11 Oct 2014

All's Fair in Love and Weddings by Christine Feldman

Prudence Collier spent the better part of her reckless youth proving that she was not aptly named, and unfortunately she burned a few bridges in the process, including where her family is concerned. So when her long-estranged sister invites her to her destination wedding in the Virgin Islands, Prue leaps at the chance to mend at least one broken family relationship and prove that she’s a changed person.
Tucker Davies, on the other hand, has come to the islands for a very different reason: to stop the wedding. As a childhood friend of the groom, he has reason to believe that his friend is about to make a huge mistake and is intent on not letting that happen. One thing he didn’t count on, though, was going up against Prue.
Determined to make up for the past, Prue resolves to keep Tucker from interfering with her sister’s happiness in the present and is willing to go to any lengths necessary to do so. Any. And if that requires a few tiny deceptions here and there, the occasional brush with the local authorities, and perhaps even instigating a barroom brawl, so be it. A sister has to do what a sister has to do.
But so does a friend, and Tucker has no intention of backing down, no matter how aggravating or even—to his surprise—appealing Prudence Collier can be.
The war is on, and neither side believes they can afford to surrender.
Which is a shame, because they’re both beginning to suspect surrendering would be a lot of fun…

Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
No, I can’t say that they have—I usually forget most of them when I wake up, and the parts I do remember are usually pretty bizarre. Sometimes I wonder what that means about my psyche. Hmm…

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I first started writing paragraph-long stories when I was about six or seven years old, mostly about The Black Stallion since I was crazy about that series. I like to think my writing has improved since then, though. ☺ Later I transitioned to writing longer stuff and even a couple of screenplays that ended up placing in competitions on both coasts, so that was pretty exciting. The first novel I ever got published, though, was Coming Home (contemporary romance), and that was published by Crimson Romance in 2013.

What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I like chick lit because to me it seems very relatable and real, and I can just get really cozy and comfortable with that kind of book. But, yes, I do read other genres—I like a little of just about everything!

Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
All’s Fair in Love and Weddings is about a woman who is on her way to her estranged sister’s destination wedding in hopes of repairing their broken relationship when she crosses paths with a man who is an old friend of the groom. When she realizes he’s there to try and stop the wedding from happening, she tries to thwart him at every turn—by any means necessary. The thing is, both of them have very good reasons for doing what they’re doing, and both are determined to see things through—which means the battle lines are drawn, and neither side believes they can back down. Which make the sparks that begin to fly between them even more problematic…

What inspired you to write it?
I think it was partly because I was thinking about the dynamic between sisters recently (I have two myself), and then I also thought it would be a lot of fun to write an enemies-to-lovers kind of story with plenty of opportunities for humor. When I thought about those elements all together, this story is what started to take shape.

Who designs your covers?

Elaina Lee at For The Muse Designs. She’s great to work with!

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
Oh, golly… that’s actually a toughie! Well, the heroine, Prue, is an impulsive but very well-meaning young woman whose actions often have unintentionally humorous results, so I guess I would picture someone like Isla Fisher in that role. The hero, Tucker, is a very down-to-earth and unflappable type of guy, so—you know what? I think Diego Klattenhoff from The Blacklist might be a good fit. He seems pretty unflappable. ☺

What's your favourite 'chick lit' book that made it to the big screen?
Bridget Jones’s Diary. ☺

What were the last two books you read?

Proven Guilty, the 8th book in Jim Butcher’s fantasy Dresden Files series about a private eye/wizard—it’s so addictive! And then I’m currently reading House of Many Shadows by Barbara Michaels, which is a mystery/paranormal story that’s helping to get me in a writing mood for my next project, The Bloodline.

Name one female author you think deserves to be better known.
Cheryl Reavis. I thought her book, The Older Woman, did an amazing job of combining real and heartfelt emotion with the occasional wry bit of humor, and it’s one I love to read again and again.

Where do you write?
Usually on my couch with my computer on my lap and my beagle next to me. She’s my muse.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I can ask where the post office is in Japanese. Hasn’t come in real handy yet…

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
photo credit: Cinema em Séries via photopin cc
If it could be anyone I wanted? Sandra Bullock.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I live on a tiny urban farm complete with a chicken coop in the backyard that we named Chez Poulet. We figured a French name would help class it up a bit. ☺

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I’m currently rewriting one of my screenplays into a novel, and that one’s sort of a mystery/suspense book with a ghostly element. I also have a fantasy series planned, plus I’ve got a few ideas for some contemporary stuff—so I should be pretty busy for a good long while!

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
Do an unassisted pull-up. Right now all I can do is pretty much hang from the bar like a limp rag and kick my feet out a little bit. It’s kind of sad, really.

Name one of your all time favourite songs.
Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin.

What do you listen to whilst writing?
If I listen to anything while I write, it’s usually something quiet and instrumental because otherwise I get distracted and start singing along or daydreaming book scenes that would go great with a particular song but really have no place in my current work-in-progress. It’s kind of like imagining up my own movie trailers, which is fun but doesn’t exactly help me get the words onto the page, darn it.

Who (or what) did you want to be when you were a kid?
Horse rancher. Like I said, I read a lot of Black Stallion books. ☺

Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and, to her great delight, she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts—and has even won a couple of them. In 2012 one of her screenplays was featured as a staged reading in New York City at the Gotham Screen International Film Festival, and later that same year she signed her first publishing contract. When she is not writing, she is teaching kindergarten, puttering around in her garden, ballroom dancing with her husband, or doing research for her next project. Please visit her at her website, on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter


  1. Great interview, Christine! By the way, in which occasion did you learn how to ask where the PO is in Japanese?

  2. Thanks, Mina! As far as the Japanese phrase goes, I took a class when I was in my teens, and for some reason that phrase is one of the few that stuck. Well, that and how to ask where the restroom is, which is probably a lot handier to know... ;)


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