There are always three sides to any story in a relationship. In Allison Winn Scotch’s new novel, BETWEEN ME AND YOU (Lake Union Publishing), Ben and Tatum experience falling in and out of love. And we readers get to read both sides, with all the honesty, regret, bias and yuckiness.
When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a struggling screenwriter on the brink of Hollywood glory; Tatum Connelly is an actress/bartender serving drinks in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum’s stardom rises while Ben’s fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of tender egos, ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads.
Allison Winn Scotch’s use of alternating the characters prose kept me in each one’s head and in at no time was I mixed up, in this rather complex story about real life. It gave me the chance to really get to know the characters with all their positive attributes and many flaws. …kind of like real people, huh? I loved BETWEEN ME AND YOU. I’ve enjoyed all of Allison Winn Scotch’s novels.
ALLISON’S WORDS ABOUT ALLISON:
I’m not sure how one condenses a lifetime of experience onto an “About Me” page, but I’ll do my best. I’m a writer, after all. How hard can this be?
There’s a reason I write fiction, not memoir, because I’m not sure that anything I’ll have to say here is particularly revelatory. But let’s try.
I had a perfectly normal, wonderful childhood spent in Charlottesville, Virginia and then later, Seattle, where I had a funny slightly-Southern drawl but otherwise found my calling among all the flannel and the grey skies. My mom was a teacher who encouraged us to read a lot (and used to send vocab words in the mail to camp over the summer), so I suppose the seeds of literature, coupled with an active imagination (hello, I could have SO been an actress) led me to one day believe that I could write fiction.
While earning my keep as a freelance magazine writer (all of those “10 Ways to a Better Life” articles you read? I wrote them on every subject), I tucked away pockets of time toward a novel. Which, four years later, I finally finished. It was terrible. But I wrote another one that proved less so, and now, a decade later, I’m six books deep. Which seems completely implausible because: seven books? But yes, I suppose it’s true. Proof: The Song Remains the Same, The One That I Want, Time of My Life, The Department of Lost and Found, In Twenty Years, and The Theory of Opposites, which may or may not eventually be a movie. (But wouldn’t it be fun to say that it will be?!) These days, in addition to fiction, I primarily focus on celebrity interviews and profiles, which indulge my pop culture obsession and give me an excuse to read junky magazines and watch lots of tv.
My seventh novel, Between Me and You, was published January 9th.
I don’t know: is that enough about me? A few other things: I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and love it (go ahead and judge me); I never expect anyone to have read any of my books (but it’s fantastic if you do!); I often write about dysfunctional parents (but mine are really awesome); I’m always, always listening to music and am the lookout for bands or songs that will resonate with my writing (hello, The Killers, I love you!), and if you’re dying to know more, more, more, I do my best to offer a sliver of my life (and hilarious wit and cutting insights) on Twitter and Facebook.
Thank to Lake Union Ppublishing, we have one copy of BETWEEN YOU AND ME to giveaway. Just tell us which of Allison’s novels is your favorite. I’d have to say mine is IN TWENTY YEARS. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck!