Book: Summers' Love, A Cute and Funny Cinderella Love Story by Stu Summerscategories: Book, Romcom, Humor, Romance, Lose a Guy, Notting Hill, Funny, Love Story, Romantic Comedy
Stu Summersabout this book: Okay, let's see. First it's a romantic comedy that might actually be based on my life. Or portions of my life. Or not at all. See, the thing is, I'm not a romance writer. Never was. I'm a shameless promoter of my books. Or was until my previous publisher fired me. This is all in my book, "Summers' Love."
For a while I was an award-winning novelist and the author of such books as, "In Heat", "Puppy Love", "Paws On My Heart", "Hound Dog Heart", and "That Dog Won't Hunt" - all of which have been pulled from publication. (In "Summers' Love" you will learn why my former publisher yanked my books and purchased ALL used copies.) Anyway, back to what this book is about.
I started writing "Summers' Love" as a spoof on romance writers and how, some – not saying all, but some – novelist churn out predictable, formula stories to satisfy the insatiable appetite of romance readers who – not saying all, but some – are starved for love and in relationships that leave them, you know, still wanting Mr. Right. Nothing wrong with that. I hear romance writers can make good money doing this. But once I got into the story, it was like, "Wow! Writing this stuff is hard."
So I hired a ghost writer and paid her a flat fee to write the book. She's in the story. Her name is Hattie. I'm in the book. Heck, all the characters in the book are in the book. So "Summers' Love" is about a romance writer who pays someone to write his romance novel and that's pretty much what I did in real life.
Q: Write benefits does your book offer readers?
Gee, that's hard to say. I hope readers find it funny and entertaining, but I suppose most novelists hope their book is entertaining. If you're looking for a straight romance, this isn't the book for you. Like I said, it's a romantic comedy spoof on romance novels. Think Nick Sparks meets Weird Al Yankovic. That's the monster I created.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
My agent. She needs the money. Plus, I watch a lot of rom-coms and wanted to be a rom-com writer myself. What's your favorite? Mine is Notting Hill. Or How to Lose a Guy In Ten Days. Or that other one I can't remember the name of.
Q: Who are the primary readers of your book?
Individuals who do not take themselves seriously. Seriously, life too short to take serious. I get hate mail from readers who complain that I take God's name in vain by saying things in the book like "My God," or "Gosh." These are the sort of readers who – not saying all, but some - take life too serious. If that sort of salty language offends you, pick another book.
"Summers' Love" is a clean read. No one takes their clothes off. Not like, say, in "Fifty Shades of Whatshisname." I mean, I'm sure at some point the characters in the story take their clothes off. You just don't see it in the book.
Speaking of "Fifty Shades", if you're hoping for lots of steamy sex scenes, look elsewhere. My ghost writer is a church secretary living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and she blushes easily.
Q: How long did it take to write "Summers' Love?"
Ask Hattie. Once I sent her the check, I went sailing. When I got back to the dock after a month of cruising, the manuscript was waiting for me.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
My editor, Eva Marie Everson (who just happens to be an award-winning author herself), suggested it. I wanted to call it "Lap Dog Larry" but she said that was a dumb title. Actually, my publisher picked the title, so if you don't like it blame LPC.
Q: Why did you choose this cover?
First, the book needed a cover. Turns out you can't just put a book out that's naked. Second, I liked the 70's look. Actually, my publisher picked the cover, so if you don't like it blame LPC.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sending Hattie that check for $1000. That's a lot of money for a guy living on a sailboat in the islands. Some people think if you own a boat, you're rich. You may have, at one point in your life, BEEN rich, but after you've owned a boat for a while, you no longer are. B.O.A.T. , by the way, means Break Out Another Thousand. If you've ever owned a boat, you know this, already.
Q: What research did you do for your book?
I watched a lot of rom-com movies and studied their plots. Sometimes I'd stop watching movies and go surfing. That was the extent of my research.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yeah, selling books is hard. My previous publisher did a great job marketing my books, but this one, even though my publisher has been great and tries hard, is a tough sell. I was going to pay Hattie to write a sequel – I think that's what she called it – but first I have to get my boat out of hock. It's on the hard at the boatyard and they want to get paid, first.
Q: What do you want to say to your readers?
"BUY MY BOOK!!!" Isn't that what all writers want to say to readers? Isn't that why I'm paying Dave to promote this post? Seriously, don't take yourself and life so serious. None of us is getting out of here alive. Live! Enjoy the sun! Surf and sail and read lots of books and, if you must, write. Complain less and compliment more. There, that's what I want to say to my readers.
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