Friday, 24 January 2014

Inspiration behind A Beginner’s Guide To Salad

Today I am extremely excited to be part of the blog tour for A Beginner’s Guide To Salad

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. When she isn’t disappearing into her own fictional worlds, she can be found waffling on her blog and reviewing books for Novelicious’ Alternative Thursday.
You can find out more about Jennifer and her book at



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Ruth loves nothing more than curling up in front of the telly with a family-sized bar of chocolate. She doesn’t do diets and she certainly doesn’t do exercise. But all that changes when she’s invited to her school reunion.
Bullied at school for being overweight, Ruth’s first reaction is to rip the invitation into a million pieces. But then Ruth hatches a plan. She’ll lose the weight and arrive at the reunion looking gorgeous and glamorous, leaving her old classmates in awe. Especially her former crush, Zack O’Connell.
With the help of her friends and a new, unbelievably hot colleague, Ruth begins her transformation. With six months until the reunion, losing weight will be a piece of cake, right?



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A Beginner’s Guide To Salad is a romantic comedy about a woman’s weight-loss bid. Ruth was bullied as a child due to her weight, so when she receives an invitation to her school reunion, she is determined to shed the pounds and wow her former classmates with her transformation. I wanted to write a story about acceptance, both of other people and, more importantly, of yourself. There are loads of films out there where the heroine has a make over and the hero immediately falls head over heels for her – but I wanted a story where the heroine could be loved for who she is, without having to take off her glasses (if she wore them), slap on a load of make-up and straighten her hair.
Junk mail is partly responsible for the birth of Ruth Lynch. I’d had the story wandering around my mind for a while but it wasn’t until a mini catalogue of plus-sized clothes (how do they know???) dropped through the letterbox that Ruth started to emerge. The clothes were bright – in both colour and pattern – and not something you could hide away in and, as soon as I saw them, I knew my main character would wear them. I could picture her strutting around in massive heels, perky prints and a smile on her face. She’d been hurt in the past but she wasn’t about to let the bullies win.
I already knew that there would be a school reunion but it wasn’t until I heard the news that my own former high school would be bulldozed and replaced with an academy that everything slotted into place. With this being the final school reunion, everyone from the school could attend, including Ruth’s older brother, Stephen and his best friend, Billy.
Once Ruth and the reunion had taken shape, I could build around them, creating a whole life for her. This is the really fun part of writing for me, developing characters from scratch and finding out what makes them tick.

A Beginner’s Guide To Salad is available as an ebook now.
You can find out more about the book and the author at
Blog: www.jenniferjoycewrites.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/writer_jenn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenniferjoycewrites

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