Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail server at a posh Chicago hotel.
In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there’s something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.
In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?
Five Writing Questions and Answers with Aven Ellis
In 5 words, please describe your ‘Romance Writing Style’
Fun. Quirky. Sweet. Thoughtful. Swoonworthy.
Do your leading men come from any place in particular? Dreams? Movie stars? Your partner? Past partners?
My leading men come from people I’ve seen on TV, articles I’ve read in magazines, or interesting men I’ve come across in social media. Never from my real life. That’s the fun of writing-creating something unique from my life!
Do you have any writing rituals?
Yes. I always think of my next chapter in my head, how it is going to go from beginning to end before I write it. If I’m writing on the weekend, I must write with a cup of coffee, with a spoonful of cream.
Do you write every day?
Nope. I have a day job and other hobbies so no, I do not. Hasn’t hurt me at all, however.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I always have a positive message for women in all of my books-that’s so important to who I am as a writer. In Surviving the Rachel, the message is that sometimes you have to go through a lot of challenges, and through tough times, but you will find your way out-and perhaps to the place you were meant to be most of all.
If we snuck a peek in your purse right now, what would we find?
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista followed next. Surviving the Rachel will be published in 2015.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, hockey, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.