Guest Author: Jamie Farrell

When Life Is Fictionally Unbelievable

coverFirst, I want to say how happy I am to be here today! It’s a thrill to be among so many talented writers. Thanks for having me!

I love how funny life can be. You know those moments that leave you rolling, asking yourself, “Did that really just happen?” I write humorous contemporary romance and romantic comedies, so I live for those moments. But the challenge in writing fiction is that what’s unbelievably hysterical in real life often becomes simply unbelievable when translated to the imaginary realm.

Take, for instance, the way I met my friend, Jen. I introduced myself to her over the phone while I was alone in her house. “You don’t know me,” I told her from her kitchen, where I was and she wasn’t, “but I’m in your house and your fish tank is overheating.”

We went on to be very good friends. Which is good, because otherwise those next four years while we lived down the street from one another would’ve been awkward. And while Jen would be highly amused if I used our meeting in a book one day, there’s a part of me that wonders if I could make it believable enough for fiction.

My good friend, Maria Geraci, used a real-life incident in her book, The Boyfriend of the BOTMCMonth Club. Both Maria and her heroine, Grace, chipped a tooth while trying to open a tampon. But the reviewers weren’t having it. That could never happen! they cried. Truth in fiction, gone awry.

I’m still looking for a way to use my favorite real life “morning-after” story. When my friend, “Joe,” pinned on captain in the Air Force, he celebrated his promotion the normal way—he bought round after round at the Officers’ Club bar. At the end of the night, I walked him the quarter-mile across the base golf course to my house so he could sleep off his celebration on the couch. (When we got there, he asked to watch The Princess Bride, but that’s another story.)

I should probably disclose here that my husband was out of town that weekend. And did I mention Joe hadn’t packed an overnight bag, and he was still wearing the uniform of the day? And that the bartender had given him a humongous bunch of balloons? And that the base housing garage sale was the next morning?

IMG_2784Which all led to an officer in dress blues who wasn’t my husband leaving my house with a dozen brightly-colored helium balloons at seven AM on a Saturday while all my neighbors watched, knowing my husband was away.

Now, wouldn’t that make a fabulous scene?

I have used some of my own experiences in my books, and so far, no one has called me out on the believability. Like my heroine, Anna, in Southern Fried Blues, I once had a fire ant infestation in my car. And like Anna, I had a sexy, handsome military man help me solve that problem. A sexy, handsome military man whom I first met through two windows while his best friend was trying on women’s clothing.

True story. And that handsome military man and I even had our happy-ever-after, since we’ve been married twelve years now.

But somehow, I don’t think I’ll get away with using that one in a book.

How about you? Care to share some of your favorite unbelievable life moments? I’m all ears!

(p.s. If you’re a Goodreads member, there’s a giveaway going on now for ten copies of Southern Fried Blues!)


authorpicJamie Farrell writes humorous contemporary romance. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe. A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she’s not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children. Her first book, Southern Fried Blues, is available now. For more information on Jamie and her books, visit her at





About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at
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14 Responses to Guest Author: Jamie Farrell

  1. Amy R says:

    Hi Jamie – I can’t wait to read your book. It sounds like such fun. As for unbelievable life moments? Hmm…I feel like I lead a boring life after reading yours. My favorite boy-girl story to tell is that in second grade I liked a boy who sat next to me. Well, at the end of one day got sick and din’t want to throw up on my own desk so I turned at the last minute and threw up all over the boy I liked. I felt physically sick and so embarrassed but I was 7! He later went on to become my boyfriend so he didn’t hold it against me. I am sure I have some stories as an adult but I can’t think of any I want to share. 🙂
    Amy R`s last blog was …Feature & Giveaways: THE ROAD TO YOU by Marilyn Brant

  2. Jamie –

    Oh, the travel stories I could tell…

    One of my faves wasn’t even an overseas trip. It was a short jaunt from Chicago to LA. I was caught in the window seat (I’m normally an aisle gal) by a gentleman (term loosely used) in the middle seat. As soon as we took off, he proceeded to divest himself of his shoes and go to sleep. The foot odor was bad enough, but then he began snoring. Yes, this is what headphones are for. But I ask you, what defense should I have used when he began farting in his sleep?

    Only the Nose Knows 🙂
    Kelsey Browning`s last blog was …Tips for Organizing Your Trips – Organize Challenge Week #46

    • LOL, Kelsey! At least you weren’t the one snoring. 🙂 (Impossible on that flight, right?) I once sat by a guy on a flight from London to Minneapolis who climbed aboard and shared that he’d just barely made it to the airport after a 7-day walking trip. The airport had showers, but he hadn’t seen fit to use one.
      Jamie Farrell`s last blog was …Ten Little Extras About Southern Fried Blues

  3. Hi Jamie! It’s so great to have you here today! Congrats on Southern Fried Blues – I’m a big fan of humorous contemporary romance. I am the worst at remembering things – or maybe I block out those that-did-not-really-happen moments. LOL Love hearing and reading about funny occurrences, though! I really enjoyed your post.
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Some Really Awesome Book News

    • Hi, Robin! I’m so glad to be here! 🙂

      Honestly, I’m sure there are tons of stories I’m forgetting. But I make notes when they happen in case I can use them later, lol. (Like today. I would’ve been by earlier, but I was buying a 4-pound jar of pickles and then cleaning up after exploding baby food all over myself.)

      Have a wonderful afternoon!
      Jamie Farrell`s last blog was …Who Are The People You Meet?

  4. Edie Ramer says:

    Jamie, what a fun blog! I’m definitely checking out your books.

    I’m always writing down funny things that happen to friends or myself to put in my books – but now I can’t think of one. In fact, something happened the night I met my husband, but I can’t mention it here. I might put it in my next book as a major plot point. Thanks for the question that gave me the idea! And thanks for being a guest on MM. 🙂

  5. Rachel says:

    One time in an effort to do my bridesmaid duty for a friend who really wanted to wear white fishnet hose under her dress, I decided to call around. Being in New Orleans, there quite a few lingerie shops in the phone (yes it was 12 years ago). Second one I called when I asked if thy carried the item, I was told “I don’t actually sell lingerie” after I asked why was she listed I learned that she would model it for me and then… Yes I happened to call a hooker… from my office. That was the last time I made a call from my office phone to an unknown number.

  6. And I still have those fishnets. 🙂 Thank you! 🙂
    Jamie Farrell`s last blog was …How Did You Meet?

  7. Welcome to MM, Jamie. So lovely to have you, and I love your stories!

    My husband and I met on a road trip – myself and three girlfriends, and him and his three friends. We hadn’t met each other before the trip began, and we started off badly. He was a chemical engineering student, I was majoring in French and English Literature, and I had a pile of books with me I had to read before the next term. He took one look at them, before we had even been introduced, and told me I couldn’t take them, there wasn’t room. I indignantly asked why not and he showed me all the cases of beer stacked in the back. I won that argument. 🙂 And quite a few since then, as we have been together since that trip ended, and that was back in 1991. LOL
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Contest: Last Advance Reading Copy of Banquet of Lies Up For Grabs

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