Title: Going Home Again
Genre: Women's Fiction/Chick-Lit
Word Count: 97,000
Withdrawn and timid in high school, Alyssa Jones, the protagonist in my contemporary women's fiction/chick-lit novel, preferred to hide behind her frizzy dark hair, rather than make her existence known to the love of her teenage life, Michael Day.
Later in life, she’s overcome her shy nerdiness and is now editor of a magazine in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. At the same time, Michael has become a widely known pop singer (in addition to becoming a husband and father), and therefore, is out of Alyssa’s reach, in addition to being way out of her league. So, when she gets the unexpected chance to interview Michael for her magazine, no one is more surprised than Alyssa when there’s a reciprocated attraction this time around.
At 97,000 words with alternating points-of-view, GOING HOME AGAIN chronicles Alyssa’s story as she learns that life doesn’t always turn out like you dreamed in high school, even if you “get the guy,” and Mike’s struggles with his feelings for Alyssa in the face of his disintegrating marriage.
First 150 Words:
One Tuesday morning, I got a call I never expected. A call that, for the past twenty years, I may have secretly hoped for.
That call jolted me out of my comfortably single yet wildly unexciting life as editor of a magazine in the small beach town of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. I’d worked hard and done a lot of boring stories I didn’t really want to do to make it this far. Of course, I still couldn’t afford to actually live in Wrightsville Beach, where practically nothing was priced below a million dollars, but every day, I enjoyed the drive from the coastal city of Wilmington, over the shimmery blue ribbon of the Intracoastal Waterway, the smell of the salt air, and the melodic whine of the seagulls.
Despite the beautiful scenery, I led a pretty mundane life—until that chilly January morning.