What inspired you to write I Now Pronounce You Someone Else?
The inspiration for this book comes from the collision – or the bumping into, I guess – of three, unrelated ideas:
1. Years ago, I gave myself the alias Phoebe Lilywhite because it sounds English, which I wish I were for the accent, and it sounds like the name of someone, like me, who has never been tan in her life.
2. I have a shameless fascination with weddings. Tacky. Elegant. Shotgun. I don’t care. I love them all.
3. I always wanted to write something about my step-dad, who died before I ever told him how much I loved him.
So – Phoebe Lilywhite, weddings, and step-dad percolated and became I Now Pronounce You Someone Else.
Do you think there is a appropriate age to marry, or is it a case by case issue?
Uh – good question. It’s probably a little of both, but I will say this. When I go to weddings of very young couples – early twenties – I just cross my fingers for them, hope it works and remember to include the gift receipt with the gift so they can take it back if they marriage doesn’t last.
This is great. I’ve never been asked this before. Hmm. Bronwen would listen to music that would reflect her very deep, private feelings about all things:
If you could have dinner with any 3 authors (dead or alive) who would they be?
Could I have three dinners with one author, in which case it would be Nathaniel Hawthorne? But I’m pretty sure his wife would catch on that I was flirting with him by the end of Dinner Two, so I’d be free the third night. And since I’d already be in Concord, I might knock on the Alcotts’ door to see if Louisa had any plans.
What are you working on now?
Untitled but nearly done: Brainy 16-year-old Josie Sheridan falls in love with a guy who falls in love with Josie’s sister who is engaged to a man Josie hates. At last able to stop the wedding, Josie hesitates and is forced to examine her own motives and, even harder, her own heart. A straight-A student in high school and Early College, Josie finds that Love is the one subject she neither understands nor aces.
Thanks so much to Erin!! If you haven’t read this book yet…I suggest you do so!! You can find out more about her at her website.