I asked Angela some questions:-
Your new book Here Comes the Best Man features the preparations for a wedding, can you tell us about your own wedding?
We married over 35 years ago which means I need to dust off the cobwebs from my brain! You need a few details first for any of this to make sense. I grew up in a small Cornish village. My husband grew up in a small town in Tennessee. We met in Denmark. Have I lost you all yet? Thank the US Navy (in his case) and the Royal Navy (in mine) for bringing us together.
Because we wanted to get married in my home church in Cornwall most of our wedding planning was done long distance from Denmark and obviously very few of Richard’s family were able attend. The nine who did wanted to get it right and I sent detailed explanations back and forth about English wedding etiquette. Things like the bride comes in first followed by the bridesmaids not the other way around, lady guests usually wear hats, the church service is significantly longer than a typical American one, black cat charms are often handed to the bride (they’re bad luck in America), not to be too surprised by the iced fruit cake unlike anything seen in America, and a chimney sweep kissing the bride isn’t mimicking My Fair Lady.
In the end everything went off well, we seated some of my friends on his side of the church to balance things out, the weather was typical April showers and sunshine and Richard’s five year old nephew announced he was happy Uncle Richard and Aunt Angela were married and could we please have a five year old boy soon for him to play with!
Your hero, Josh is a musician, do you play an instrument yourself?
At my primary school it was compulsory to murder the recorder, I mean learn to play it, as part of our music education. This returned to haunt me when we lived in London for 3 years and our oldest son inflicted the same punishment on us as I’d done on my poor parents.
As a child I learned to play the piano for several years and stumbled though several exams without very much in the way of natural talent – it didn’t help I was too fond of my long fingernails and hated to practice regularly. To this day I envy people who can sit down and play completely by ear.
How do you visualise your characters when you are writing?
Because I’m not a plotter most of my characters ‘grow’ on me. Josh and Louise only had minor roles in The Wedding Reject Table which meant I knew very little about them when I started to write the sequel. There was something about Josh that nagged at me after the first book finished and he became very insistent on having his story told. I knew he was an older, world-weary version of his brother and as I wrote the first chapter he came clearly into focus. Louise was trickier because she’s a very private person and therefore took longer to reveal herself but it was worth the wait.
What would be the theme song of your book?
I’d have to pick Ring of Fire, Josh’s favourite song by his idol Johnny Cash as the book’s theme song or maybe one Josh wrote himself with an army buddy that becomes important to the story.
What can we look forward to from you next?
I’m always working on something and have several projects in hand at the moment. I have a contract on another full length Choc Lit novel but no release date as yet. I also write pocket novels for People’s Friend and have a Christmas one ready to submit.
About Here Comes the Best Man
Being the best man is a lot to live up to …
When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.
But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.
Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?
About Angela Britnell
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.
If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell, www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.
Thank you for joining me on my blog, Angela and here’s to many sales for Here Comes the Best Man!