The Wedding Date, with Carina UK and she has stopped by to talk about books, biscuits and more books, what there's not to like?
1) Hi Jennifer and welcome in Alba in Bookland. First, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi Alba and thank you for having me on your lovely blog! I’m a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with my husband and our two daughters, who are 13 and 7. We also have a gorgeous Jack Russell, Luna and two rabbits, Cinnamon and Leah.
2) Your latest book, The Wedding Date, has just been released. In a couple of lines, what is it about?
The Wedding Date tells the story of Delilah James and her quest to find a boyfriend to take to her oldest friend’s upcoming wedding. Delilah’s ex will be at the wedding too and she’s determined to prove she’s moved on from their relationship.
3) Delilah, the main characters, goes on several (let's say, unsuccessful) dates to find her wedding date. Which one was your favourite to write?
It has to be the date with Dan, the barman from Delilah’s local pub. I couldn’t help having a giggle as I wrote it and every time I read it back during the edits.
4) She works in a biscuit factory, which contrary to what people may think, is not that much fun. Why did you choose this job for her?
I think I’m just a little bit mean. Think how frustrating it must be to work in a biscuit factory and not be able to sample the goods!
5) Talking about biscuits, what your favourite one?
I’m a bit boring when it comes to my favourite. I love a plain digestive as it’s the best for dipping in tea (for me, at least). I do love other, more flamboyant biscuits but dipping is important to me.
6) During the story, Delilah and her co-worker try several recipes to share on the blog of the company. Do you enjoy baking too?
I’ve dabbled a bit with baking but I’m not very good at it! Buttercream is my nemesis.
I’ve attempted a bit of baking from Marian Keyes’ baking book (Saved By Cake) and really enjoyed the apple crumble. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to make from scratch.
8) The Wedding Date is your second book with Carina UK. How have you found the change of going from self-publishing to traditional publishing?
It’s both reassuring and terrifying to be working with a publisher. It’s so lovely having the guidance from the Carina team but I’m always nervous that my writing won’t be good enough. My editor has really helped me shape my books into the best that I can make them and I’m so grateful for that.
It’s also very strange waiting for the cover image. While self-publishing, I had full control of what my books would look like, from the images used down to the fonts. It does make the reveal very exciting though!
9) What are you working on right now?
I’m working on another romantic comedy, this time centring around three women and the joys – and the drawbacks – of pregnancy, birth and coping with a new baby.
Yes! The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice. I cannot recommend it enough! I loved the story and the writing and I’m already desperate to read more from the pair.
Ah! I've also recently read The Night That Changed Everything and totally agree with you. Fantastic read!
Thank you Jennifer for stopping by and answering my questions. It was a pleasure having you!
The Wedding Date is out now. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books on:
About the book:
Author: Jennifer Joyce
Published: March 28th 2016 by Carina UK
Amazon | Amazon UK
Blurb: Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?