Finish this sentence, “Fans of ____ book, author, TV/movie might enjoy your story”
Julie Cross (DAYLIGHT): The Notebook or another soul mates separated, timeless type story
Hannah Moskowitz (THIS IS MY SIGN): The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
Mark Perini (FOR THE SAKE OF SCIENCE): Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, or An
Myra McEntire (STRIKE OUT): Summer Catch, Trouble With the Curve
Tell us about your story’s main character(s)
Andrew Shaffer: The unnamed narrator is a booksmart English major who spends too much time studying and not enough time partying—at least according to his best friend Allen.
Julie Cross: Audrey appears quiet and timid on the outside, but inside she has gifted intuition when it comes to reading people and a fierce loyalty to those she loves.
Lisa Desrochers: Rene Vargas’ army unit was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and she’s scarred in more ways than one. She’s kickass is so many ways, but her whole life has changed, and now she’s left to discover who she is…with some help from Rick Hamilton (Lexie’s
Mark Perini: Luke comes off a bit nerdy, but he’s got an inner Juno cool that he’s just now figuring out about himself. He wants that movie romance but doesn’t think it’s in the cards for
Melissa West: Summer is strong and opinionated, and Blake is a classic guy’s guy with a huge
Myra McEntire: Ben is not your typical jock, but he is an amazing athlete. Liza is a go getter with a crunchy shell and a smooth center.
What motivated you to join up with other authors for this project? Do you like collaborating with writing peers?
“Well, I started this insane projected and was hit over the head with the idea during the Romantic Times convention last year. Luckily, I was in the presence of some amazing authors and able to walk right up and pitch the idea to them. Which is literally what I did, “Fifty First Times, A New Adult Anthology…are you in?” And to my complete surprise, it totally worked. I still can’t believe the authors we have onboard. And I can tell you, the stories are just fabulous. I loved every minute of reading them!” – Julie Cross, International Bestselling author of the Tempest
“I thought the concept for the general story was so fun, and definitely something I would normally love to write anyway. The fact that it would be with a bunch of other authors sharing their stories as well just made it that much more fun. I do [enjoy collaborating with peers]! It’s not something I’d ever done before this, and it was such a fun experience.”–Molly McAdams, New York Times Bestselling Author
“A huge motivation was being a part of an awesome group. Plus I was able to give readers a story with Brit and Ollie.” –J. Lynn, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
“I saw “Fifty First Times” as a unique opportunity to tell a different type of story than the fiction I’m accustomed to writing. Julie was very encouraging and helped me push the story in some interesting directions I hadn’t anticipated.” –Andrew Shaffer, author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey
“I love a challenge, and once the story idea came to me, there was no turning back. Writing it was an absolute blast!” –Melissa Landers, author of Alienated
“Anthologies are just so fun; I love the variation you see in stories all around one theme. It’s a great way to highlight the strengths of individual authors. And I love collaborating! I have a co- write book coming out in 2016.” –Hannah Moskowitz, award winning author of Gone, Gone, Gone
“I was really excited to join this project because I loved the concept from the first moment I heard it. First times. Firsts are so full of intense emotions–angst and joy and fear and excitement- -whether it’s someone’s first time ever or the first time with that special person. So I knew it would be a blast to write a story about—in the case of my story, “Two in the Morning”—two guys who have been best friends forever but who may be developing feelings beyond that. As for writing with this group of talented authors, what’s not to love? There are so many fresh perspectives and original concepts in this anthology that I can’t wait to read all of the other stories!” –Roni Loren, bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series