Friday, April 29, 2011

I.O.U. Sex - Sandra Nachlinger & Sandra Allen

Book Title: I.O.U. Sex
Authors: Sandra Nachlinger & Sandra Allen

When June, Kiki, and Peggy graduated from Rayburn High School, all three were virgins. After all, they were good girls. Years later, they read June’s diary from their senior year and joke about the sexual frustration they caused their steady boyfriends back then. That’s when Kiki says, “When you think about it, and I’m only trying to be fair, we owe those guys sex.” With bawdy jabs and tipsy laughter, they vow to track down their old boyfriends and make amends.

The novel takes place in and around Dallas, Texas, and although it's contemporary, it also reflects the lives and attitudes of teens in the 1960s. One reader/reviewer (a 25-year-old woman) said she enjoyed the glimpse into her mother's youth and gave the book five stars on Amazon.  We've had positive feedback from male readers as well.

I.O.U. Sex is co-authored. Sandra Nachlinger has been writing short stories, taking creative writing classes, and attending writing conferences for years but had never attempted a novel. Sandra Allen is a retired teacher who taught the intricacies of writing, and she’s a grammar maven as well. Sandra A. lives in North Texas; Sandra N. lives in Washington State. We've been friends since junior high school in Dallas.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

Based on comments posted on Amazon and feedback from others, they'll like the humor. They'll also enjoy the story of enduring friendship between three women. Baby Boomers will see themselves in the book, and younger people will enjoy the glimpse into the mid-1960s.

Q: Why did you go indie?
At first, we researched agents and editors and sent out query letters. We pitched the book at writing conferences too. This went on for a couple of years. But there didn’t seem to be interest in a novel featuring older women, even though Baby Boomers make up a huge segment of the reading population. After talking with fellow authors who'd gone the traditional publishing route and who had also published indie ebooks, we decided e-publishing made sense. That was the best decision we ever made.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

In the sub-genre of Southern women's fiction: Fannie Flagg, Rebecca Wells, Kaye Gibbons.
In women's fiction/romance: Anita Shreve, Barbara Delinsky, Maeve Benchy.
But we both read many other genres.


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