One Word: TOTALLY!
THREE DAVES is the tale of a spunky 80s college girl who blossoms into a wise 80s woman. It's funny, unpredictable (except the end, I knew it!) and full of real emotions. Jen (not Jenny) gets herself into embarrassing, exciting, and enticing situations with surprising twists, 80s memories and a satisfying wrap up.
Nicki does an excellent job making us feel for Jen. We grow to understand the true meaning of love right along with her! I totally recommend THREE DAVES!
Now for a glimpse into how THREE DAVES came about, here's NICKI!
When you write realistic fiction, particularly realistic fiction that mirrors your own life in any way, the inevitable question is---how much of this is true? I had more than one college roomie nervous to turn the pages of my 80s era collegiate story. But as I've assured everyone I know many, many times, Three Daves is fiction...with bits of truth mixed in.
I think pieces of us find their way into everything we write, don't you? And since Tara asked so nicely, I'll let you in on some of the ways I worked truth into my fiction.
Places: The fictional Central Illinois University is heavily influenced by my real life alma mater, Eastern Illinois University. Everything's been renamed, but anyone who went to EIU will be able to pick out the dorms, the campus buildings, the bars. As a matter of fact, the bars frequented in Three Daves were even a trivia question in the EIU alumni newsletter last fall!
Paraphernalia: In my acknowledgements, I thank my friend Ed for driving the silver Sapporo---missing passenger sidedoor and all---that David eventually drives in the story. Crappy cars were such a staple of college existence that I couldn't resist. My real life roomate's ginormous Oldsmobile also makes a showing. Of course bomber jackets, oversized sweatshirts, assymetric "do"s, and Ansel Adams black & whites were all present in my real 80's life. And let us not forget the poor, dead ficus tree we dressed up in Christmas lights.
Plot: The overall plot is the product of my imagination, but I mixed in nuggets of reality. For example, there may have been a balcony arrest during spring break in Daytona Beach following a wet T-shirt contest (yes, I was the good girl standing in the middle), and I did see Wang Chung at the Clarendon. A shoe went flying from a balcony one night at E. L. Krackers (a/k/a The Ritz), but it wasn't mine. And I once participated in the invention of a game called Dial-a-Drink.
People: Except for one character---Aunt Lou, based on my real life Godmother---no one is wholly patterned after anyone I know. I'm sure there's an element of every guy I ever knew melded into the Daves, and there were about a thousand guys named Dave on campus in the 80s, but I never actually dated one. If I ever write a book about my real dating experiences, it'll be called something more like:
Two Ricks, a Couple Marks, One Len, a Craig, a Sean, a Steve, at Least One Brian, and a Darren...I'm Pretty Sure His Name was Darren.
Not nearly as catchy as Three Daves, is it? Now it's your turn---what bits of reality have made it into your fiction?
Thanks for having me over, Tara!
You are more than welcome =) Thanks for all that inside info! Those were the days.