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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Oh boy, have I got a treat for you! A #romcom is up for grabs PLUS a box of choccies AND one of WWBB's derogatory style interviews! #giveaway #romance #fiction #author #interview .@VictoriaCooke10 .@rararesources

 It takes a brave author to agree to WWBB’s derogatory interview style. 

So welcome (mawuhhhhhh) Victoria Cooke. Let the bitch fest interview begin!

How come you came up with the shitty title of The Secret to Falling in Love. Did you run out of ideas?

Actually, it was much worse to begin with but my publisher improved it by totally scrapping my title idea and coming up with another one. It does what it says on the tin and who doesn’t want to know the secret to falling in love? Even if you don’t want to be in love or you hate love, it’s best to know the secret so you don’t inadvertently fall into it. That’s my catchy motto anyway.

Could the title have been any worse? The Secret to Falling in Love… come on. OK, moving on because I haven’t all day discussing god-awful book titles, what’s so great about book? (Don't want the boring details, a couple of lines is enough!)

It’s set in my home city of Manchester, the coolest city on earth. We gave you Oasis and Coronation Street and funnily enough, the computer (a central theme in The Secret to Falling in Love – wink wink). Manchester is also home to the oldest library in England so I think book lovers everywhere owe it to Manchester to read all the books set there.

Manchester the coolest city? I don’t think so, lady! Oasis can’t stand one another, Coronation Street… OK, I’ll give you Corrie. And (grudgingly) the rest. So, am I likely to fall asleep during chapter one?

I hope not, there’s a grown woman stuck in a dog flap for goodness sake! It’s literary fiction at its finest.

Eat your heart out Jane Austen! And is your protagonist happy now their story has been told, or is there more to come (God help us!)?

She is definitely happy; she’s got Scott (hearty eyes) and she’s dealt with a few nasties whilst figuring out her friend’s secret and befriending a cool old lady.

Describe your writing style in ten words or less. I’ll begin with the first two: Crap, dull…

Colloquial, contemporary (a little bit sweary but not as much as one American reviewer on Amazon would have you believe). I also have a substantial cocktail-based vocabulary.

I have a sudden compulsion to read this book! Go on, just for a laugh, share with us that review.

Okaaaay. It’s from Amazon USA:

‘I didn't enjoy the book at all. Boring. The heroine, Melissa, kept trying to find her soul mate and always wanted to hook up (sex) on the first date. Melissa was an alcoholic (that's what I call someone that drinks like she did). I got sick of all the drinking. It was a complete turnoff. I didn't care for the sex and swear words. I also didn't agree with certain lifestyles in the book. I do not recommend. Will not read this author again.’

That reviewer is a Muppet! Who’d want to go through life without a piss-up, swearing and fuc... nooky. They must live in a convent.

What qualifications do you have for writing in your genre? (Apart from waking up in the morning, that is).

I have a 2:1 in marriage and am a fully qualified spewer of hearty-eyes and warm fuzz. I got a level 2 NVQ in evil bosses and an A-level in awesome friends. I have also watched all the romcom films. All of them!

All of them? Hugh Grant’s floppy hair and all?

Many authors use their qualifications to show off their so-called talents i.e. crime writers are often coppers (or police, for the non-Brits present) and the book becomes boringly technical. How have you managed to keep your knowledge low key? Or haven’t you bothered?

Quite the opposite actually. My knowledge of dating in the times of Tinder was virtually none existent so I had to up-skill. My actual qualifications were completely useless but don’t get me started on the uselessness of my business studies degree.
I did however, allow my in-depth knowledge and experience of lecherous men shine through in one particular scene.

If your book disappeared forever, do you think it’ll be missed?

No but it should be, who doesn’t love a bit of light-hearted fun with a happy-for-now ending, a few giggles and a big dollop of ‘aww’ along the way.

Sounds like a ‘lazy day’ book to me! Right, final question and then you can go. Describe your perfect death (in case I must kill you)?

Wrapped in Ryan Gosling’s arms on a Bali bed on some exotic beach where you feed me enough cocktails and chocolates to keep me happy but obviously not enough for me to survive on as that would negate the killing part. If you’re really serious about this, the Ryan Gosling part is fundamental.

I might kill you anyway. Ryan Gosling is mine, bitch!

The Secret to Falling in Love


Victoria Cooke

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta's and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!
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Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

About Author Victoria Cooke

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. 
Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.

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