A laugh-out-loud new novel that fans of The Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones and Sophie Kinsella will love!
Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead, she’s an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But she’s just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy exposé.
Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites – and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down…
Wendy Holden Interview
- What book first ignited your love of reading?
A: My favourite story as a child was The Ugly Duckling. I made my mother read it to me every night and if she missed any of the bits out I made her go back! I loved it so much; I think the theme of transformation from something humble to something glamorous has been the defining one of my life and work. I love writing about glamour, especially combined with comedy. Three Weddings and a Scandal is my funniest and most glamorous book yet
- If your current book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
A: Well there are three weddings in it, so three wedding discos. I love disco! How about ‘Staying’ Alive?’
- Which book have you read more than once?
A: The Great Gatsby, which is my all-time favourite. It’s so beautiful, romantic and sad.
- Do you plan your writing or go with the flow?
A: I plan to sit down and do it, but apart from that I go with the flow. I try and do it every day.
- Do you enjoy the editing process?
A: Yes, I have a great editor whose jokes and suggestions are often better than mine are!
- If you could what advice would you give your sixteen year old self?
A: It will all be alright
- Do you read your book reviews?
- What is your opinion on social media and its unique gift of connecting writer and reader instantly?
A: It’s brilliant to have such a close and instant connection with readers.
- If you could give one literary villain a happier ending, who would you pick and why?
A: I always think Shylock got a rough deal in the Merchant of Venice. He had a rough time at the hands of the Venetian posh boys. I think I’d have been a bit kinder than Portia was, especially after all that talk about the quality of mercy.
- If your book could come with a preemptive message for the reader, what would yours say?
A: Prepare to laugh!
- What are you currently reading?
A: Cold Comfort Farm, the original rural comedy! The next Laura Lake adventure, Last Of The Summer Moet, is set in the countryside. Laura infiltrates the secrets of Britain’s poshest village!
- Where did you get the inspiration for your current novel?
A: The many increasingly elaborate ways in which people get married these days! Being original is a very competitive and complicated business. In Three Weddings and a Scandal, my heroine Laura goes undercover to infiltrate a hipster wedding in a former Victorian loo in Shoreditch, a Celtic handfasting in a mystic forest and a posh aristo castle wedding with ancestral carriages and tiaras. I had huge fun researching it.
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