Message From The Author

Author's Message



From the age of about three, I remember being told the same thing over and over: "Alesia! Be a nice girl." But is being
nice always the way to go? My newest novel, Nice Girls Finish First (Jul. '05, Berkley Sensation), features a heroine who isn't always very nice. Kirby Green grew up tough, with a drunken, abusive father and a doormat of a mother. But now she's the ambitious vice president of the Whips and Lace Manufacturing Company, and her boss challenges her to a double-dog dare that she can get somebody—anybody—to call her nice in four short weeks or she loses her job.

Writing this novel fostered a burning curiosity to find out if people are as nice as they seem. Can I really be the only one who has her snarky moments? (I didn't intend to hang that stick figure labeled "copy editor" up on my dartboard, I swear!) Luckily, my friends—and fellow authors—convinced me that I'm not alone in
giving in to the occasional not-so-nice moments:

Eileen Rendahl (Balancing in High Heels, Downtown Press, May '05): "I first knew I wasn't a nice girl when I watched through a window while a woman I disliked from work was chased around the company parking lot by a large beaver—this was in Wisconsin, OK? I'm not making it up—and I was too doubled over with laughter to let her back in the building."

Lani Diane Rich (Maybe Baby, Warner Forever,
Jun. '05): "Being nice is so overrated. I got over it
in college, when my "friend with benefits" wanted
to borrow my car to take another girl to his formal, which they were holding in a city two hours away.
I said no, of course, but looking back, I wish I'd let
him use it. I could have reported it stolen."

Kathy Garbera (Rock Me All Night, Silhouette Desire, Aug. '05): "I first knew I wasn't a nice girl when
I timed the length of confessions in church and
speculated about why certain mothers were in
there with the priest for such a long time!"

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