In her latest novel Eat, Drink and Be Married, chick-lit author Rebecca Bloom sends four college friends on a fun, nevertheless dramatic destination wedding journey. Bloom, who has also worked as a designer, decorator, chef and editor, called upon her own experiences when she sat down to write the book (her third) as a single woman. “I got married a couple of years ago so perhaps this book was like Field of Dreams for me—like if you build it he will come,” she says. (Bloom also has a two-year-old son now.) We chatted with the LA native about love, life, friendship and balancing it all.
What inspired you to tell this story?
REBECCA BLOOM: I’ve been to so many weddings and realized much of the drama takes place among the guests. The people getting married often have a different experience entirely of their wedding then their friends. I liked that dichotomy and used it as the inspiration. Each of these women is going through different life changes and emotional journeys and it all comes together at this wedding.
You have such a diverse background. What made you want to become and author?
RB: My first novel, Girl Anatomy, started from my journal and evolved into a book. It snowballed and all of a sudden I was a writer and taking things from my personal life and imagining different scenarios—like what my friends and I were getting ourselves mixed up in. Now I think my chick-lit days are going to turn to mom-lit books! I think the next thing I do will have a completely different theme.
Your books are mostly set in LA. What makes the city a great backdrop for the story?
RB: For me it’s what is familiar. LA is always in the back of my head and I guess you end up writing what you know. LA has so much to offer. It’s such an expansive city.
What are you favorite LA date spots?
RB: I have a soft spot for tapas bars because that was my husband and mine’s first date. He says it’s the perfect first date because you can order a little or you can order a lot depending on how it’s going! I like Primitivo in Venice and for romantic dinner, Ado.
What to you want women to take away after reading this book?
RB: No matter how far away you get from your close friends you don’t always need to see or talk to them, but when you are together they’re still your grounding force no matter how much life gets in the way.
Many women want to have it all—raise a family and have a successful career. Do you believe that is possible?
RB: I think there’s always going to be sacrifices to be made, but I do think you can have personal and professional success. I’m lucky that I get to stay home most of the time with my son and that’s what I’m choosing to do right now. I have other friends that have chosen to go back to work or have to go back to work. There’s good and bad in everything. So can women have it all? I think you can have it all, but maybe not all at once.