Guest Post: Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans

Not Pretty Enough
by Jaimie Admans


“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

Book Info

Not Pretty Enough is a contemporary young adult comedy suitable for ages thirteen and over.

Title: Not Pretty Enough
Author: Jaimie Admans
Date of Publication: August 1, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA comedy
Book two in the series will be released early 2014.

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I'd like to welcome Jaimie to random jendsmit - please take it away!

I find getting inside characters heads quite easy, you just have to get to know your characters really well before you start writing them. I usually do character sheets, which are questionnaires or interviews that you fill out as your character, and it’s surprising what comes up. Most of it is stuff you will never use or never need to know, but it all helps to build a well-rounded character who feels real. How she got her first scar or the favourite pet she’s ever had might never – and probably won’t – come into the story, but it’s the kind of thing that you would know as a person, even if you never mentioned it to anyone. It helps, honestly.

That said, so far at least, I have always written from the POV of girl characters. I’m a girl myself so I feel like I connect better with female characters and it’s quite easy to imagine their feelings and reactions as you imagine your own feelings and reactions in whatever situation the character is in. That’s not to say you write what you would do, but it makes it easier to understand your characters. Besides, who can really work out how boy’s minds work?!

For Chessie in Not Pretty Enough, the process of writing her was always to ask “what is the worst, most embarrassing thing that could possibly happen in this situation?” I didn’t always use the most embarrassing thing, but there were a lot of ‘she wouldn’t really do that… would she?’ moments! It made the writing very fun – getting to torture your characters is always good, no matter how much you like them.
Chessie is someone who can’t admit to being wrong and finds it very hard to accept the truth, so her response is not really to admit to something but to attempt to talk herself out of it, which usually ends up getting her deeper into trouble. It was fun thinking of the excuses she would come up with, and fun to try to get into the mind of a fourteen year old again because it’s a very long time since I was one!

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Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!


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  1. Sorry for the late reply, I just wanted to say thank you so much for hosting me as part of the blog tour this week!

    1. Absolutely!! Thanks for stopping by random!!!!!


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