Welcome to this week’s Writer Wednesdays post! I have Tiana Smith–or rather, the characters from Tiana Smith’s debut, Match Me If You Can, on the blog today, chatting all about the spicy drama happening in Match Me If You Can!
And oh, it’s spicy.
I’m really excited for y’all to read this character interview! Not only do you get to meet some of the characters and see what it’s like in Match Me If You Can, but it was also such a blast to write! You’ll be seeing more of these in the future, so fingers crossed that this one lives up to all your expectations!
And don’t forget that there’s a giveaway at the end, so stay tuned for that! 👀
If you missed last week’s Writer Wednesday, you can find it here. If not, read on & enjoy!
We start out with teenage reporter Vicky at Athens High . . .
As a part of the Athens High journalism team, Vicky usually writes those fluff pieces no one reads in the paper. But now she’s got the chance to take over Elena’s gossip column (after that faux pas, Mr. Quince isn’t letting Elena write anytime soon), and she’s jumping at the chance to find all the tea on the current Athens High drama.
Love triangles and matchmaking and romance problems galore, she couldn’t wait to talk to some people about what’s really going on in the Athens High social circles. Things are looking real spicy.
Settled in her seat, Vicky calls in her first interviewee and greets her. It’s Mia, the one at the center of all the drama.
VICKY: So, Mia. We all saw Logan’s phone number on your face during announcements. But now you’re going out with Vince. Who are you really interested in, and did you ever think you’d be part of a love triangle?
MIA: I mean (Mia laughs, but it sounds forced) I don’t really think I’m in a love triangle. There’s nothing going on between Logan and me. I’m going to the dance with Vince. And that’s the way things should be. I’m really happy with things right now, can’t you tell? Mia smiles overly big.
VICKY: Hmm, alright. To be honest, I didn’t know much about you until this entire thing started and I read Elena’s piece.
Mia sighs and twists some hair around her finger. She looks toward the door, clearly uncomfortable.
VICKY: But how are you holding up with so many people watching you? I’d probably be sobbing with a bucket of ice cream right now.
MIA: I may or may not be out of ice cream. Just sayin’.
Vicky writes this down, taking in every expression and fidget of Mia as she answers. She thanks Mia and asks her to bring Logan in from the waiting room in the office, where she’s set up camp for her interviews.
VICKY: Hi! This shouldn’t take long, but I just have a few questions for you.
Logan nods, but Vicky doesn’t pause for a reply as she continues.
VICKY: It’s pretty well known that you’ve had your eye on Mia for quite a long time, even though she doesn’t seem to reciprocate. How do you deal with unrequited love, and will you give up if Mia and Vince do start to go out?
LOGAN: Gives a sure smile and folds his arms across his chest. I don’t see that happening any time soon, do you? I’m not going to worry about it. As for unrequited love, well that’s debatable. She likes me, she just won’t admit it.
Vicky glances back at her notes, checking to see who’s next on her list and making sure her quotes are correct.
VICKY: Alright, could you call Vince in?
LOGAN: Raises his eyebrows. Not like he has anything worth saying about this, but sure.
Logan leaves, and in the doorway, Vicky can see his tense figure as he talks with Vince, and then walks away. She doesn’t get why Mia doesn’t give Logan a chance. He’s cute, even though he might not be buff soccer player Vince is.
Vince enters and sits down, leaning leisurely back in his chair.
VICKY: I’m pretty sure everyone saw your proclamation to Mia at the soccer game–how did you know she was the one? I thought you and Elena–
VINCE: Are just friends. We hang out all the time, but I’m really looking forward to getting to know Mia better. One date didn’t kill anyone, yeah?
Vicky is doubtful, but she lets him leave as he looks jittery. Robyn walks in, also looking nervous about this entire ordeal.
VICKY: Robyn, so your best friend is in the middle of this huge love triangle, but for some reason it feels like you’re at the root of this whole dramatic situation. Did you anticipate your matchmaking to have this effect–and what does it mean for your business? (Because I just slipped my ten dollars in your locker and might want a refund…)
ROBYN: Opens her mouth but takes a moment to respond. Things are going to work out. She nods. It might take a bit for everyone to understand my methods, but I promise everything is happening according to plan. She bites her lip, but doesn’t say anything else.
Vicky thanks Robyn and quickly ushers her out of the room. Her column is due in eight hours, and if she wants Mr. Quince to see her potential for writing a permanent, read-worthy column, this is going to have to be really good.
Oh my gosh, wasn’t that just so much fun?! The matchmaking service Robyn provides in Match Me If You Can is just too cute and I cannot scream about this book enough!
AND THAT LOVE TRIANGLE. Seriously, if you haven’t read my review (find it here!), read it because I talk all about how this is one of my favorite love-triangles ever and how I don’t feel like banging my head against the wall from it.
About the Book
Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Swoon Reads/Macmillan, 8 January 2019
Hardcover, 288 pages
Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.
Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.
Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?
About the Author
Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Wild West of Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja son, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer. Match Me If You Can is her debut novel, from Swoon Reads/Macmillan.
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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed the characters’ responses and my questions! Make sure to reach out to Tiana if you liked them so she can pass on the message to her characters *wink wink*