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Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding’s first book was snubbed

The creator of goofy TV journalist Bridget Jones had her first novel rejected by popular romance publisher Mills & Boon.

books Updated: Sep 18, 2007 12:20 IST

All those aspiring writers in the world, who may have faced several setbacks already, just don’t give up, for Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding too went through the same experience before she made a fortune out of the story of a daffy single woman.

Fielding, who created the famous thirtysomething London woman, surrounded by a proxy "urban family" of friends, who tries to make sense of life and love, has revealed that her first book, Fires Of Zanzibar, was rejected by Mills & Boon publisher because it wasn’t good enough.

The author said she was left demoralised and even gave up writing for the next six years.

“It was called Fires Of Zanzibar and set in a refugee camp. I thought it had all the ingredients needed – a handsome hero and heroine – but the publisher turned me down flat. Mills & Boon said that neither my characters nor my story was up to the standards it expected. I was absolutely crushed and didn’t write anything else for years,” the Daily Express quoted Fielding as saying.

Fielding suspects that reference to a snake and manhood in the same sentence might have made the publisher reject her debut book.

However, the writer took to writing once again to churn out Bridget Jones who was portrayed by Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger in the move by the same name.