My guest today is Laura Jane Williams, who’s the author most recently of OUR STOP, a new rom com out this summer. It’s the story of Daniel and Nadia, who take the 7.30 train every morning. One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper: To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime? So begins a story of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

Laura and I talked about what makes train travel romantic, what she thinks of the chick lit label, how she feels about her four-book deal, and more.

You can listen to the episode here,

or Spotify, or iTunes,

or wherever else you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned on the Podcast:

City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert

One Day, by David Nicholls

Praise Song for the Butterflies, by Bernice L McFadden

Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams

How to Fail, by Elizabeth Day

Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo

Fleishman Is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Unscripted, by Claire Handscombe

Love, Unscripted, by Owen Nicholls

You, Me and the Movies, by Fiona Collins

The School Run, by Helen Whitaker

(A note on my book links: they usually take you to Amazon, and I get a few pence per sale at no extra cost to you if you click them and buy from there, which will help me make this podcast viable long-term. But better than Amazon, who are, let’s be honest, not the greatest, is Blackwells or Waterstones, or, even better, your local independent bookshop. If you live in the US or elsewhere further afield, you can find UK books at Book Depository (also owned by Amazon) at a good price and with no postage cost, or sometimes at Wordery.com, or you can buy them from Amazon US, or, even better, an independent bookshop.)

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