Author Guest Post
1. My Mother – The mother of my main character in both A State of Jane and my first novel Just Friends with Benefits is a strong character who is more than a little overly interested in the status of her daughter’s love life. The inspiration behind these characters is my own mother’s consistent obsession with my relationships. Although I know it is because she loves me, her constant badgering has lent itself to many heated arguments, some that have ended with a dial tone when I hang up on her. I know, I know, very disrespectful but sometimes I cannot help myself. While my mother was flattered to be the inspiration behind Stephanie Cohen’s mother Susan in Just Friends with Benefits, she has told me she doesn’t like being mentioned in so many of my blogs. I have told her that she is my strongest muse and in order for me to stop referring to her, she will need to stop asking about the progress of my relationship. This means she will be featured in my blogs from now until the end of time.
2. Men I've dated, men I've hated and Men I have wanted to date – Most women will agree that we don’t often get closure on a failed relationship. And sometimes our crushes lead nowhere. Other times, we have an awful date at the end of which we’d like to ask the guy, “What were you thinking” but don’t get the chance. And sometimes we wish we could get revenge on those men who scorned us but don’t have the balls to take action. Or maybe that’s just me… In any event, I often use my books as a way to seek figurative closure when I cannot obtain literal closure. Usually by the time I finish the book, I feel cleansed of any open issues with the men who inspired me at the beginning of the process. My characters two love interests in Just Friends with Benefits were inspired by men I either dated or wanted to date. In A State of Jane, I allow Jane to respond to the “flakes” she goes out with in ways I never could have done.
3. Work – When I am not writing, I work as a trademark paralegal in a law firm. The main character in both of my published novels as well as my work-in-progress works in a law firm and the secondary characters are often inspired by the lawyers, paralegals, secretaries etc. with whom I have worked.
4. Friends – I have a lot of friends, some single, some married and some in relationships. As is common among good friends, we exchange our experiences, sometimes laughing about them, sometimes crying and other times just lending a silent ear. Being a good listener with a very good memory is often very helpful when it comes to writing books. At my release party for A State of Jane, a friend told me she noticed while reading that I subjected Jane’s best friend Marissa to one of the friend’s actual awful online dating experiences. Thankfully, my friend wasn’t angry! I also “borrowed” the name of some of Jane’s suitors from guys my friends have dated. Why do you think I included my friends in the Acknowledgements? Duh!
5. NYC/Hoboken – I live and work in New York City and also lived in Hoboken, New Jersey for many years. Although Stephanie from Just Friends with Benefits lived in Washington D.C., I had her visit New York City and Hoboken and spend time in bars and restaurants I have also frequented. A State of Jane takes place in New York City but I have her visit Hoboken because both of these locations are very familiar to me and allow me to easily and realistically place my characters in the scene. Anyone who has visited New York City will agree that it is a muse in and of itself.
And there you have them, my Top 5 Muses! Thanks for allowing me to share them with you :)
About The Author
Meredith Schorr ~ A State of Jane ~ Virtual Book Tour Page ~ Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
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Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Publication Date: September 5, 2012
Format: Paperback - 266 pages / Kindle - 452 KB
Genre: Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour.
Jane Frank is ready to fall in love.
It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father's law firm.
There's just one problem: All the guys in New York are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation.
Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who've scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.
My Book Review:
A year to the date after she broke up with her long-time boyfriend Bob, twenty-six year old Jane Frank is ready to start dating again. Jane is on a mission, she wants to be settled in a committed relationship by the time she starts law school the following year, because she'll be too busy studying to meet anyone. From online dating to the local New York bars and everything in between, Jane finds out that finding Mr. Right isn't exactly as easy as she had thought it would be. So if you can't beat em, join em ... Jane decides to date like a man ... love em and leave em! But this way of finding the right guy isn't working out either ... so come along for the ride as Jane weaves her way through the variety of New York's eligible bachelors in search of Mr. Right.
Every now and then I crave a story that will tickle my funny bone from cover to cover, and in A State of Jane, author Meredith Schorr has created a fun, laugh-out-loud, hilarious story that left me completely satisfied. Written in the first person narrative, Jane Frank takes the reader along for the ride on her journey into the crazy dating scene and the trial and tribulations that she encounters in her search for Mr. Right.
Author Meredith Schorr weaves a realistic tale of the frustrations of being single and looking for love. Jane is a hot mess but she is real with flaws and ideals, and the variety of guys she dates will leave you laughing and shaking your head in amusement. We can all relate to what it is like to be in the dating scene, and the variety of people we meet and have to weed out in order to find that special someone. Jane's adventure is thoroughly entertaining, as I followed along on her search there were times where I was cheering her on, but there were also times when I simply wanted to smack her upside the head and say "what were you thinking?"! Throughout her search, Jane lives and learns until she finally comes full circle and listens to her heart.
With a quirky cast of characters; witty dialogue and interactions; richly detailed description of the sights and sounds of NY and Hoboken, NJ; and a storyline that is written in a humorous and sassy style, A State of Jane is a witty true-to-life story that will not disappoint you, it is Chick Lit at it's very best!
RATING: 5 STARS *****