Awesome news to share: The Plus One is in development for television!
I wrote this book about five years ago, so creatively, I’ve basically been over and done with it for a while. But thinking about the possibility now of changing it up for a series has really gotten me excited about the world and the characters again. This is a dream opportunity for any writer, and I’m so grateful that this is a possibility.
When women are the majority of readers and publishers, why is “women’s fiction” isolated as its own category? I shared some thoughts today in an article for Women Writers, Women’s Books on my experiences publishing in that genre-that-shall-not-be-named: Chick Lit.
I had a lovely time chatting with Parthvi Modi of the Ahmedabad Book Club about books, movies, and how we’re getting out of 2020 alive. William the pug also made a guest appearance! You can watch the stream on Facebook here.
Some fun news today: I just put out a chapbook of poems! It was a fun personal project and a way to get my creativity going. You can read more about Weird Women and download the book for free here, over on my blog!
One of the most surreal things I’ve said in the very strange year that is 2020: my book is out in Japan! Most of us writers dream of reaching people we’ve never met with our work, so to be published on the other side of the world is a real privilege. You can check out the book (and the gorgeous cover art!) here on Amazon, or read a column from the editor.
The Women’s National Book Association hosted a wonderful online panel yesterday, June 18, 2020, about different authors’ journeys to publication through small and large publishers and self-publishing. Thanks to them for including me–it was fabulous to meet these other women and hear about their experiences!
The Charlotte Readers Podcast is a local institution, and I had a great conversation with them about how I got my first novel published, AI, and, of course, dogs. Check it out here!
I joined the wonderful Charlotte Readers Podcast for their COVID-19 Read-In to share a poem I wrote recently, “Salem.” You can hear my poem and a selection of other works here! Check out some of the other episodes while you’re at it–they’re like a literary anthology for your ears.
Fika, the traditional Swedish coffee break, is about enjoying coffee and baked goods, but also about showing down and enjoying conversation. I had a lovely virtual coffee chat on the show Fika with Vicky, where Vicky and I talked about the differences between fiction, poetry, and screenwriting, diversity in writing, cats and dogs, and all manner of things.
Those of you who listened to the first half of my appearance on the Sh*tty Christians podcast have been waiting breathlessly to hear the conclusion of Rhett and Evelyn’s cowboy Christian billionaire romance (much like the ever-breathless Evelyn herself). Part 2 is live now!
I had a blast appearing on the Sh*tty Christians podcast to talk about religion in media, capitalism, and every woman’s desire for a handsome cowboy billionaire virgin. Episode 1 is live now, with part 2 to follow. Give it a listen!
Blog tour kicks off today for the paperback version of the UK version of my first novel! (Are you still with me?) Check out what these great sites have to say about How to Build a Boyfriend from Scratch! The first stop is with Love Books Group.
I was so flattered when Holly of the #SheWhoDaresProject reached out to me to do an interview. Check out my piece, and some other inspiring stories from women, here!
Talking about books at a lovely vineyard – what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Come out and join me at this event in Albemarle, NC on March 7th!
Many thanks to Ginger and Champagne for having me on their blog to talk about the inspiration for The Plus One, writing Kelly’s character, and the role of technology in real-life dating. There are so many other fun posts (including plenty of author interviews) on their site–it’s a great place to get lost for an hour or two.
The Plus One is now officially out in Germany! It’s available here from Heyne. The dream for a writer is for your words to go out into the world and impact someone else. To see mine printed in another language is surreal.
Many thanks to Elyse Archer for having me on her podcast, Instant Impact–and for being my sister! We talked about how to get an agent and tips for finding your voice as you write your first book (and an embarrassing childhood story or two). You can listen through iTunes or watch through YouTube.
I had a wonderful time talking with WCBS Author Talks about AI, dating, and how an English major wrote a comedy about engineering: check out the podcast here!
The audiobook version of The Plus One is a 2019 Earphones Award winner! Huge thanks to AudioFile for the recognition and to narrator Lauren Fortgang for her wonderful work on the book! Thanks also to BookTrib for featuring the audiobook as one of their top picks.
So thrilled to share that The Plus One will be published in Germany by Heyne! Look for it in January 2020, but it’s up for pre-order now. Did you know that “roboteringenieurin” is German for “robotics engineer?” I didn’t until today!
It’s July 2, 2019, and The Plus One is officially out! That sound you hear is me doing a very quiet happy dance, trying not to wake up my dog. Check out the book now, and join me at the bookstores below this month and next!
I have the absolute privilege of sharing that Booklist has given The Plus One a starred review! Check it out in their June 1 & 15 double issue. I try not to focus too much on feedback, good or bad–but lovely encouragement like this always warms a writer’s heart.
Readers who think they don’t like romance and those who think they don’t like science fiction may be astonished to discover themselves loving the combination in Archer’s irresistible, unputdownable, comic, debut romance novel.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has kindly included The Plus One on their list of big summer books for 2019! I am thrilled and flattered, and suddenly desiring cheesesteak. Check out the full list here.
Brilliant news: The Plus One will also be released in the UK! Look for it under a different title there: How to Build a Boyfriend from Scratch. Harper Collins will be publishing it as an e-book on July 2nd, 2019, with a paperback to follow in 2020. Check out their fun cover art, and pre-order the book here!
Book tour dates for The Plus One are here – woo-hoo! I’ll post more information about these events as it’s available. Let me know if you’ll be coming, I would absolutely love to meet you!
- powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn: July 9th, 2019
- Copperfield’s Books, Healdsburg (San Francisco/Sacramento area): July 10th, 2019
- Park Road Books, Charlotte: July 11th, 2019
- Creating Conversations, Los Angeles: August 11th, 2019
Putnam has put together a fabulous book club kit for The Plus One! It’s got discussion questions, a behind-the-scenes look at the book, and bonus material. Feel free to download it for your book club or just for your reading pleasure.
Kirkus has offered a lovely review for The Plus One, calling it “a fun story that will appeal to geeks and beachgoers alike.” Check out their take here!
The Plus One will be released on July 2, 2019 and is currently available for preorder. Stay tuned for updates!