Mel Blake represented a number of the greatest names in TV for over a decade – now she’s again along with her second e-book, which is about to be even larger than her first
She’s the showbiz agent turned best-selling creator who, after many years of representing a number of the most well-known faces on TV, turned a star final yr along with her novel Ruthless Women.
Followers of Pocket book columnist Melanie Blake have been begging for extra – and now she has answered their prayers.
We spoke to the 45-year-old forward of the publication of Guilty Women, a e-book predicted to be even larger than her final.
She revealed that being thrust into the highlight after so lengthy working within the background was not all plain crusing…
Hello, Mel. Congratulations on turning into our cowl star for the second time. Now it’s your flip within the highlight, is that this what you at all times needed?
“Truthfully, it never was. As an agent, I secretly wanted to write and the dream was one day I’d be successful at it.
“I really feel very fortunate that dream has come true. However even after so a few years organising the types of shoots and interviews I now must do myself to advertise the books, I by no means understood what it felt prefer to be so uncovered.”
What do you mean?
“As an agent, I stored purchasers out of hassle with recommendation on learn how to conduct their public profiles. However with my very own, there’s simply me and I haven’t at all times practised what I’ve preached!”
We guess you’re referring to your infamous Nadia Sawalha Twitter spat when you called her a “nasty witch”?
“Completely. I remorse that…”
“It turned a lot larger than it ought to have been. If I may return, I’d by no means have posted it.”
So what made you do it?
“I don’t want to give this any more oxygen other than to clarify, as far as I’m concerned, there is no feud.
“I taken care of her for a few decade and, professionally, we have been an excellent partnership. I’m positive she’d nonetheless say the identical.
“The issue was the boundary blurred between client and friend. Something happened that was personal and I should have kept private. I was the first to advise clients never to tweet anything they might regret. It’s all been long since sorted out.”
Are you buddies with most of your former purchasers and the way did they really feel about you getting into their area?
“I must have represented 50 of the most famous women in the UK and I’m still close friends with 48.
“I represented Claire Richards practically 10 years and we Instagram practically day by day, similar with Saira Khan, Danniella Westbrook and Sherrie Hewson. I communicate to Claire King, Beverley Callard and Coleen Nolan commonly, too. And they’re all thrilled for me.
“The confusion between the books and my clients is a lot of characters are based on experiences they may have witnessed with other actresses who were mega-bitches.
“I handled executives vile sufficient to attract inspiration from, too. It’s a much bigger panorama to have created characters from, somewhat than simply the steady of actresses I taken care of.”
Why do you suppose individuals love your books?
“Maybe because it’s escapism. We live in terrible times – war, Covid, the economy… I write about glitzy, glamorous women in gorgeous locations but behaving incredibly badly!
“Reader critiques name my books a roller-coaster trip and that’s the most important praise as I wish to take them on a journey to overlook how depressing issues are!
“Guilty is darker than Ruthless and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first book – you can read this one standalone. It’s more of a sexy crime thriller. Be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted!”
We’ve bought to ask about the best way your column ended. Have you ever heard out of your ex-fiancé once more and are you courting?
“I have indeed heard from him. He got married in the end and is claiming to still be desperate to get back together. But I’m over him.
“I do know the very fact I’m within the public eye now drives him loopy, in order that’s fairly satisfying [laughs]. The very best revenge on anybody who’s damage you or doesn’t need you to do properly is to achieve success and happiness – and I’ve performed each.”
So, are you seeing anyone?
“I’m not seeing anybody proper now as I’m so busy with the promotion for Guilty Women after which there’ll be a 3rd e-book.
“I’d like to think that after two years of being locked down alone at Christmas, this year I may end up spending it with someone special. But I’m sorry to disappoint, I won’t be writing about it because I need to start having a private life again.
“With the books quickly to be a TV sequence that would take me everywhere in the world, I don’t even know the place I’m going to be primarily based. So the longer term is all to play for. I’m solely 45 and I really feel like something is feasible. Want me luck that I discover that glad ending the ladies in my books by no means do!”
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