I’m so thrilled to be touring my very good friend and awesome writer, Wendy Toliver, with her latest book Miss Match. I’m hanging out to read it (as in waiting for it to arrive in the post – had to order it from the UK) and if it’s half as good as Wendy’s last book I know I’m in for a huge treat.
Here’s the blurb:
Sasha Finnegan has always had a knack for setting people up, and at sixteen, she’s turned her talent into an online business, molding high school crushes into true love. But Sasha finds her toughest match yet when hottie Derek Urban asks her to set him up with Sasha’s gorgeous sister, Maddie. It’s not that Derek isn’t a good catch. In fact, after spending so much time with him, Sasha can’t help but think he’s perfect — for her, that is.
Can Sasha push her feelings aside for the sake of her business? Or has this miss finally found her match?
What inspired the plot for your book?
I’ve always loved fixing people up. I still do! (By the way, if anyone out there is interested in meeting my 29 year-old brother who lives in Orlando or my adorable mom who lives in Denver, leave a comment. Haha) Also, my sister and I have a great relationship and though we might not have always seen eye-to-eye growing up, we always came through for each other like Sasha and Maddie do in Miss Match.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
My first MSS (unpublished) was a chick lit, and several of the comments I received from editors led me to believe my voice was “young.” I had the idea of writing a book about a modern-day siren and decided to write it as teen fiction. Since my first attempt in the genre proved successful, I’ve continued to write teen fiction. I might someday write another genre, (for example, I’m working on an idea for a middle grade novel) but for now, I feel very comfortable and happy.
What is your writing process like?
Recently I’ve been selling my books on proposal, so I write a detailed synopsis and three chapters. Then, if the book sells, I write the remainder of the novel, using the synopsis as a guide. I drug my feet at first, but the process has proven to be time efficient, and with three little boys running around the place, I must use my time wisely.
What are you working on now?
LIFTED, the story about a transplant to a parochial school who learns that not all students are as pious as they seem when she’s inducted into a shoplifting clique and soon finds herself in over her head. It comes out with Simon Pulse April 27, 2010 and I’m so excited.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Since I’m currently on a deadline, I like to sleep when I’m not writing. I also enjoy skiing/boarding with my little boys, going on dates with my husband, traveling, and reading. I’ve recently volunteered to coach little boys’ basketball.
More Info about Miss Match
Miss Match is Wendy Toliver’s second Simon Pulse Romantic Comedy. It was a 2007 finalist in the Romance Writers’ of America© Golden Heart® contest in the Young Adult category (under the title Cupid Girl).
“What I like best about this book is that it’s about a smart, funny, down-to-earth sixteen year-old who isn’t super skinny and drop-dead gorgeous. It takes place in Salt Lake City, close to where I live, so I was able to weave some fun local aspects into it.” –Wendy Toliver
Wendy Toliver lives in the Utah mountains with her three little boys, her husband, and other various wildlife. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Speech Communication/Broadcast and has had a variety of jobs, from performing singing telegrams to working at an advertising agency.
Now a soccer (etc.) mom and the author of The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren and Miss Match (both Simon Pulse), she couldn’t be happier. Well, if she had a self-cleaning house, a Porsche, and an endless supply of chocolate-covered cinnamon bears, she just might be a tad happier. Visit her online at www.wendytoliver.com.
In The Not-Too-Distant Future
Coming in Spring 2010 from Simon Pulse … Lifted, in which a transplant to parochial school learns that not all students are as pious as they seem when she’s inducted into a shoplifting clique and soon finds herself in over her head.