Susan Schneider, author of The Wedding Writer (my review) to The Book Chick today, and be sure to enter to win a copy at the end of this post.
What IS a wedding writer anyway?
Well, I was one for about ten years. On staff at a number of bridal publications in New York, I wrote dozens and dozens of wedding stories. All year round we’d collect wedding photographs from recent brides, choose the ones we liked best, and then I’d interview the bride and get all the details, from how she felt when he popped the question to how she settled on calla lilies and roses for her bouquet. I loved writing wedding stories because they were mini fairy-tales; I never had to stint on the romance! So, when I set out to write my novel, I knew I wanted a wedding writer protagonist: I imagined her as a single working girl (underpaid, of course!), spinning tales of bliss in a humble cubicle.
A wedding story has a beginning, a middle, and an end: First comes the proposal, then the wedding itself (the story’s main character!) and then the happily-ever-after ending. Lucky, the main character in my novel, lands a job in as a wedding writer in the competitive world of wedding publications, and from there sets her sights on the top editorial job. Her own happily-ever-after? She’s got a ways to go before she lands the tiara…
Work is important to Lucky, as it is to all the women in The Wedding Writer. Nowadays many of us find fulfillment in the workplace, and yet so many crave being a princess for a day. Are the two mutually exclusive? Why does the idea of having a fantasy wedding still draw us so powerfully? I’m a divorced working woman myself, but one of my earliest memories is of my cousin Ellen in a stiff taffeta wedding gown. Staring up at her, I was transported by her transformation from cousin to… princess!
The trick to being a good wedding writer is to cast a spell. The writer takes an ordinary girl (say, my cousin Ellen) and her guy and spins a web of their dreams through their own pictures and words. And for that one day reality is suspended—romance rules! Real life is back with us soon enough. So let’s hear it for the wedding writers and every woman who ever dreamed of the perfect white dress and a perfect day. As a wedding writer, I never thought it was too much to ask.
Thank-you so much for visiting today, Susan! Now, if you would like to get your hands on your very own copy of The Wedding Writer, here's how you can win one:
1. *Mandatory Entry* Post in the comments (please leave me your e-mail address or a way for me to contact you) and tell me- what's your funniest wedding memory (it could be from your own wedding, or someone else's)?
2. *Bonus Entry* Become a follower of this blog through Google Friend Connect and let me know in the comments (a separate comment is not required) that you now follow. Current followers are eligible for this bonus entry as well.
3. *Bonus Entry* Spread the word about this contest in some way. Post on your Facebook or blog or Tweet about it, just come back and let me know what you did!
This contest runs until June 27, 2011 and is open to US and Canadian residents only. At the conclusion of this contest I will notify the winner via e-mail, and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!