How long have you been in the Savannah area and what brought you here?
Ten years. I came here for my husband’s job and we really love it and never intend to leave.
When did you first get interested in writing and when was the first time you published?
I have always been interested in writing and have written sporadically throughout my life. I got more serious about this about 7 years ago when I published my first short story in “Literary Mama”, an online magazine.
Tell me a little more about your husband and your children, and how it influenced your writing.
I have been married for 20 years and have three boys. One high school student, one secondary school student and one in primary. I think all writers tap into their lives when they write. It’s those real-life observations that people can see themselves in.
Real life is funny. I’ve tried to strike a chord and tap into some of those ridiculous, wonderful, infuriating moments that happen when you share a life with someone.
How would you describe this book to readers?
Part illustrated parody, part gift book: If Dr. Seuss wrote a fun book on marriage for the bridal shower. Then I added a gift list and a place for the donor to write a personalized message so it could be a keepsake.
Tell me more about how you got interested in this project and about it.
I have been to eight weddings in the span of a few years and realized that with each of them there was always that awkward moment when the gifts were opened. I kept thinking that there should be an icebreaker book for all of these celebrations, so I wrote it. I wanted it to be that thing where all of a sudden it’s flowing and everyone is sharing and telling stories of their own marriages and lives.
Your bio says you are a “chronic bridesmaid.” It’s like the movie 27 Dresses?
Not enough! I love what millennials do with weddings today. When I got married, the brides were very concerned with all the “rules”. Today, they make theirs.
The great thing about this book is that it is suitable for any type of wedding, traditional or otherwise. Humor has a sweet side, so it’s designed for all ages, from granny in the shower to millennial bridesmaids. You can give it away for a bachelorette party and anyone can sign it or as an engagement gift. We wanted this to make sense for all of these gift giving occasions.
Any funny anecdotes or examples from the book you’d like to share?
One of my favorite lines is about the honeymoon. Marriage (and brides) today is very digital. There are websites and hashtags and everything online. There’s a fun line where the bride and groom are on the beach on their honeymoon and she looks at it sultry, comes to see it and says “that was the best text I ever had”.
It’s a picture book for brides and bridesmaids. What can readers expect?
To see herself and probably their own relationships in her. We all age, change and grow – the book addresses those silly and eccentric universal moments that we all go through.
Anything else you would like readers to know?
Just that there is a lot of great information for you on my website jenmariewiggins.com I have 70% completed my other book, a beach thriller, and am already working on the parenting suite for this book for the party prenatal!
“Married AF: A Funny Marriage Guide for the Newlywed or Bride” (on sale Jan. 4, 2022) is the keepsake that responds to what happens after you tie the knot. Book author Jen Marie Wiggins, a Savannah native, will host an in-person event at Emily McCarthy’s Savannah Boutique (2428 Abercorn St) on Thursday, Jan.6 for an in-person signing at 6 p.m.