Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it’s on her own terms.
Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdos she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo.
Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it’s up to him to convince her it’s never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I wanted Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems to read, as if one friend was confiding her experiences to another, over a hot cup of coffee or a crisp glass of Chardonnay. So far, my reviews have conveyed this style of conversational writing has been pretty successful, which makes me very happy.
True, the genre of my story is humorous romance, but the story reads as if the character was speaking directly to the current reader. My readers can relate, or so I’ve been told.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Put a leash on your muse and distance yourself from distractions during your writing sessions. I try to write everyday, but life intrudes and writing every single day is sometimes not an option. Just be true to that crazy buzz going on inside your brain, the one that compels you to get the words flowing, and then get going. The words will add up, even though it sometimes seems your current WIP will never be completed!
There aren’t enough minutes in a day to get everything I wish to accomplish with my prose, so I’m hoping to return in my next life as a literary octopus! I’m furiously penning the sequel to Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, my humorous, contemporary romance about achieving mid-life adolescence. I call this sequel, The Sugar Ticket, and I’m hoping to launch it late spring/early summer 2013. I’m also revising a contemporary drama, Slick Trespass, and a children’s book, Savannah Banana and the Puddle Muddle–look for these late 2013!
My eBook, Heart Marks the Spot: Three Short Stories, can also be found right now on Amazon for Kindle, as well as a cook book I contributed to called, Dine With Us: A Collection of Recipes from the Authors of Indie Writers Unite. Lot’s of yummy recipes and delicious stories can be found here, so don’t miss out!
My sometimes controversial rants have appeared in my local newspaper, the Asbury Park Press, and I’m proud to share I’ve won several awards via the Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writer’s Contest and the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. My nonfiction articles have appeared in Parenting Teen Magazine, Aim Intercultural Magazine, and Good Dog Magazine.
My husband, Joseph, and I live in a lovely town in New Jersey near the sea. Together we have seven children and nine grandchildren.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a humorous tale of a recovered divorcee who lands in an unexpected, sometimes turbulent, midlife relationship. I wanted to further shape the story into part dating guide for those trying online dating for the first time, especially during middle age, and how we can make our baggage work for us instead of against us.
I actually shared some real life experiences and spun some embellishments in with the truth. Most of all, I wanted to send a message to others going through similar situations there is hope to be had, even when the future seems bleak. Further, I wanted my readers to be able to laugh at my character’s hilarious, but avoidable situations, and to applaud her as she gains practical wisdom from the past, ‘ from her memory cemetery’ as she calls it.
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