"A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire.
Savannah Morgan had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she's become a frustrated ex-cheerleader who lives with her mother and wonders if rejecting a marriage proposal was a terrible mistake. Then Savannah's world is shaken when she learns the father she never knew is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left Savannah his fortune on the condition that she move to Manhattan and work at his global news corporation. Putting aside her mother's disapproval, Savannah dives head first into a life of wealth and luxury that is threatened by Edward's other children--the infuriatingly arrogant Ned and his sharp-tongued sister, Caroline, whose joint mission is to get rid of Savannah. She deals with their treachery along with her complicated love life, and she eventually has to decide between Jack, a smooth and charming real estate executive, and Alex, a handsome aspiring writer/actor. Savannah must navigate a thrilling but dangerous city while trying to figure out what kind of man her father truly was.
New Money is a keenly observed, exciting peek into a world of privilege and glamour with a spirited and charming heroine at its center."
Thoughts: Quoting Kristin Hannah, "This book is the perfect summer beach read." Though I completely agree, I also think it's the perfect book when you just need to de-stress after a long day of work. Hello, Southern girl moves to the big city after inheriting quite a fortune? Isn't that what all us Southern girls dream of?
There's something for everyone in this novel: A relatable protagonist, romance, and enough drama to make your head spin. Savannah is one of those characters that you can't help but admire and at times be annoyed at. Like anyone in her situation, she constantly makes mistakes, however, she's doing the best she can. It's hard not to get lost in the New York City life, and I personally believe her imperfections made her a much more interesting character. She has depth, and I truly appreciate that.
I very much enjoyed reading NEW MONEY and believe fans of contemporary literature as well as YA will like it, too. It may be an adult novel but the pacing reads like a YA book. The author genuinely knows how to write believable characters and also knows how to tug at the human heart. I'm just grateful I didn't end up in tears like I did with OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE!
Where do you draw inspiration for your books?
I’m a character-driven writer, and the characters always come to me first. For example, in my debut novel—OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE—Ari (the main character) and her family were in my mind for quite a while before I fully understood Ari’s story and began to write it. When that story crystallized, I just wanted to tell it and share it with readers. Ari was my inspiration all along. I was also inspired by the concept of “limerence,” which pertains to the intense emotional highs and lows a person can experience when involved in a romantic relationship. Limerence plays a crucial role in the story.
Was it difficult transitioning from writing a YA novel to an Adult Contemporary novel?
Not at all—because when I wrote OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE, I wasn’t strictly targeting a teen audience. I believed that both YA and adult readers could relate to the story—and based on the feedback I have received from readers of many ages, this is true. The adult characters in that book—including the main character’s mother and twenty-three-year-old sister—play a major role in the novel and have their own back-stories. Some aspects of OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE are specific to the teen years, and others aren’t.
Because OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE is a mature YA novel, I didn’t find writing adult fiction to be particularly different; however, the major difference between the two novels is that OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE unfolds slowly and is quite introspective, while NEW MONEY is more of a commercial work that is rather fast-moving and—although it has serious aspects—is more lighthearted than OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE. So the biggest transition was writing in a different style—but I really enjoyed it. I think it’s important for an author to be versatile and to constantly challenge herself.
Where is your favorite place to write and read?
I always write in my home office, and I like to read on my couch.
What's your favorite book?
I admire and have been influenced by so many authors. One of my all-time favorite authors is Emily Bronte. I love Wuthering Heights because of its emotional intensity and Bronte’s ability to make me understand and sympathize with characters who aren’t necessarily likeable.
Are there any snacks or drinks you like to have around while writing?
Chocolate always helps!
What are you currently working on?
NEW MONEY is the first book in a two-part series, and I recently completed the second book. The next step will be finalizing it for publication in 2014.
In Twitter speak (140 characters or less), tell everyone why they should read NEW MONEY.
To answer that question I will defer to the fabulous Kristin Hannah (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Firefly Lane), who has read and endorsed NEW MONEY. I think she did a great job of explaining why this novel will appeal to readers. Here is a portion of her quote about the book:
“NEW MONEY is a fun, funny, heartfelt novel with
a heroine so human and charming you can't help rooting for her.”
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