When a workaholic lawyer meets a fun-loving music marketing executive for opposites attract, friends-to-lovers adventures, which partnership will she choose?
Workaholic lawyer Audrey Willems is not going to take any chances with her bid to become a partner at her New York law firm—especially with only six months until the decision.
Until she bumps into Jake—her new neighbor. Jake is a fun-loving music marketing executive who might just be The One.
He’s funny, caring, supportive—and able to kill water bugs in the bathroom.
But Jake will never date a woman married to her job. His father was a workaholic lawyer who never had time for family.
And she’s just got the case of a lifetime—the one she needs to win to make partner. Working 24/7 at the office may not even be enough hours to pull off a victory.
If only she had not met him now.
Audrey is determined to prove that she can juggle work and romance—even if managing court cases, candlelit dinners, and bike rides around Manhattan is a lot harder than it looks. She keeps canceling dates for yet another case crisis.
But when making partner is like a game of musical chairs and the last seat is a business-class alone, which partnership will she choose?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I like to write in the morning after I drop the kids off at school when I am fresh. I used to be a night owl, but since having kids, I now prefer to write in the morning.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I usually make myself a cup of tea, put on my Spotify playlist, and then I start writing.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I drink a lot of tea and water while I write. (And I admit, that periodically I snack on peanut M&Ms.)
– What is your favourite book?
Sophie Kinsella’s The Undomestic Goddess – because I am a recovering lawyer who could not do housework.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
This is a very interesting question. I think I’m still finding my genre, and that what I write is a mix of women’s fiction, romance and romantic comedy. Partner Pursuit is more women’s fiction with a central romance; it has funny moments and witty banter, but also has some legal drama. My next novel Is This for Real? may be more of a romance. And I think my third novel Caper Crush is more of a romantic comedy, although it also has substantive issues underlying the couple’s emotional journey.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes, although it is more the feeling I have for that person than the actual person. I find that the characters take on a life of their own and become their own people.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have a notebook, but when I forget it, I use my phone, so I do have a lot of notes in my phone as well. I also write down conversations I overhear. That’s one of my favourite things about New York City; there’s so much opportunity to overhear interesting conversations.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t like scary novels or horror.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’d probably choose my critique partner Giulia Skye to co-write a book.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
That is so hard to choose. I’ve never been to Australia so I’d love to go there. I’m also now addicted to Korean dramas so I would love to go to South Korea. And I did a semester abroad at the University of Amsterdam, so I always love to return to Amsterdam. I love bicycling around the canals of Amsterdam and meeting my friends for dinners in cafes. And I have scenes in London in both Partner Pursuit and my next novel Is This for Real?, which are based upon my past trips to London. I wish I could have visited again to confirm my memories 😊
Thank you, Kathy Strobos and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Kathy Strobos is a writer living in New York City with her husband and two children, amid a growing collection of books, toys and dollhouses. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Harvard-Radcliffe University magna cum laude. She previously worked as a lawyer. She left law to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time and getting in shape. She is still working on getting in shape.
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