Aug 6th, 2017
Let's give Fiona Collins a warm welcome on the author interview this week. Fiona's latest book, â€œFour Bridesmaids and a White Weddingâ€� looks like a romping rollick of a book. (Just ordered it, but haven't read it yet.)
Fiona Collins lives in the Essex countryside with her husband, three children and the noisiest cat in England. She writes feisty, funny novels about proper, grown up women. She writes furiously at her kitchen table whilst the children are at school and often startles the postman by coming to the door wearing a hideous cardigan and shortbread crumbs.
Fiona studied Film & Literature at Warwick University and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, radio traffic presenter and film & television extra. She has kissed Gerard Butler and once had her hand delightfully close to George Clooney's bum. I also have it on good authority that she loves chocolate and hates housework.
Did you read much as a child? Are you an avid reader now? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?
I read all the time as a kid! I adored Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, the â€˜Just William' books...I was so excited when I got my first Agatha Christie from the library, â€˜The Murder of Roger Ackroyd', I think it was - I kept going back for more and more until I'd read everything they had of hers! If I could, I'd read all day, then under my covers with a pen torch after Mum had told me to turn the light out.
I have a kindle now, which I love. I often have two books on the go, and I read books in my own genre as well as psychological thrillers and whatever else takes my fancy.
Which genre do you write in and why?
I write romantic comedies and can't imagine writing anything else. I sometimes think, ooh I wonder if I could write a psychological thriller, but I know I'd just end up putting jokes in it, so it wouldn't work. I love writing humorous dialogue, charismatic romantic heroes, strong women, funny situations... I love everything about it!
Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?
My books are very British. I adore the British sense of humour, the eccentric language, the sarcasm, the TV, the music.... it all plays a big part in my books. And any sentence with the word â€˜Blimey!' in it is enriched, I feel.
Do you have a favourite time of day to write?
I don't so much have a favourite time, but an opportune time. I write every weekday from 9am to 3pm, while the children are at school. I ignore the phone, the doorbell, everything, then at 3pm I clock off and revert to family life.
What is the best thing about being an author? And the flipside - what is the worst?
I am absolutely happy as Larry being on my own every day and writing. I like the solitude, escaping into another world, making myself chuckle (hopefully!) as I think up funny things. The snacking on biscuits is also quite good. The worst? There isn't anything, is there?
If you weren't an author, what would you be up to?
I'd like to think I could have potentially been many things. International fashion designer, renowned portrait artist, editor of Vogue! I'm kidding, obviously, but I think I would always strive to do something creative and a little bit fabulous!
Here's a bit of info about â€œFour Bridesmaids and a White Wedding,â€� along with the link for purchase.
â€˜Pure unadulterated fun. A joy to read.'
- Rachel's Random Reads (top 500 Amazon reviewer)
Don't tell the bride!
Rose, Sal and JoJo have been looking forward to their best friend Wendy's hen party for ages. A relaxing spa break is the perfect way to escape their crazy careers, grumpy husbands and stroppy children - even if the groom's straight-laced sister, Tamsin, is coming too.
Until they realise that there's been a mistake in the booking and instead of sipping prosecco in fluffy white dressing gowns they're off to bridesmaid bootcamp!
Squeezing themselves reluctantly into tiny shorts and sliding through the mud, it's only a matter of time before secrets emerge that could change everything...
Forget about saving the date, these four bridesmaids need to save the day - otherwise will there even be a white wedding at all?
UK readers can buy the book here: Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding
US readers can buy the book here: Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding
You can follow Fiona on Twitter @FionaJaneBooks