Match Me If You Can
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 8th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.
Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.
Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?
Q&A with Tiana
What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
Writing is so much harder than people ever expect! With first novels especially, I think the important thing is to just push through. The first time you ever attempt something is bound to be difficult and it won’t necessarily turn out the way you’d expect. But if you keep plugging away at it, eventually you’ll reach the end and then you’ll know it’s something you CAN DO. After that, things get easier. Practice is the only way to get better at something, and the same holds true for books as well.
How did it feel when your first book got published?
Everything about being a published author feels a bit like a dream, to be honest. I’m still not sure it’s real.
What is your motivation for writing more?
I’m motivated by deadlines. So, when I have a limited amount of time to work on something, I actually get more done than if I’d been given an endless amount of time. Plus, I like to reward myself when I get my work done by getting to read something I’ve been anticipating. Basically, I use both the honey and the stick method, but it’s what works for me.
Are you friends with other writers?
Writer friends are the best friends, because they understand everything that you’re going through. I think it’s important to have writer friends who can celebrate with you when you’re up and commiserate with you when you’re down. I’m so fortunate to have writer friends in my life.
Do you keep a diary?
I used to be much better at keeping a journal. I still have one where I note down important events (like the birth of my child, or a book being published) but I don’t write in it every day like I used to. In a way, social media has almost replaced journaling for me, because I include pictures and notes of what I’m up to.
Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Wild West of Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.
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