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The Future Mrs. Brightside by Fiona J.R. Titchenell is on virtual book tour. The women's fiction stops at Readeropolis with an ...

The Future Mrs. Brightside by Fiona J.R. Titchenell is on virtual book tour.

The women's fiction stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

What inspired you to write The Future Mrs. Brightside?

Well, much like Chloe, I was going through a bad patch of writer’s block after the death of my father-in-law. He and my husband had been extremely close, and I’d spent about two years fixating on who I was “supposed” to be to support my husband properly. That was basically all I thought about most days, and both my creativity and, ironically, my marriage itself, were really suffering as a result.

I’d sort of decided that I wasn’t allowed to talk about the experience of caring for someone through the grief process, especially the ugly parts, because it wasn’t really my experience. But it was. Dealing with loss from that position is an experience in its own right. That was the inspiration that was so insistently getting in the way of all my other possible inspirations, and it’s what eventually became The Future Mrs. Brightside.

How did you come up with title?

Most of the time, I agonize over a bunch of different titles, none of which feel quite right, but The Future Mrs. Brightside popped into my head fully-formed on day one and never changed. It’s a play on the song “Mr. Brightside.” The song isn’t exactly the story’s anthem or anything — it’s about jealousy, which isn’t a major theme in The Future Mrs. Brightside. As a title, though, I think it captures this feeling of trying hopelessly to be okay when you’re not, it hints at how important music is to the story, and it blends nicely into the clues that this is a story about a long, troubled engagement.

Who designed the cover?

The cover was done by Artistic Studio, and I actually bought it pre-made before I put down a single word of the text. The book didn’t exist yet, even as an idea, and I wasn’t looking to buy a cover to write a story for, even though I’d always thought that would be an interesting challenge. 

I was just browsing for something that might work for a different project, and I saw it. I saw her, Chloe, holding that umbrella over her head even though she’s already up to her waist in water, the kind of plain black umbrella that people always carry to funerals in movies. She had her makeup painted on perfectly over her resigned-looking expression, a faintly rebellious modern haircut, and a flower pinned to her jewelry hanging down the front of her cute retro dress. 

She had all these emblems of hope and cheerfulness and control over her own situation gathered close to her, stuffed into this overall image of futility. The placeholder name on the design was “Suffocated,” and the moment I saw it, I was like, “I get you, lady. I’m there.”

I sat my husband down that afternoon at lunch and asked him how he’d feel about me drawing on my side of the past couple years for a story. He told me to do it. No hesitation. I ordered the cover that day and asked for two versions, one with The Future Mrs. Brightside as the title, and one with no text, in case I changed my mind like I usually do, but I never did.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

My favorite moment in the whole book is when we’re right in the middle of Chloe tearing into Roger in the flashback timeline, all her frustration with his insensitive, overbearing habits finally bursting out, and just as she’s really letting loose, we smash cut to the present timeline, where the mourners at Roger’s funeral are all shaking her hands and telling her how sorry they are for her loss. 

I think it’s a really accurate representation of what it’s like to deal with the loss of someone you had an intense but difficult relationship with, how it’s not necessarily harder but definitely more complicated that mourning someone you have all good feelings about.

The Future Mrs. Brightside 
by Fiona J.R. Titchenell 
Genre: Women's Fiction 

After a year of making beautiful music together, Chloe Hatherly thinks she’s more than ready to make the age-old promise to her bandmate, Jon. In sickness and in health, for better or worse. When the sudden death of Jon’s father forces the couple to postpone their wedding in favor of a funeral, however, their relationship veers rapidly off course from the ever after they’d both envisioned. Now living in her intended father-in-law’s memory-steeped house and acting as round-the-clock caregiver for her fiancé’s worsening depression, Chloe finds herself afflicted with a songwriter’s block for which she’s only ever known one cure: leaving and writing a killer breakup song. Unlike the subjects of her past lyrical rants, Chloe can’t picture her life without Jon in it, and she begins to wonder if there’s a way to save the music she loves while keeping the vows she never had the chance to make — or if she and Jon have already been irrevocably parted by death, albeit not their own.

The Future Mrs. Brightside is an uncomfortably honest, sometimes hilarious, fiercely romantic prose ballad to the hideous beauty of love in good times and bad. 

FIONA J.R. TITCHENELL is an author of young adult, sci-fi, and horror fiction, including Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir, The Prospero Chronicles, and the Summer 2018 Feminist Book of the Month, Out of the Pocket. The Future Mrs. Brightside is her first foray into contemporary women’s fiction. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Cal State University Los Angeles in 2009 at the age of twenty. She currently lives in San Gabriel, California, with her husband and fellow author, Matt Carter, and has also published under the initials F.J.R. Titchenell. Find out more about her and her books at

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1 comment

  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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