Chasing Marian, the novel co-written by Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power, Amy Heydenrych and Gail Schimmel, is out from Pan Macmillan

Qarnita Loxton with her first copy of Chasing Marian, the novel she co-wrote with Amy Heydenrych, Pamela Power and Gail Schimmel.

Synopsis

Four strangers, two cities, one chance online meeting.

Jess is a yummy mummy of two whose life is slowly unravelling and who has recently separated from her husband. Ginger is a happily widowed granny with a salty tongue and a wicked sense of humour. The gorgeous and sensitive Matt is an almost-qualified psychologist, who still lives with his parents. And Queenie, a librarian from Cape Town, has an absent boyfriend and a secret writing habit.

What could these four strangers possibly have in common?

They are all die-hard Marian Keyes fans. And when they hear that Marian is due to visit South Africa to attend a literary festival, they are all desperate to meet her. Together they come up with a mad-cap plan. Will they succeed – or will life intervene?

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes posted this delightful image on Twitter to celebrate the publication of the novel in which she features. It is wonderful to see these five authors connect across continents and celebrate stories and books despite all the lockdown challenges we have faced in the literary community over the last two years.

The Most Anticipated Feel-Good Novel of 2022 …

Qarnita Loxton is one of the authors of Chasing Marian.

Four strangers, two cities, one chance online meeting.
What could these four possibly have in common?
Find out in Chasing Marian, a heart-warming and hilarious story about finding connection and friendship.

Amy Heydendrych, Qarnita Loxton, Pamela Power and Gail Schimmel are friends and established authors. When 2020 and 2021 saw all in-person literary festivals cancelled, they decided to channel the disappointment of not seeing one another in real life (IRL) into writing a novel together. For the title and final cover reveal of The Most Anticipated Feel-Good Novel of 2022, Pan Macmillan SA turned the spotlight on the four awesome co-authors of Chasing Marian to ask them some quick questions.

Continue reading and listen to CapeTalk’s Sara-Jayne Makwala King interview the four authors: “The Most Anticipated Feel-Good Novel of 2022 …”

Qarnita Loxton writes about the Exclusive Books launch of Being Dianne

“Last week was actually such fun! I was nervous before the event, as I usually am with anything where there is an audience. But the online part of it added an extra layer of nerves. What if I said stupid things and it was recorded forever? And online makes it harder to tell if what you are saying is interesting to the audience, it’s impossible to know if someone has fallen asleep in the front row. Yes, that happened to Pamela and me at the Franschhoek Literary Festival where we first met. It was my first as part of a panel discussion and Pamela saved the day. Nevermind the sleeping woman, Friday afternoon heat and stuffy venue, she had me and the rest of the room laughing. Last Tuesday was no different, Pamela made it so much fun that I forgot to be nervous and forgot that anyone else was watching!”

Qarnita Loxton Blog

You can watch the recording of the launch here: Exclusive Books FB