1. What is the name of the book and when was it published?
The book is called “Blow Me” and was self-published in June of 2011.
2. What’s the book’s first line?
Skylar Rose Cumming signed the last of the lease documents for her new Mercedes C300 Coupe and was reminded once again of her unfortunate name.
3. What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Blow Me is the story of three single women—Skylar, Dawn, and Chloe—all hovering precariously close to forty, and stuck in a lifestyle that they have long outgrown. Aware that the women’s magazines of their youth sold them a false bill of goods about having it all—the amazing career, the baby, the house, the husband—each woman is desperate in her own way to achieve some sense of stability. It’s Sex and the Cityin a whole new city.
4. What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
Honestly, I was a bit nauseous reading endless chick lit novels centered around New York, specifically the Upper East Side, and I wondered was that due to all the chick lit writers residing in Manhattan, or was it something else. Regardless, I found the content to be about the “poor little rich woman who has it all” and so I chose to write the opposite—about Los Angeles women who have none of it and aspire to be like that vapid Upper East Side woman whose main concern is getting a map to the Chanel Sample Sale. My novel is a bit more real, a bit grittier, and is a parody of women in Los Angeles based loosely on women I know and events I have witnessed or experienced.
5. What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?
The main character, Skylar, sees no real flaws in her personality which is quite remarkable, because she’s a seriously flawed individual. She was based on a melange of women I have met, and while she fashions herself after Pamela Anderson, I see her to be far less savvy than Pamela. I think Pamela is a very smart, cunning woman. My character is not. She is lucky.
6. What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
It’s really entertaining, if I do say so myself. Just read the reviews and decide for yourself.
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