I wrote my first novel, Twenty-Five, a year ago, on the verge of my own twenty-fifth birthday to deal with the trauma of that milestone. It is the first time I’ve attempted to write fiction other than a contest in the fourth grade (which I won) where I wrote a short story entitled The Summer Aliens Invaded My Brother’s Brain. I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses. Twenty-Five is a love story, pure and simple. The characters are not so utterly unique that reading about them makes one wonder if I was on acid when imagining their personalities. The plot is not so action packed and full of twists and turns that readers will sit looking at the wall, scratching their heads, for ten minutes after reading because they have no idea what the hell just happened. Instead, I’ve created characters who are a lot like you and me, your best friend, your next door neighbor, and the boy who grew up down the street from you who you always had a secret crush on. What happens to them is what happens to us all- the firsts of a new relationship. The first meeting, the first date, the first kiss, the first fight, the big breakup, etc.
I realize this doesn’t sound glamorous or jump-out-of-your-seat fantastic, but it’s one of those books that will make you feel good. Reading it, you’ll be reminded how hard it was to summon up the courage to ask that girl out or say I love you. You’ll remember those nights you spent heart-broken and crying because nothing in the world seemed more disastrous than the person you love leaving you.
I wrote Twenty-Five with the hope of penning a story that would inspire in others the same feelings of romance and hope that Jane Austen’s work inspired in me.
Twenty-Five isn’t a rewrite of an Austen classic and it doesn’t feature any characters named Mr. Darcy, but it does show a strong woman who doesn’t believe in her own strength and a beautiful man who would do anything to make her see how amazing she is.
When Abigail Bronsen turns twenty-five, she wonders why her life has gone nowhere. She’s trapped in a job she hates and spends her evenings alone in her apartment, with nothing but her literary heroes and writing aspirations to keep her company. Then Ben Harris crashes into her.
They fall in love, of course, and Ben secretly helps Abigail cross off items on a list of goals she made as a teenager. He finds out soon though, that helping build her confidence is sending her on a path away from him, one that leads to London and a dream job.
With an ocean between them, they’ll struggle to overcome pain and pride to see if their love is meant to be, or if it was all simply the result of a random accident.
Now doesn’t that sound amazing? Please read my book!
A Writer Who Will Be Eternally Grateful if You Give Me a Chance!