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Jojo Moyes’ career as a novelist was on the wane, until she pioneered a new approach to romance with the novel she really wanted to write, as Tina Jacksondiscovers

If you read romantic novels – and even if you don’t – there’s a good chance that you’ve bawled your eyes out to one in particular: Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. Of the 20 million copies of Jojo’s novels that have been sold wordwide, 9 million are of Me Before You. The heartwarming and immensely moving story changed the bar of what constitutes ‘romance’ in popular fiction, with Jojo shifting the romantic leads miles away from conventional stereotypes in her depiction of quadriplegic Will and his kooky carer, Lou.

Her new book, Paris for One & Other Stories, is a collection of short stories: lighter and frothier than her full-length romances but all shot through with Jojo’s trademarks of humour and an element of surprise.

‘They’ve all got a twist,’ says Jojo. ‘That’s really important to me – I want people to be surprised. I work really hard to do that. If you have books with love stories as a main theme, people can be very derogatory, and expect you to go from A to Z.’ In each story in Paris for One, there’s an unexpected element that stops Jojo’s romances from ever being predictable. ‘I love books where you’re carried away,’ she says. ‘I hate it when you can tell who’s going to end up with who. I’ve become very zero-tolerant of that kind of book now. There’s a lot of books being hurled across my living room at the moment.’

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WIN!! More than £500,000 of writing prizes in your free Competition Supplement, with information about hundreds of writing competitions for you to enter in 2017 Find out how you can apply the winning formula to your writing: • How to win writing competitions • Short story structure made simple • Reach 'The End' of your novel Also in this issue, read our star interview with bestselling 'Me Before You' author Jojo Moyes on writing romance the modern way, and find out if crowdfunding might be the smart new way to publish your book. • Writers News is 20 packed pages of news you can use, including 30 paying markets and 51 opportunities to get your writing into print. asasaasasasass

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