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Q&A with Sariah Wilson, Author of The Paid Bridesmaid

Q&A with Sariah Wilson, Author of The Paid Bridesmaid

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Sariah Wilson is the author of The Paid Bridesmaid, which is out now.

Sariah Wilson is a passionate believer in happily-ever-afters. She and her own soulmate live in Utah with their four children and the two family cats. Her belief in true love has inspired several bestselling rom-coms including The Paid Bridesmaid (January 1, 2022; Montlake), Roommaid and The Seat Filler, as well as such bestselling romance series as End of the Line (The Friend Zone, Just a Boyfriend); Lovestruck (#Starstuck, #Moonstruck, #Awestruck); Ugly Stepsisters (The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back; Promposal), Royals of Monterra (Royal Date, Royal Chase, Royal Games, Royal Design).

Here’s the synopsis for her latest novel, The Paid Bridesmaid:

Rachel Vinson is a bridesmaid for hire: part confidante, part wedding planner, and one hundred percent pretend BFF. Discretion guaranteed. Her next gig is a destination wedding—livestreamed and sponsored—for an Instagram influencer. That means a paradise of new contacts, which could be a boon to her already booming business. If Rachel can keep the very handsome and slightly too interested best man at bay, that is.

High-tech entrepreneur Camden Lewis must know: Who is this gorgeous, intelligent, and mysterious woman? Too good to be real. Convinced she’s a corporate spy out to tank his company, Camden’s not letting her out of his sight. But the constant surveillance is also opening his eyes to things about Rachel that he likes. If she’s a spy, she’s certainly the cutest one he’s ever seen.

As the week’s worth of wedding events march along, Rachel and Camden are learning almost everything there is to know about each other. Rachel’s made a career out of always a bridesmaid…but perhaps there’s a chance for her own trip down the aisle?

Let’s get to know Sariah as she talks favorite novels, story inspirations, her TBR and more!

What are some of your favorite novels? 

I feel like that’s an impossible question to answer! I have so many novels in so many different genres that I love. Some of my all-time favorites would include Minding Frankie, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Kitchen God’s Wife.  

When did you know you wanted to become an author? 

Twenty years ago, I was trying to raise money for therapy for my oldest son. When I thought/prayed about it, the answer I got was “write a book.” I’d always loved reading, but I’d never seriously considered the idea that I might be an author. But then I gave it a shot, and here we are! 

What do you like best about writing rom-coms and romances? 

The thing I love most about them is a guaranteed happy ending, and I love the idea that people read my books to escape real life. Easing someone’s burdens for a few hours—can you ask for more than that? To know you made someone smile and feel better for a little while?  

Are any of your characters based on real people? 

I will say this—I have written many a villain based on real people in my life. Not that they’d ever recognize themselves, and I’d never admit to it. I think every author creates characters that are amalgamations of the people around them.  

Tell us about The Paid Bridesmaid! What inspired you to write it? 

I read an article about a woman who works as a professional bridesmaid, and I thought what a great idea that would be for a book. Especially where she has to keep her involvement quiet (thanks to an NDA) and then you give her a suspicious hero who is trying to uncover her secrets…I thought it would be a lot of fun to write! 

What are you currently reading and what’s on your TBR (to be read) list? 

I just finished The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I’ve got Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon next on my TBR list!  

Click here to order The Paid Bridesmaid on Amazon.