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About the author:
Gretchen Lovett is a stay-at-home mom of teenagers and a freelance writer.
What inspired you to write your book?
I love to read historical romance, but I don't trust myself to write it. It was a little easier getting into the contemporary mindset.
Here is a short sample from the book:
“I read your last column,” Kara’s building manager said. “Ouch.”
“He had it coming.” Kara waved her hand to dismiss the other woman’s concerns. She worked for an online gossip magazine, not the one that you would pick up in the supermarket, but the one that got quoted on the evening news.
She had built a career on scathing movie reviews and witty criticisms of stars’ lifestyles. She couldn’t tell which article the building manager was referring to, but it didn’t matter. They were all pretty much the same. At this point, Kara’s heart wasn’t even in it. It was just something she did for a living. She didn’t get excited about seeing the stars anymore because she knew they were just ordinary people.
Her readers, however, were still convinced that the Hollywood set knew something they didn’t. People were hungry for intimate details and Kara just fed them what they wanted. Her writing was a cross between journalism and comedy. She brought the stars down to the level where everyone else could make fun of them, and wasn’t that just what the market demanded?
Take her latest article, a scathing review of Leo Blake’s box office hit. While he was busy romancing the ladies and inspiring the men, Kara had seen through the whole charade. He was obviously on steroids. No normal man paid that much attention to his looks. He had been painted, airbrushed, and starved into a washboard stomach, and he took off his shirt far too many times to be realistic. And why would anyone believe that a car mechanic was secretly a Navy SEAL who had been tasked with policing the docks? It was ridiculous. The whole blockbuster was so full of holes, it deserved whatever smear campaign she launched at it.