From the Author
How After Wimbledon Came to Be
Having finished my degree, I celebrated by taking six months off tobackpack round Australia. At some point - I think it was in Sydney - I decided it was time to tackle a second novel. Unlike with The Dr Pepper Prophecies, this time I knew I could do it.
I was very into tennis at the time (I still enjoy it, but don'tfollow it as much as I did then) and had been in Melbourne for thesecond week of the Australian Open. For the first time I actually wentto Centre Court (the Rod Laver Arena there) and I saw Venus Williams and Roger Federer play. I know there was a third match, but I can'tremember now who was playing. Obviously, it wasn't that good! I spentmuch of the rest of the week hanging out in Federation Square, wherethey had a huge screen set up. It was beautiful weather and theatmosphere was wonderful - definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
It was also one of the low points, because while I was there I brokeup with my boyfriend. We'd been together several years and I hadagonised for months over whether I should break it off. I hadn'texpected to meet 'the one' at that point in my life (I was 23 when westarted dating) and consequently had managed to convince myself that hewasn't it. At 27 I married him, which just goes to show how much Iknow.
I sat on my dorm bunk bed (deeply luxurious this trip was) andwrote. I can't actually remember how long it took me - I shall have todig out my travel diary - but I wrote quite intensively so I don't think it was much over a month. I had a cold during some of it, which helped since I didn't want to go anywhere anyway.
The first draft of what I then called 30 Love was a lotdifferent to the version that will be published. A good chunk of it was more like therapy, with Lucy doing much agonizing over her decisions.Good for me, but quite boring to read! I also felt it had got a bit too dark in places. Someday maybe I'll type up some of it, so you can seewhat I mean. The basic plot, however, remains the same.
Unlike with The Dr Pepper Prophecies, which I took out and edited several times over the years, After Wimbledon sat in a drawer until after I published TDPP. When I started typing it up, I became eager to find out what would happen next (I couldn'tremember after all that time!). I hope you feel the same when you read it.