Napier author goes from stand-up comedy to chick lit
A mash up of Sex and the City and That 70's Show is how Napier author Andrene Low describes her trilogy of novels.
On July 30 she will launch the third instalment in her Excess Baggage series, called Screwed for Money at Napier's Wardini book store from 4pm.
Low began writing stories as a child, but her adult writing was launched by a presentation skills course.
"My graduation piece was entitled 'Breeding before Forty' and got enough laughs that I was persuaded to take part in a rookies' night at a comedy club in Auckland."
She shared the stage with Mike King and Te Radar on her debut and collected enough laughs to be asked back.
She spent three years performing on the professional stand-up circuit, but writing material was always her favourite part.
"With stand-up, it was necessary to edit down to the pure essence of the joke, leaving enough in that people got the punchline, but taking enough out that the drunks didn't get restless," she said.
She channelled this passion into her first novel This Girl's Abroad which came from a love of the 1970s, an era she described as a carefree decade.
"I was going to write about my own OE but it doesn't take you long to realise what happened in real life then isn't that exiting now," she said.
After writing the novel she submitted a collection of chapters and a summary to a publisher in America which agreed to print her work.
Low said her books were written for laughs, but did touch on serious subjects, which found them categorised as "chick lit".
"[It's] something a lot consider to be the porn of the literary world. We don't talk about it, but everyone knows someone who's into it," she said.
The novels were all set abroad and followed a different woman in each book, with each character interwoven into the other's story.
Recently she moved from Auckland to Napier, as she had family in the region and found it was a less pressured environment with little commuting.
"I find the people incredibly friendly and the landscape inspirational."
She planned to independently publish her next novel, Dietvale, a comic horror.