started to read and within seconds I was shouting out. He was adding words here and there. Doing the thing my comedy teacher warned against.

Have I created too many characters?

The struggle for me lies in showing the same economy of story I’ve learned to show with words. I could wrap this baby in 1000 words and move onto the final scenes that drag me across the finishing line. But that means culling the bit part actors.

Who is Mo Fanning?

Arts Council England shortlisted the first bestselling novel by Mo Fanning – The Armchair Bride – for Book of the Year in 2012. As well as writing contemporary comedy, he writes for BBC America and The Guardian.

After eight years living the expat life in Amsterdam, in 2015 Mo Fanning recalls cloggy life in his second novel Having it all. A third book considers what happens when your perfect life walks out the door. Look out for  Since you’ve been gone in late 2017.

A series of short stories and other writing features in his first compilation – this is (not) america. Some parts of which are confusingly set in America … and a version of the afterlife that most certainly isn’t America.

Mo Fanning lives in Brighton with his husband and a Labrador named Ernie.