by Milda Harris
Publication date: November 7th 2014
Category: New Adult
Avery Rylee never went to her high school prom. It is one of her biggest life regrets. Now, at the age of twenty-four, Avery has many more regrets. She is stuck in a rut with her career and she has just been dumped by her fiance. After a night of cheap wine and hitting rock bottom, all Avery wants to do is lie in bed at home with a gallon of ice cream, but her three best friends have other ideas. They have planned a cross country road trip to a prom to help Avery start over. Step one is an Ex-Bachelorette Party in Vegas to help Avery try and forget her ex-fiance. Instead of forgetting him, though Avery finds herself the star of her own web series. As a result, she goes on a filmed hunt across America to find a prom dress, a hot date, and a pair of amazing shoes. Will Avery be able to heal her heartbreak, survive internet reality show fame, and have the perfect prom?
Writing Crashing Prom
I actually started writing Crashing Prom a few years ago. I wrote it for fun as a
23,000 word novella for the 3 Day Novel Contest that takes place every year on
Labor Day weekend. If you’ve ever tried to write a book that fast, you’ll know this –
it has to flow fast if you’re going to get it written in three days. For me, that usually
means wacky things have to happen. That’s how the tone of the book came about.
It’s silly and fun and very romcom, although there are some serious topics in there,
like Avery’s breakup with her fiancé and how hard breaking up with someone can
Anyway, I didn’t win the 3 Day Novel Contest and I wasn’t sure what to do with a
novella at the time, so it sat on my computer. I always meant to go back to edit it and
maybe make it into a full length novel. This year, I finally did. I was looking for a
project to fix, maybe something a little less time consuming than writing a book
from scratch because in my personal life, I had just given birth to baby twins!
So, I reread the entire book. I had a ton of things that I wanted to fix and add to the
book. I also had one big question. I wasn’t sure that Avery should end up with the
guy she ended up with in the novella. I didn’t think it worked. So, I pondered and
after much debate, I changed the ending completely. I also filled in details that got
lost when I was writing the book in those original three insane days. I added in way
more about Avery’s friends and I feel like the female friendships in the book are
really a cornerstone of the novel. Now, I hope to write future books as a series based
Who knew? That’s right, Crashing Prom was originally going to sit on my computer
for eternity and now I’m thinking of writing multiple books based on it! My
experience writing Crashing Prom showed me that even an old story sitting on your
computer can be revamped, molded, and turned into a fun, satisfying story. It
doesn’t have to gather dust. You just have to take a chance on it!
~About the Author~
MILDA HARRIS has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). She is the young adult author of Doppelganger, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body, and Connected: A Paranormal Romance. She also works in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That’s So Raven.
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