Dina Silver tells how dreaming about Matt Damon and recalling how she met her husband lead to her novel Kat Fight.
I’m the type of person who dreams about celebrities, and by this I mean that I have celebrities in my dreams ALL the time. One night I’ll dream that Matt Damon and I are dating, the next I’ll dream that I’m Howard Stern’s assistant, and the next I’ll be making out with pretty much any one of the guys from True Blood. But more often than not, I wake up in the morning, roll over, and tell my husband, “I just had another dream about Matt Damon.” Once he’s through rolling his eyes, he says, “Maybe you should write a movie … with Matt Damon in it?”
So I did. Sort of. I began writing Kat Fight as a screenplay that was loosely based on how I met my husband. He was dating a friend of mine at the time, and the two of them set me up with another guy … and the four of us went out on a double date. Soon after that double date, my ‘husband to be’ ended his relationship with my friend and asked me out instead.
After I began writing about it (nine years into our marriage), I started to imagine scenes with Matt Damon (who looks NOTHING like my husband), where he was standing at the altar, or running through an airport, or dealing with shocking news, and it all become very easy for me to put down on paper. I could picture the people involved and what they were saying very easily because I used so many of my own experiences in the story.
About a quarter of the way through, a very bright friend of mine suggested I write a novel instead. Said I’d have better luck getting published than I would getting Kat Fight initially made into a movie. So I took her advice, but I still think it would make a great movie! However … I think Mr. Damon might be too old now!
Be sure and check out the TEN FUN FACTS at the end of the book to find out what really happened!
Excerpt: I’ve always wanted to get married. Not simply because I enjoyed fairy tales and layers of tulle at a young age – and I did – but because I truly wanted a husband and family of my own. My parents divorced when I was nine years old, leaving me desperate for my own chance at getting it right. A chance to meet my soul mate, fall in love, and stay committed. A chance to do things my way. A chance for a normal family with no screaming, no cowering children and no more loneliness.
Kat Porter is a consummate romantic, eager for her chance to find love and commitment. But after her boyfriend of four years, Marc, begins to grow apathetic and sends her calls straight to voicemail one too many times, Kat finally musters the courage to confront her so-called sweetheart, who seems more interested in dodging her than courting her. Though she’s no fan of ultimatums, Kat is at the end of her considerable wits, and lobs a massive one his way, completely confident that he’ll make the right decision when faced with losing her. He doesn’t.
With radio silence from Marc, Kat’s lifelong dream of finding a husband and forging a family is decidedly on the skids. That’s when her childhood friend Julie steps in, forcing Kat on a blind date to help her move beyond the break-up. Not only does Kat botch the setup, she instead finds herself in hot pursuit of Julie’s love interest, Ryan Sullivan. A man who, in addition to literally taking her breath away, is the living, breathing personification of everything Kat wants in a husband. Can Kat connect with the man of her dreams without hurting two of the people she cares most about?
Dina Silver is a writer, red wine drinker, cheese fry lover, and future cat hoarder. She currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Inspired by how she met her husband, Kat Fight is Dina’s second novel.