Giovanna Fletcher is a Sunday Times bestselling author, vlogger, wife to Tom Fletcher and mum to two boys Buzz and Buddy. With millions of fans, worldwide, this straight-talking, creative and honest mama (we love those, obvs) is in the hot seat today, for Wonderful Women. It’s a pleasure to share her thoughts on work and motherhood, right here.
- Describe a typical day for you?
Being woken up at an unsightly hour after a night of being tag teamed by the boys, have breakfast all together and then either start a day of fun with the boys or work from 9. If it’s a working day I’ll plough on until 3ish. Then the boys will be home causing mayhem while I cook dinner. Then it’s bath and bed for them before I sit at my computer and start writing for the rest of the evening. Occasionally Tom and I will stop at 10 and have some time together instead. That’s always lovely.
- What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
My children are definitely my greatest achievements. They astound me every day. I can’t believe I grew them!
- What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
It’s basically turned into a changing bag. Nappies, wipes, spare pants, spare clothes, hats, scarves, gloves – and lots of snacks. A quick rice cake can stop any meltdown from occurring…. well. Usually!
- What are your ambitions in life?
I have lots. In terms of the boys, I just want them to be happy and content.
- What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
That everyone has moments of self doubt while writing. When I first started feeling that way I thought it was just me and that my publishers were going to hate what I’d written. It’s all part of the process though.
- What advice do you know now, you wish you had pre-kids?
That no one else knows my children like I do, even though some people will tell you how you should be raising them. Also, everyone is winging it. Even the ones you think have everything together.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Doing more of the same. That being said, this time 5 years ago I wasn’t married. A lot can change in that time!
- What advice would you give a budding author?
Get writing! Unless you actually sit down and get on with it nothing can happen!
- Finally, happiness is…
Being with Tom and the boys on a nice sunny day… possibly while munching on a 99flake!
Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher is out now published by Coronet, £16.99