Jane was then also beginning to make her name as a writer of women's magazine fiction. Despite her appearance as a party-girl par excellence, she was then (and still is) a consummate professional. Her policy was that whever a story was rejected, she would waste no time in checking it over, revising it and sending it elsewhere the same day. That way, she always had many stories 'out there' at any one time and so did not dwell on rejection. Like all of us, she also wanted to write a novel and her first Raising the Roof was published in 2001, followed by One Glass is Never Enough and Perfect Alibis. And now: Prime Time
Jane's novels are what is often disparaging called 'chick-lit (or even 'hen-lit') but I would call them romantic comedies. Having said that, where many such novels are shallow and throwaway, Jane's novels always have an underlying seriousness and also deep compassion.
Prime Time tells the story of Lauren, newly divorced and still smarting, with a son who has just started secondary school. She also suffers badly from PMT and this gives her an opportunity to appear on daytime TV. One thing leads to another and she finds her life spinning out of control, especially when she finds herself falling for the charms of handsome television producer. Meanwhile her son is having problems at school and she has strong reason to believe her very best friend's husband is having an affair. Hilarious and poignant in turns, it is a novel you will both laugh and wincing in sympathy at the same time. Her characters are all real people with real lives and everything is anchored by knowing exactly what constitutes the most important things in life.
Jane just gets better and better. I thoroughly enjoyed Prime Time.