Cherry Bomb in the Daily Telegraph

Jenny Valentish

Valentish says she made Nina’s home base Parramatta because it reminded her of Slough, which she left in favour of London’s music scene.

She was in two bands in her late teens and early 20s, but when she was told to change her jeans for a short skirt she felt her talents might be appreciated elsewhere.

She worked as a crime fiction junior editor and wrote porn for adult magazines for two years — a skill that helped her with a few scenes in Cherry Bomb. Her time as features editor for Guitar and Bass magazine also fed into the book.

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