The working title of The Wedding Date was Delilah Explains It All, in homage to the 90s TV show, Clarissa Explains It All.
The book started off as a fun side-project. I set up a blog (called Delilah Explains It All) and started to get to know my new characters through Delilah’s blog posts. I only managed to post a handful of times but when it came time to plan a new book, I knew it was Delilah’s time to tell her story for real. You can find out more about how the blog influenced the book here or click to see the blog yourself!
Another Visit To The Farthing
Delilah and her friends spend quite a bit of time in their local pub, The Farthing, which features in Everything Changes But You. Ally and her friends enjoy the weekly karaoke night there before she makes her birthday wish.
The Animals of Farthing Wood
The Farthing was named after my favourite children’s book, The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann. The landlord of The Farthing is Colin, with Dan being one of the barmen.
The Roxy Fitness Centre – plus fitness instructors Courtney and Camilla – appear in A Beginner’s Guide To Salad.
The Wedding Date is set in Woodgate, where A Beginner’s Guide To Salad and Everything Changes But You are both set.
Bye Bye Brinkley
There was another member of the Brinkley Clan in the original draft. He was Neville’s younger brother and, unlike the other Brinkley members, he was nice to Delilah. I miss him. But he had to be cut.
In the original version, it’s Katey-Louise who starts the whole dishy-new-boyfriend-lie when she sends Ben a message from Delilah’s Facebook account.
The dating website/app that Delilah signs up to is called Love Today, which was inspired by a song by Mika.
While Writing The First Draft of This Book…
… I drank 37 cups of tea – that’s 1 cup per 2,472 words
… Princess Charlotte was born
… Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest
While Writing The Second Draft of This Book…
… I drank 10 cups of tea – that’s just 1 cup per 8,848 words!
… England won the Ashes
… I went on holiday to Bulgaria
About The Book
Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?