It’s such a joy and honour to share a publisher (Little, Brown) with Carole Matthews. Carole is the queen of romantic comedy fiction: her books are moving, fun, humorous and gorgeously romantic. Her latest novel, The Chocolate Lover’s Wedding, is a real delight.
Carole lives in what she calls ‘Costa del Milton Keynes’. And she’s prolific: she has written 28 romantic comedy novels and has just delivered her 29th novel. She’s starting her 30th which is a Christmas novel for 2017.
Here’s a little insight into the life and work of the wonderful Carole Matthews – be inspired and enjoy!
Which three words would you use to describe yourself?
How would you describe your writing style?
What do you love most about writing?
Being in control of the little world I’ve created.
What do you find hardest?
The day I start to find it hard is the day I’ll give up.
Tell us a bit more about what inspired you to write your latest novel, The Chocolate Lover’s Wedding (awesome title by the way!).
It’s the 4th book in my Chocolate Lovers’ series. Every time I finish one of these books, I think it’s the end and then I start to wonder what’s happening to the characters. They’ve become like real people to me.
You are known for writing wonderful romantic comedies– what drew you to this genre? (You might disagree with being put in a category so feel free to say that too!) .
It just suits my nature perfectly. I’m quite optimistic and look for the fun in every occasion. I’ve tried writing dark stuff just to see if I can, but I don’t really like the place it takes me to. My research for rom-coms is fab and generally involves wine and cake.
Carole receiving an award for Outstanding Contribution to Romance Writing from the Romantic Novelists Association presented by the wonderful Barbara Taylor-Bradford.
What kind of child were you?
I was a typical only child. Quite shy – people struggle to believe that now – and always had my nose in a book.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
I think I would like to be able to travel through time. That could be useful for so many reasons.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why?
Carole meeting Mary Berry who I gather is a real fan of her novels – lucky thing!
What are you reading at the moment?
Have just finished Bill Bryson’s book, The Road to Little Dribbling. I found myself laughing outloud and becoming depressed at the same time. Britain isn’t the same place as when he wrote Notes on a Small Island twenty years ago. Am about to start reading Elizabeth Chadwick’s historical novel The Autumn Throne. I do love a bit of historical fiction and she’s one of the best.
What’s your favourite word?
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Be nice to everyone. Especially on social media.
Which writer do you most admire?
Probably Philippa Gregory. I adore her books.
What song or piece of music would you choose as the theme tune to your life?