Have you ever played the What-If Game? You know, what if you’d never met your spouse? What if you never took that job? What if you could see the future? What if you could live your 20s again, would you do anything differently? The What-If Game, a fun, but perhaps dangerous game in which you ask yourself certain questions in order to re-imagine your life in a completely different way?
For New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch, the What-If Game is a literary device that has helped to make her one of the hottest writers going. Her second book, The Time of My Life, was a huge break-out bestselling novel, which was optioned for a Hollywood film. And her latest novel, The One That I Want, which is scheduled for release on June 1, 2010, is Redbook magazine’s must-read for June.
In the book we meet Tilly Farmer, a 32-year old guidance counselor who seems to have the makings of a perfect life. She’s married to her high-school sweetheart and they are working on starting a family. It’s the life she’s meticulously planned since she was a young girl.
But all of that is about to change once Tilly visits a fortuneteller at a local fair, a childhood friend whose premonitions, more than just a silly reading, start coming true, altering her life in ways she could never have imagined, uprooting her perfect life and forcing her to choose her destiny: the life she has now with her husband or a life she never thought was possible.
The real magic of The One That I Want, however, is not the What-If device itself. The real magic is Scotch’s ability to create authentic moments between her characters that push this fast-paced story to the edge and joyfully brings us along with it.
I had the great opportunity to sit down with Scotch to discuss her book and her life. Please take a few more minutes to check out the revealing interview at Frank Muhndo’s LA Books Examiner.