A MUST READ: The Singles | EXCLUSIVE Ceremony Magazine Interview with Author Meredith Goldstein
A MUST READ: The Singles
EXCLUSIVE Ceremony Magazine Interview with Author Meredith Goldstein
By Jennifer Petrini
Associate Editor | Ceremony Magazine
I’m sure you’ve been one before. The dreaded, dateless “single” invited to celebrate in someone else’s very special day…ALONE. Have no fear, these singles usually always have the BEST stories to tell and in Meredith Goldstein’s debut novel, their tales are outrageous. Set under the backdrop of Bee & Matt Fee’s wedding, The Singles is a witty chick lit book revolving around five guests going stag at this lavish affair.
Meet Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Phil and Joe, from bridesmaid to estranged uncle; everyone has a role in this wedding party, be their PLUS ONE and definitely RSVP for this hilarious adventure!
Ceremony Magazine had the chance to ask Author Meredith Goldstein
all about THE SINGLES.
This book is based on your experiences being a “SINGLE” at weddings, is there one particularly unique story you’ve had at a nuptial as a “SINGLE?”
There isn’t just one memorable story – all of my “single” experiences have been pretty memorable – but there was one perfect, memorable cake. I’ve had some amazing wedding cake over the years, but my favorite was made by Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. I still dream about that cake, and as a single, I was happy to have seconds (and thirds).
Is there anyone that you care to mention who inspired any particular character or storyline in the book?
I stole my sister’s job for Hannah, one of my main characters. Like my real-life sister, Hannah is a casting director. She runs around casting her friends (and strangers) in her head. She casts everyone at the wedding in The Singles. That was quite fun for me to write.
What character do you identify with most and why?
Randomly I relate to Phil, one of my male “singles,” more than anyone else. Phil is a creature of habit. He’s the kind of guy who has a million friends and keeps people close – but not too close. He needs routine and is scared of change. Sometimes I get like that, too.
What’s your favorite color bridesmaid dress? And the most hideous one you’ve worn?
My favorite bridesmaid dress was black. It was flattering and quite classy. I’m afraid to get too specific about my least favorite dress (I don’t want to offend anyone), but I’ll just say that it was purple … and expensive.
You mentioned being a “groomsmaid” in your letter to the readers – how did that differ from standard “bridesmaid” duties? Any good guy gossip?
It was so relaxing compared to my bridesmaid experiences. Men have it so easy. All of my “showers” were optional. I wasn’t forced to do my hair. It was a lot of slapping guys each other on the back and saying, “Dude, it’s going to be great.”
Have you ever dealt with a “bridezilla?” If so, advice on dealing with one and NOT being one?
You know, my friends have been pretty great, mainly because they’ve remembered to have fun. I mean, it’s supposed to be fun, right? That’s my advice to brides – to remember that it’s a party. You’re supposed to giggle, smile, and enjoy your company.
Do you believe in the saying, you may meet your match at a wedding? Thoughts?
I believe that people do meet at weddings. Wedding guests certainly have soul mates on the brain. But you can’t count on it. It can’t be a goal — otherwise weddings are just way too stressful for single people.
Are you currently married/engaged?
Currently very single, happily so.
Regardless of your marital status, what is YOUR dream wedding?
Hmm. No one has ever asked me that. I think … Robert Pattinson and I would have a destination wedding. Just him … me … a few friends and family … somewhere remote … and there would be four courses of cake. (You said dream wedding, right?)
Is the book in development for a film? Can you give us any scoop on a flick?
Film rights for the book have been picked up, so let’s all cross our fingers and do some imaginary casting of our own! It’s still a bit early to know what’s up, but I’ll keep everybody posted!
Advice to the SINGLES out there attending a Big Day alone?
Treat the wedding like a vacation. Get a comfy hotel room. Do some sight-seeing if you’re in a new city. You should feel like you got something fantastic out of the experience no matter what.
Any additional thoughts you’d like to make?
Brides: Be kind to your singles. Seat them next to cool people. That’s all they need.
The Singles by Meredith Goldstein hit the bookshelves on April 24, 2012.