Today we at MBA are proud to welcome author Devan Sipher! Please sit back and enjoy our chat.

MBA&M: Devan, please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself.

 

Devan: I was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the Midwest and have lived in New York for two decades.  The result is I talk fast, hold doors open for women, and like wearing shorts and flip-flops whenever possible.

 

MBA&M: Where did the idea for THE WEDDING BEAT come from?

 

Devan: For five years, I was a writer of the Vows wedding column at The New York Times.  As a 40-something, single guy writing about other people’s weddings, it occurred to me that my life would seem far more amusing to someone who wasn’t living it.

 

MBA&M: Did you do any research before writing THE WEDDING BEAT?

 

Devan:My research was mostly just doing my work at the Times. I also read a lot of romance and romantic comedy books, from Nicholas Sparks to Helen Fielding.  I wanted to fully immerse myself in the genre.

 

MBA&M: Which of the characters in THE WEDDING BEAT do you most identify with and why?

 

Devan: The main character in The Wedding Beat is also a single guy writing a wedding column for a major newspaper.  So we have a bit in common.  For the record, I’m taller, but he gets the girl in the end, which is something I’m still working on.

 

MBA&M: What is on the horizon for you and your writing career?

 

Devan: I have a two-book deal.  So I’m writing the second book, which I’m not supposed to say a lot about, but I can say it’s about two people who make a lot of wrong turns on their way to finding each other.  The tagline is “Sometimes love at first sight can take a lifetime.”

 

MBA&M: Who is the hero/heroine in your life? Why?

 

Devan: My grandmother is 96 years old and still runs three miles every day.  She is living proof of the power of positive thinking – and I only hope I’ve inherited some of her genes.

 

MBA&M: What are some of your favorite things to do when relaxing?

 

Devan: I love taking long walks along the water.  I live in Manhattan, and I like to remind myself as often as possible that I live on an island.  I’ve even been known to take a midnight run along the Hudson River on a balmy night. 

 

MBA&M: Tell us where to find you and where to find THE WEDDING BEAT?

 

Devan: My Web site is www.devansipher.com, and there are links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Indiebound.  You can also follow me on Twitter @DevanSipher or get the latest news at www.facebook.com/DevanSipher

 

Devan, do you have anything to add?

 

Interviewing thousands of brides and grooms has given me the opportunity to learn many things.  The most important is that happiness is a choice.  The Wedding Beat is my lighthearted way of sharing that message. 

 

Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!!!

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