CARPE DiEMILY Q & A by Riley J. Ford


1. What is the title of your book?


2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea of having a bucket list has always intrigued me. I thought it would be fun to write a story about a young woman who has always lived a restrained, boring life but now has only a year to live. What kind of bucket list would she write if she decided to live outside the box for the first time in her life? What if she aimed to do everything on the list, even though it forced her outside her comfort zone, and what kind of comedy would result from her efforts? What if there was a ticking clock on the whole thing, and a race against time and a nasty villain? Those were the questions I answered when writing this book. I had a lot of fun with the story, and laughed the whole time I was writing it. The characters really took on lives of their own and took me on a completely unexpected journey.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

 Women's fiction (romantic comedy) or "chick lit." 

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

For Emily, the protagonist, I would need someone with excellent comedic timing. I think Emily Blunt would be perfect, and she has the same name!  Simone, the ditsy, unfiltered friend, could be well-played by Isla Fisher. I picture the male lead being played  by Ryan Reynolds if he had green eyes. For the villain, Dr. Becker, I can't think of anyone better than Ricardo Montalban. In fact, it's who I was picturing while writing Becker's character. Too bad Montalban is dead. Casting his corpse might make for some complications. But he'd be perfect if he were still alive.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

 It's a hilarious race against time for an overly self-controlled woman who vows to live out her unusual bucket list after making a deal with a corrupt doctor who wants her dead.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

 Indie published. I love the freedom and control over my career. My other book, INTO YOU, has done very well as an indie-published book, and I have high hopes for CARPE DiEMILY as well.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 Three months. 

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 Any of Emily Giffin's books (except with more comedy), Jennifer Weiner's first book, GOOD IN BED, and anything by Hollis Gillespie. 

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 I'm a huge fan of comedic women's fiction. I'm inspired by Jennifer Weiner, who writes smart, funny books with accessible characters. I'm also inspired by the honest, comedic writing of Tina Fey, Hollis Gillespie, and Nora Ephron (RIP).

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 It's laugh-out-loud funny. My writing partners and editors have all told me how hilarious it is. One of my readers compared it to the movie BRIDESMAIDS.




Riley J. Ford writes whimsy with an edge in the form of Women's Fiction and Young Adult Fiction  

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