Next month when I feature this book as my Facebook book club read for September, make sure you enter the competition because Blue Moon Publishers are hosting a giveaway exclusively for my followers for a free copy!
Dear Internet: it’s me, Avery is available from all good online book sellers and will have a print release this September. And hey - check out this official ad for it – yours truly is quoted!!
Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery is my debut novel and Book I in the Avery Fowler 2.0 Series. In our web-driven world, Avery is the perfect case study of someone incapable of making a decision without going online.
As a society, we're attached at the hip--or palm--to the Internet. Avery is every person who gets a shaky feeling when they're out of Wi-Fi range.
The idea behind the book occurred to me as I chatted on the phone with a friend going through a divorce. When I Googled, "How to get your husband to communicate," it took all of 1.4 seconds to find a step-by-step process for doing exactly that.
It was at that moment I realized that you can ask the Internet ANYTHING, and it will serve up some sort of answer. And then I thought, wouldn't it be funny if someone blindly followed that advice to figure out her life. And, Avery Fowler was born.
Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery will be of interest to people around the world anywhere, who've ever been screwed over by a guy. Or an awful boss. Or had a bad hair day. Or tried haemorrhoid cream under their eyes to hide the bags because they read online it might help.
Yep. That pretty much narrows it down.
My review of this book:
A word of warning - if you have pushed out babies or if you're over the age of forty-five, get out the Depends before you read this book! Jennifer Ammoscato's hilarious story of Avery Fowler, a woman scorned in both her private and work life will have you laughing on every single page. I was banned from reading this story in bed because I kept waking up my husband with sudden outbursts of laughter. Ammoscato's writing is so brilliantly clever, sassy, relatable, sentimental, irreverent and unfiltered. Avery is a delightful heroine and as she goes from one crazy mishap to the next, she'll have you rooting for her from the first page. I actually cheered "YES!" when I saw that the end of the novel has a sneak peak of the next book in the series. Jennifer Ammoscato, where have you been all my life? Absolutely, hands down my new favourite chick-lit author.
Author Jennifer Ammoscato - solving the world's problems one cosmo at a time.
Jennifer Ammoscato is a paid, productive member of society. Frankly, it's not enough. Therefore, May 2015 will see the launch of her debut novel, "Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery" (The "Avery Fowler 2.0" series, Book I).
During the day, she is an intrepid writer/editor for the public relations department of a Canadian university. By night, she fights crime and the urge to organize closets and stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.
Dreams do not inspire Jennifer's books. In fact, they tend to terrify her. In particular, the ever- popular naked-at-school or I-have-a-final-exam-and-didn't-study dreams. She usually just makes stuff up.
She is married to her husband, Ezio. As opposed to someone else's husband (insert name here). She is the proud mom of two very tall sons, Dante and Christian.
For more information about Jennifer, you can find her on her website http://jenniferammoscato.com/ (where you can subscribe to her hilarious weekly blog – every Monday I get so excited when her two minute read hilarious blog lands in my inbox) and you can also join Jennifer on her equally funny Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferAmmoscato?fref=ts
Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery is the story of a woman who uses the Internet to solve her life’s every problem.
When newspaper reporter Avery Fowler discovers her husband is having an affair, the online help site HowTo.com is naturally where she turns to navigate this challenging stage of her life. Its live chat option gives her a virtual life coach (Clementine, a snippy, British chippy) for the low, low price of $14.95 a month:
“Dear HowTo.com: Is it misleading if I say they’re real?”
“Dear HowTo.com: Help! I think my boss is the Anti-Christ!”
“Dear HowTo.com: If I kill him will it affect my divorce settlement?”
Does Avery have an unhealthy Internet dependency? Probably. Can all life’s questions be answered with a keystroke? Probably not.
What are you working on at the moment?
Trying not to give in to my urge to get a caramel latte and sea salt chocolate chip cookie. I’m being perfectly serious. I’m also working on edits to Avery Book III.
What do you love the most about the main character in your book?
I love that, despite everything that life throws at her, Avery is absolutely ready, willing and able to lean on the Internet, cheap red wine, her friends…and, eventually, herself.
What is the best piece of writing advice you have received?
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of writing a book. It’s just putting words on paper (or a screen). It’s not like one day, someone dragged you aside, and told you to scrub up and perform brain surgery.
The hardest part is writing that first page. Just do it!
What was your road to publication like?
It took about three years—only because I started and stopped and rewrote until I couldn’t stomach it any more. I was about to self-publish when a friend suggested I send the book to her publisher, Blue Moon Publishers. They loved Avery and the potential for her future adventures. Now, we are partners in crime.
What is your all time favourite book?
I love The Great Gatsby. The words are poetry.
What tricks do you have to beat writer’s block?
I wrote the first book by the seat of my pants. I learned it’s far better to have the basic plot figured out—even if it’s just the key moments in the story. Then you know where you’re supposed to end up, like a road map.
Do you write every day?
No. I write in fits and burst. Sometimes I have to force myself, but once I do, I can get through a few chapters in a session. One of the best pieces of advice I think I’ve read is to just get the story down and not worry about fine-tuning until you’re done the first draft.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I want readers to realize that our struggles are universal. And, you’re usually stronger than you think.
What is the best marketing tip you can share for a new author to get their book noticed?
Write the best book that you possibly can. If you’re an indie author, invest in an editor—or at least a proofreader. Nothing will undermine your credibility like spelling or grammar mistakes.
Research book bloggers and reach out to them in a respectful way long in advance of your book’s publishing date. Reviews are the lifeblood of a book’s success.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Relax with my husband and puppy. Try out new chocolate martini recipes.
Do you take negative reviews of your book personally or do you shrug them off?
While I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my novel(s), I wrote the book to tell the story I wanted to tell. I told it in my author’s voice. If you don’t like that, I can’t change who I am. Nor would I want to. So, frankly, if I’m happy with the book (and my publisher is!), I can live with the fact that not everyone else will be.
What is your all time favourite movie?
Can’t possibly pick. Can we do it by decade? Genre? The amount of popcorn required?
Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery is part of the Avery Fowler 2.0 series. It is envisioned as five books because I’m pretty sure I can keep finding trouble for Avery to get into.