Congratulations to Lisa Dickenson on the release of the first part of
YOU HAD ME AT MERLOT
Today Lisa is in the hot seat
o Please tell us a little about You had me at Merlot
You Had Me at Merlot is about two friends who go - one of them reluctantly - on a singles holiday to a vineyard in Tuscany. I didn't want to write a story about some 'poor' thirty somethings who couldn't possibly be happy without a man, so although there is tons of romance I hope it shows that singleton should be celebrated too.
o What research did you have to undertake for this 4 part series and was it difficult :) ?
Oh Carol, I had to drink SO MUCH wine in the sunshine. God, being a writer is awful. Sadly I wasn't able to dash off on my own You Had Me at Merlot Holiday so most research was done from memory of when I've been to Italy and to vineyards in California and Australia, and through staring at Tuscany travel brochures with envy. And the lovely people of Twitter helped with the opening scene by answering my random questions about Wimbledon.
o The Twelve Dates of Christmas was a hit last Christmas for you, any plans for a series this Christmas?
No plans in the pipeline yet, but you never know! One of my favourite places in the world is New York at Christmas - the angels of Rockefeller, shopping on Fifth Avenue, snowy Central Park... I got engaged there in December 2010 actually, so I'd love to base a novel or series there.
o What books are you looking forward to reading this summer?
SO MANY - I'm going to have a nice little mini-reading-break before I start Book 3 (don't tell Manpreet at Little Brown!) so I intend to crack on with Belinda Jones' The Travelling Tea Shop, Holly Martin's One Hundred Proposals, Lucy Robinson's The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me and also some thrillers but I haven't quite decided which yet...