A novel based on a young woman’s Glasgow’s dating disasters has beaten Shades of Grey on the erotic fiction charts.
Sophie Gravie’s hilarious debut title bagged the number one spot on the Amazon chart just two weeks after it was published.
The healthcare worker turned novelist after blogging about her often bizarre dating experiences for 18 months.
The 29-year-old began posting her riotous anecdotes anonymously on her page ‘Sex In The Glasgow City’ after telling pals about a dodgy date, the Daily Record reports.
She was inspired by fans to turn her adventures into a novel at the start of lockdown.
A Glasgow Kiss follows the life of single Zara and her experiences in the weird and wonderful world of online dating. Published on December 14, the novel has stormed the Amazon charts.
And nobody is more surprised than Sophie, who lives with her British Bulldog, Wrinkles.
She told the Record: “I didn’t think the story was that erotic, but I’ll take number one.
“I can’t believe how well it’s been received in just a few days.
“The messages I’ve had from customers and followers have been so lovely.
“It’s been a stressful experience but definitely worthwhile.
“I’m really proud considering this is my first ever novel.”
Sophie was egged on to share dating experiences online while on holiday with friends 18 months ago.
She added: “We were all sitting by the pool and I told them about one dodgy date.
“They were in stitches suggested I start a blog.
“I broke my hand on that holiday, which gave me six weeks off work, that’s how Sex In The Glasgow City was born.”
Her blog exposes bizarre, questionable and downright unforgettable dating experiences, both from Sophie and followers.
“Everyone has been on bad dates, so I think the blog and the book are relatable,” she said.
“I’ve heard everything.
“I’ll never forget a friend telling me a guy who tried to sniff her underwear when they met up.”
After some encouragement from loved ones, Sophie secretly started penning A Glasgow Kiss in March.
As her healthcare job got ‘more intense’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, the budding author wrote in between gruelling shifts.
Finding her own editor and illustrator, Sophie self-published on Amazon.
“Zara’s story is based on a lot of what I’ve gone through and the stories of others,” she added.
“I use Scottish humour throughout the book and I think Glasgwegians in particular will relate to it.
“Dating can be a bit of a taboo so it helps to vent online and know you’re not alone.
“Being single is tough enough with the pressures of social media and dating apps, even more so during a pandemic.
“So hopefully this gives readers a laugh.”