Meet the Author of JUST FRIENDS, Tiffany Pitcock!

And last but certainly not least, meet the fifth of our five new authors this season, Tiffany Pitcock! Tiffany’s book, Just Friends, is one of those stories that you just can’t get out of your head even long after you’ve put the book down. Jenny and Chance are both that special kind of character that just sticks with you.

Tell us about your best friend!

My best friend is named Grace and she is the coolest person I have ever met. I met her my junior year of high school and we have been inseparable ever since. I honestly cannot remember what my life was like before her. She’s short and is always doing crazy things with her hair. She drives fast, and is the most fashionable person ever. She’s super cute, but she is also super tough. We went to a concert once and Grace, who is 5’2”, was protecting me, 5’8”, from the mosh pit. I saw her punch a guy once. It was awesome.

If you could make up your own romantic meet-cute (like Jenny and Chance do), how would you want it to happen?

I’m pretty clumsy, so probably something that involved awkwardly falling into someone. Like, they’re busy and walking without looking while I’m going to opposite direction. I roll my ankle and go flying, crashing into them. Probably something simple like that.

Where did the idea for Just Friends come from?

I was going through a real teen movie phase and I realized that all my favorites involved the best friends getting together in the end. I started plotting to make that kind of story, and then as the characters developed I realized I wanted to explore a little more than that. Then I just had this scene of these two “best friends,” and their entire relationship was built on lies. I was interested. Can you really know someone if everything started with a lie? Was crossing that “friend” line always the right thing to do? Everything else just kind of trickled in after that.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I’ve honestly never given it thought before. I don’t really have any favorite actors or actresses, so I don’t really have anyone that comes to mind. I really like Adelaide Kane from The CW’s Reign. I think she would make an amazing Jenny. Ashley Rickards from Awkward would be a nice fit too. For Chance, I would want someone like 2000/2001 Chad Michael Murray. Since that’s fifteen years too late, maybe Evan Peters.

What makes you swoon?

I have always had a weakness for that Pride and Prejudice-type story. If the two characters hate each other at beginning and love each other by the end, then I am swooning. From James and Lily Potter to Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. I swoon every time. Also if it’s any kind of period drama, I am hooked and swooning hardcore.

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