Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.
The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.
But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is; restaurant shootouts, a neurotic boss, a mother who spies on the neighbors, and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. Who has time to fall in love? So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.
~*~*~*~ The Review ~*~*~*~
When I sat down to write the review for It Aint Easy Being Jazzy by Quanie Milller, I had a little bit of an advantage: I had already read her author interview (which I included at the end of this post). But what a wonderful advantage for me to be able to tell you, Quanie Miller has done exactly what she set out to do. It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy is a fun, fun time from being to end.
Told in first person in a voice too real and snarky to resist, It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy recounts the times of Jasmine (otherwise known as Jazzy) and she tries to make it in her crazy life. She’s trying to get over her boyfriend, accept that he’s engaged to her rival cousin, and somehow make him jealous with a cute guy from the mall. Add in her sister, her wacky neighbors and her nosy mother and Jazzy is your wildest day times five.
I love the writing, I loved the premise and I loved the all around fun time to be had in reading this book! It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy will make you laugh and just as the author wishes, you’ll get up from reading it saying, “Honey, I done had me a good time!”
~*~*~*~ The Interview ~*~*~*~
Where did the story idea come from/how did it come about?
I sat down to write a paranormal story about this woman who gets a job as a nanny and discovers the children’s new step mother has mystic powers. But when I started writing this funny voice took over and I had to step back and ask myself if I wanted to scrap what I had and rework the story so that the tone would be consistent with a paranormal story, make the nanny story funny, or extract that funny main character from there and create a whole new story. And I decided to create a whole new story. So glad I did because the novel was so much fun to write.
One thing you want the reader to walk away with after reading this book.
I want them to have laughed so much that they are gasping for air. When they’re done with the book I want them to say, “Honey, I done had me a good time!”
Why did you choose your genre?
For this particular novel, it was accidental, because even though I set out to write something paranormal, this funny voice took over that steered me in another direction story wise. So for me, my characters dictate genre.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
The most challenging thing is learning to believe in yourself. Doubt creeps in at every stage; the outline stage, the drafting stage, editing. But at the end of the day you have to just shake it off and remind yourself why you write. And if you write because you love it then you’ll always find your way back to it.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Study your craft. Definitely. Whether it’s reading novels, books about writing novels, taking writing workshops, or joining a critique group. Study, study, study. And find your voice. Don’t try and be like anybody else. Tell your story from your point of view. The world wants to hear it!
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
Not in the sense of “I’m sitting at the computer and oh my goodness I just can’t write!” It’s not like that. It’s more like “something about this story isn’t working and I can’t figure out what right now.” So I don’t really have periods of time where I can’t write; only periods where I’m trying to figure out what about the story isn’t working and during those times I take a break from writing until I can figure it out. Sometimes I take a day. Sometimes I take a week or two, but I always go back knowing what to fix.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Something to write on. That’s pretty much it. Well, that and your coffee! But other than that I don’t think there are any must have tools except for your imagination.
~*~*~*~ Author Bio ~*~*~*~
Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering new authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She loves writing humorous stories about strong willed, sassy women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel.
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