The Dating Tutor: Alec’s Story
More hockey. More Alec.
Alec Horner’s life was never simple. Between dealing with an alcoholic father and worrying about the continuation of his education, he has more than a few concerns. The complications continue to mount when his neighbor and best friend, Ellie Harper, asks him to tutor her in the art of dating.
The alternately humorous and frustrating task takes a new turn when Alec starts to realize his feelings for the girl next door suddenly expand beyond that of a mere friend. Coaching her is a torturous delight. He wants her and revels in each moment, yet he knows her efforts are aimed toward the goal of seducing another boy. Can this gruff hockey player convince his sweet and innocent best friend that the two of them might have a future together?
Top ten things you don’t know about me:
1. Cotton or Silk? Cotton
2. Champagne/beer/wine? None of those. I’m a rum kind of girl.
3. Plotter/pantser? Pantser. I have a basic idea and just run with it.
4. Describe your workspace — My workspace is covered with various writing paraphenelia. I’ve got two notebooks, a calendar for notes and blog dates, pens, story cubes, and pages of editing to work on. I’ve also got some figurines watching over me. The Governor and Daryl from Walking Dead. And Jaime Lannister and the Hound from Game of Thrones. I’ve also got two zombie “yard gnomes”. One is a football player, the other a Penguins hockey player. These were all gifts from family members. They know me well.
5. Sports fan or just tolerate it? As you can tell from the zombie figures above and the fact that my main character in my latest release is an athlete, I am a definite sports fan. I love hockey. I enjoy football as well. I appreciate attending baseball games, but I’m not a fan of watching it on television.
6. Who is your biggest influence on writing? My biggest influence would be my husband. He has been so supportive of my writing. He is constantly giving me ideas and suggestions.
7. Favorite food – Tacos. I love tacos…or steak salads. Those are pretty good, too.
8. When did you start writing? I started writing in the second grade. I wrote a short story about a monster in the ocean who came ashore at night and destroyed all of the day’s sandcastles. My mother claims it was very cute. Haha.
9. If money were no object, where would you like to live? Somewhere warmer! I am so tired of snow. I hate cold weather. I’m ready to move somewhere tropical, where it never dips below 70 degrees.
10. What’s next for you? Oh boy… Next. Well, I’m working on a few projects. I’m not sure which I will finish next. I’m working on edits of a zombie horror book I wrote a decade ago. I’m eager to actually get it out somewhere. I’m also entertaining the idea of writing another installment of the Dating Tutor, this edition through the eyes of Alec’s friend, Matt. This would take place once the friends are in college. I’m also working on a romance titled Lucky Bet about a woman who falls in love with her best friend after hooking up with him on a bet at a casino. I’ve got so many ideas floating about and not enough time to write!!!
Melissa Frost grew up loving young adult novels and continues to immerse herself in the current authors on the market. In the second grade, she won a writing competition to work with children’s author Colleen O’Shaughnessy Mckenna, and it inspired her to write stories of her own. She never looked back.