Title: Just Friends
Author: Tiffany Pitcock
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship – even one built on an elaborate lie – can become so much more.
Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A’s and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow―especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.
With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends.” But that might be the biggest lie of all.
Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads.
writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or
do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If
you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes,
scattered. I start off with an idea and write out a chapter or two to get a
feel for it and then I sit down and plot it out chapter by chapter. Of course,
outlines aren’t meant to be followed religiously and stories change as you work
on them, so I have some wiggle room. I just need an idea of where I’m going. I
typically try to plan out at least two key events per chapter so I know a
with your ideas for your stories?
would be cool” and then work from there. Just Friends came from binging too
many teen dramas (and a real life break up). I have a WiP based on a dream and
another based on a theatre class I took freshman year of college. They just
kind of hit me and that’s it. I don’t really have a process.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eight, and I’ve been writing ever since.
My elementary school notebooks were filled with stories and by the time I was
fourteen I’d written at least one manuscript by myself and one novel length
fanfiction with a friend.
have for aspiring writers?
no tricks or secrets to know, you just have to write. You don’t have to write
every single day, but you do have to write often. The difference between
aspiring writers and writers is simple: writers find time to actually write.
Complete something, just get it all down on paper, and go from there.
Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a top tier favorite. So is Rick Riordan’s Percy
Jackson series. I’m also in love with Michelle Hodkins’ Mara Dyer trilogy.
definitely. Sarah Dessen. Kasie West. David Levithan.
romance. Close second is paranormal romance. Any romance really. My main
requirement for a book is it has to have a romance.
Stardust. Followed by Pride & Prejudice (2005) and the 2003 live action
Slayer! It’s my absolute favorite. Veronica Mars. iZombie. Jane the Virgin.
Fall Out Boy, and has been since I was twelve. My music taste is pretty varied
– I’ll listen to just about anything. Some all time favorites are Marina &
the Diamonds, Cartel, The Pink Spiders, and Matchbox 20.
actually don’t have a favorite food or snack. I like pizza and sushi a lot, but
I wouldn’t classify them as my favorite. I do really love mozzarella sticks,
23. Writer. Reader. Sarcastic.
I was born and raised in Arkansas, which isn’t terribly exciting. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I used to sit in class and write stories in my notebooks, thinking that everyone did. It turns out, everyone didn’t. I love writing because it means I’m putting my thoughts, feelings, and soul out there for someone else to read – for someone else to feel. The fact that someone can read my words, and empathize with my characters – characters that wouldn’t exist with out me, that I created from my mind – is such a wonderful concept to me. I could happily write for the rest of my life as long as there was one person out there who was affected by my words.