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Everything Changes But You:
My second novel, Everything Changes But You was inspired by the many ‘magical’ films out there. I love films like Big and Freaky Friday where a wish is made and the characters are altered – either switching places with another person or transforming into an older/younger version of themselves. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is unhappy at home, but after being transported to a different land, she realises she wants nothing more than to be with her family again.
I took both of these ideas and came up with Ally, who is fed up with her life. She loves her husband Gavin, but feels like they’re stuck in a rut. Ally is jealous of the life her colleague Kelly leads. Kelly is constantly regaling the office with her wild antics, and Ally wants a piece of that. She wants a fun, spontaneous life instead of the mundane, structured one she’s stuck with. So she makes a birthday wish for a life like Kelly’s – and it comes true!
It was so much fun messing with Ally’s life. Where would she live? Who would her friends be now she has this wonderful new life full of nights out and glamour? But also, how would the changes in Ally have affected her relationships with those she loves; Gavin, her family, her best friend?
In the films, the characters usually learn something from their experience: that life as an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be or that it isn’t as much fun being a kid as you remember, that friends and family are the most important thing. Ultimately they learn that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. This message was important to me. I wanted Ally to realise that her life was wonderful and that other people’s lives aren’t always what they seem. But if Ally does realise how perfect her life was, is it too late to get it back?
Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Everything Changes But You is her second novel and is available as an ebook now.
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