Despite being a chick lit blogger, Samantha March’s novels don’t fall into the genre.…
My name is Samantha March, and I love chick lit. I love it so much, that is 2009 I started ChickLitPlus, a book/women’s lifestyle blog. One would think that when it came time to write books of my own, it would be chick lit all the way. Well, I will say that it even came to a surprise to me when neither of my two published novels are considered chick lit. They are women’s fiction, and while The Green Ticket might have humorous moments, I think the majority of readers would agree they don’t fall under the chick lit category.
Destined to Fail especially has some very dark moments and plot points along the way – including abuse, addiction, and abortion. So why don’t I, a self-proclaimed chick lit lover, write chick lit? It’s fairly simple – my pen just doesn’t do it. Okay, so my ideas have to come before the pen (or really, computer keys) but even when I had a chick lit concept all scratched out, my storyline just didn’t swing that way. I do wish this was a simple answer, but I don’t know it. I write what’s in my head, and a lot of times those first ideas get rewritten multiple times to fit the voice and stories of my characters. Both my novels started out completely different from what they’re published as. I do not think my third novel will be chick lit either, as it features a gruesome murder, but I’m hoping someday in the near future I can finally write what I love to read so much – chick lit.
College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself. While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself – is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.