1 May 2014

Meet the lovely chick lit author Jennifer Gilby Roberts

I just knew the moment I saw this book cover and read the title, that I wanted to interview the author!  So come and meet Jennifer Gilby Roberts...

Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
Not so far. I don’t know that my dreams would inspire chick lit. Maybe children’s TV. They can’t be weirder than some of that.

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?

I started writing as a child. My first major original work was The Dr Pepper Prophecies, which I wrote in 2002. I published it in May 2013. Bit of a wait!

What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I think it’s the humour aspect of chick lit that I like the most. Seeing the funny side of things going tits up.
I read a whole range of genres. I like a bit of Regency romance, sci-fi, historical fiction – usually from the early part of the 20th century. These days I seem to read more about book marketing than anything else!

Can you tell us a little about The Dr Pepper Prophecies?
TDPP is a modern version of Jane Austen’s Emma. Imagine that with Bridget Jones in the lead and written by Sophie Kinsella. It’s about a young woman who tries to help others – whether they like it or not – while making a right hash of her own life.

What inspired you to write it?
Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret? I remember laughing myself silly over it and getting a lot of strange looks. I wanted to write something that much fun.

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere?
Not yet. But someone might have had them on their Kindle. That’s the bad bit of Kindle for authors.

Who designs your covers?
JelenaM at 99 Designs, except for Flights of Nancy and Early Daze, which I did with stock pictures.

If The Dr Pepper Prophecies was made into a film, who would you cast?
I was asked this a while back, but couldn’t decide on a Mel. I’m now convinced that Zoey Deschanel would be great as Mel. Paul Rudd is my first choice for Will, although I also think Mark Ruffalo would be good.

What's your favourite Chick Lit book that made it to the big screen?
Bridget Jones’ Diary. They did a wonderful job on that. Perfect casting.

What were the last two books you read?
I re-read The Reasons for Marriage by Stephanie Laurens, one of my favourite Regency romance authors. That was the first book I read of hers and it’s still my favourite. Before that it was Thirty-Two Going on Spinster by Becky Monson.

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
The afore-mentioned Becky Monson. She’s a new name in classic chick lit. I’m looking forward to reading her next book.

Where do you write?
Home, and sometimes baby group while my daughter is playing.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream?
I wanted to be a dancer. Not ballet, you understand – I wanted to be in Fame in the West End. I did dance for a long time, though not professionally. I still do Zumba, but it’s hard to carry on as an adult – at least where I live. Realistically, I couldn’t have done it as a career. I have the wrong body type, my knees are shot and I wouldn’t have wanted the lifestyle.

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
I actually act as well as write - with my local amateur dramatic society – so I’d like a crack at playing myself.

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
 Teetotal.
Shopaholic or shopadon't? I’m not really into fashion, but I do seem to end up buying more than I meant to. Usually for the house or for my daughter. She’s so much nicer to buy for because everything fits! And it’s my only chance to buy skinny jeans.
Sky-high heels or closer to the ground? On the ground. I should get into heels, because I’m only 5’3”, but I live in trainers.
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Haven’t read either of them, I’m afraid. I was rather put off reading 50 Shades after I read that the relationship described had all the key features of an abusive one.
Cry baby or tough cookie? I have thin skin, but a tough core. I cry easily and you can knock me down without too much effort, but you’ll never keep me there.
Exotic beach or enchanted forest?  Beach. Can’t have too much sunshine (I so live in the wrong country).

Jennifer Gilby Roberts has a degree in physics and a postgraduate certificate in computing, so a career writing fiction was inevitable really. She was born and grew up in Surrey/Greater London, but now lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire with her husband, small daughter, two middle-aged cats and a lot of dust bunnies.
Find Jennifer Gilby Roberts on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Wattpad and Amazon.

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To celebrate The Dr Pepper Prophecies’ one-year anniversary since publication, Jennifer Gilby Roberts is giving away one paperback and five ebook copies! Enter on Rafflecopter.

Find out about her other great celebration offers, giveaways and extras on her blog.

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25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems:
Her job is terrible
She's been dumped yet again
Her ex is now her boss
Her parents think she's a loser compared to her perfect younger sister
All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure
Her best friend, Will, is in grave danger of being stolen away by his evil girlfriend
There just isn’t enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above.

So what do you do when you've pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course!

After all, what's the worst that can happen?

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Buy for Kindle or in paperback on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon sites. The paperback is also available from Barnes & Noble.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks very much for featuring me!

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  2. My pleasure, Jennifer! You're welcome here any time :)

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  3. Nice interview, I enjoy your books and also totally agree about 50 Shades!!!
    Also, we have beaches here in Devon Jenny ... :-)
    Chris

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  4. Chris is my sister's mother in law in case anyone wondered! We really have to come down. Won't be this summer, but maybe next?

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