May 10, 2007

3Q with Jennifer O’Connell

I am late for DOG TRAINING (I am wondering when we will get to the class that covers NOT EATING DAISIES …) Maybe this week *sigh* SO I am going to let best-selling novelist Jennifer O’Connell talk about her new book, INSIDER DATING which Cosmo calls, “A poolside page-turner.”

It is the story of Abby Dunn, barely past thirty and still reeling from her divorce. She has taken herself off the dating market. Instead, she’s using her experience to turn the tables on the opposite sex by building a database to rank underperforming men and set women straight when investing their greatest asset: themselves.

Now, what started as a pet project is becoming a full-time enterprise, but someone is skewing her data and threatening to ruin her business. Abby is about to find out that sometimes even the savviest market wizards can be headed for a crash.

While it may be perfectly legal, nothing good can come from insider dating.

JJ: What do you think of your cover and how does it compare to the cover you imagined when you were writing the book?
JO’C: The cover of INSIDER DATING is actually the third try. The first try was tear-inducing. The concept was interesting – show a “little black book” where a woman would keep information. The execution looked more like a Hello Kitty diary for a nine year old. I wanted to die (ok, I wanted the designer to die). Second attempt included some color and pattern changes. Still no good. I’m really happy with the final cover (although I don’t like her shoes, but after the first two choices I wasn’t about to be a pain in the ass). I didn’t really have an ideal cover, I just wanted it to look smart, mature and professional with a twist.

JJ: Who did you dedicate this book to and why?
JO’C: This book is dedicated to my two best friends, Vicki and Vangie. We’ve been best friends since we met our first day of college, and when I was writing this book they were both going through divorces. Here I was writing about a woman who was divorced and my friends were going through it for real. Their circumstances were completely different from Abby’s in the book, but the idea that your friends are the ones who are always there for you is in the book, and in our real lives as well.

JJ: Tell us whether or not you’d belong to a secret society where women share information about the men they’ve dated:
JO’C: That’s a tough one. On the one hand, it would save a lot of wasted energy on someone who is incompatible. On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t be married to my husband. Some other woman he’d dated would have let me know that he gets up way too early (I’m not a morning person), he hates to travel (I love to get away), he can’t type (I have a laptop perma-glued to my thighs), he recites lines to cheesy movies (if I hear one more line from Fletch I’ll break out into hives), and he doesn’t take advantage of airline miles when charging things to a credit card, instead choosing to earn “Red Sox points” on a card with his favorite team’s logo (I’m a “free” mile junky who can justify any charge because I know I’m earning a flight somewhere). Maybe it’s the things you can’t itemize that end up being the things that matter.

Posted by joshilyn at May 10, 2007 9:48 AM

Sorry, sorry, off-topic here! But when I saw this, I knew you'd have to see it too!
Would you care for a pink sock?

Posted by: Kira at May 10, 2007 9:41 PM

Kira - so I checked the link. Cool. Then I read the comment to that article. Gross. Just. Freakin'. Gross. I'll never think of the Pink Sock Story the same way again.
That's all I'm sayin'.

Posted by: dee at May 11, 2007 12:00 AM

Oh, EW! I didn't see the comment. Ahem. Sorry. Moving on.

Posted by: Kira at May 11, 2007 12:20 PM

Sorry to take over Joshilyn's comments this way...I'm just wondering, since it's a BOSTON bartender, if the "pink sock" is actually meant to reference THE sock, Curt Schilling's infamous World Series sock with blood on it. But maybe that's just because I'm overly knowledgeable about Boston sports mythology?

Posted by: amy at May 11, 2007 2:50 PM

That was MY thought, too, Amy. But being one of the few Red Sox fans in these parts, I hesitated to bring it up. Kind of fitting, though, that this all came up, especially since Jennifer O'Connell's husband is also a Sox fan. I've got my tix to see the Sox play the Braves on June 18th. Hate to root against the local boys, but...GO SOX!

Posted by: Leandra at May 11, 2007 4:08 PM