Friends Like These by Katherine G Abbot

Novice writer Flora gets into trouble when she impersonates her artist friend Mercedes at a client meeting. Has she lost her own chance of publication?

Single parent and novice writer Flora has enough problems dealing with her own feelings of inadequacy and her daughter's anxieties about her appearance. When Flora inadvertently impersonates her artist friend Mercedes Brown at a client meeting she is horrifed to find the client is Charlie Buxton the sexy, implacable publisher.

Will Flora be able to keep up the pretence for long enough to secure the commission for her friend and still get her own book published? When Flora's teenage daughter goes missing and Flora's ex-husband turns up unexpectedly with bad news how will Flora choose between family and ambition?

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  • First submitted Jan. 4, 2010
  • Last updated Jan. 4, 2010
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  • soutexmex's avatar
    soutexmex wrote 5 years ago

    SHELVING you because Tim did. I can use your comments on my book when you can get a chance. Cheers!

    JC
    The Obergemau Key

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    bonalibro [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    Hi,

    I backed your book some time ago.
    I wonder if you might have a look at mine
    Good luck with it.

    Tim Chambers
    Moonbeam Highway: With Apologies to Miguel de Cervantes.

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    udasmaan [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    it is well written and a great story behind this book. backed

    shah

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    Jesse Hargreave [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    Backed February 4.

    Jesse - Savant

  • Bob Steele's avatar
    Bob Steele wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Friends Like These should find plenty of sympathetic readers on Authonomy - Flora's predicament with Charlie Buxton could be the worst nightmare of many of us. I liked the imaginative storyline, the strong narrative pace and the well-defined characters you have conjured up [apart from wanting to strangle Tiggy]. No nitpicks on this - I'll be happy to back it.

  • cremedelacreme's avatar
    cremedelacreme Author wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    [ Thanks so much for backing my book and for the helpful comments. QUOTE] Hi Katherine Good writing, great dialogue - shelved I don't crit chic lit as I don't really understand its market. So purely on a technical level. I would either put the characters name up when you change point of view or break for a new chapter. It makes reading so much easier. I like your characters, they are highly believable. Good luck with this John Booth ...
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    JohnB wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Katherine
    Good writing, great dialogue - shelved

    I don't crit chic lit as I don't really understand its market. So purely on a technical level.
    I would either put the characters name up when you change point of view or break for a new chapter. It makes reading so much easier. I like your characters, they are highly believable.

    Good luck with this

    John Booth (Shaddowdon)

  • cremedelacreme's avatar
    cremedelacreme Author wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    [Thanks very much for the positive and helpful comments! QUOTE] There are many single mothers who will be able to relate to Flora's predicament, trying to juggle bills, work, social life or the lack thereof, and difficult teenagers. Tiggy comes across as a rude spoiled brat who could use some tough love instead of Flora's overindulgence (perhaps as a way of compensating for the father's lack of involvement?) From the title and pitch, I was under the impression that the ...
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    Isabel Lopez wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    There are many single mothers who will be able to relate to Flora's predicament, trying to juggle bills, work, social life or the lack thereof, and difficult teenagers. Tiggy comes across as a rude spoiled brat who could use some tough love instead of Flora's overindulgence (perhaps as a way of compensating for the father's lack of involvement?) From the title and pitch, I was under the impression that the story dealt primarily with Flora's impersonation of a friend to ...
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  • MKEthridge's avatar
    MKEthridge wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    This is great! Any parent with a teenager int he house can relate to the drama Tiggy inflicts on poor Flora's life. Add some mistaken identity and the return of the wayward ex and you have a winner!

  • Francis Albert McGrath's avatar
    Francis Albert McGrath wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Wow. I am impressed. It just... flows. Flora, Mercedes, Tiggy... yes, editing needed, but is this an interesting STORY? Flora is a Bridget Jones type, and the plot seems to be a clone of that plot (no harm - great writers steal), with Charlie as the male interest. Great stuff, shelved.
    Frank

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    katie78 wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    believable dialogue, good balance between external and internal. i like shifting pov. i have trouble believing flora's plan to pay her bills involves a manuscript she hasn't finished. and she doesn't even have an agent? i feel like a single mother would be forced to be more practical. cut 'flora adds silently'- it's not needed. we already know we're in her head. fleur? i really like your opening paragraph. you manage to convey a lot about who she is in ...
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    klouholmes wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Katherine, I was glad you told about Flora’s book at the beginning and the background with Tiggy was very lively. Her relationship with Mercedes was where I became submerged in this. Their both being struggling artists, Mercedes seems to have really meant that she couldn’t see Buxton. That part was really a ride, especially as he didn’t like writers stalking him. The impersonation of someone Flora knew well seemed almost like a fiction exercise for her. This is immediate, ...
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  • TheLoriC's avatar
    TheLoriC wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Chick lit with bite - I like it!

    Realistic characters are a fine start; I've used such types as well. Strong writing also brings the story to life magnificently. Have your MC as a writer - brilliant idea! This deserves a shot on my shelf.

    L. Anne Carrington, "The Cruiserweight"

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    cremedelacreme Author wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    [QUOTE] Thanks - that's good helpful feedback. I'll have another go at it! from Katherine I read the four chapters of this and enjoyed it a lot. It held my attention. I think it will need a thorough edit; in places the action is too slow and in others (imho) we need more information about what’s going on. Minor typos and punctuation marks, but nothing that really jarred me. I also had the urge to thoroughly shake some these self ...
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    Ariom Dahl [Retired] wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    I read the four chapters of this and enjoyed it a lot. It held my attention. I think it will need a thorough edit; in places the action is too slow and in others (imho) we need more information about what’s going on. Minor typos and punctuation marks, but nothing that really jarred me. I also had the urge to thoroughly shake some these self centred and shallow characters until their teeth rattled. Nonetheless, this is going on my shelf ...
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  • cremedelacreme's avatar
    cremedelacreme Author wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    Very helpful feedback - many thanks, I''l work on that. Hi Katherine I used to say I didn't like chic lit before I came to authonomy, now I'll say that I've found some that's really made me smile but I'm still very picky about it - and more's the point, I'm certainly not an expert so please do take my reaction to this with a large pinch of salt. It's quite a flowing read and I enjoyed the premise but ...
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  • Jo Ellis's avatar
    Jo Ellis wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    I could relate to this on many levels straight away so you have certainly captured me. Realistic characters and great writing finish this off nicely. Have your MC as a writer with a dream is great... appeals to all us writers out there plus you have the experience of understanding which again brings about the realistic feel. I found Tiggy a little nasty but then I think I have forgotten how horrible I was as a teenager, teemed with the ...
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    mgrbec [Retired] wrote 5 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Katherine, your characters are believable and well showed, especially Tiggy - what a bundle of energy (and trouble:) ''hurled into the room' 'bounced' and 'flounced', she really came off well//i alike a writer protagonist - immediately i had something huge in common - dreamer:) - and Merecedes, comes across as a dear, and wonderful friend; my heart goes out to her for her depression, but at the same time I'm fascinated; the 'net' was a good start, and your ...
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