My Inspiration Behind Finished by Anne Holster – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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My Inspiration behind Finished

Anyone who writes a novel is inevitably asked what their inspiration was. Of the many questions I have been asked as a fairly new writer, the most common are concerned with how the story came to me, how I created the characters, and how I chose my setting. Like most writers, I was inspired in large part by the books I love – you know, the ones you can’t wait to get home and read? The ones that make you ignore a ringing phone or stay up hours past your bedtime, even if it means you’ll be tired for work the next day?

That is the effect I wanted my own books to have on readers. I tend to be mostly drawn to stories that revolve around relatively ‘normal’ people and not the likes of professional athletes, billionaires or werewolves. I like the reader to think, hey, this could really happen; this could be me. That’s how Jess and Finn from my new novel Finished were born. Finn is just a regular college student, cramming for finals and working a part-time job. On the other hand, though, he’s also that dreamy guy who’s got the bad-boy edge to him that could drive any red-blooded American girl crazy.

It’s the same with Jess. She’s a regular girl who’s about to start her first year of college and works a part-time summer job just like so many of us have done at her age. Of course she’s also hoping to catch the eye of the bad-boy like I’m sure so many others have tried to do at her age.

As for the setting, I eventually chose the Jersey Shore simply because it was easy for me to relate to. The Jersey Shore is where I spent much of my youth, experiencing many of the same things that the array of characters in Finished are going through. When I began writing the book I wasn’t sure what the setting would be after the first few chapters which take place on a college campus. It just popped into my head one day and I decided to go with it. I’m glad I did because I loved the way it turned out!

MediaKit_BookCover_FinishedIt began with a drunken kiss, a furtive but passionate grope atop a pile of discarded winter coats. Downstairs, the party raged on, but all Jess hears is the pounding of her heart as Finn Evans – the guy she had fantasized about for God-knows-how-long – ran his hands along her body. It isn’t until Finn staggers from the dark room that Jess realizes she has not only lost her virginity, but her underwear as well. Things only get worse when she sees Finn again and realizes he doesn’t even know it was her in the bedroom that night! She heads to the Jersey Shore with her best friend, hoping a summer of fun will heal her broken heart.

Finn awakes with a colossal hangover and a pair of girl’s underwear jammed in his pocket. It’s not the first time he’s had sex at a party, but it is the first time he doesn’t know the girl’s identity. Thinking he’ll never see her again, he heads to the Jersey Shore for a summer of sun, sand and sex.

While down at the shore, Jess and Finn find themselves thrown together time and time again, eventually forging an unlikely friendship. By the time Finn realizes he’s fallen for her, Jess is with someone else. Will Finn be able to convince Jess that he is the one for her, or will his bad boy reputation haunt him forever?

Enjoy an Excerpt:

“Finn, you gotta see this,” Jess said over her shoulder, “Jill’s standing on the porch railing with a kazoo in her mouth. I think she’s using it to ref beer pong.”

“No shit!” I said, walking up behind her. “She’s gonna end up on her ass in the sand the way she’s teetering back and forth like that.” I couldn’t help but laugh at the vision of Jill sprawled across the sand in front of the house.

Suddenly I got a weird feeling of déjà vu, a vague impression of me and Jess in a room. It was the smell of her shampoo or soap or something… I chased the memory, but came up with nothing. I figured it was probably all the time we’d spent together over the summer.

We were both startled when someone yelled Jess’ name from the other room. She whipped around to see who it was and found herself staring right into my eyes. I could have stepped back, but I didn’t. Then again, neither did she. We just stood there for a minute, our faces nearly touching, and I knew if I’d had a few more beers in me I might’ve done something stupid like, I dunno, leaned in and kissed her or something. Instead, I just slowly pulled back.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_FinishedAnne Holster resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and reading angsty romance novels. She is currently working on her third novel.

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  1. Nikolina says:

    Shared on G+, have a great day!

  2. Thank you for hosting

  3. Anne Holster says:

    Thank you for hosting my tour today!

  4. What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

    • Anne Holster says:

      The most challenging thing for me is definitely figuring out what comes next in the story. It’s tough because I don’t generally work from an outline. The most rewarding part would be seeing the finished product – then I just want to do it again! Thanks for stopping by Peggy!

  5. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  6. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  7. I’m so glad you started writing! I have enjoyed both of your novels (Imaginary Grace and your new one, Finished). You definitely capture my attention and put me where I can picture everything and totally relate to what is going on. Will you continue to write more? I would love to read more from you! 🙂

    • Anne Holster says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Em Em and I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed both of my novels! To answer your questions, yes, I plan to continue writing. I’m currently working on a third novel and it’s about halfway done at this point. Fingers crossed that it will be out by years end! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Anne Holster, I really enjoyed Finished, it reminded me a lot of my young adult life at the Jersey Shore! Haven’t you written any other books or will you be writing any in the future? I would love to read another one by your.

    • Anne Holster says:

      Hi Damian! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my novel Finished! You should check out my first novel ‘Imaginary Grace’ which I published last year. It’s a rock star romance and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it if you enjoyed ‘Finished’. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Anne Holster says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words Em Em and I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed both of my novels! To answer your questions, yes, I plan to continue writing. I’m currently working on a third novel and it’s about halfway done at this point. Fingers crossed that it will be out by years end! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Becky Richardson says:

    What are you working on at the moment?

    • Anne Holster says:

      Hi Becky! At the moment I’m working on my third novel that hopefully will be out by years end! I describe this new project as a new adult ‘multi-generational rock star romance’, lol! Thanks for the question and for stopping by today!

  11. Sounds good.

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