Are you a fan of “what-if” movies, or Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “A Christmas Carol”?
Read on to find the answer to the GIVEAWAY question.
I was reading a book one night which had a character who acted beyond her years, and I had the sudden idea of what it might be like if a character ‘looked’ beyond her years.
I was reminded of movies like 13 Going on 30 / Suddenly 30 and Big, but I thought it would be fun to have a character become an age she considers undesirable.
So I created a character who is a young model and made her become a fifty year old overnight. I thought time travel would be the best way to bring her to that age, so she could see what her life would be like in the future if she made different choices.
So it’s very much a ‘what-if’ scenario… What if I went to an event I hadn’t planned on attending? What if I said yes instead of no…that sort of thing.
FAST FORWARD is a bit of a mix of genres. It’s placed in the fantasy category in some online stores, obviously because of the time travel and futuristic element, but at its heart it’s a romantic comedy. It could also be classed as a time travel romance.
What’s the most surprising feedback you’ve gotten from readers about this story?
It’s been great to get reader feedback on this book, and one thing that’s surprised me is how many people have cried during it! I made sure that the book had an emotional element and covered some serious issues as well as the lighter ones.
But as the book is mostly a fun comedy I’ve been surprised by how it has affected people emotionally and how many people have resonated with Kelli’s self-perception and experience in the book. It’s nice to know it’s struck a chord with readers on a deeper level as well as made them laugh.
Interesting question… if anything, it’s the changes I made in my life beforehand that led to me writing the book! My life had a big upheaval a few years ago and I decided to follow my passion for writing, and so I tend to include these ‘life-change’ elements in my writing now as I draw on my own experiences.
However, writing the book has reminded me that it’s important to make sure your life is fun, don’t get bogged down by life’s difficulties, and take time for the simple pleasures.
What’s next for you in 2013?
2013 is already becoming a very busy year!! I’ve just signed my second contract with Escape Publishing for another novel, THE JANUARY WISH, which will be out in December of this year.
I’ve completed a couple of novellas that I hope to get published, and I’m working on a contemporary romance and another full length romantic comedy to hopefully follow on from FAST FORWARD. Somewhere in all that I hope I find time to sleep. 😉
If we’re going on taste alone with no regard for nutrition, then chocolate of course!
eBooks or paperbacks?
I LOVE holding a paperback in my hand, but since I’ve recently got a Kindle I’m going to say ebooks!! I love the wider variety of books available and cheaper price of them, not to mention the ease of reading and carrying with you.
Favourite book you read in 2012/2013?
Geez that’s tough, I find it so hard to pick favourites as I’ve read a lot of great books, but if I had to choose I’d say JILTED by Rachael Johns (who just so happened to win the best contemporary romance award at this year’s Australian Romance Reader’s Awards!).
If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Another toughie! Can I be sneaky and say my future husband? I’m still waiting for the right one! 😉
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FAST FORWARD blurb:
Aspiring supermodel, Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.
Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband and hideous support underwear forever?