Introducing… Married At First Swipe! by Claire Frost
It’s been a little while since I’ve seen you all – can you believe I launched my debut novel Living My Best Life seven whole months ago already? – but since September I have been beavering away on something super-exciting… So without further ado, allow me to introduce my brand-new book Married At First Swipe!
I think you’ll agree that Team BATC, especially cover guru Pip, have done another a-mazing job – I literally can’t stop staring at my cover (I would SO swipe right on it!). As there is a little bit of time to wait until you can get your mitts on a copy – it will hit a bookshelf near you at the very beginning of next year – I thought I’d give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at how I came to write this book.
Whenever anyone asks me what my guilty pleasures are, I immediately go off on an impassioned rant about how no pleasure should feel guilty, for goodness sake! Now more than ever we all need a little dose of escapism to take us out of our own lives and into the crazy, hilarious world of other people’s, whether that’s the laugh-out-loud antics of our fave romcom heroine in a book or film, or real people in unreal situations on TV. And one of the positives of lockdown is that it’s given many of us a little more time to indulge our love of these pleasures. I adore reality TV shows about relationships – from Love Island and First Dates to Married at First Sight and Love is Blind – so much so that they sparked the idea for my second novel. And I do not feel in the slightest bit guilty!
I’ve been a huge fan of Married At First Sight since the first British series back in 2015, and when Love Is Blind hit Netflix in February, I lost count of the number of people who told me I needed to watch the show as I would love it. And love it I flipping well did! I binge-watched the whole series in the first week of lockdown and have spent the four weeks since obsessively Googling to find out how Giannina, Damian and the rest of the couples are doing.
Both Love Is Blind and Married At First Sight are billed as “social experiments” to find out whether people really can get married and live happily ever after despite only meeting mere weeks – or even minutes earlier. And many of the participants on the shows – especially those filmed in the UK – seem like genuinely normal people. So the biggest question for me has always been: why would anyone want to take part in such an experiment? There are definitely easier ways to get on TV than agreeing to marry a stranger, so it’s probably not that. There is no real financial gain and although contestants get a free wedding, they don’t get much choice of where it is and how many people they can invite, so it’s probably not that. Take away all the TV cameras, celebrity presenters and hair and make-up artists, and could it be that these people really do want to find The One but they’re so sick of choosing the Definitely Not The One that they need someone else to help them do so? I couldn’t get this idea out of my head, so I decided the only way forward was to write a book about Hannah, a normal woman in her thirties who puts her trust in her best friend to find her a husband who she meets for the first time at the altar. And so Married At First Swipe was born!
I hope that’s whetted your appetite to find out more about Hannah and her story – and whether she marries the man waiting for her on her wedding day. Married At First Swipe is published on February 4th, 2021, so make a Valentine’s Day plan to read it!
Love, Claire x