My new interview is with Jessica DeGarmo, whose book is to be published in the next few months.
Welcome Jessica, its lovely to see you.
Could you tell us more about your book, ‘How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket’?
Quinn is a quirky journalist who moves back to her old hometown in the Outer Banks of North Carolina to take on a long-term assignment. She’s thrilled to be back, but she’s lonely. She’s finally ready to settle down and find love, but how?
One day in her local Grocery King Supermarket, she has an epiphany. Why not find the man of her dreams in the supermarket?
Quinn sets out on a quest to find true love. She devises zany plots to meet single men with hilarious results.
Will Quinn find love or sour grapes at the supermarket? A life-long connection or a rotten apple?
Do you feel that your book identifies a trend these days, i.e. the difficulty of slightly older women (over 30) finding a life partner?
I think so. A lot of women are putting their careers first these days, and they don’t settle down until after they’ve been established. Quinn is no different. Right after college, she began jet-setting all over the world as a free-lance journalist. It wasn’t until her early thirtys that she felt ready to look for love.
Do you think that men over 30 are in the same situation, or is it easier for them?
Hmm. I think it may be easier for men, as they tend to age a little more gracefully than women do. I also think that there’s more pressure on women to settle down, get married, and raise a family, only due to the fact that child-bearing years only last so long. If a woman is unmarried and advanced in years, it carries a slight stigma, whereas men are looked at as something of a hero if they remain bachelors for an extended length of time.
How does your book differ from others in the genre such as ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ (Helen Fielding), ‘Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man’ (Claudia Carroll), ‘Pushing Thirty’ (Whitney Gaskell) etc, which tackle a similar theme?
Never having read those books, I can’t really tell you how this one is differnt. I can say that How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket is a lot more than a light romantic comedy. It touches on themes of self-discovery, loneliness, and finding love where you least expect it. And it’s fun!
Do you think planning where to meet a life partner is the key to romance these days? Rather than leaving it to chance?
That’s why we have singles nights and internet dating! I think it’s a good idea to try. After all, with all of today’s modern technology, we’ve begun to distance ourselves from other people while making it easier to connect. If you are looking for love, why not try to find someone in a place you have staked out prior? Sometimes, even when we go looking for love, we get caught by surprise, and that’s probably the most delicious irony of the whole book.
In these cynical times, do you think romance novels are more or less popular?
Probably more popular. We all want to feel loved and sexy. Romance novels are a great way to escape from reality and immerse yourself in passion. Plus, you don’t have to worry about fixing breakfast afterwards!
Can you tell us about other books you have written and where we can buy them?
Supermarket is actually my first novel. I started writing seriously this year, and I have completed two books. Supermarket will be published by Night Publishing this year, and I have my second book out on submission. I recently started a third book called Decisions.
Thank you Jessica, it’ll be great to see your first book published. Good luck with that and the others, they are on my wish list.