Author Guest Post
How did this story begin? Was it a character, or a particular image?
Let’s see, the story began as I was attempting to travel the world in sixty days, LOL! Just kidding J The story actually came from a series of bad dates that I have encountered. Of course, none of my dates were as bad as Leslee’s (the main character) were, but nonetheless they were still pretty horrific. So I just developed these ideas, in a comedic yet outlandish fashion, to be the worst dates that anyone can ever go on and put them into a novel. I feel that single women who read this novel may actually feel a little bit better about their dating life because Leslee has been through more than the average single lady … or so I think. Also, I love the idea of having love right under your nose and not even know it.
Do you have any growing pains with this novel?
Not necessarily. It took me five years to write The Bachelorette Project but that was mainly because I was attending school and working at the same time. But, I did have to make a few changes from when I first started writing it to the end of the five years. My writing had progressed between that time so change was definitely necessary. I really had fun writing this novel. It didn’t stress me out at all. If anything, it was like my own personal therapy, LOL!
How would you most like readers to respond to the novel?
I would mainly want readers to laugh with the novel while reading it. The Bachelorette Project has a few serious tones in it, but it’s mainly written for the sake of comedy. Of course, I already expect readers to either ‘love to hate’ Leslee or they will totally fall in love with her corky-like nature. I would want people to see that she is a smart woman, yet she has her moments of stupidity like anyone in the world has. She’s human and people’s lives are never completely perfect.
What are you reading right now? Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?
Well, since I’m a comedy fiction groupie, I am reading Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin a.k.a Andrew Shaffer. This, of course, is a parody of the Fifty Shades series and I find myself consistently laughing while reading this book. I’m not much of an erotica fan, so more than likely I won’t read the real Fifty Shades (tragic, isn’t it?), but I never turn down a good humor book … and as far as influential authors, I’d have to say Jane Green (because I love Chick Lit) and Christopher Buckley (witty and funny … love his writing). I like womanly/girly and I love comedy so these two authors are definitely the ones that I look up to and admire.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not imaginarily traveling the world in my imaginary boat, believe it or not, I am a hockey mom. My son plays street hockey so I’m pretty involved with that. I also like to watch crime shows and very little reality television when I have spare time. So, writer + hockey mom = a very beautiful combination, LOL!
What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?
I have so many ideas running through my head at all times and it can be difficult to stick to just one. But, as of right now, I am working on a novel about a dysfunctional birthday family dinner through the perspective of a woman that was adopted and lost when it comes to her background. I’m really excited about this because I wrote a play about this before, and to write a novel about it really expands on the idea. It’s more of a dark comedy than anything and I’m having a blast writing it. It should be out by November. I’m also working on my first YA novel which is based on college life and that has been fun, too. I love being a writer because using my imagination is what I do best, I think. I can’t wait to finish writing and publish these two other projects because then I can write a sequel to The Bachelorette Project, but who knows what the future will bring …
About The Author:
Tami Anthony is an author, a playwright, and the beautiful mind behind Pink Butterfly Publications, a publishing company devoted to female-driven literature. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor's in English Literature and Theatre Arts. Tami presently resides out of Philadelphia with her son and is currently working on her second novel and future plays.
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The Bachelorette Project by Tami Anthony
Published By: Pink Butterfly Publications
Release Date: June 3, 2012
Format: Paperback - 364 pages / Kindle - 488 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
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After multiple dates gone awry and unanticipated encounters of the extreme, Leslee decides to confide in the last person that she’d ever consider asking dating advice from: Eric, her handsome, womanizing college friend with a well-known ‘love ‘em and leave ‘em’ reputation. Aside from Eric’s infamous bachelor tactics, Leslee can’t help but to be oddly attracted to him, but will pursuing the charming, ‘bad boy’ philanderer that Eric is even be worth the risk?
With unbelievable twists and a contemporary, comedic Chick-Lit feel, The BACHELORETTE Project is the chronicle of a single woman’s journey to finding true friendship, discovering herself, and learning the enigma of love down to a science.
My Book Review:
Twenty-eight year old Leslee Robinson has the world at her feet: a paralegal position at a prestigious law firm in Manhattan, a well-known news anchor fiance, and living the NYC lifestyle where you have to keep up with the Joneses to survive in the elite fashion conscious circles of the concrete jungle.
But the unexpected happens: Leslee loses her job and her fiance all in one day!
Feeling depressed and helpless, Leslee decides to leave NYC for a while and return to her hometown of Philadelphia to lick her wounds and get herself back on her feet. Staying at the home of her BFF Karen, aka the "Bridezilla," Leslee ponders why she's been so unlucky in the dating / relationship game.
Leslee creates The Bachelorette Project, a scientific dating experiment designed to uncover the elusive wants and needs of the enigmatic male species. With the help of Karen and single-mother/friend Annie, Leslee embarks on a crazy journey to find what it will take to win the heart of Mr. Right. After experiencing some really humorous and disastrous outcomes from the dating experiment, Leslee turns to her old college guy buddy, Eric, a womanizing bachelor, for advice on what men really want in a woman. Along the way, Leslee finds herself becoming attracted to Eric. Can Mr. Right have been right in front of her for all these years?
The Bachelorette Project is a sassy and humorous look at womanhood, friendships, dating and the elusive search for love and Mr. Right. The author weaves an entertaining, no holds barred story of one woman's journey of self-discovery and the pursuit of finding true love.
Written in the first person narrative by the quirky protagonist, Leslee Robinson, the reader is brought along for the ride as Leslee embarks on a comical journey to figure out the male species through her scientific dating experiment. With a lot of twists and turns and drama to go along with the sassy humor, Leslee's experiment is sure to tickle the reader's funny bone. This story is realistic, any woman can relate to the situations that Leslee and her friends find themselves in, because who hasn't experienced something similar in their own lives?
The author has created a realistic, complex, down right funny cast of characters. Their individual quirky personalities, dialogues and comical antics are hysterical and make this story a compelling and laugh-out-loud entertaining read. I can't say enough about Leslee, Karen, Annie and Eric. These characters are so realistic and intriguing, you can't help but feel like you know them. Their "keep it real" dialogues are classic, I found myself laughing so much throughout the book while shaking my head in agreement with them, it felt like I was sitting next to them on the couch. Any book that can transport a reader into the story's environment is a must read, and the author succeeded with flying colors!
The NYC and Philadelphia settings in the book were rich in detail and descriptions. The author does a really good job of describing the sights and sounds of these two vibrant cities.
The Bachelorette Project is a thoroughly entertaining inside look at friendships, the differences in men and women, and how each gender deals with the slippery slope that is the dating and relationship world. If this book doesn't make you laugh, then you have no sense of humor!
RATING: 5 STARS *****