Hi, welcome to day five of my Valentine’s Day romance author interviews. Today I’m talking to Guinevere Jordan, author of Coming Home, published in the Wrapped up in Love anthology released late 2019, in aid of breast cancer.
In your short story, Coming Home, ex-lovers Susie and Simon meet up after a long time apart. Do you think these busy single-parents would find time to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day can be tricky with kids. I think they would celebrate it but not in an over-the-top kind of way. Simon would probably take the day off work so he and Susie could spend some alone time together while the little girls are at school. You know, adult fun without the potential of a little child needing a drink of water, having a nightmare or going to investigate why Aunt Susie is making weird noises.
Which of the two would be the most romantic on the day?
I think it would definitely be Simon doing something romantic for Susie, because she’d just forget what day it is. He could cook her a yummy dinner, and make her his mashed potatoes because he knows they’re her favorite. I think he may enroll the help of Adelie and Ariel to make her a card/choose her a present she will like.
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you think your opinion on it influences how you might write about it?
It’s not really a big deal to me. I don’t see the point of showing someone you love that you love them on this one day. That said, it’s always nice to sneak away for dinner together, more doable now we have a teenager who is old enough to babysit. It probably does influence how I write about it. For me, it’s not about expensive gifts, it’s about quality time together and this is a belief I think my characters would have too.
If you haven’t already, would you consider writing a Valentine’s Day themed book or novella?
I started one a couple of years ago, another second chance romance (or sorts, they only ever shared this one kiss). So far, it’s 5k long and I’m still undecided about what to do with it. I thought it was finished for a while but then I started to think of how I could make it longer.
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?
No plans yet. If we have enough money we might go out for dinner or lunch together, but in all likelihood, it will just be another day for us! I don’t know, maybe the whole idea of Valentine’s Day is bigger in America and Europe? It doesn’t seem to be a big deal here in New Zealand.
Excluding your partner, who would be your ideal Valentine’s Day date? Where would you take them?
If you asked my wife, she’d say, ‘That’s easy. Richie McCaw, and you’d climb him like a tree!’. He’s the former captain of the national rugby team here in NZ and I kind of have had a crush on him for like 8 years. I’m not so sure I’d take him out for a Valentine’s Day date (all my fantasy boyfriends have girlfriends or wives!)
I love your partner’s turn of phrase.
What is the most romantic gift you have ever given?
Early in our relationship, Mother’s Day was approaching and my wife mentioned she’d never got a Mother’s Day present. So I got her some chocolate, a wooden letter J to remember the baby she lost, a pot of her favorite ice cream, some nice hand cream and some other stuff I can’t remember now (possibly a nice notebook because she loves notebooks). Last year I got her a copy of The Odyssey from 1885.
What is the most romantic gesture somebody has ever done for you/gift someone has given you?
My wife always gets me a little gift to mark my daughter’s birthday (she was born sleeping in 2006).
Thanks Guinevere. If you haven’t already, you should definitely get right onto Amazon and one-click the amazing anthology, Wrapped up in love, full of lots of winter tales to warm you up on cold February nights. Remember all proceeds from the sale of this book go to fighting breast cancer. If ever there was a reason to treat yourself to a little something for Valentine’s Day, this is it!
Coming Home by Guinevere Jordan
Eighteen-year-old Susie left Newcastle-upon-Tyne and her boyfriend behind to follow her dreams in London. Twenty years later, she moves back home to look after her recently orphaned niece and bumps into Simon, who has a daughter the same age. Susie quickly realises she needs to decide if it is a sign from the universe or a chance at closure.
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