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Claire Christian's sparkling adult debut is the millennial rom-com you've been waiting for: feminist, queer, sex-positive and shamelessly feel-good.
Of all the women and men Noni Blake has pleased in her life, there's one she's often overlooked--herself. After the end of a decade-long relationship, Noni decides it's time for that to change. She's finally going to prioritize her wants and desires and only do things (and people) that feel good in the moment. As she embarks on a pleasure-seeking quest that takes her halfway around the world, she discovers that maybe she can have everything, and everyone, she's ever wanted.
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Claire Christian is a writer and theater-maker who lives in Brisbane. She has had four plays published by Playlab and was one of the YWCA Queensland”s 125 Leading Women in 2013. Her debut novel, Beautiful Mess, won the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing in 2016. It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake is her first novel for adults.
Claire’s debut young adult novel BEAUTIFUL MESS won the 2016 Text Publishing Text Prize. It has been translated into four languages across five different countries – and counting. She is currently working on adapting it to film. In 2019 she secured a three-book deal with Text Publishing, the first of which will be released in October 2020. It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake is a pleasure seeking, queer, romantic comedy.
Claire has written a bunch of plays you can read; TALKING TO BRICK WALLS, LYSA AND THE FREEBORN DAMES, THE LANDMINE IS ME and HEDONSIM’S SECOND ALBUM.
She has had the great joy of directing Michelle Law’s smash-hit play SINGLE ASIAN FEMALE from 2017. Claire is a proud member of the theatre collective THE MAMAS BOYS.
Claire has over fifteen years’ experience teaching, and facilitating, across multiple education and community sectors; where she mostly works with teenagers helping them to tell excellent stories.
What inspired her to write the book:
“I read, or listened to, Elizabeth Gilbert say something along the lines of pay attention to the conversations you keep having, because there could be energy in that…it could be your muse trying to tell you something. So, I paid attention and realized I kept having conversations with predominately women who would reflect back on their lives and say things like ‘If I knew then what I know now.’ or “If I felt the way I do about myself now, then, well, lots of things in my life would be different.’ And I found that concept fascinating – woman feeling more confident in herself trying to go back and do things differently. That’s what book I thought I was writing when I began…Noni having sex with the people she wished she had. But then it became about more, it became about Noni and valuing the pleasure in her life. The more I read and wrote about women and pleasure, the more I realized it had to be about more than just sex. I did an anonymous survey very early on, asking women what they thought about pleasure, about fantasies, about what in their lives would be different if they prioritized pleasure…a lot of the moments in the book came from those insights.