Sunday, 3 April 2011

Film vs. Book meets Author Ali McNamara

The fabulously witty Ali McNamara has had big success recently with her debut novel From Notting Hill with Love ... Actually and it certainly is not the last we will see of this talented film buff-come-author.
But where did it all begin? Is she a Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver fan? And what can we expect from Ali in the future... The lady herself reveals all.

LE x


Who’s your favourite writer?
My two favourite writers are actually script writers rather than authors. Richard Curtis (Four Weddings, Notting Hill, Love Actually) & Nora Ephron (When Harry met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail) both who wrote and directed some of my favourite romantic comedies of all time.

What’s your favourite film ever made?
‘When Harry Met Sally’ I love the sharp witty dialogue between the two leading characters.

Who is your favourite leading man (Is it Hugh Grant?)?
I’ve recently discovered the gorgeous Mr Bradley Cooper – and no else gets a look in right now ;-)

Here's a little treat for the Bradley Cooper fan club - LE x

Now for some quick fire questions:
Notting Hill/Love Actually?:
Notting Hill

Dream man - Mark Darcy/Daniel Cleaver?
Mark Darcy: “Nice boys don’t kiss like that...” “Oh yes they ****** do!” ;-)

Best friend - Bridget Jones/Shaz?:
Bridget Jones

Best leading lady - Julia Roberts/Meg Ryan?:
Julia Roberts

Black and White / Colour films?:
Colour in general, but I do love the odd classic black and white movie like ‘Brief Encounter’.

How did you get into writing?
My route in getting published (I began by writing stories on Ronan Keating’s website which were then sold as a fundraising project for his cancer charity) is not your usual story of becoming a published novelist. My story was more a ‘happy accident’ I didn’t set out to become a writer. But once I discovered that people were enjoying what I wrote I wanted to keep writing, and that’s when I began writing full-length novels. But it was still a long hard journey to get my first novel ‘From Notting Hill with Love... Actually’ published.

What’s on the horizon for you?
My new novel out November this year –‘Breakfast at Darcy’s’

When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island! Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit. It's a big shock. And she's even more shocked to hear she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy must leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub, she meets confident, charming Conor and sensible, stubborn Dermot - but who will make her feel really at home?
And then it’s my third novel, out 2012 which I’m just beginning to research and write now. So as you can see it never stops. But I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world!


  1. Fab interview & the picture of Bradley Cooper is the cherry on the icing !!! Thanks Tx

  2. Yes - great interview. Good to learn more about new authors and how they made the break.