The Snap Decision series invites the reader to participate in the high-stakes social scene of Kings Academy, an elite boarding school where fitting in may require selling one’s soul.
Maybe Tonight? opens as the reader is getting ready for the most exciting party of the year—Midwinter’s Night Dream, set in the frosty woods just off campus—with her roommates and best friends, Annabel Snow, Spider Harris, and Libby Monroe. Choices unfold quickly and the reader must decide which risks to take in pursuit of social status, adventure, success, and love.
Doesn’t this book sound like so much fun?! I’m excited to read it. I haven’t read a choose your own adventure story since I was a kid. I’m thrilled to be shared a guest post from the author with you and giving you a chance to win an awesome prize pack!
Becoming a writer is something that happened in steps, which is probably typical.
Here are a few of those steps:
1. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a huge reader.
2. I majored in English for the luxury of reading novels for four years.
3. After college, I knew I wanted to do something professionally that related to words, but I didn’t know what. I worked at magazines, starting as an administrative assistant (a job at which I was terrible—organization has never been my thing) and slowly began writing more.
4. When I got a job writing a weekly shopping column for New York magazine, I felt overwhelmed and bored at the same time. I stayed a year.
5. I jumped ship to pursue a fresh career path, the law. I took the LSAT exam pretty spontaneously and discovered that my natural aptitude for the law was on par with my organization skills. Still, I was able to land a job at the Manhattan DA’s office, which I hoped would pad my resume until I could retake the test and apply to schools.
6. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was not cut out for the law. Before long I wanted out so badly it was hard to return to the office after lunch. I quit at the ten-month mark.
7. Now 24, I managed to get an entry-level job at a publishing house, and double-triple-luckily, had a boss who was brilliant and inspiring. Things started to click and I was excited about moving forward. I could see a future. Meanwhile a friend from high school passed away, leaving me incredibly sad and confused. I started taking creative writing courses to work out my grief. At work, I got a promotion.
8. I had made a step forward as an editor—a bigger step than I was prepared for. A lot of responsibility was shoved at me, which was exciting, but my boss was famously horrible (her average employee lasted less than 3 months). I managed a year, and then I saw my out: I could write a book. It wasn’t a forever plan so much as a way of regrouping. It took me about six months to write a first draft, which became Because She Can. It meant moving home with my parents, living without health insurance, and picking up odd jobs, but it felt ok.
9. After that book came out, it was clear to me that this was the right path—it just finally felt right. My twenties were mostly a time of confusion and it was such a relief to be on the other side, and have work that I genuinely enjoyed.
10. Now that I’m a mother of three little kids, I feel even more blessed to have work that is both satisfying and flexible. And that is how I became a writer! It wouldn’t have happened had I not done so much quitting throughout my twenties. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that I’ve written a series that focuses on making choices, and how the choices we make shape our lives.
About Birdie Clark:
Bridie Clark has worked as a book and magazine editor and written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and New York magazine. Her novels Because She Can and The Overnight Socialite have been published in nineteen countries and featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Glamour UK. She was born in West Hartford, Connecticut and currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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Snap Decision: Are you going out or staying in tonight?
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