Weekly Chats: Adele Parks with Daisy Waugh

In this week’s edition of ‘Weekly Chats’ we are joined by Adele Parks & Daisy Waugh to explore Adele’s new book, ‘Just My Luck’, an intriguing, gripping thriller after a life-changing lottery win.

What happens when you suddenly have more money than sense? The two bestselling Authors & friends, Adele & Daisy discuss Adele’s initial research into real life lottery winners. What are the effects of such sudden success, wealth & consumption on everyday people?

What’s Adele’s secret to creating relatable, three dimensional characters that makes you either love them or loathe them? And how are successful Authors dealing with lockdown?

Watch or listen to the full chat here.

What’s in this week’s chat:

  • How lockdown has inspired bestselling Author Adele to keep her writing in these times.
  • The very real threat that lottery winners experience when they win the initial large sums of money & the incredibly different position that you are placed in as a result of the win.
  • Adele’s initial moment of excitement when she was speaking to her friend, a financial director at a large lottery company, at a dinner party. The conversation that led to the ‘A-ha!’ moment which prompted Adele to stop drinking champagne & rush home to begin on ‘Just My Luck’.
  • “The loneliness of success” with the key moral & ethical factors of the journey of coming upon wealth.
  • Moments of clarity & reconfiguration in one’s life when you experience enormous change.
  • The blurring of boundaries when it comes to enormous wealth: power, money, rules, rights & wrongs.
  • Adele’s research for the book which saw her coming into contact with lottery winners & their diverse experiences after the wealth.
  • The research and the authors personality that goes in to building a believable character that is relatable in fiction.
  • The two friends talk balancing family life as mum and author, as well as positively coping with lockdown.
  • Best time for writing and delivering a best selling book in a year.
  • Adele’s love of social media while remaining disciplined to get the book down.
  • Socialising, furniture restoration, and how yoga is a lifestyle savour at 50 and in lockdown.


It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim their share of it.

Number 1 Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping take on friendship, money and betrayal, and good luck gone bad…Sneak peak of the first three chapters here

You can buy Just My Luck from your local bookseller through the link below:

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