Katie Fforde: Love at First Flight

Katie Fforde: Love at First Flight

A Perfect Proposal book coverBestselling British novelist Katie Fforde discusses her latest, A Perfect Proposal, about a young English woman’s impulsive trip to America and the man who follows her back home.


Zola: You refer to your novels as “chick-lit” rather than “romance.” Why? What do you think the difference is?

Katie Fforde: It’s other people who describe my books as chick-lit but I prefer that to just “romance,” which to me means shorter novels that only concentrate on the romance and nothing else much happens.

Zola: What are the biggest Dos and Don’ts of writing chick-lit?

KF: For me the biggest “don’t” is to have an unlikeable heroine. You may plan for her to start horrid and end up nice but it’s a big risk. I won’t persevere with a book if I don’t relate to the heroine straight away. The exception to this is Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Zola: Sophie heads off to New York City with just a rucksack and an address. If you could venture to any new place on a whim, where would it be?

KF: I have a fancy to go to Morocco, but I’d need more than a rucksack. I do wish I was like Sophie!

Zola: You once spoke of wanting to write a screenplay. What would be the first of your novels you’d consider adapting?

KF: I would love to work with someone who knows about screenplays. I think Wedding Season or A Perfect Proposal would be good ones.

Zola: Can you share with us the story of your own proposal? Was it perfect?

KF: Like many proposals, ours was a bit muddled but we ended up engaged. The odd thing was I’d decided that I was far too young and if Desmond proposed I’d say no. We’re still married.

This article originally appeared on Zola Books.

Kelly Gallucci
Far too busy rereading the Harry Potter series, Kelly finds that her greatest literary sin is that she neglected to read classics like The Shining and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In between overseeing the editorial content for Bookish, holding interviews with authors like Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab, and creating book recommendations for Kanye West—Kelly’s trying to catch up on the books she missed out on. She just finished The Great Gatsby and might be in love with Fitzg. Kelly received her B.A. in English Writing from Marist College and her M.A. in Screenwriting from National University of Ireland, Galway. She is a Gryffindor.