by Rachel John
A whole stadium of fans watched Sara Jensen turn down her boyfriend’s marriage proposal at a baseball game. Now Sara is more than ready to return to the safety of her tiny community college and her quirky, but caring roommates. It’s a new semester and a fresh start. At least until she meets her new neighbor, Matt Constanello. He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a guy, except for his unfortunate family connections—his older brother is the ex-boyfriend she just dumped in front of thousands of people. Her first instinct is to put as much distance as possible between them. Can she stop running long enough to see what might be true love?
“As a single adult trying to navigate the dating scene, this made me laugh. It was so relative to real life.”
“I recommend this book for anyone who wants to be entertained and uplifted at the same time.”
“The dialogue between characters is very humorous and it captures LDS college life perfectly.”
CIR: What gave you the idea/inspiration for this book?
JOHN: I knew I wanted to write a novel about college students at Eastern Arizona College because it was such a magical place for me. It was my first experience living away from home and I learned a lot about myself. The specific story came to me while I was at work. I scribbled down as much as I could on the back of an envelope during my lunch break.
CIR: How did it evolve from scribbles on an envelope into a book?
JOHN: This was my first novel, and I didn’t belong to any writing groups. I wrote out of order as ideas came to me, and then I went back with an outline to make sure everything fit together. I made an imaginary calendar with dates of events for my main characters Sara and Matt.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
JOHN: I hope they find it funny and romantic and really entertaining.
CIR: Tell us about this runaway bride.
JOHN: Sara is somewhat of a social misfit. She is shy, but has a temper and sometimes makes rash decisions. I’ve found that some readers really get her and some don’t at all – Which fits her character perfectly.
CIR: Are any of the characters based on actual people you know?
JOHN: Not really, except for Eric. He is one of Matt’s roommates and is a mixture of several guys I knew. He was very fun to write.
Learn more about Rachel John and her writing at her website.