Monday, May 13, 2013

The Setting on Just Good Friends by SL Siwik

When it came to coming up with a story, I was always told to ‘write what you know.’ So, the town that the characters live in, Mercerville, is real. But, the town does not have a ‘poor area and a wealthy area’ like the town that I wanted the characters to live in. The neighboring town did, however, so that’s the basis of Audrey’s town. I live currently only twenty minutes away from where I grew up, so I had known all of central New Jersey fairly well. Feeling so comfortable with the area that I was writing about made it easier for me to focus on characters and less on trying to envision the place.

For example, Michael’s house was written like one I saw in the town:

Also, in that town is a mobile home community and while driving around, I found Audrey’s home.

Romeo’s Diner, where Audrey works was based off of this actual diner (it just recently went out of business):

These places in the story now hold so much more significance for me now that they are based upon places that I can pass by daily if I so choose to. It made writing a fun book even more enjoyable.

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Just Good Friends
Friends Book One
S.L. Siwik

Genre: Romance

ISBN: 9781480271487

Number of pages: 180
Word Count: approx. 77,000

Book Description:

Juggling two jobs and mounting bills, Audrey decides she doesn't have time for a boyfriend, but contemplates a friends plus situation. After placing a personal ad, she meets Mike, a local cop, former Marine. He's old fashioned and overbearing, but she just can't walk away.

Unfortunately for her, Michael is an expert marksman, and her heart never stood a chance. Their tumultuous love affair crashes to an ending neither foresaw, and Audrey is forced to make a decision that will change both their lives forever.

About the Author:

S.L. Siwik lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

She loves going to NJ diners on the weekend for inspiration, drinks a pot of coffee a day, and loves finding new music to add to her list.

Just Good Friends is her debut book.