Jennifer Gilby Roberts Introduces After Wimbledon
I’m Jennifer Gilby Roberts and I’m the author of After Wimbledon. Unlike my first novel (The Dr Pepper Prophecies), which I wrote mostly to prove to myself I could do it, writing After Wimbledon was about working through my feelings after I’d been agonizing with a decision. Add to that my obsession-of-the-moment – tennis – and I created this. Don’t worry, I cut out most of the angsting!
My main character, Lucy, is a tennis pro trying to decide whether to retire, break up with her boyfriend and pursue the man she’s admired from afar for years. All while playing in the Wimbledon Championships – the tournament she’s always dreamed of winning and never has. Could it be this year? And what will she decide? You’ll have to read it to find out!
PS: I’ve added an extract below and details of a giveaway I’m running where you can win a copy!
Sneaking into the hotel as best I can, I’m relieved that no one seems to be paying attention to me. Apparently, someone more famous has done something appalling. I must try to find out whom and thank them.
I jump, but relax when I see it’s Libby.
‘I’m so glad I finally caught up with you,’ she says. She’s wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a monkey holding a snapped pencil on it. Underneath the picture it says ‘Write No Evil.’
‘I couldn’t believe it when I read that article,’ she continues. ‘I just wanted to make sure you knew that I had nothing to do with it.’
I turn my back to the lobby. ‘I never thought you did.’
‘Oh, good. I was worried because of that chat in the bar. Remember, with Adrienne? I thought you might think… well, never mind. That man’s a sleazebag, don’t worry about him.’
I discreetly look around. ‘Are there still journalists hanging around?’
Libby pulls a face. ‘Yes, but you’re not the one they’re chasing today.’
Libby rummages in her shoulder bag and produces a magazine. ‘You think you’ve got problems.’
The first thing I notice is a picture of Sam. That’s enough to get my attention. But there’s a second photo. Of his ex Julia… holding a baby. A baby about a year old, with blond hair and blue eyes who looks… exactly like Sam.
I go numb.
You can win an e-copy of After Wimbledon, and many other great ebooks, in the Chick Lit Ebook Giveaway on Jennifer Gilby Roberts’ blog, 1-14 March 2014.