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Allison Winn Scotch is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Time of My Life and The One That I Want. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and their dogs.Visit Allison at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Today, Allison is helping us kick off our July theme...Loaded Questions (yes, from the board game). We can tell that she had fun with the random questions we sent her!
Thanks to Get Red PR, we have TWO copies of In Twenty Years for some lucky readers anywhere in the world!
Twenty years ago, six Penn students wrote down their dreams for the future, vowing to stay friends forever. Two decades later, following the untimely death of their much-beloved ringleader, Bea, the five remaining friends reluctantly gather at their alma mater to honor her and in doing so, unrequited feelings, personal truths, and old grudges resurface.
In alternating points of view, IN TWENTY YEARS features a cast of characters reflecting on the indiscretions of their youth and questioning their respective paths in life. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on social media, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality. Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to contend with unresolved issues and confront the past.
What one object in your home are you most embarrassed about owning?
Well, I am a big purger, so anything that is super-embarrassing or horrid has probably been tossed. That said, I was recently cleaning out my office, and I found a DVD I didn’t recognize. Then I remembered: it was a DVD of an early season of The Bachelorette!! Remember Ian and Meredith?? Well, I guess I couldn’t get enough because I seem to have purchased their season on DVD from…I think someone on ebay? OMG, seriously, top that for embarrassing.
If you could invent one modern convenience, what would it be?
Oh gosh, so many. I would like an automatic gas refill so I never have to go to the station (I am the type who lets her tank go alllllll the way down to, like, 5 miles left), an automatic car wash where I just press a button and my car self-cleans (can you tell that I live in LA and spend a lot of time in my car?), a coffee IV that goes directly into me as soon as I open my eyes, a teleporting machine so I could be in NYC (or anywhere) with a press of a button. As it is, I spend a lot of time on airplanes.
Gosh, I don’t even know where to begin! Argh, I feel so lame not being able to come up with an answer! Probably something that required me learning a new skill set…rock climbing or sword fighting or a new language or something. I just listened to a podcast with Jodi Foster, and she said something similar: that for her, the acting isn’t what’s interesting, it’s the challenge of developing a new skill, and I think, because I get bored kinda easily, the same is probably true for me. That said, I have a ginormous crush on Timothy Olyphant, so I will happily say anything co-starring him, just so we can smooch.
What do you consider the ultimate vacation?
Funny, this has changed over the years. I used to be a total beach bum and loved nothing more than vegging out all day. Now, with kids who are old enough to get restless and enjoy exploring, I’m much more into something active or venturing into a new city. Paris or Florence or the like. We’ve never been to Greece, so maybe that’s a combination of my old and new selves: incredible islands but still lots to explore. That said, as a fairly busy working parent, I consider any time off – regardless of where I am in the world – a vacation. Truly.
If you were the personal assistant to one celebrity, who would you choose?
Hmmm, I live in LA, so I see celebs around fairly often and they kind of lose their allure, in the sense of…stars really are just like us. They’re at our schools, at the grocery stores, at the gym. So, that said, is it totally uncool if I don’t pick a celeb – because I really have no interest in running more errands than I already do! - and say someone like, Hillary Clinton? Oh wait, speaking of politics, if I had to choose a celeb, I’d say Julia Louis-Dreyfus because I’m in love with her and maybe we could be BFFs. But other than her, I think it would be pretty fascinating to be a fly on the wall (okay, an assistant) to a brain and a campaign like Hillary’s.
Fill in the blank: I'm always amused when I see people:
Taking selfies. Like we can’t see you making those duck lips!
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