Friday, 26 August 2016

7 Things I've Learned From Watching Rom Coms

I love a good romantic comedy as you're guaranteed a happy ever after with a few laughs along the way, which is what I try to emulate in my books. Here are 7 things I've learned from watching them over the years:


Forget Paris, New York is the most romantic city in the world.
The streets are jam-packed with will-they-won't-they couples and there are more potential romances in Central Park than squirrels and pigeons combined.


It doesn't matter if you get dumped because he isn't the Real Love of Your Life.
The RLOYL is probably closer than you think. You may work with them or live in the next apartment or they may even be the best friend you've known since you were toddlers. And it doesn't matter how many missed opportunities you have with your RLOYL - you will end up with that happily ever after. Guaranteed.


You can forgive anything of your RLOYL.
Are they your sworn enemy who has made your life miserable? Doesn't matter. Did they run your granny over or steal your promotion at work? All is forgiven because the heart wants what the heart wants, no matter how illogical a pairing it may seem.


Everything is more glamorous with a cracking soundtrack.
Yes, even heartbreak.


Misunderstandings are part and parcel of finding the RLOYL.
You suspect he's a bit of a womanising git and instantly hate him. But wait, is that the wrong end of the stick you have there, missy? I think it could be. This handsome chap has actually been celibate since his fiancĂ©e did a runner with the best man and he volunteers at an animal shelter at the weekends. Snap. Him. Up.


It's totally okay to find the RLOYL while you're still in high school.
It saves years of anguish and bad dates, I suppose.


If you meet a bloke on the internet, he won't be a sweaty, bad-toupee-wearing perv who looks NOTHING like his profile pic.
He will be Tom Hanks.

And that, my friends, is what makes romantic comedies so wonderful. Now excuse me while I grab some popcorn and a DVD...

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Female First, The Blossom Twins & #408

So it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted here on the blog (it's the school summer holidays and I'm trying to cram as much writing time in whenever I can so my poor blog has been neglected. Sorry, blog *sad face*) but I wanted to flag a few exciting things that have happened book-wise recently.

Female First

I was so unbelievably happy when I saw a tweet from Female First recently, linking to an article on their site with their top books on weight loss and body image - and A Beginner's Guide To Salad was part of it! I know Ruth would be very proud of her story making the list - and I am too!

You can see the list right here

The Blossom Twins

Do you follow The Blossom Twins on Twitter? You should because they're lovely and their joy of reading is infectious. They recently put together a list of books that have changed their lives and I was gobsmacked when The Wedding Date turned up in there. It was a real 'Oh my God, I'm an actual, proper writer' moment (this is something that I struggle with getting my head around. I felt like a bit of a fraud when the optician asked what I did a couple of weeks ago and I replied 'I'm a writer').

So I was gobsmacked and honoured and proud of Delilah's story as it has helped Kelly to find her writing groove!

Click here to see books that changed The Blossom Twins' lives


This is another achievement for Delilah and The Wedding Date, which recently reached #408 in the Kindle store. This is my best ever ranking for any of my books and I was over the flipping moon to even reach the top 1,000, so top 500 was AMAZING.

It was so amazing, I've made myself a little note of it to pin to my board next to my desk, so when I'm having one of my 'I'm a shit writer, nobody will want to buy my books' days, I can look at it and remind myself that people DO buy my books (and hopefully enjoy them too!).