Rowan’S Riotous Humor
SheKnows Chick Lit loves us some funny chick lit from across the seas. Wasn't it Helen Fielding's adorable Bridget Jones that got us hooked in the first place? And in anticipation of the third movie installment of Bridget Jones' Diary (thank you Renee Zellwegger!), we are looking at some other fabulous British Chick Lit that makes us swoon.
Author Rowan Coleman won us over with her smart and touching The Accidental Mother -- a story about Sophie Mills, a single, career-driven woman whose life is suddenly turned upside down when her best friend is killed and she finds herself the appointed guardian of two precious little girls.
Just as she's starting to figure out her new life as an accidental mom, Louis – the girls' absent father – returns. And everything Sophie thought she knew is tested.
Now, because fans wanted more, Coleman picks up where she left off with Sophie, Louis and the girls in her new US release The Accidental Family. And SheKnows Chick Lit knows it's no happy accident that we've found a new favorite Brit Chick Lit star.
The British belle of Chick Lit
SheKnows: Congrats on your new book and your new baby! Tell us -- which was harder to deliver?
The joy of Coleman
SheKnows: Here at SheKnows Chick Lit, we love all your books. Which has been the most fun for you to write? Which was the
SheKnows: Who are your favorite chick lit authors?
SheKnows: I once read on Facebook
where you unpacked a box of books and it was like having friends over for tea and cake -- so funny! If you could pick three women to have tea and cake with (authors, movie stars, etc.) who would
SheKnows: What are your thoughts about the term Chick Lit?
Rowan Coleman: Well I'm not a huge fan of the term, after all is there a similarly flippant and off hand term for witty, engaging, dynamic and romantic fiction written by men? No, of course not. And I've always thought it gives the impression that any book written under that banner has been sort of dashed off without much care or effort -- which could not be further from the truth. On the other hand it's been around for so long now that it's taken on a meaning of its own and it does direct readers to books that they will enjoy. So, given that it's not going anywhere, I embrace it and I am proud to call myself a chick lit writer, especially when I am in such talented company.
Coleman's creative insight & future
SheKnows: What do you want your US fans to know about you and your books?
Rowan Coleman: I hope they already know that I love writing, and that I have really loved being published in the United States thus far. It's wonderfully exciting and fun to make contact with my transatlantic readers and their feedback and opinions have certainly been most inspiring over the last three years. I love getting Facebook messages from as far a field as Texas or New York -- it's kind of funny and thrilling to think that from my little office in my little house in Hertfordshire that my words have traveled so far! I've written eight novels in total, three of which (Growing Up Twice, After Ever After and River Deep) are not yet available in the U.S and the one that I've just delivered (as yet untitled) which will be out over there next year. I also write the Ruby Parker Series for teenage girls and I've just completed a new paranormal ghost hunting adventure book for teens called Nearly Departed. I sincerely hope that my US readers continue to enjoy my books and to get in touch with me via my blog and Facebook and let me know what they think -- I always love to hear from them!
SheKnows: What are you working on now?
Rowan Coleman: As I've mentioned I've just completed my eighth novel for women (and some men!) I haven't found exactly the right title for it yet but it's about a very sheltered woman, a devoted wife and mother, who is widowed suddenly and is forced to take in lodgers to make ends meet. It follows her on her journey to come to terms with her husband's death and the repercussions and revelations that follow, and also to re-engage with herself and her son. Like all of my books, there are some tears, but lots of humor, romance and a bit of passion too!
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