Interview with Addison Westlake, author of Facebook Jeanie

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: It’s Bridget Jones meets Groundhog Day…

Ever wonder if you made the right choice? What if you could go back and find out? 

31-year-old Clara is in a steady relationship—with Facebook. Every night after her depressing bureaucratic job (so much for saving the world), after coming home to her empty apartment Clara settles down with a pint of ice cream for some good, old-fashioned Facebook stalking. It’s her college boyfriend, The One Who Got Away. He now has a perfect marriage, perfect house, perfect life—everything she could have had if she hadn’t been so, so stupid. 

But, wait. Jeanie from Facebook shows up at Clara’s job. There’s a new app they’re beta-testing and Clara’s perfect for it. That night she clicks on it and… nothing happens. But the next morning when Clara wakes up at noon, hung over, listening to her roommate blow-drying her hair and singing “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”, she realizes she’s back in college. With the chance to do it all over again. 

Back in the world of frat parties, BFFs, and long-suffering, overlooked lab partners, join Clara as she discovers what it really means to hit the reset button on life. What could possibly go wrong? And, this time, can she get it right?

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

I think we all wonder “what if?” What if we had taken that job offer in another city? What if we had decided to marry that ex-boyfriend? “Facebook Jeanie” takes that universal feeling and gives the main character the ability to find out. With the magic of a new Facebook app, Clara gets a ‘do over’ with the one that got away, her college boyfriend.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

I had a lot of fun exploring how wrong we can be about ourselves and our lives. The main character is absolutely convinced that her ex is the solution to all her problems; but, of course, life never works that way. I enjoyed cooking up the real romantic hero of the book, the one she’d overlooked back in college, and figuring out how to make him especially yummy. In the end, the lasting feel of the book is gratitude, and writing about that helped me realize—yet again—how central that perspective is to real happiness.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Finding the quiet, uninterrupted time to write is the hardest part.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I like to read all my dialogue aloud to make sure it sounds authentic and to try to capture the nuances of real conversation. It makes for an interesting sight—me sitting at my computer and talking to myself in alternating voices.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

I’m excited to start work on “The Never Been Kissed Club” series. Four friends band together at 13 years old. In the midst of all the braces and glasses and gawkiness, they take an oath to stay friends forever and remind each other that—just like Josie from their favorite movie “Never Been Kissed”—no matter how bad things get they have to keep believing in true love and have faith in happy endings.

The first book, “Just Between Us,” is about one of these four friends. Molly Bridget Anderson has become a 28-year-old accountant who likes to keep things orderly. Which is why chaos—in the form a 2-year-old nephew she suddenly has to look after and a tattooed rock star writing songs for her—is just what she needs to get her life on track. Look for “Just Between Us” in 2014!

Q. What are you currently reading?

“The Next Best Thing” by Kristan Higgins.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I’m so excited for “Facebook Jeanie” to be out as an e-book and in paperback on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It’s been getting some rave reviews—but beware. One reader stayed up all night to finish it and another said it belonged in his “so funny it’ll make you crack a rib laughing” pile. So apparently “Facebook Jeanie” can pack quite a wallop.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

I grew up in the Boston area but I’ve lived in Northern California for a while now so I’ve lost almost all of my accent. But when I watch a Red Sox game it all comes back. Trash talking and a Boston accent go together like peanut butter and chocolate.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading my books! I hope they make you laugh.

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