Guys. I have such exciting news. As of next week, I will be friends with a published author. As of next week, my name will appear in a published novel as an editor. Yep! My incredibly talented, brilliant, and creative friend Kate, has (after two years!) completed writing her first novel, It's Me. It will hit Amazon bookshelves next week in both e-book and print versions!
I met Kate when we were both in our early 20s, living in Chicago, and heading to DePaul for our Master's degrees. We found one another at our grad school orientation, and quickly bonded over our many similarities: New England-Transplants-In-Chicago statuses, a strong affinity to Patriots football, and a shared love for dive-bar-PBR-Saturday nights followed by high-end-restaurant-cocktails-and-brunches-Sunday mornings. We also shared a general disinterest in the drama surrounding many of our classmates and their relationships, but had the tendency to be bribed into listening and doling out advice.
Us: Yum! Thanks!
Classmate: Now let me tell you about my boyfriend drama.
Us: :::Mouths full of trail mix::: Sigh.
Classmate: He cheated on me. How do I get him back?
Us: You don't. He cheated on you. He's a douche. You don't want him back. Psssst. Pass the trail mix? Thanks.
Classmate: Yeah but...
Us: This trail mix is so good.
So essentially, Kate and I started hanging out immediately and have been close friends ever since.
However, no matter how close you can be to a friend, you don't know everything about them. Case in point, I did not know that for the past two years, Kate has been writing a book. I did not know this, in fact, until she flattered the hell out of me by asking me to edit it. I immediately said yes.
So, here's what I can tell you. It's Me is a hilarious, coming-of-age novel, written for adults. Often times when people hear the term "coming-of-age," they think of a YA novel. I would not classify this as such. It is adult themed, highly-relatable, awkward, and hilarious. I'll refrain from giving away plot points at this juncture, but once the book is available for purchase, I'll be posting a full review.
Further, once this book is out officially, I'll be doing (my first!)
giveaway contest (details TBD). The winner will receive a free (autographed, because I know the author and was in her wedding) print copy of the book.
My friend is a published author! And, I had the opportunity to edit a published work! (Do you think I can put this on my resume?)
Finally, I guess talented people run in talented circles because Kate's friend, who is an illustrator, completed the cover art for this novel, and it looks fantastic. Sneak peak here:
Follow Kate on Twitter, or Instagram for further updates from the author herself, and stay tuned for further details next week!