Message From The Author

Chamein Canton

Book Title: NOT HIS TYPE
Genre: Multicultural, Contemporary Romance

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Author's Message

BIG DREAMS

LIFE STRUGGLES SHAPE CHAMEIN CANTON'S
FICTION DEBUT

Chamein canton is a lifelong Yankees fan who laughingly confesses to "an insane crush" on shortstop Derek Jeter.

"Professional athletes in our culture are like demigods," she says, "and you always see them with these perfect women ... but what would happen if a high-profile athlete fell in love with a full-figured, 'average' woman?"

Canton has turned her musings on this
question into her debut novel, Not His Type (Genesis/Indigo), in which literary agent and author Cathy Chambers meets baseball hotshot Marcus Fox. A relationship with him goes from being something that only happens in her daydreams to a very real possibility, but Cathy has
to work through her own self-consciousness about her size in order to believe that Marcus really wants to be with her.

Canton is no stranger to overcoming obstacles, having developed uterine cancer when she was just 23. After a long, grueling course of treatments -- during which the single mother of twin boys would go to chemotherapy at 6am so she could still work a full day -- she received a clean bill of health. Then just as she had achieved her dream of becoming a wedding planner and was building her business, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Today, Canton is working at a literary agency she co-founded, planning weddings, writing -- her next book, Bliss Incorporated, is due out from Genesis next June -- and has been living with
MS for almost 10 years.

Her trials and successes have given her a unique perspective that she's eager to share: "Life boils down to love and loving someone -- no matter what size you are."

-- Stephanie Klose


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