With a Carrie Bradshaw-esque career and four chick-lit novels to her name, you might expect Zoe Foster-Blake to find writing sex scenes a cinch.
But the former beauty editor turned columnist and author says they are so cringe-inducing to write she avoided them altogether in her new book The Wrong Girl.
“The first couple of times I wrote a sex scene I was so awkward!” Foster Blake, 33, tells WHO.
“I’d sit at my computer and try to pull away from myself, because I was like, ‘My dad’s going to read this!’ I just giggled the whole way through and thought ‘maybe I’m not the best person to be writing sex scenes’. And anyway, you can imply it.”
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The Wrong Girl is about Lily, a producer of a cooking segment on a morning TV show who falls for the Hemsworth-like new chef Jack – who happens to have just started dating her model flatmate Simone.
Foster-Blake takes her inspiration from family and friends – including Fifi Box, who provided the anecdote for the book’s opening scene, in which Lily is in bed with her good friend Pete, and he starts raving about another girl he’s fallen for.
“The first couple of books I probably based on my own life – no surprises there,” laughs Foster Blake.
“With [2012’s] The Younger Man I started to pop into marriage and babies, and I wanted to not go down that path any further because I’ve still got so many single girls doing crazy shit, and so much to use from that world.”
In real life, that’s exactly the path she has headed down. Foster-Blake married comedian Hamish Blake in December 2012, and the Melbourne-based couple are now expecting their first child together.
“I’m feeling good now,” says Foster-Blake, who is due in May.
“Hamish is so excited. Jesus. I’ve got to put a leash on him. If he could, he would buy clothes and toys for this child every day. And he’s wanted to be a dad forever. He’s going to be a magical father.”
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While Foster Blake has her own skincare range Go To coming out on April 1, she would “love” to collaborate on something with her husband – some kind of follow up to Textbook Romance, the dating book they wrote together in 2009.
“I feel like children will bring something out in us,” says Foster-Blake. “Whether it’s kids’ books, I don’t know.”
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