Today I’m happy to welcome Judith Keim, author of, among others, Fat Fridays and its upcoming sequel, Sassy Saturdays. The books feature the intertwined stories of five women navigating life through divorces, babies, new friendships and secrets that threaten to ruin it all. Judith’s here to talk a little bit about herself and her books. I’m so glad to have her here!
First things first. When did you know for sure that you were a writer? I’ve always been a writer…but I became an “out-of-the closet” writer when I sold my first children’s story to Highlights for Children. When I began writing women’s fiction and joined RWA, that’s when I considered myself a professional writer, though I spent years before selling some short stories and deciding to self-publish.
What made you choose your genre, or genres? I love stories about women meeting challenges and finding love along the way so I naturally gravitated to telling those same kind of stories.
Describe your writing process. How do you get to know your characters? Flesh out your ideas? Create your villains? Because I’m a pantser, I know a little bit about the story I want my character to tell. As I write about them, new ideas come to me and I can visualize them in the story. I dream about them and think about them when I’m not in front of the computer. They surprise me sometimes, but I end up liking them (or not if they’re villains) as they make their way through the book.
What do you enjoy most about writing? The excitement of coming up with a story idea and adding some twists to that concept is exhilarating. Then the work begins! LOL
What do you dislike most about writing? Getting to the middle of the book and wondering how I’m going to get to the end. LOL
Tell us a bit about your most recent project. My latest project is the result of readers wanting more stories about the five women in FAT FRIDAYS, who meet for lunch – no calories counted. SASSY SATURDAYS is the second book in what will be a trilogy.
What’s next on the agenda? Readers wanted more stories about Ann and Rhonda, the main characters in Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel…I’m working on Lunch at the Beach House Hotel and hope to have this out in late spring of this year. Ann and Rhonda are two my favorite characters…lots of fun!!
What is your favorite word, and why? Yes!! – because it holds so many possibilities.
Quick Ten List
- What’s your favorite color? purple
- Favorite song? What A Wonderful World – Satchmo
- Favorite food/drink? I’m a real foodie so I love most good food and I love Pinot Noir
- Favorite movie? One of my favorite ones from a while ago is True Lies
- Favorite TV show? The Voice!
- Favorite book? I have too many to say…
- Favorite place? Home
- Favorite way to spend a free hour? Curled up with a book or watching a movie
- Favorite animal? Dachshunds – Winston is our 5th one…
- Favorite quote about writing? Nora Roberts – If anyone tells you there is just one way to write, she’s a bitch!
Tiffany Wright begins her independent life supported by her friends in the Fat Fridays group. Singing at The Glass Slipper lounge on Saturday nights gives her the freedom to find herself and recover from a broken marriage to Beau, a man she still loves. With Beau’s unexpected death and the birth of their daughter, Tiffany is given a new purpose in life, a new reason to fight his family to protect his wishes and their baby girl. But Sassy Saturdays isn’t her story alone. The other women in the Fat Fridays group face new challenges and opportunities with mixed results as they support one another in the search for the happiness each deserves.
Excerpt from Sassy Saturdays
Who knew a pregnant torch singer would be in such demand?
Tiffany Wright waited behind the velvet stage curtain, hoping she could get in a couple more Saturday night performances before her baby girl arrived. Then she could get on with her life, away from the druggie who’d once been the sweet young guy she’d married.
The chatter of customers, the clinking sound of glasses and the growing sense of anticipation from the crowd increased her usual pre-performance jitters. She was lucky to have the job. The Glass Slipper was a newly-opened, upscale lounge in the town of Williston, Georgia, outside of Atlanta.
Tiffany’s thoughts drifted to Beau. From a wealthy, well-known family, his childhood had been anything but normal. He’d been spoiled, then reprimanded unreasonably for not behaving the way his parents thought suitable for someone of his background. He’d once told her it made him angry that he could never satisfy his parents. When they continued to eat away at the very same self-confidence she encouraged in him, his frustration grew. Then, when things began to fall apart for him at work, he started using drugs. His anger at her and everyone exploded. At that point, Tiffany decided she wasn’t going to be the one he abused.