Jasmine Jones is ready to begin her new life as a college student, and is ecstatic to have best friend Abby by her side. But weeks into their new college life, Abby drops the bomb- she is pregnant, and dropping out of college. Jasmine can’t handle the fact that Abby is wasting her opportunity to get an education, and going back to her cheating, abusive boyfriend. She struggles to move on from her friendship with Abby, but befriends two new girls at college. Everything seems back on track for Jasmine- great new friendships and roommates, a strong relationship with boyfriend Nate, and excelling at her college courses. But Jasmine’s newfound happiness is shattered when her pregnancy test comes out positive. Does she have to drop out of college now and become a young mother? Will Nate stay with her? How can she afford a child? Jasmine’s life has been filled with obstacles and challenges along the way- from a missing father, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions that tore her family apart. With this latest setback, Jasmine fears her life will always be a struggle. Destined to Fail is one woman’s story about overcoming adversity in life, about taking the negatives and finding a positive, and about never giving up hope.
About The Author:
Samantha March currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her boyfriend and crazy cast of friends. She also runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. Destined to Fail is her first novel.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
At the ripe age of eleven. I was going through some hard stuff – sexual abuse, like Jasmine in Destined to Fail – and after I came forward with my story a schoolmate came forward with her own heart-wrenching tale of sexual abuse. She told me she wasn’t sure if she would ever have turned in her uncle if I hadn’t told my story. Already being a big book nerd, I thought to myself that maybe writing stories could help more people. And a dream was born.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Hmmm, I’m trying to think of all my quirks. One would be that I have to put my hair up. I just have to. When I write, I’m in a totally different zone and little things can really bug me. I’ll pull on my hair when I can’t get an idea or sentence just right, or I’ll twist my ring back and forth. So those are two quirks – hair up and no rings!
Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Most of the characters in Destined to Fail were based on me. I thought it would be fun to resemble characters after some of my girlfriends, which I did, but the scenarios they went through were more inspired by myself. For my next book, I got ideas just from life. Some characters are inspired by friends or family, or just a co-worker or random person I overheard talking on the phone. I love creating stories from those little moments.
What books have most influenced your life?
Ann M. Martin and her series The Baby-Sitters Club. I started reading about Kristy Thomas and friends at a young age, and the books really spoke with me. Going through a difficult childhood, I really turned to the characters to help me get through life. It might sound strange, but it’s the truth. I learned about fighting with friends, my maturing body, handling death, and how to make right decisions from the books. Another book would be Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. That book just spoke to me and confirmed that I wanted to be a writer someday. I started ChickLitPlus.com shortly after finishing that novel.
What are you reading right now?
I just closed One Pink Line by Dina Silver. Amazing book. Must read!
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Work. I’m a complete workaholic, and I’m always tired but I love what I do. I run my book blog, publish my own books, run CLP Blog Tours, and am a freelance editor. When I get some down time, you can find me eating ice cream or working out – not usually at the same time.
What was the most difficult part of writing Destined to Fail?
All the revisions. I rewrote Destined a full three times to get the story where I felt I could publish it. Since such a big part of my life was in those pages, I had to work hard to tweak characters so I wouldn’t hurt anyone I really cared about. My hope was that the story is mainly focused on myself, not anyone else. I’m a pretty open book – pun intended.
What is up next for you writing wise?
I hope to have my second novel out around May. This will be another women’s fiction book, and will center around the main character who thinks she finds her dream job managing a salon and spa until she realizes her boss and the owner is a sleazy businessman. I’m describing it as a money versus morals story, and I’m having a lot of fun writing it!