Erin Brady introduces Sadie and her obsession.
I had so much fun writing my latest chick lit book, The Twelve-Step Plan, and even more fun creating the character of Sadie! My mother always told me not to tell a lie, so I have a little secret to share. Sadie may be fictional, but she has all of the characteristics of one of my dearest friends (who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are, don’t you!)
You see, a while back, she had quite the crush on a celebrity. It bordered on an obsession, actually. And I realized then that we all have our obsessions. We all have a little bit of my character Sadie inside of us. And if we don’t, we really should! It makes life much more interesting. And because I had so much fun creating her, I want to share her with you. So without further delay, I offer you an inside look into my character’s crazy and, hopefully, funny world. Let me introduce you to Sadie Rollins.
I have a serious obsession. It’s the kind that keeps me up at night, the kind that causes me to check out at work, the kind that classifies me as “eccentric” or “crazy” among colleagues, friends and family. Really, it’s the kind that actually has them seriously thinking about having me committed to the mental ward of a hospital. It’s not like I’m the only one with an obsession, though. We all have these in some shape or form, from one extreme to the other. It’s only that some of us (and I definitely include myself in this category) have it worse than others. Some of us (I’m pointing the finger directly at me now) may have a serious problem on our hands.
Some people obsess about chocolate: dark, bitter, sweet with caramel filling; or in ice cream topped with whipped cream and almonds. It’s the kind of chocolate that melts in your mouth, causing the closest thing to an orgasmic sensation you can get without actually experiencing the real thing.
Some people obsess about exercising and dieting. They run a billion miles a day or take so many spinning classes that if the wheels on the bike were on the ground, they’d be halfway around the world by now and when they cycle back home, they measure portions of food as if they were scientists in a laboratory.
Others obsess about sex: sex in a public place, on the kitchen floor, in a hot tub, in the subway, a department store (Well, you get the picture . . . as in literally). My obsession, you ask? Well, let’s just say, it’s not so much a what, but a who.
I’ll give you a few hints. He’s Latin. He wears designer-tailored suits (even in the hottest summer months) with the collar (never a tie) always slightly opened to expose a bit of his perfectly chiseled bare chest and a brightly colored dress shirt to make himself pop (red, yellow, blue, purple – any color of the rainbow, really, but never white nor black). His beautiful big, dark brown eyes are hidden eighty-five percent of the day behind dark-tinted sunglasses. His thick mane of light brown wavy hair is always brushed back neatly without a strand out of place, and most times, he wears his “signature” fedora. His dimples (one on each of his cheeks) are unbelievable and I’m sure trademarked against unauthorized uses of any kind. He can dance. Boy, can he dance! And what can I say about his hips? If a gyrating pelvis was a crime, I think he’d be serving a life sentence, without parole. He sings both in Spanish and in English and the way the words roll off his tongue, especially the letter “r,” it’s so lyrical, so sensual, so . . . I’m getting flustered thinking about it. He also happens to be the biggest music star/celebrity/actor/sexiest man alive on the planet, in my opinion, and he doesn’t even know I exist.
Dr. Sadie Rollins is a well-respected college professor with a serious obsession. She’s in love with a pop star who doesn’t even know she exists. It’s the kind of obsession that keeps her up at night. The kind that has her friends and family seeking medical help for her. But it’s the kind that Sadie knows she has to get out her system before it takes over her life. So, how can she do that? Believing that it will turn her dull, boring life into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, Sadie throws caution to the wind and decides to follow her very own 12-Step Plan that she is convinced will lead her to love in the limelight. The question is, will the plan lead her to the love of her life, or would she have been better off just enjoying the fantasy from afar?
Erin Brady is a self-confessed romantic comedy addict who hopes to never find a cure. She spends countless hours re-reading Pride and Prejudice and admits to never getting tired of Darcy’s britches. Her novels follow the lives of women who, mindfully or not, end up pursuing their dreams while making mistakes and learning to laugh (and fall in love) along the way. She has published five novels: And The Winner Is, Shopping Swap, Holiday Gig, One Last Blind Date and The Twelve-Step Plan.
Book cover credit: Littera Designs