We're delighted to have Tiana Smith with us to chat about her debut novel, MATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
Tiana, what was your inspiration for writing MATCH ME IF YOU CAN?
I've always loved rom-coms. Movies, TV shows, books, it doesn't matter which medium. So I wanted to write a book that gave readers that Happily Ever After satisfied feeling. Match Me If You Can came about because I was watching the movie She's the Man and I could not stop laughing. I loved the idea of multiple couples getting caught up in one huge comedy of errors. And that's where the idea started!
What do you hope readers will take away from MATCH ME IF YOU CAN?
I just hope readers enjoy it. It's meant to be a fluffy, fun book and I hope it leaves readers smiling after they've finished it.
What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Don't compare yourself to others. It's so easy to do in this industry, but so damaging to your sense of self. There will always be other people hitting lists, getting huge sale numbers, glowing reviews, and a host of other things. Comparing yourself to others is instinctive, almost inevitable. But all those things are outside of your control, and not worth your time. Also, read lots!
ABOUT THE BOOKMatch Me If You Can
by Tiana Smith
Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.
Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.
Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?
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Have you had a chance to read MATCH ME IF YOU CAN yet? Have any of your stories been inspired by a movie? Are you able to avoid comparing yourself to others? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!
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