Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Allison Winn Scotch takes us back in time...plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Melissa Amster

We're so glad to have Allison Winn Scotch back at CLC today to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, The Rewind. This rom-com is like The Hangover but for an estranged couple, and it takes place at the turn of the century, before social media was even a thing. I read it earlier this year and can tell you that you're in for a treat. I have a funny story to go along with my review, as well. A few years ago, Allison was here to talk about romance while featuring Between Me and You. I had asked her which TV show characters she was shipping and she said Betty and Jughead from Riverdale. If you haven't read my review yet, go there and look for the reference I had made without even remembering what she said a while back. Are we in tune, or what?!?

Anyway, it's time to take a trip back to the nineties with Allison, so buckle up! You're in for a wild ride. Thanks to Berkley, we have one copy for a lucky reader!

Allison Winn Scotch is the New York Times bestselling author of eight other novels, including Time of My Life, In Twenty Years, and Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing. A cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied history and marketing, Allison now lives in Los Angeles. (Bio adapted from Amazon.)

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When college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra broke up before graduation, they vowed to never speak to each other again. Ten years later, on the eve of the new millennium, they find themselves back on their snowy, picturesque New England campus together for the first time for the wedding of mutual friends. Frankie’s on the rise as a music manager for the hottest bands of the late ’90s, and Ezra’s ready to propose to his girlfriend after the wedding. Everything is going to plan—they just have to avoid the chasm of emotions brought up when they inevitably come face to face.

But when they wake up in bed next to each other the following morning with Ezra’s grandmother’s diamond on Frankie’s finger, they have zero memory of how they got there—or about any of the events that transpired the night before. Now Frankie and Ezra have to put aside old grievances in order to figure out what happened, what didn’t happen...and to ask themselves the most troubling question of all: what if they both got it wrong the first time around?
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

“A charming love story rich with nineties nostalgia, The Rewind is Allison Winn Scotch’s best book yet.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin

The Rewind is as much an endearing love story about the one that got away as it is a love letter to all things 90s, including Doc Martens, Y2K and dial-up Internet. Fresh, original and compelling, this book is Allison Winn Scotch at her absolute best.”
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Oakley

“Sassy, engaging and warm, The Rewind is a sharp and witty rom-com about the road not taken—and the people who find their way back to us anyway. Ezra and Frankie are magic together. You won’t be able to put this down until happily-ever-after.”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author Laura Dave

What is something you learned from writing your previous novels that you applied to The Rewind?
Oh gosh, A LOT. This was a hard book to write for a lot of reasons, not least was the multiple timelines that I was juggling. I wanted to quit ALL THE TIME. I think earlier in my career, I would have. But I was able to rely on my experience and trust that I could get through it. I also tend to write pretty unlikeable characters in my early drafts, and now, I just sort of know that this is what I’m going to do, and then I gradually peel that back until they are more relatable, winning characters. So that definitely happened again with this book, until we finally reached a point where we felt like readers were really going to root for them, not dislike them! 😊

Whose narrative did you enjoy writing more: Frankie's or Ezra's?
Frankie came easier for me, probably because I relate more to who she is as a person, but honestly, once I started redrafting Ezra and digging into the meat of who he was, I really sort of fell in love with his vulnerability and kindness. So I think I probably had more fun writing Frankie, but at the same time, in the end, I may have fallen more for Ezra.

What is something you wanted to include in the story,  but ended up taking out?
Oh, great question! I had to really think on this one. In my early drafts, I had a lot more backstory, particularly with Frankie, who was a music prodigy as a child. There were a bunch of scenes from her childhood that my editor implored me to cut – they slowed the story down, and honestly, if I were doing my job right, you didn’t need scene after scene to convey what she’d been through. A few really effective nuggets served the same purpose.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
The Spanish Love Deception. Just completely delightful.

Aside from having a new book out, what is the most exciting thing that has happened to you this year?
Well, my son is applying to college!!! So that feels pretty huge and exciting. 😊 We also set up THE REWIND for a really promising film deal, and I’m really optimistic about it and can’t wait to see what happens.

Tell us some of your favorite things from the 1990s.
I mean, what weren’t my favorite things from the ‘90s? Doc Martens, high-waisted Levi’s, pretty much my entire college experience, getting the Internet (this was revolutionary at the time, friends), Reality Bites, Party of Five, Friends, mix-tapes, Urban Outfitters baby-doll dresses…I could do this all day. I’ll tell you one thing that was not my favorite thing, at least now, and that is what my eyebrows looked like. WHY?

Thanks to Allison for chatting with us and Berkley for sharing her book with our readers.

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Janelle Will said...

Sounds like a fun new book! Loved the interview

Carla S. said...

I was definitely concerned about Y2K. My company underwent lots of contingency planning just in case.

traveler said...

I wasn't worried about Y2K.

Suburban prep said...

We were concerned about the transfer of many things at that time.

Toni Laliberte said...

I wasn't really worried about Y2K. I figured computers were smart enough and that nothing would happen.

Mary C said...

Workplace was concerned about the possible impact on daily reports and hospital records.

Alyssa said...

Girl, I was just a baby lol

Rita Wray said...

No I wasn't.

Mary Patricia Bird said...

No, I wasn't the least bit worried about Y2K

Linda Kish said...

I was not worried about Y2K

Jess R said...

I was worried about the world crashing apart and my husband being deployed.

bn100 said...


satkins said...

no I was not worried about Y2K

GrandmaD said...

I wasn’t worried.

Tatum Rangel said...

I didn't worry at all about Y2K.

Xia Lee said...

Yes, I was

Lelandlee said...

Wasn't worried