How to Marry Your Husband by Jacqueline Rohen will be published in ebook by Cornerstone on 1 May 2020 and in paperback on 9 July 2020.
Jacqueline kindly answered a few of my questions.
1. Tell us a little about How to Marry Your Husband.
On their fifteenth wedding anniversary, Rachel sees her husband with another woman. She’s not the type to forgive and forget, and she starts divorce proceedings – only to discover they were never legally wed. She decides, with a little help from a friend, that the only way to get back at him and divorce him is to get him to marry her first!
2. What inspired the book?
The story is loosely inspired by the ‘divorce’ of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall. When Jerry Hall began divorce proceedings in 1999, Jagger released a public statement saying they were never officially married.
Their story stuck with me for years. Did Jagger purposefully dodge a legal wedding? Did he know it wasn’t legal? Or did he only find out during the divorce proceedings? I wanted answers!
3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you?
I used to be a ‘see where the story takes me’ writer. But since working with a professional editor, I have transformed completely into a planner! Planning is both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. Even with the best laid plan, a character can sabotage it all and take you on his/her own way!
4. Having been through the publishing process, is there anything about the process of creating a novel that surprised you?
How lovely everyone is! Publishing is a business at the end of the day, but everyone is warm, friendly, and so supportive. It’s been a great journey as a debut author.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I currently live in Uganda (and a little stranded after the flights were cancelled) – but we (my fiancé and I) are normally here about ten months of the year volunteering for the chimpanzee conservation project we set up – the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project.
To relax I love to read, and to cook. And I really miss travelling – and have eternal wanderlust. Being away from the UK I am longing for a wet weekend at the British seaside!
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
My teenage self would hate me for this, but I love Pride & Prejudice. It’s the book I reread the most. I watch each new film/television adaptation and listen to the audiobook every few months (the version narrated by Rosamund Pike is my favourite). I’m very much #TeamDarcy!
7. I like to end my Q&As with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
Oooooh tough question! I can give an example of a question I was worried about being asked and that’s about writing from what you know.
In ‘How To Marry Your Husband’ Rachel is accused by the vet of overfeeding her cats and that idea was based on the time my mother-in-law was told to put her cats on a diet! But in the book it’s been exaggerated!
About the book
Rachel vowed that she would love David for better or worse…
But when she spots him kissing another woman, she knows their marriage is over.
And she’s determined to get her revenge through divorce.
The trouble is, her romantic destination wedding wasn’t exactly legal.
So if she wants to divorce her husband she’ll have to marry him first…
But as Rachel recreates the magic of their early days in a bid to lure David back down the aisle again
will it bring back long-lost feelings for him too?