It's almost here! My new novel, 'Dan And Nat Got Married', is being released on October 4th. So with the book so close, I thought this would be a brilliant time to write a blog about it - on my new website!
So first up, here's the cover and synopsis:
Marriage can be difficult. Especially when you've only just met.
From the bestselling author of 'This Thirtysomething Life', 'Happy Endings', and 'Sunday Dinners', comes a romantic comedy that asks the question - can marriage between two relative strangers really work? Brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny and heart warming, perfect for fans of romantic comedies like Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones.
Meet Dan Fox, 34, an online marketing manager from Clapham, who was jilted at the altar two years ago by the love of his life and hasn't dated since.
Nat Howard, 32, is living back home with her parents in Dorking after her perfect boyfriend dumped her and she had to move out of his bespoke flat in Putney.
On seperate stag and hen weekends in Las Vegas, Dan and Nat wake up married. Both too drunk to remember what happened, they return to England and try to get on with their lives. But there was something about Nat that makes the usually cautious Dan think they should give their marriage a go. Nat's still in love with her ex, but maybe Dan's the cure for her lovesickness.
Set in London, 'Dan And Nat Got Married', is a funny and full of heart modern romantic comedy about marriage, relationships, and giving love a second chance.
So why did I write this book? I have loved romantic comedies since I saw 'When Harry Met Sally' in the late 80's. There's just something about a great romantic comedy that speaks to me. Since then I've been an avid watcher of 'girly chick flicks'. My favourite rom-coms are the Richard Curtis films, 'Four Weddings And A Funeral', 'Love Actually', and 'About Time'. There's something so quintessentially English about them, they leave you happy, and they're funny. For a long time now I've harboured dreams of writing my own romantic comedy. My previous books have all had elements of comedy and romance, but none of them are what I would call a 'romantic comedy'. So when I started writing my fifth novel, I decided from the start that I was going to write a proper romantic comedy.
The idea came about one day when I was idly thinking up plots for my perfect romantic comedy, and I started wondering what would happen if you suddenly woke up one day married to a complete stranger. We've all had drunken nights out, woken up the next day with the hangover from hell, with no real recollection of what happened. But what if you woke up next to a stranger, who turned out to be your wife? And what if you actually quite liked them and what if you both had good reasons to give love a second chance? And what if you decided - against all better judgement - to give the marriage a go?
From this seed of an idea, 'Dan And Nat Got Married', was born. From there I decided that I wanted to give both main characters a voice and a story, and so I decided to write the book in alternate chapters from each of their perspectives. The story and characters came quite quickly and I have to say I had such fun writing this book. It's definitely the funniest and most romantic of all my novels - which is a good job as it's a romantic comedy - and I hope it stands up against the best rom coms out there. I've tried to stay away from cliches and write something really fresh and new, while still adhering to the classic rom com formula. Because that's the thing about rom coms - there are things you have to have, but if you write it with new eyes in your own style, it can still seem fresh and different.
Something else I really wanted to do with this book was give it a very clear sense of place. I love London so much and I think it's a very romantic city. Yes it might not have the classic romantic settings of Rome or Paris, but it definitely has it's own beauty. So you'll definitely get a sense of London in this book. I spent a lot of time picking my favourite places and using them throughout the story and I think the ending is the best scene I've ever written and it's in a very iconic location indeed!
So it's almost here and I really hope you all love reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 'Dan And Nat Got Married', will be available from October 4th on Kindle only. If you don't have a Kindle - like me - you can easily download the free App for your phone, iPad, or whatever device you have.
Until next time.