by Nadine C. Keels
She can’t seem to catch any guy’s notice for anything. No, a pick-up pitch from a stranger gawking at her around Pump #2 at the gas station doesn’t count. And that attractive salesman at the one-stop-for-all-you-want store in town shouldn’t have been flirting with her in the first place, being ultra customer-friendly in an establishment notorious for its pathetic customer service. Now, is this young woman’s dateless predicament unfixable? Not in the least. New plan: Sheridan Jones is going to date herself.
Ahh. The romance.
“Nadine C. Keels really knows how to use her space and time! It was a perfect short, light, and humorous book to read between a bunch of long books, and just what I needed.”
“I enjoyed the first-person narrative that was very much like Sheridan was talking to a friend.”
CIR: What gave you the idea for a book about a girl who dates herself?
KEELS: After writing a line of “heavier” works, I wanted to let loose (well, not totally loosey-goosey, but, you know, loose) and write something lighthearted and fun. Plus, I’ve heard folks toss around the “if you’re dateless, date yourself” idea enough times to wonder what would happen if a dateless girl decided to do it.
CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
KEELS: Lighthearted and fun, naturally! And a tad nerve-racking at times, as although Rom-Com-like themes have been floating around in my head for years, this was my first time actually writing such a story. My first time writing one for the eyes of the public, anyway.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
KEELS: A chortle or two, or at least an entertained smile, and the reinforced thought that it’s perfectly okay to be who you are, with your terrific self.
CIR: Are any of the characters like you or someone you know?
KEELS: Gee, the characters became such a conglomerate of real and imagined folks that I’m not sure if I’d be able to tell who turned into whom anymore. But, I suppose I’d be lying if I said The “She” didn’t get her initial experience in those stiletto boots from me.
CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
KEELS: Singleness, romantic relationships, friendships, heartbreak, changing expectations, self-acceptance, and, hey, bibliophilia. Gotta love bookworms.
Learn more about Nadine C. Keels at her website.