Friday, August 24, 2012

Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway/Promo:The BACHELORETTE Project by Tami Anthony

1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer? Ever since I was in grade school, I knew that I wanted to be a writer. I think it was all the books that I read late at night that really got me. I was a geek and I still am, but I love to read and I love writing. It’s just a natural thing for me.
2. How long did it take you to write The BACHELORETTE Project? It took me five years to write my debut novel. It was a project that I had written while in college, while working full-time jobs, and being a full-time mother. It took a lot of time, but I finally completed it and I’m very pleased with the finished project.
3. While writing, how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot? Well, I usually write an outline first, so the plot tends to stay the same. I find that I add things to the general plot to keep it interesting.
4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first? The fiction section! Then, I search for books that I might have read about online or look for my favorite authors.
5. How many books in a month do you tend to read? I’d say about two or three. I try to read as much as possible, but sometimes I’m so caught up with life things and my own writing that it can be difficult to find time for recreational reading.
6. In all the books you’ve read, who is your most favorite character and why? I would have to say Jemima in Jane Green’s Jemima J. I love her wittiness and I feel that I can really relate to this character.
7. State 5 random facts about yourself. Hmm, I love anything pink, I have an obsession for butterflies, I’m a big Marilyn Monroe fan, I love the theatre arts, and I’m a bit of a hidden artist.
8. Your favorite genre? I really love comedic fiction. Anything that makes me laugh makes me genuinely happy 
9. What are you currently reading? I just picked up Jackie Collins’ Poor Little Bitch Girl and I can’t wait to start reading it with a glass of wine by my side, LOL!
10. What is the best book you’ve read? Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. It’s my favorite book of all time.
11. Any new projects coming up? Yes, of course! I’m working on two very confidential things right now and I’m very excited about both of the projects. One is a dark comedy and the other is YA. I’ll release more details soon, I promise.

“Why am I always getting dumped by men?” I ask Karen. “It’s because I know nothing about them.”
“OK …” Karen replies, unsure to where I’m going with all of this.
“So, my visit to the hospital really got me thinking,” I say, “and then I remember you using the word ‘experiment’ so then I thought … ‘EXPERIMENT!’” I exclaim. “It’s a genius idea! I can conduct this experiment on what men really want out of women and how I, the quintessential single woman, could give it to them and possibly find my true love!” I clutch my chest, smile, and spin around. “Isn’t that the most perfect idea that you ever heard? I would be like a scientist, a scientist of love.”
Karen rolls her eyes at my idea. “And how, O Great One, will you conduct this experiment?”
“I got it all planned out.” I pull my completed poster board from underneath my bed and I hold it up for Karen to see. She, once again, looks confused.
“What the hell is that?” she asks, sighing.
“It’s my experiment,” I say excitedly. “I’m going scientific on their asses. It’s called ‘The BACHELORETTE Project.’ How I will conduct the experiment is shown here.” I point to the different sections of the board. “I will go on a series of dates using different tactics in different environments to find out what works for women and what doesn’t.”
“I’m listening,” Karen says as she leans forward.
“In the process, I will study the men that I date, categorize them and see what their likes and dislikes are thereby unlocking the many secrets of the male species.”
“Oh, I can tell you the secrets of men,” Karen says, smirking. “It’s sex, food, video games, and sports. If a man has those four things, then he’s a happy man.” I guess that makes sense. You know, the ‘four things philosophy,’ but I’m just certain that there has to be more. It can’t be that easy or I wouldn’t be single … right?
“Well, I’m still conducting my experiment,” I say confidently. “Maybe there are more than just four secrets. Maybe there are seven secrets.” As I nod my head, I convince myself that there has to be more. Not everything is just sex, food, video games, and sports.
”All right,” Karen starts, “so when does your little experiment start?”
“As soon as possible,” I tell her. “Now all I need is a trusty assistant …”

Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
Title: The BACHELORETTE Project
Author: Tami Anthony

Date Published: 6/3/12

Synopsis: When an unfortunate twist of fate leaves 28 year-old socialite Leslee Robinson broken-hearted and unemployed, she embarks on a journey to discover what boggles every twenty-something single woman’s mind: What do men REALLY want and how do you find the perfect mate? With the help of her two best friends; Annie, a self-conscious, sarcastic single mother; and Karen, the neurotic, perfectionist ‘bridezilla,’ Leslee creates The BACHELORETTE Project, a ‘scientific’ dating experiment designed to uncover the enigma of the male species.

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.

Author Bio

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 outside of Philadelphia with her son and is currently working on her second novel and future plays.


Twitter - @ tami_anthony



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