Monday, July 22, 2013

Friday Night Alibi Author/Editor interview!

Hey folks! Today I have the privilege of not only welcoming the super talented Cassie Mae, but her editor Sue from Random House. I jumped at the opportunity to be part of this blog tour and I couldn't be more thrilled to be able to interview these ladies. Thanks for coming guys! Let's jump right into the questions -

1. Give us two truths and one lie of things that happened while writing/editing this book.

CASSIE: Inspiration for this book came from a horrifying experience of yours truly, which is the first scene I wrote.

I wrote most of this book in the bathroom, in between morning sickness attacks.

Chase was originally named Benjamin, but that was too long to type, so I changed it.

SUE: All Flirt digital books are electronically edited, so at the very end of the book I did something I never, ever do . . . I accepted track changes – egads! Fortunately you can switch those suckers back!

As I read FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI my mind kept on referring to Chase as Chaz, no idea where that came from.

After I read the pool scene I kept on wondering if people have ever really ‘blown bubbles’ in a swimming pool *wink*

2. John Green tells you he wants you to ghost write/edit his next book. What's it about?

CASSIE: First, I’d pass out or pinch myself. Then I’d make sure he had the right person. Then I’d write about Aquaman and The Little Mermaid falling in love, and call it THE FAULT IN OUR FINS.

SUE: And, I’d edit ‘said’ book changing the setting to a dystopian time-period (come on John, look at what it did for Suzanne Collins).  Our hero will need to be able to live on land but be quick on his feet, a Justin Bieber look alike (he’s a snappy dancer) and our heroine will need feet to keep up with the game!  The title now becomes, The Fault of our Foes (or Toes?  You decide).
3. Are there going to be orange and licorice scented scratch & sniff stickers available with the Friday Night Alibi cover printed on them? If not, why? (Admit it, it's a good idea)

CASSIE: There should be. I say we bring that up to the marketing team. I can just see a whole bunch of people scratching Chase’s bare chest and smelling it. :)

SUE: Dang – that’s a good idea!  We’ll make some virtual ones, since this is an eBook and all . . . .

4. I'll throw you guys one last and semi-serious question. What is your favorite part of the book, and can you share a quote?
CASSIE: Oh my gosh, I have no idea. My favorite part changes all the time. Hmm… let’s see.
I have a soft spot for when Kelli describes all her kisses in terms of ice cream flavors. I’ll just share one of the paragraphs.
Then there was Made with Snickers night, when we discovered where we’re both ticklish. I grabbed his knee to prop myself up, but apparently it tickled so much he moved it and I ended up face-first in his crotch. Yes, it was awkward for about three seconds, but I quickly turned it into a tickle/kissing fight. Tickle, kiss, tickle, kiss. It was the most fun make-out fest ever! But next time, I’m making sure I don’t drink a can of Coke beforehand.

SUE: Oh wow that is tough since I really love the whole thing I tell you J  Really . . .  ok, *untwist arm*, here’s my uber favorite part – Kelli was sick with a cold and Chase/Moron comes over to be with her – mind you up until this point in the story Kelli is still waffling with the idea of whether or not she wanted him as a friend:

Tap, tap, tap.
What the . . . ?
I peek over my comforter, to the source of the noise—my balcony. Moron stands there with a grocery bag crooked over each arm and a brown paper sack in his teeth. He taps the glass with his knuckle again.
Adjusting my sports bra and top, I crawl out of bed and open the balcony door, but block his way from entering.
“I come in peace,” he says through the paper sack.
“Go away now, or you’ll leave in pieces,” I choke out. I know I don’t want to be alone, but after the whole thing with Alex, Sadie, and Layla . . . not to mention my parents . . . I’m not in the mood for any more crap.
He pulls the bag from his mouth, being supercareful with it. “Ah, even sick as a dog, you still have your wit.”
“What are you doing here?” I sigh, rubbing my arms. Being out of my bed makes the temperature outside feel like below zero, even though I’m pretty sure it’s like maybe seventy. Moron isn’t even wearing his normal jacket.
“I hop a fence, scale a tree, and climb over that railing, all with my hands full of stuff for you. And you won’t let me in.”
“For me?” My eyes flick to all the bags.
He laughs. “Yeah. My Friday Night Girl is sick, and her parents are out of town. I’ve brought you things to cure it.”

See ??? – romantic, *sigh*

Love it! You ladies are are awesome :)

More about Friday Night Alibi:
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 he cares 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.

My review:

Cassie Mae has a fun fresh voice that's flirty, romantic, and awkward in the most adorable way. The characters are so real to life I wanted to hang out with them for a lot longer. The plot had me alternating between laughing, crying, and cringing just enough to make me turn the page. If you're fan of romance, this is one book you won't want to put down.

Order it today!

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.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Judging from their answers, Cassie and Sue have the same wicked sense of humor. And Cassie, I bet you did switch to Chase because it was shorter!
Congratulations again.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

What a great interview! You can really tell you two work well together! :) I can't wait for this to come out!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Fun interview. Can't work out which statements are lies though - they all sound plausible :-)

ilima said...

I love this interview!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I know how to keep a secret. This interview was so fun. The scene choices and Mermaid book ideas were the best. I think either the bathroom or Benjamin thing is a lie. Cassie has all kinds of embarrassing things happening to her so the first is plausible. Lovely interview you two and you can put the stickers on promo posters Cassie.

Nicole said...

The Fault in our Fins - good thing I didn't take a drink of water just before reading that one! ;)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Man, Cassie is a busy gal! I love the rapport they have with each other. That's the type of author/editor relationship you want to find!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Valerie Ipson said...

This looks like a fun book!

Suzi said...

Boy, if John Green asked me to ghost write his book, everybody would be saying on Goodreads, what the hell is that crap? Was JG on drugs when he wrote that? :)

Sarah Allen said...

The Fault in our Fins :) Baha :)

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, with Joy)

Mark said...

Great interview:) Way to go Cassie:)

Jay Noel said...

Congrats Cassie on your book!

Benjamin is really long to type. I don't blame you (if it's true)

Sarah said...

Can't wait to read this one. Great interview, awesome answers.

Michelle Wallace said...

What a delightful interview!
The story sounds like lots of fun.
Writer In Transit

Weaver said...

What a fun interview. So sorry you were sick like that, Cassie. Didn't appear to impact your writing and might have been a nice distraction.

David P. King said...

Cassie is awesome (but you already knew that) and this was a great interview, guys! :)

Livia Peterson said...

Cassie is all kinds of awesome. I love this interview, Jennie and Company! ♡

Caryn Caldwell said...

LOVE this interview! Especially all the fun little tidbits thrown in throughout (like Chase's name originally being Benjamin but it was too long so it got changed). What fun to read!

nutschell said...

Wohoo! Lovely to see Cassie here and get to know more about her writing process. :)

Misha Gerrick said...

I'm thinking Cassie and Sue had a ton of fun editing. Loved the quirky answers. :-)