The expression “guilty pleasure” has been around for a long time but perhaps it wasn’t truly defined until reality TV came on the scene and changed the face of television.
At the time, we were both working in TV but hadn’t made our way over to the world of reality. Many of our friends were working behind the scenes and we loved hearing their stories and watching their episodes unfold on television.
Reality TV was many things to many people – it could be crass, hilarious, suspenseful, dramatic, sweet, offensive and sometimes even romantic. It captured everyone’s attention – whether they liked it or not.
And many people didn’t like it. A lot of our struggling actor friends were none too happy when reality took over the airwaves. While we wanted to stand by their side Norma Rae-style and boycott the television…we were sucked in. For us, reality TV became the guiltiest of guilty pleasures.
While we enjoyed watching the antics of the crazy ladies on The Bachelor, we were also hooked on Chick Lit. We devoured Helen Fielding, Jane Green and Lauren Weisberger until one day we realized that we wanted to write our own book…and we had the perfect setting right in our own backyard.
By then, we were working in reality TV as well, so we wanted to find a balance between what we saw on-screen and what was happening behind-the-scenes.
We decided our main character Abby should represent the people we worked with – that she would be an ordinary girl in a sometimes-extraordinary world.
As far as Abby’s boss Will was concerned…well we didn’t really model him after the guys we worked with everyday (no offense to our reality brothers-in-arms out there.) We wanted him to be a little extra-ordinary – someone who could really shake-up Abby’s world.
We hope you think that UNSCRIPTED has the addictive appeal of the best reality television: that narcotic imperative to spend a few hours on the couch engrossed with an ordinary but compelling stranger…because you need to know how it all turns out.
Thanks so much for having us on Manic Readers!
Here’s the book blurb for a closer look:
As a producer on a reality dating show, Abby Edwards knows that true love is a myth. Her career and her friends are all she needs. Right?
When her screenwriter ex makes a hit movie based on their relationship, Abby’s faults are projected on screens across the country. Suddenly the fact that her job depends on orchestrating hot tub hook-ups doesn’t seem so impressive.
Her friends rally to help. Zoë thinks she needs to meet a guy. Stephanie suggests an attitude adjustment. Nancy wants her to get in touch with her inner Goddess. Abby knows they mean well, but she prefers to focus on her work. Unfortunately, she’s already embarrassed herself in front of her new boss, Will Harper, who she would find totally crush-worthy if he weren’t so irritating.
Abby’s about to be reminded that life doesn’t follow a script—and good things happen when you least expect it…