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Lizzy Dillinger fantasizes about her old life before becoming a typical stay at home wife and mom; so much so that she even writes a book about it. She’s excited when people love it. She’s thrilled when it gets contracted for a movie. Then Tanya Miller, her best friend from college and producer on the film, has another plot twist for her.
Lizzy finds out a romantic lead is being played by her Hollywood crush… Ben Winters! Then, in the ultimate shock of all, Ben and Lizzy hit it off. Now Lizzy has to decide:
Will she stay in her ho-hum marriage or have an affair of a lifetime?
After Ben and Lizzy hit it off, he asks her where she gets her story ideas from.
A waitress came over and asked Ben if he’d like a drink.
He nodded at me. “What would you like?”
“Water with lemon.”
“Make that two,” he said to the waitress. She bobbed her head, and I stared.
“This is actually really fun to watch.”
“Will I make it into your next book?”
“I’ve always wondered how authors get their ideas.”
“There’s a shop in Albuquerque.” I was pulling this off. I was having a normal conversation with Ben Winters—I mean Ben—and I hadn’t even tried to see if he wore boxers or briefs.
“Where did you get the idea for this book?”
“I actually went to Mexico on a humanitarian trip in college.”
Where did Iget the idea for this book you ask? Well, I also went on a humanitarian trip to Mexico in college, but that’s pretty much where the similarities between Lizzy and me end.
I got the idea one weekend when I had the flu. I was lying in bed, trying to breathe, and binge-watching The O.C. On the second day of this, I started wondering if Seth, Summer, and Ryan from The O.C. would like me if they met me. (I didn’t care if Marissa liked me. She was a lost soul.) Then I remembered it was a fictional TV show and they were fictional people and real people may find it odd if I was wondering if I could be friends with fictional people.
I then wondered if the actors playing the characters would like me if they met me. Then my mind kept going. Would a famous actor hang out with a stay at home mom? Why would an actor and a stay at home mom meet? What if the actor and mom met and hit it off? More than friends? Would she stay with her husband?
I thought it was an interesting question. I asked a few people what they would do. It started some engaging conversations. I kept thinking about it and decided to write about it. I had started a book about a girl going on a humanitarian trip to Mexico, but it didn’t go anywhere. I took parts from that book and added a lonely stay at home mom, a couple of friends and an actor.
In other words, my Recipe for a Novel
1/4 cup binging TV
1/8 cup cold medicine
1/4 cup watching people and their reactions
1/4 cup imagination
1/8 cup real life
A sprinkle of crying and overreacting (Some around me may say I added more than a sprinkle but they should have more empathy.)
And now it’s all put together with a pretty cover.
I bet Summer from The O.C. would read it and LOVE it!