Bridget Jones Author Helen Fielding Shares Single Girls' Playlist

Sure, Valentine’s Day can be a romantic celebration with a significant other, but it’s also a time to embrace being unattached.

Helen Fielding – creator of Bridget Jones, whose relationship ups and downs have played out from novels to the big screen – created a playlist for all the single ladies out there on Feb. 14 that lists music Bridget (played by Renée Zellweger) would approve of.

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 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.

Chat LIVE with Bridget Jones Author Helen Fielding!

Plenty has changed for everyone’s favorite London singleton since her v. funny diary first charmed the world in 1998.

In Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Bridget’s a widow with two kids, a Twitter account and a “toy boy” – but she’s still adorably clueless. Join on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET for an exclusive live chat with Fielding, who’ll take questions on all that plus – spoiler alert in case you’ve been living under a rock – why she killed off dreamy Mr. Darcy! Boo hoo! Click below to join us!

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.

How Helen Fielding Told Colin Firth He Died

When it was revealed that the third installment of the Bridget Jones series would bring about the death of fan favorite Mark Darcy, fans were horrified.

But how did Colin Firth, 53, who plays the uptight but lovable lawyer in the film adaptations of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, take the news?

What We're Reading This Weekend: Brand New Fiction

Helen Fielding’s first novel in 14 years, the latest from Meg Cabot’s Size 12 series, a wine-steeped romance – there’s lots to like about this fall’s fiction lineup.

Tell us what you think of our staffers’ picks – and let us know what you’re reading.

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Cover Revealed

Bridget Jones is back!

What has the hapless, loveable heroine of Helen Fielding’s international bestseller Bridget Jones’s Diary been up to since she took the world by storm in the 1990s?

The cover of Fielding’s new novel, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, hints at motherhood, though the author isn’t saying.

Bridget Jones Is Back: Helen Fielding to Release New Novel in November

Bridget’s back – and better than ever?

It’s been 14 years since readers last heard from frumpy, lovelorn, calorie-counting Bridget Jones, memorably played on film by Renée Zellweger.

Now author Helen Fielding is readying a brand-new Jones novel, but don’t expect her lovable protagonist to be exactly the same this time around.

According to a press release about the book obtained by the New York Times, the book will take place in present day London and “represents a totally new phase in Bridget’s life.”

Is Bridget Jones Having a Baby?

Bridget Jones fans, take heart: The plucky, hilarious heroine is poised to make her return.

The wine-guzzling, weight-checking, big undies-sporting star of the 1996 smash novel Bridget Jones’s Diary and its 1999 sequel – both brought to life on film by Renée Zellweger – is “just turning 40,” says author Helen Fielding, who is currently writing the third book in the series.

Author Helen Fielding Has a Baby Girl

Bridget Jones’s Diary author Helen Fielding has had a baby girl, PEOPLE has learned.

The baby was born on Sunday and weighed in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. “She’s gorgeous but yet-to-be-named,” Fielding’s rep, Catherine Olim, said in a statement. “Mother and daughter are both doing fine and everyone is delighted.”

This is the second child for the 48-year-old British writer and her longtime partner, Kevin Curran, 49. Curran is an Emmy-winning writer who has worked on The Simpsons, Married with Children and The Late Show with David Letterman.