Funny Guy

From the author of Chick Magnet comes a heartfelt friends-to-lovers story about what can happen when a funny guy and his childhood best friend are stuck together in a small New York City apartment.

Sam can’t escape the smash hit “Lost Boy” because, well, he is the lost boy. His pop-singer ex immortalized him in a song about his childish ways, and now his comedy career is on the line.

At least he still has Bree, his best friend and confidante. Bree has always been there for Sam, but she’s never revealed her biggest secret: she’s in love with him. To help herself move on, Bree applies for her dream job across the country―and doesn’t say a thing to Sam.

But as Sam tries to resuscitate his career, he turns to Bree for support―and maybe more. In the confines of her tiny apartment, they share a different dynamic. A charged dynamic. But she’s his friend. He can’t be falling for her.

Except he is.

Are his feelings for Bree just funny business? Or is their smoldering attraction the real deal?

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  • How long is Funny Guy? 80,000 words, or single-title length.
  • What’s the heat level? It’s sensual but not erotic.
  • Are there any content notes? On-page sex and alcohol use; profanity (so very much profanity); poverty, parental domestic violence, and financial abuse in backstory; a minor character being sexually aggressive; passing references to grief and COVID.
  • What inspired you to write the book? A lifelong desire to write for late night or sketch comedy plus an interest in the kind of pop song that absolutely skewers the singer’s ex. This book brings those things together. You can check out the book playlist here and the Pinterest board here.
  • Is Sam based on anyone famous? No. I’m a long-time SNL fan, and I read a lot of histories of the show and cast memoirs when I was writing Funny Guy. My goal was try to fit my characters and my story inside the boundaries of reality, so that Funny Guy feels like it could have happened. My goal wasn’t to write real-person fanfic. This is pure fiction.
  • What’s the origin of “smoosh”? I tried out several nicknames for Sam to use for Bree, and this was the one that stuck.It’s a term of endearment that we use in my family when someone expresses goofy, physical affection. So we we say it when giving a hug or if the dog leans up against you. It just felt right for these two.
  • Is there going to be any bonus content? I’m hoping to write an extended epilogue, some slice of life scenes set between the last chapter of the book and the epilogue, by late June. I’ll release this to my newsletter subscribers first before putting a link here. You can sign up for my newsletter here.
  • I’d like to review the book. Awesome! I hope you love it, but if you don’t, I support your right to review it honestly however and wherever you want. Reviews are for readers not writers. While bad reviews are unpleasant, I’ll live and I won’t harass you about it. Promise.

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