Helen Fielding: Possibly Drunk Fan Called Me Murderer of Colin Firth

Following Tuesday’s much anticipated release of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, author Helen Fielding took some time to chat live with PEOPLE.com readers and reflect on the beloved fictional character she made into a household name.

“I love talking about Bridget and it is very touching that people still care about her after so much time,” Fielding, 55, told readers, adding that she never gets tired of talking about her.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Exclusive Excerpt: She's Back on the Dating Scene

In author Helen Fielding’s third Bridget Jones novel, Mad About the Boy (out Tuesday, Oct. 15), Bridget is older, a mother of two, a widow (R.I.P. Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy) – and none the wiser.

Still obsessed with her weight, alcohol consumption and nicotine habit, she also has new preoccupations: how many Twitter followers she has, and how to get back in the dating game.