Last year I travelled from London to Venice on the Orient Express with my dear friend Laura Lippman so that we could write about it for the New York Times. It was originally going to be a short story, which we will publish eventually, but it became a very chic article with some lovely photographs, and here it is!
What can you tell us about your new book Bad Brides? It's a really fun and sexy romp about the long winding walk to the altar! Two girls get engaged at the start of the book and promptly find themselves the frontrunners in a battle to be Style magazine's Bride Of The Year – hugely prestigious and glamorous. One, Brianna Jade, is an ex beauty-pageant contestant marrying an Earl, the other, Milly, is an up and coming actress engaged to a pop star. As they plan their weddings and compete to impress the editor of Style Bride, their lives get increasingly tangled together, and the façades of their seemingly-perfect lives begin to crumble…
What were your favourite books as a child and why? I remember the Sue Barton, Student Nurse series with great fondness, partly because it drove my snobbish mother crazy when she saw me reading them! And I loved the Roger Lancelyn Green collections of myths and legends retold for children – Norse, Greek, Egyptian – and the Andrew Lang fairytale collections. They made me feel that anything was possible, and there were worlds upon worlds waiting to be explored.
I’m not size zero, nowhere near, and I never will be. But I’m pretty much in the middle of the spectrum: when I got engaged I was a healthy size 12, fit and happy. Sounds great, right? But here’s the catch: I was living in New York, where anything over a size 8 is ‘problematic’, to the point that I was regularly warned by female acquaintances that I’d have real trouble getting a man unless I dropped two dress sizes.