My Seryniti Blog Interview with Tami Anthony
How did this story begin? Was it a character, or a particular image?
Let’s see, the story began as I was attempting to travel the world in sixty days, LOL! Just kidding J The story actually came from a series of bad dates that I have encountered. Of course, none of my dates were as bad as Leslee’s (the main character) were, but nonetheless they were still pretty horrific. So I just developed these ideas, in a comedic yet outlandish fashion, to be the worst dates that anyone can ever go on and put them into a novel. I feel that single women who read this novel may actually feel a little bit better about their dating life because Leslee has been through more than the average single lady … or so I think. Also, I love the idea of having love right under your nose and not even know it.
Do you have any growing pains with this novel?
Not necessarily. It took me five years to write The BACHELORETTE Project but that was mainly because I was attending school and working at the same time. But, I did have to make a few changes from when I first started writing it to the end of the five years. My writing had progressed between that time so change was definitely necessary. I really had fun writing this novel. It didn’t stress me out at all. If anything, it was like my own personal therapy, LOL!
How would you most like readers to respond to the novel?
I would mainly want readers to laugh with the novel while reading it. The BACHELORETTE Project has a few serious tones in it, but it’s mainly written for the sake of comedy. Of course, I already expect readers to either ‘love to hate’ Leslee or they will totally fall in love with her corky-like nature. I would want people to see that she is a smart woman, yet she has her moments of stupidity like anyone in the world has. She’s human and people’s lives are never completely perfect.
What are you reading right now? Are there any authors (living or dead) that you would name as influences?
Well, since I’m a comedy fiction groupie, I am reading Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin a.k.a Andrew Shaffer. This, of course, is a parody of the Fifty Shades series and I find myself consistently laughing while reading this book. I’m not much of an erotica fan, so more than likely I won’t read the real Fifty Shades (tragic, isn’t it?), but I never turn down a good humor book … and as far as influential authors, I’d have to say Jane Green (because I love Chick Lit) and Christopher Buckley (witty and funny … love his writing). I like womanly/girly and I love comedy so these two authors are definitely the ones that I look up to and admire.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not imaginarily traveling the world in my imaginary boat, believe it or not, I am a hockey mom. My son plays street hockey so I’m pretty involved with that. I also like to watch crime shows and very little reality television when I have spare time. So, writer + hockey mom = a very beautiful combination, LOL!
What is your next project? What have you been working on recently?
I have so many ideas running through my head at all times and it can be difficult to stick to just one. But, as of right now, I am working on a novel about a dysfunctional birthday family dinner through the perspective of a woman that was adopted and lost when it comes to her background. I’m really excited about this because I wrote a play about this before, and to write a novel about it really expands on the idea. It’s more of a dark comedy than anything and I’m having a blast writing it. It should be out by November. I’m also working on my first YA novel which is based on college life and that has been fun, too. I love being a writer because using my imagination is what I do best, I think. I can’t wait to finish writing and publish these two other projects because then I can write a sequel to The BACHELORETTE Project, but who knows what the future will bring …
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.
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