"The Chick Flick Project" Book Tour: Guest Post


I’m hosting a guest post written by author Courtney Elliot today for “The Chick Flick Project” Book Tour. Courtney is touring with her romantic comedy novel, “The Chick Flick Project”. You can see the full tour schedule here.

Why I started writing

When I was probably about four or five years old, I decided to write my first book. It wasn’t any good, and in fact there weren’t even words. At the time I was obsessed with horses, and I wanted my family to know everything there was to know about them. I figured the best way to do this would be to put it in a book.

Most of it was badly drawn pictures and random letters in no particular order. Needless to say it was not a big seller. A few years later when I was eight years old, I made another attempt to become an author. I decided to write a book based on my favorite movie, Titanic. It was a little better than my horse book but still not great. To this day it remains in my family and is often brought out to embarrass me while laughing hysterically at the innocence of youth.

When I turned sixteen, I tried again and wrote my first novel. I spent five years trying to get it to perfection, but sadly, it fell short. I eventually became tired of it, and the novel suffered because of it. My heart just wasn’t in the story anymore.

Now in between these failures, I never gave up on myself. I knew this was something I wanted to do. I love writing. To sit down at my desk with my laptop and create these stories is something I think it completely fascinating. It’s a way to just get away from whatever things might be stressing me out.

If I have a bad day at work, I come home and create an island paradise where two people fall madly in love, but they’re torn apart for some reason or another. Suddenly, my problems don’t seem so great.

My favorite part of writing is not always knowing the outcome of a story. Now, there are times where I will have the whole thing mapped out from beginning to end before I ever write my first sentence. Then there are times where I will start writing, and a character will do something that I never saw coming. They will take the story in a direction that I initially never even thought of. Those are the moments that I find the most thrilling. It’s almost like reading a story while you’re writing it, and I think it’s great.

I can have a character that at the beginning of the story isn’t really important, but by the end he could end up being the one to save the day and get the girl. I never know when I begin where things might end up. I live for those moments.

The Chick Flick Project

13570404Title: The Chick Flick Project
Author: Courtney Elliott
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Publisher: Senzuri Books
Release Date: November 2nd, 2012

Ally Nichols is fed up with constantly putting herself out there to only be rejected again and again. After her most recent failure, she comes up with a solution. She decides to start modeling her love life after all of the big screen’s most recognizable love stories. Hilarity, heartbreak, mishaps and mayhem ensue. She hopes that maybe one of them actually figured out the secret to true love. The only problem: no one ever told her that sometimes your Hollywood Happy Ending is where you least expect to find it.

Author Bio

Courtney Elliott lives in a small town in Texas called Cleburne. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old. She’s an easy person to get along with. She loves making jokes, most of which are self deprecating. She’s not ashamed of who she is therefore not afraid to be herself. She may be young, but does not believe age should be a factor, her writing should speak for itself.


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