I actually spent a wonderful year at a small American univeristy and loved it. I made a couple of close friends there, and unlike Millie and Kristen, we keep in pretty close contact. I have attended both of their lovely weddings which gave me the idea for the book. Yet I should stress at this point I have not slept with either of the grooms! That bit is pure fiction. I also never had to even think twice about attending their weddings as I didn't have any skeletons lurking in my closet like Millie has. In fact I don't think I could have booked my plane ticket fast enough!
Amber owes a lot of characterisation to one of my friends who gave a brilliant impression of her housemate at a recent dinner party. She won't be making too much of an appearence in the book as she stays in the UK. Which is a shame as she was beginning to seem like a nice character. But I felt that Millie needed another character to introduce her aganst about going to the wedding.