They Do, I Don’t is an eBook that is available internationally at all good online stores. You can learn more about Susan by visiting her website http://www.susanmurphyauthor.com/ or look for her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor
How can you be a part of a couple's big day when your own love life is crumbling?
Her once happy life in tatters thanks to a cheating husband, lacklustre career and a wrinkling face, Viv no longer believes in love and happiness. In fact, she hates them both. The problem is that as a marriage celebrant, gleeful love is what she has to deal with every day.
With ten hilarious and tragic weddings (and a funeral) to get through before she can give up being a celebrant, can she prove that love and happiness are the pathetic hopes of the naive, or will fate intervene and show her that what she secretly craves could be right in front of her?
My review of this book:
I laughed and laughed reading this delightful book, which is a credit to the author because she tackles some pretty heavy topics - infidelity and cancer among them. Susan Murphy packs a lot of punch into this story about Viv, a wedding celebrant who discovers her husband, Peter, has been having an affair. Viv and Peter separate and she decides she just can't deal with being a wedding celebrant any longer and will quit just as soon as the ten weddings she already has booked are out of the way. And what a riot those weddings are. I had tears from laughing so hard at this group of misfit weddings which are scattered throughout the novel in between Viv's own story. If you do not laugh out loud at the neck wrestling alpaca wedding, you need therapy! I loved the weddings (there is also a funeral), I loved reading about Viv's journey after her marriage failed, I loved the beautiful bond between Viv and her sisters (it made me wish I had sisters) and most of all I loved how unpredictable the story was. There was not one, not two, not three but four contenders for Viv's heart and I was very satisfied, and quite surprised, with how it ended. If you are looking for a light, fun read that also has emotional depth and intelligence, you will love They Do, I Don't.
About Susan Murphy:
With a passion for words and a determination to one day (even if it was from the nursing home) become a writer, she made a fateful decision to attend a Masterclass with the amazing Fiona McIntosh, and from there 'Confetti Confidential' was born.
"Writing about weddings came naturally to me. I'd been a part of that world for so long and seen everything there was to see – good and bad. But there had to be humour. Coming from a large Irish family there was no way I could write without the laughs. I drove my family nuts giggling away to myself while writing this book."
An interview with Susan:
1. Can you tell us briefly about your book?
Of course! Confetti Confidential: They Do, I don’t is a romantic comedy about a marriage celebrant who gives up on love when her life falls apart. …….
2. What are you working on at the moment?
Confetti Confidential is a series and so the second book Annabel’s wedding is set for release on November 1st so I’ve been working on the edits for that. I’ve also been working at the SA Writer’s Centre as their Writer in Residence and this has given me the opportunity to work on something a bit different, a historical romance which is set in the 1940s. My grandfather had kept a box full of old letters and photos from that time and so it will be a love story based on theirs.
3. Which Hollywood stars would you like to see play the lead roles in the movie version of your book?
There are 4 sisters in They Do, I Don’t, so plenty of choices to make. I love Kristen Wiig and Reese Witherspoon, but need the extra comedy kick of someone like Sandra Bullock and I’d love to have Melissa McCarthy, she’s one of my all-time favourites.
4. Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
I am a marriage celebrant in real life and have been for almost ten years. I think that this really gave me a great wealth of stories to write about and I also have three sisters, so there is definitely some true life in there. The crazy antics and cringe-worthy scenes are exaggerated or made up of course, but it was a great to have a base from which to write. I’ve worked with lots of couples, dealt with all kinds of personalities and experienced a lot of interesting things!
6. What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading Love at First Flight of course, but there’s a heap of others on the to-be-read pile. I’m looking forward to Dating The Alphabet, by Samantha Napier, What Matters Most, by Dianne Maguire and Up and In by Deborah Disney.
6. What tricks do you have to beat writer’s block?
I don’t really get writer’s block, at least not yet anyway! I see stories in EVERYTHING. In fact my list of story ideas is about 3 pages. Not sure I’ll ever have the time to write them all, but I’m trying.
7. Do you write with a plan or do you see where the story takes you?
I always see where the story takes me. In the past I was a planner, but I found that all I ever did was plan and I never ended up writing anything. These days I sit down with a rough idea and go from there. I usually spend a bit of time imagining the characters and what they look like, they’re traits etc and then I just go for it. I’ve ended up in places I would never have imagined, like the adult shop!
8. How did you come up with the title?
I originally called it ‘Love, Sex and Wedding Disasters’, but I think Harper Collins thought that was a bit harsh. I worked with them to come up with a snappy series title and we agreed on Confetti Confidential. I then came up with They Do, I Don’t because while all the couples are saying I Do, the main character is down on love and not happy.
9. Tell us about your favorite scene in your book.
With ten weddings to choose from and a few dating disasters, it’s hard to choose! I think it would probably be Chapter 6, The Wedding of Nina and Chad. This couple drove Viv, the main character, nuts from the start. She named Nina ‘needy’ because she sent dozens of emails checking every little thing and was completely passive/aggressive. When Viv gets an email two days before the wedding asking her to dress ‘fancy’ for the ceremony, she reluctantly agrees and settles on a Little Bo Peep outfit. Unfortunately the bride meant black tie fancy and everything goes downhill from there. The wedding takes place on a farm that, according to the sign out the front, cautions guests that Llama’s are roaming. Viv of course googles llamas and discovers that they can be vicious and like to neck wrestle and spit at humans. As you can imagine, it’s a shambles.
10. How do you usually communicate with your readers/fans?
I communicate mostly via my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor
I’m also on Twitter and LinkedIn and I often get spots on book blogger posts etc. My own website is: http://www.susanmurphyauthor.com/
Goodreads is also a great place to connect with other writers and readers. I love it when people leave messages about how they enjoyed the book or just jump on Facebook and join in with whatever is going on at the time.