Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Interview with Becca Ann

The lovely Becca Ann is here today answering questions about her new book, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. (Which sounds absolutely wonderful!)

It's stupid to fall for your brother's ex. It's even worse to enlist another's help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips. She’s the school’s ‘matchmaker’, and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk too, even about the most awkward situations. Hayley’s tips seem to be working, but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker, he starts finding reasons to spend time with her, and not the girl he thought he was in love with.

But Hayley isn’t ready to fall for anyone. Labeled the “Funny Fat Friend” within her group, her self image makes it impossible for Brody to share his feelings without Hayley shrugging it off as a joke.

Convincing her Brody can, and did, fall for the “Funny Fat Friend” turns out to be a lot harder than simply falling in love.

 Doesn't that sound good?! And here's a chance to win a copy! How awesome is that? a Rafflecopter giveaway 

And now on to the interview:

I love the title for this book! It's so descriptive you almost don't even need the blurb to know you want to read it! Where did this idea spark from?
I’m assuming you mean the idea for the title? That’s a story itself, lol. First it was titled 30 Reasons Why, but then I went YIKES! Because you may have heard of a little book called 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and that’s a much different book than what I wrote. So had to chuck that idea. Then I thought, Okay… what is the story about? Falling for a chubby girl. So it became Falling for the Funny Fat Friend. But then I was told by my critique partners that my chapters wouldn’t make sense because my chapter titles are Reason 1: blah blah blah. So… (You still with me? ;)) even though it’s quite a mouthful of a title, I ended with Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. And figured if people asked me what my book was about, all I had to say was my title, lol.
You told me you decided to self-publish this one because you were just so excited to get it out to the world. What is it about this book that has you so excited?
Honestly, it was other people’s excitement that drove my own. I was ready to shelve it, and when I said that I basically got a fiery death wrath from the people who’d read it. (My sister and Mommy being at the head of this mob ;)) I had no idea that they had felt this way about this book. I’d written it for fun, and to try my hand at boy POV. But when I went back to reread it, I realized how right they were, that some people could use a story like this, and I decided to take the plunge into self publishing.
Reasons is told from a boy's POV, what made you want to take on the inner workings of a teenage boy's mind? Was it difficult?
I think I was a wee bit crazy when I decided to write a boy POV. Up until this point, I was very comfortable with female POV’s, but this book HAD to be told by Brody. It was challenging, yes, but now I’ve written 6 more boy POV’s, and it’s just like writing a new character. It’s not about making the voice ‘boy’, it’s about making the voice believable and true to their character, no matter what gender they are.
Tell us one thing you love about your MC. One thing you love about his love interest?
I love Brody’s way of speaking. It was fun to write in his ‘accent’. Though, it took me a while to stop talking and writing in that accent after I’d finished the book, lol.
And Hayley… gosh, I love almost everything about her, if I’m allowed to say that. But I love that despite her insecurities, she’s a very positive person.
Is there anything else you want to share with us about Reasons?
Just hope that anyone who reads it and likes it, has a laugh, has a cry, and feels better about who they are afterward ;)
Thanks Rachel for having me over!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, Becca Ann! This book sounds great and I can't wait to get my hands on my copy. (I got an email that it shipped today! Yay!)

You can also find Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend here for your Kindle, here for your Nook or in paperback.


  1. Great interview! I think I might try the "use a title that means I don't have to explain what the book is about" tactic sometime LOL!

  2. Need to see how well she did with the man's point of view!

  3. Nice Interview. I can tell Becca really loves her story.

  4. Thank you so much, Rachel! This was a fun interview, and didn't realize how chatty I was that day, lol :)

  5. It's a great book Rachel. I loved it. I didn't read it before she decided to self published, but I would've encouraged her too.

  6. Excellent questions Rachel! This book is on my read list and i can't wait. I only expected to laugh...not learn and cry too. Sounds awesome!
    Best of luck to Becca!

  7. I'm so excited to read this. Why did I lend out my Kindle?

  8. This sounds great - I adore contemporary! Can't wait to read this!

  9. I know exactly what you mean about boy PoV's, Becca Ann. My main WiP is written from 5 PoV's, for of which are guys.

  10. It is nice when you have people encouraging you to do something great :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  11. Okay...I get that he falls for the chubby friend and I love that idea, but is the chubby friend his brother's ex? I'm confused and I usually don't get confused with this sort of thing, so...hmm...anybody else feel that way? :)

    1. I took it as, he starts out crushing on the brother's ex, but then falls for Hayley as she tries to help him get the other girl. :)

  12. This is the first time I'm hearing about this book, and wow, it sounds like so much fun! The title alone already had me hooked, but that summary is fantastic, too. Glad to hear it was able to find life through self-publishing! Just added this to my wishlist. :)

  13. Another great post for this book. Thanks for the fun interview!

  14. I love this title and premise! Great interview ladies!

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