I am super excited to have Cassie Mae, the author of the soon-to-be-released Friday Night Alibi, and her agent Brittany Booker here for a few questions. So welcome ladies.
One of the things I love to hear about is a writer’s querying experience. Cassie Mae, can you share with us a little about yours?
Oy. Let me see if I can jumble it all up in a couple sentences here. The first book I got requests for was not my first book I queried. It wasn’t even the second book I queried. It was my third. So for all of you who want to give up after book one, don’t. 🙂
I got several requests and a whole bunch of R&R’s. My critique partners can tell you how those revisions made my hair grey, but I’m so grateful for them because I got the book that got me my agent. I knew the second Brittany offered, I’d go with her, even though I had other offers on the table. Brittany was so fast and so enthusiastic about the book, and also didn’t mind me sending back an email littered with smiley faces and WAHOO’S! Signing with her has done wonders for my career.
Gray hairs? I just met you last weekend, and I don’t remember seeing any gray hairs. For everyone else, Cassie Mae is just as fun in person as she is online, but that’s another blog post, so on to Brittany.
What was it that you love about Friday Night Alibi?
Oh, there is so much that I love about Friday Night Alibi. This wasn’t the book I signed Cassie with, How To Date A Nerd was the first. I love that one just as much. Anyway, I love that I’ve never read anything similar to FNA. Sure, it’s a love story, but the plot is so unique. I also love that there is chemistry between the two main characters. She plays games with him and he never gives up. It’s what every girl hopes for in a guy.
I loved the chemistry between the two characters also. That’s just one of the many things Cassie Mae is good at. (There’s many more which you’ll see when you read any of her books.)
So I had a chance to read this a while back and loved it too, and there’s one big change between then and now that I’m interested in seeing. For those who don’t know, FNA was originally written as young adult. Was it hard to make the changes to new adult?
Yes and no. Kelli, my main girl, was pretty independent to begin with, and Chase, my main guy, was already in college. I suppose the only hard thing was making sure I caught all the ages and all the references to high school. And the process was just like any other edits a writer goes through. Stay true to your characters, even if their surroundings change a bit.
What made you and Cassie Mae decide to change FNA to new adult?
It was a suggestion by an editor. We had pitched another one of Cassie’s projects to Sue Grimshaw from Random House. She loved Cassie’s writing but they were looking for NA (which is huge right now). So, we went on pitching to others. Then we received a call from Sue asking if Cassie could write something directly for Random House. Of course, we said yes! Sue suggested changing the ages in FNA and making it NA. So, that’s what was done for FNA. She was already working on another NA called Pulling The Switch, so they offered us a two book deal. Of course, we took it.
Whether or not new adult is an officially recognized category, it’s one that has exploded, and since Cassie Mae is talented in the young adult category, sliding into NA will probably be an easy move for her, and I look forward to reading her others too.
So Click here to get to all the links where you can find FNA and don’t forget to sign up at the rafflecopter. Thank you Cassie Mae and Brittany for stopping by. (And I apologize for those changes in text size throughout the post, I can’t figure out why it’s doing that.)
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Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
Blurb: In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.
Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like hecares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.