Twenty Year Reunion, Marketing attempt #2.

Does anyone remember Polyvore? I used to have fun designing stuff (really, just for me, but here’s one set for the fictional book launch of Room 702, in case you wanted to see — and I’m not ruling out creating a set for Liz from Life After Joe).  Polyvore closed some time ago, and now I’ve found URStyle, which is essentially the same thing.  Time for further procrastination!

https://urstyle.fashion/styles/2507960

Anyway, this outfit is basically what I picture Rebecca wearing to her high school reunion!

Twenty Year Reunion is here (and why I published during a pandemic).

So, Twenty Year Reunion has been available about a week (buy it here).

Why on earth did I choose to publish now?

Why didn’t I hang on to this book for when ‘things go back to normal?’

Basically, why not?  (And really, what is that ‘normal’ going to look like?)

The way I figure it, is that nothing is going to change drastically in the coming months — or if it does, it will only be in stricter scenarios.  I believe people will still want to read and really, this book is a bit of complete escapism.  It’s a cute story meant to take a reader away for a few hours. It’s my hope that readers of Twenty Year Reunion will have a fun break from reality with Rebecca and Quinn. To get lost as a reader for an afternoon or evening — because honestly, that’s all I’m looking for in my novels right now.

In reality, I don’t see us all getting some magic switch flipped in the future.  Things aren’t just going to ‘be better’ one day any time soon.  And even if they were, we don’t know when that day will be.

And since I can’t predict the future, I don’t know what’s next for me, or any of us.  Perhaps it’s a bit selfish, but if publishing this book makes me feel good about myself, and, as it gives me a moment of self satisfaction, well, I’m going to take it. getting their story in the world gives me something new to concentrate on, as well as the head space to concentrate on my next project.

Will you see another book from me this year?  Yes, probably.  As the UAE is currently on 100% lock down (we can only leave our homes with permits), editing and writing are processes important to my sanity and well being.

If you’re an author who has novels to publish in 2020, are you moving ahead, or holding on to your works?

Buy the Book: Twenty Year Reunion.

As this blog doesn’t get a ton of traffic (I don’t genuinely mind, as this is a place to be creative and be myself), most of these posts are little pet projects of mine (and I’ll keep doing them as long as they are fun).  In the past, I created a ‘buy the book’ list for both Room 702 and Life After Joe.  Basically, these are small physical moments or important tokens within Twenty Year Reunion.  No spoilers, really.

Swan Necklace

Rebecca’s Reunion Dress

Garfield Comic (no longer in print)

Garett’s Popcorn

Private plane charter

Guitar (acoustic)

Daily Mail (er, fail)

Casting for Twenty Year Reunion.

Honestly, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a clear image of who my main characters were.  I say this because usually I see an actor or actress and immediately know they would be my perfect choice while working on a manuscript.  And while the pretty people on the cover are close enough, maybe it’s because Twenty Year Reunion was always meant to be a bit of self-insert for the reader.  To me, the best in this chick lit/trope filled world is a place where readers can check out for a few hours – and perhaps imagine themselves in this space.

Anyway, just for some fan casting, here’s who I see in the lead roles (y’know, for when this is optioned for film #foreveroptimistic).  (In case you wanted to know what my other casting choices look like — I have options for The Queen of England as well as Life After Joe).

Without further ado, here are some ideas for Twenty Year Reunion..

Rebecca Lassiter (Katie Holmes)

(Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

I like Ms. Holmes here because she’s age appropriate and has the sort of ‘girl next door’ vibe I like for Rebecca.

Quinn Martello (Logan Marshall Green)

Look, my first thought was Tom Hardy, but that’s just because I would cast him in anything…  Instead I picked his doppelgänger.  Either Tom or Logan have the rockstar quality I would want for Quinn.  He looks the type who would have chemistry with just about anyone.

Zonia (Lupita Nyong’o)

Honestly, I would love to watch all the scenes with Katie and Lupita as flatmates.

Tucker (Jonathan Van Ness)

Hunny, yes.  (But can he pull off a British accent?  I’m sure he can).

Dr. Peter, DDS (Joel Kinnman)

Sorry, Joel, nothing against you personally, but I needed someone to play Rebecca’s ex.

Anyway — those are some idea of who I had in mind.  Let me know if you feel differently!

Some outtakes from 20 Year Reunion.

Just a few behind the scenes things for Twenty Year Reunion

  • Walnut Grove is named after a restaurant in Dubai.
  • So is the character Zonia (or at least part of her name).
  • I didn’t originally write an epilogue, but all of my initial readers wanted one (including my editor).
  • Instead of Rebecca, I debated naming the main character, Kira.
  • I wrote this book instead of another book I’ve long had an idea for.
  • There is nothing autobiographical about this book (in case anyone was wondering about a certain Josh Beard, although the inclusion of Garfield is an homage to Josh’s cat).
  • I originally thought this book was going to be ‘full length,’ but the story felt complete at 50K words.
  • The UK doesn’t have The Bachelor like the US does.
  • I named a fictional director after a friend of mine who is actually a director.
  • There is a law firm named (nearly) after one of my nephews.
  • I debated writing lyrics to Ode to You and Me.
  • My favorite line in this book has ‘dick’ in it. #sorrynotsorry
  • No, I’ve never actually flown in a private jet.
  • I debated a few cover looks (check out the Pinterest board for other ideas that didn’t get used).

Book Club Questions for Twenty Year Reunion.

Although Twenty Year Reunion is lighthearted (and probably not super worthy of additional questions or a deeper read), as someone who enjoys a book club, and questions after reading a book, I thought I would include some here (and yes, some vague spoilers — so don’t read if you want to enjoy the book without any interruptions).

  • Do you have a celebrity crush?  Who is it?  Has it changed from when you were in high school?
  • What would happen if your high school sweetheart turned into a global celebrity?  How would you handle the situation?  Would you still be in touch?
  • Have you been to a class reunion?  How did it go?  As you expected, or differently?
  • Did you have a favorite quote or scene?
  • What do you think these characters would look like at the next reunion?
  • What do you think the immediate future looks like for the lead characters?
  • Who was your favorite character?
  • Does this book pass the Bechdel Test?
  • Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever been intimate with someone?
  • What do you think of the ending?