Andrea J. Stein is just our type...plus a book giveaway
Born in Brooklyn, Andrea was raised in New Jersey before attending a small, quirky liberal arts college and a large, preppy university, both in New York State. A book publicist by profession, she lives with her husband and sons in suburban New Jersey.
Andrea spends an inordinate amount of time taking pretty photos of books. Things that make her happy include strong tea, turtles, sunshine, sheep, and the ocean. (Bio adapted from Andrea's website.)
Callie Dressler thought she’d put her past where it belonged—behind her. But when her ex-boyfriend brings their breakup to the big screen, she can no longer deny that their history has been looming over her all along.
At thirty-one, Callie Dressler is finally comfortable in her own skin. She loves her job as a preschool teacher, and although living in her vacant childhood home isn’t necessarily what dreams are made of, the space is something she never could have afforded if she’d stayed in New York City. She knows her well-ordered life will be upended when her type A, pregnant sister, Nina; adorable four-year-old niece; and workaholic brother-in-law move in, but how could she say no when they needed a place to crash during their remodel? As Nina pointed out, it’s still their parents’ house, even if their mom and dad have relocated.
As if adjusting to this new living situation isn’t enough, the universe sends Callie another wrinkle: her college boyfriend—who Callie dumped ten years earlier for reasons known only to her—has a film coming out, and the screenplay is based on their real-life breakup. While the movie consumes her thoughts, Callie can’t help wondering if Nina and her friends are right that she hasn’t moved on. When a complication with Nina’s pregnancy brings Callie in close contact with Nina’s smart and funny architect, Callie realizes she’d better figure out whether she wants to open the door to the past—or risk missing out on her future. (Courtesy of Amazon.)
— Angela Terry, award-winning author of The Trials of Adeline Turner
I’m happiest when I’m writing. The feeling of being immersed in my story, writing scenes in my head in bed before I go to sleep at night, is incredibly rewarding. It’s also been so rewarding to have people enjoy reading the book and tell me how relatable the characters are. I’m a perfectionist, so one of the biggest challenges was to make every sentence work in a way that felt “right” to me.
How are you similar to or different from Callie?
We definitely have some similarities – same sense of humor, same love of reading, same taste in music, same experience of not feeling that we “fit” in the suburbs in which we grew up and of finding “our people” in college. But Callie’s quirky sense of style is very different from mine! She also knew from a very young age what she wanted to do – to be a teacher. I don’t think of myself as having had that kind of vision for my career – though I did always want to be an author, so I guess perhaps I did, after all!
If Typecast were made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Daisy Ridley would make a great Callie if she can do an American accent! Richard Madden would be a perfect Ben, with the same caveat. I’d like Scarlett Johansson as Nina, Zendaya as Tess, Lucas Till as Ethan, and Sebastian Stan as Michael. Bette Midler would be a fun Lorraine! And just a small role, but how about Jason Statham as Brett? (I clearly have a leaning toward Brits!)
What is the last movie you saw that you would recommend?
We just re-watched the Lord of The Rings trilogy, and I would totally recommend them. Not exactly a recent release, though!
If we were to visit you right now, what are some places you would take us to see?
We’d absolutely have to take a ride to the Jersey shore. We could walk the boardwalk in Spring Lake and stop at Thunder Road Books, and then get a bite to eat and browse the shops in Ocean Grove. It’s also the perfect season to go to Loantaka Brook Reservation for a walk or bike ride – the kind of place Callie would go to sketch or take a stroll.
What is your favorite thing to do in the fall?
Fall is my favorite season – the crispness in the air and the changing leaves. Oddly, even though I guess technically things are dying, it always feels like renewal to me. Maybe tied to the new school year. My absolute favorite fall activity is pumpkin picking – which of course requires the purchase of cider doughnuts!
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