Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Allison Winn Scotch Interview - The Rewind

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Allison Winn Scotch is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including Time of My Life, In Twenty Years, and Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing. A cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied history and marketing, Winn Scotch now lives in Los Angeles.


Greatest thing you learned at school.
In high school, I had an English teacher who encouraged my writing and was the first one to pull me aside and tell me that I was pretty good at it. In college, I learned to open myself up to new classes and experiences that I wouldn’t otherwise thought would interest me. They almost always did.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Genuinely, it’s hearing from readers that something about my book moved him or her. That’s really all we want out of this job – to write something that resonates. I also still do remember the call I got when my second book hit the New York Times list. But that isn’t the sort of stuff you can control, so I try not to get too swept up in it.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
I wrote this over the first year of Covid, so…everything? My family, my mental state, my life! Lol

Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?
When I was just starting out, a friend who happened to be an editor read an early manuscript of mine and suggested that I read Good Grief by Lolly Winston. She thought I was a good writer but didn’t quite have a handle on how to pull together 300 pages, and she thought the book would show me how to. She was right. I read it with an eye toward learning, not just enjoyment, and saw all the things I was doing wrong.

Can you tell us when you started THE REWIND, how that came about?
I hadn’t written a single word for the first nine months of Covid, and I was starting to feel the itch again. I knew I wanted to write something joyful, and for me, joy is often found in nostalgia – the road not taken is a pretty common theme in a lot of my books. I was honestly just throwing some ideas against the wall on one of those long quarantine walks that we were all taking at the time, chatting with my friend, Laura Dave, on the phone, when I conceived of the early idea – two exes who wake up in bed together a decade later. It’s a new spin on old themes that I like to play around with – love, friendship, regret, reunion, growing-up, getting older.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your characters?
Gosh, just how complicated falling in love can be and how brave you have to be to do it. If you think about the math of relationships, the chances that one works out are really pretty small but we keep doing it anyway. That’s pretty courageous.

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from THE REWIND
Without giving away spoilers, there’s a scene about two thirds the way in where Frankie starts to figure out exactly what happened the night before. It’s sort of a franticly-paced whirlwind when everything that could have gone wrong has indeed gone wrong, and I loved putting her in that situation and having her deal with it. And then, I loved that she had to tell Ezra snippets once he joins her. I also loved loved loved writing the scene toward the end when everything clicks for Frankie, as well as writing the beginning scenes when they wake up together and freak out.

What is the first job you have had?
I worked in a sporting goods store in a mall near my house in Seattle.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
That I wish I were still asleep!

What's your most missed memory?
Well, no surprise that I feel a lot of nostalgia for college. Just a time when life felt like an open road and anything was possible.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
Having my children, which feels like a generic answer but it’s true all the same. I am so much more empathetic and less judgmental of nearly everything.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
Oh true love all day long.

When you looked in the mirror first thing this morning, what was the first thing you thought?
I wish I were still asleep!

First Love?
My high school boyfriend. J We’re still friends but it was never meant to be forever.

Most horrifying dream you have ever had?
Whenever I’m stressed, I have plane crash dreams. They’re awful every time.

First Heartbreak?
If we’re talking romantic heartbreak, that would be in college with a boy I had met on a summer program and we rekindled in college. The ending was ugly, only because I was so deeply invested. We’re also still friends. J

Two exes wake up together with wedding bands on their fingers--and no idea how they got there. They have just one New Year's Eve at the end of 1999 to figure it out in this big-hearted and nostalgic rom-com from New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch.

When college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra broke up before graduation, they vowed to never speak to each other again. Ten years later, on the eve of the new millennium, they find themselves back on their snowy, picturesque New England campus together for the first time for the wedding of mutual friends. Frankie's on the rise as a music manager for the hottest bands of the late '90s, and Ezra's ready to propose to his girlfriend after the wedding. Everything is going to plan--they just have to avoid the chasm of emotions brought up when they inevitably come face to face.

But when they wake up in bed next to each other the following morning with Ezra's grandmother's diamond on Frankie's finger, they have zero memory of how they got there--or about any of the events that transpired the night before. Now Frankie and Ezra have to put aside old grievances in order to figure out what happened, what didn't happen...and to ask themselves the most troubling question of all: what if they both got it wrong the first time around?

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