This month, All The Kissing is delighted to welcome Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date and her second novel, The Proposal, from Berkley Books. We’re thrilled to have her here! You can find Jasmine on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and on jasmineguillory.com.
Introducing Jasmine Guillory
Jasmine Guillory is the author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal. Her work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine, The Toast, Slate, Catapult, and Real Simple magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @thebestjasmine, Instagram at @jasminepics, Facebook at @jasmineguillorywriter, and more details about upcoming events on her website at jasmineguillory.com. She lives in Oakland, California.
Your second book, THE PROPOSAL, is out today! Would you mind telling the All The Kissing readers what it’s about?
THE PROPOSAL is about Carlos, who some of you may remember as Drew’s best friend from THE WEDDING DATE. In the first scene of the book, he’s at a baseball game at Dodger stadium with his sister, and a Jumbotron proposal happens right in front of him. Except…the woman in question says no. Her boyfriend and all of his friends take off, and a camera crew comes over to interrogate her. Carlos and his sister realize they have to save this woman from the crowd, and get her out of the stadium. Nik — the woman who said no — brings Carlos and his sister along to meet up with her friends at a bar, and her friends convince her that Carlos is the perfect rebound. For the rest, you’ll have to read the book!
I can’t really put into words how obsessed I am with THE WEDDING DATE—the cheese, the wine, the fantastic character names! When you finished writing it, did you immediately know what the second book would be about?
I absolutely did know what the second book would be about when I finished writing THE WEDDING DATE. But…it wasn’t THE PROPOSAL. What I thought would be the second book will now be the third book, and I’m so glad it turned out like that, both books are better for it!
I think we’ve all heard of the “sophomore slump.” Was that something you dealt with while writing THE PROPOSAL?
You know, I didn’t really, but I think that was because I wrote the bulk of THE PROPOSAL a while before THE WEDDING DATE was out, so none of it really felt real yet! When I dove back in to do edits a few months after THE WEDDING DATE came out, though, it was terrifying to realize people might actually read this book.
Your books all are filled to the brim with diversity. Is that something you make a point to have in your stories?
I don’t make it a point to do so, no; it’s just that I’m writing about the world I live in, and the world I live in is filled to the brim with diversity!
In addition to being an amazing author, you are also a lawyer. Don’t worry, ATK community, I feel like a slacker, too. How did a career in writing come to fruition for you?
I’d been working as a lawyer for about 8 or so years when I realized I needed a creative outlet in my life. I’d always been a big reader, but had never thought I’d ever be a writer! But I thought maybe I’d try writing for fun to have something new and interesting to do outside of work. I turned out to love it; I couldn’t wait to get home every night to write. But it took another 7 or so years for writing to become a career. So if you’re feeling discouraged, keep writing!
Your Instagram is a favorite of mine. There’s fabulous food, face masks, yoga, and books. It all seems so organic, was it easy for you to build your online presence?
Thank you for that! It’s funny that you say that; Instagram seemed so intimidating to me at first. I had an account for a long time and didn’t do much with it, because it felt like everyone had these gorgeous photos and mine could never compare. But once I just decided that didn’t matter and to have fun with it, it became a lot of fun! I think the most important thing is to be genuine and talk and tweet about things that matter to you, whether that’s politics or books or lipstick or all (or none) of those things; you’ll find a lot of other people they matter to too!
Writing can be a very lonely profession. How has being a part of the writing community affected your career?
Other writers have been lifesavers for me! They’ve encouraged me, listened to me vent, relieved my fears, given me advice on so many things, and most of all, have understood me in a way no one else can.
You are also friends with my favorite bloggers, The Fug Girls, and fashion tends to play a very fun part in your books. Are clothing choices one of the tools you use to create your characters and their personalities?
I pay a lot of attention to fashion in my books! Clothing choices say a lot about a person, or a character, especially for women. Fashion can be so fun, but it can also be really stressful if you’re not a straight size, or if you don’t know exactly what you’re supposed to wear, or you don’t know what kind of impression you’re trying to make, and this goes double for women of color.
Speaking of fashion… you can only pick one thing, what do you choose: statement jewelry, a great purse, or the perfect red lip?
The perfect red lip every time!
Before you go, could you tell us what you have in the works for future projects?
That book I mentioned up above, the one I had in mind as soon as I finished THE WEDDING DATE? Well, I’m hard at work on it, and look out for THE WEDDING PARTY next summer! It features two more familiar characters from THE WEDDING DATE, and mayyyy just contain Alexa and Drew’s wedding.
Thanks, Jasmine, for taking the time to talk to us. We wish you the best of luck with all your endeavors!
Feature image courtesy of the author’s Facebook page