Sunday, 22 Jul 2018

WONDER WOMEN: Louise Pentland on Business, Motherhood, and Being ‘Wilde’

Wonder Women is a series in which I interview the women who inspire me the most. These women are making waves in their careers and changing the world one step at a time – but most importantly, they’re doing it for themselves.

I recently got the chance to interview Louise Pentland, who you may also know as Sprinkle of Glitter: author, blogger, YouTuber, businesswoman, UN global ambassador, fashion designer, mum – not necessarily in that order. Here she talks everything from business and motherhood to dodgy 80’s sweatshirts and secret snogs in cupboards…

Hi Louise! As a fellow blogger/vlogger type person I know every day can be wildly different, but can you take us through a typical day?

Ahaha, I’d love to but like you noted, it’s different every day, especially when you throw two young children into the mix! The things that remain constant though are – I start work every day at 7am. Liam gets up at 6.30am with the baby and I sit in bed and write/plan/respond to emails until 8am when he goes to work. This is always my most productive hour because I’m most awake and fresh for it.

Pearl is on a 4 hour feeding schedule so I try to do all my errands before 11am when I feed her again. She’ll nap usually 12-3 so I have another 2-3 hours to write/edit/film and then it’s time for the school run to collect Darcy and be a full Mum until they are both settled and asleep which is generally by 8pm. I always aim to do a lot of work in the evenings but by then I’m shattered and don’t have a lot of creative energy. Also, I have a lovely boyfriend who I like hanging out with. Usually we have a hot tub (yes, I’m very swish now and have a full on hot tub in my garden which I never tire talking of!) and chat about our days or watch a film.

If we don’t have Darcy (I share custody with her Dad), then we put Pearl in her pram all snuggled up and we go for a little late night walk round our village which is really nice. Currently my working schedule is incredibly frustrating. I only have 3-4 good hours of work time and the rest is snatched moments here or there throughout the day. So, we hired a nanny who starts in June, 3 days a week! Ask me this question next month and hopefully I’ll have a better answer for you!!

How did you get to where you are now? 

Persistence, determination and a positive attitude. I believe you have to take every opportunity that comes your way and have a grateful heart when they do. There are LOADS of days where I just cannot be bothered and would like to have a Netflix afternoon but if you want to be successful you mustn’t. You have to dig deep and carry on. I love it.

Was there ever a time when you weren’t sure you could get to where you wanted to be? Have you faced any hurdles along the way, and how did you overcome them? 

Of course. I’ve had lots of doubtful moments over the years and the best thing to do is keep going until the worries pass. KBO!

In Wilde Like Me, Robin has a support network of awesome and empowering women. What are a couple of your favourite moments from the book based on this?

The Easter Bonnet scene from Wilde Like Me will forever be my favourite. Firstly, where Lacey helps Robin make it, and then secondly, where Gillian and Finola support Robin in her interaction with meanie Val. Female friendships are some of the best and most supportive relationships women can have, and I’m so glad the book celebrates them.

Similarly, in real life, who inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many people, so often. I think my overarching inspiration though is my beautiful Mother who sadly died when I was Lyla’s age, but the life she lived was incredible. I aspire to be like her in every way. Except for the dodgy 80’s sweatshirts.

If you could steal a character from another book and pop them into Robin’s world, who would it be and why?

A bit ‘out there’ but I’d like to wait until the book has progressed and Lyla is in her early teens and introduce her to Margaret Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility. I think they’d have a whale of a time!

Without giving anything away, what can we expect from Wilde About The Girl?

My God I’m so excited for Wilde About The Girl. It’s my best kept secret this year because I’ve been dying to spill all the details but I won’t spoil it for you (I think my publishing team would scrap me if I did!). I can tell you though that each character progresses on their personal journey, we have life and death (woah), romance where you’d least expect it, a secret snog in a cupboard and a bunch of new characters to love or hate! It. Is. Juicy.

Click here to buy Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland, out now in paperback.