The Accidental Proposal
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. "Life is too short for mottos or maxims."
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Anyone who writes jokes for a living.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. That would be boasting.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Roger Federer's backhand.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Not writing my first novel sooner. But then again, I wouldn't have had the material...
March 01, 2011I wrote The Accidental Proposal in an attempt to explain why proposing is such a big deal for us men – possibly the biggest deal – and also, I wanted to explore how it might feel to have the tables turned, and to investigate all the insecurities and issues that might go with that.
One of my best friends was actually proposed to – his girlfriend used the less-than-romantic 'it's time' – and perhaps not surprisingly, you could tell he felt extremely awkward about admitting she'd done it. He also felt she'd denied him one of the major life experiences, and I wanted to write about that, and what that might mean to us.... see more
February 11, 2011I'm often asked why I chose to write in a genre dominated by female voices. Well, ignoring the fact that most things are dominated by female voices, I suppose the answer is I didn't choose it - it chose me.
I always knew I wanted to write. Well, from the age of fourteen, when I wrote a piece to be read out at school assembly which got a few laughs. And while that may have been because my flies were undone, it was then I knew I wanted to be a comedy writer.
Unfortunately, it took me another twenty years to sit down and start writing my first novel – Best Man – partly because work/life got in the way, but mainly because see more