In Jennifer Lieberman’s romantic comedy Year of the What? Dana, heartbroken and lonely in New York City, embarks on an outrageous adventure of sexual discovery while looking for love… ultimately finding her power and confidence with the help of her dominatrix roommate Kelly.Jennifer Lieberman, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Year of the What?
Year of the What? by Jennifer Lieberman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Year of the WHAT? is a romantic comedy that follows heartbroken and lonely 25-year-old Dana, who is six months off her first break-up and living the single life in New York City. A virgin once removed, she’s insecure and on the hunt for the one.
Dana has only been with one man and hasn’t given herself a chance to explore her own curiosity. She feels ashamed of her desires, and keeps trying to squash them in order to be a ‘good girl’. Her roommate, Kelly, on the other hand, has none of Dana’s hang-ups.
Kelly is unabashedly promiscuous, with an off the charts IQ and a full ride to NYU. But Kelly can’t stand the monotony of school, so she drops out to become a dominatrix and pursue an alternative lifestyle where she makes ‘lawyer money’ working in a dungeon in Chelsea.
After months of searching in vain for Mr. Right, Kelly’s lust for life and insatiable quest for adventure finally rub off…Dana embarks on an outrageous adventure of sexual discovery where she finds her inner power and confidence, all while taking charge of her erotic exploration. Through her exploits Dana realizes she will never find what she is looking for, until she finds herself.
What does your character always carry?
Kelly, the dominatrix, is Dana’s best friend and roommate; she doesn’t go anywhere without a pair of handcuffs in her purse, for both business or pleasure. They make her feel secure and that she really can handle anything. I guess you can say they are a symbol of her power.
Does your character carry money and if so, in what form (cash, credit, etc.)?
Kelly always has a large wad of a few hundred dollars cash on her, she runs a cash business and isn’t interested in the credit card companies or pay apps tracking her purchases. But of course she does have a few credit cards, she’s smart enough to know about keeping a good credit score, something her mother never really understood.
What does your character carry related to a job or calling?
Stripper shoes, you know the huge trashy platform stilettos, yeah, she carries those in her bag. Kelly is more of a chunky boot girl, and they’re way more conducive for traipsing around the city, but for work those shoes are like the magic that transforms her from Kelly to Mistress Special K (who we actually never get to meet in the book).
What else besides pockets does the character use to carry things?
Kelly uses a black Gucci tote bag to carry her items, she’s usually not that into labels, but it was a gift from one of her first regular clients and that bag gave her the confidence to double her rate once she hit the one year mark at the dungeon. It’s light enough to schlep around all day, but strong enough it’s lasted a few years now. It’s big enough to carry all the essentials any dominatrix would need in the big city – keys, wallet, phone, make up, a couple of work outfits, and work shoes, as well as her trusty handcuffs and a mini paddle in case of an emergency call.
Has anything in your character’s pockets ever gotten them in trouble?
Nothing in Kelly’s pockets can compete with her mouth in the trouble department.
Has anything in your character’s pockets ever saved the day?
Kelly is kinda like the condom fairy, she’s always got a handful in her bag (she gets them free at work). She’s saved many a random hookup on a drunken horney night with her “get a room, we need the table” line as she slides a condom across the bar table to an unsuspecting couple.
If your character could buy an item to carry things in and money was no object, what would it be?
If Kelly could hire anything to carry her items for her, it would be an assistant to follow her around carrying all her things for her!
Questions for the Character to Answer About the Author
What does your author always carry?
Jennifer always carries a pen and a notebook, she is so old fashioned! She even has different sized notebooks and pens to fit in varying sized bags from an evening clutch to a backpack. She’s kinda obsessed with writing.
What does your author dislike carrying but has to?
My author loathes carrying her iphone, like seriously, if she’s not in the middle of producing a film or theatre production, does she really need to be reachable 24 hours a day? She also believes her phone is a robot spy tracking every move, purchase and conversation she has, what a weirdo!
What does your author carry for luck?
Jennifer carries an American $2 bill her best friend Jay Wonder once gave her for good luck. And a seashell from Australia.
What does your author prefer to use when it comes to items like backpacks / purses?
Well that entirely depends on the day, if there is any work or writing involved she definitely needs the backpack equipped with a computer, harddrive, notebooks (yes more than one!), pens, hi-lighters, some healthy snacks (apples, nuts). However, if it’s just a leisurely day a purse with a minimum of three lip glosses and an appropriately sized notebook will suffice.
If your author could buy an item to carry things in and money was no object, what would it be?
If Jennifer could buy anything to carry her item around, it would be a personal assistant who doubles as a driver.
Where to buy Year of the What?
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/year-of-the-what-jennifer-lieberman/1138338006?ean=9781775326816
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Jennifer Lieberman is from Maple, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from York University in Toronto. She has appeared in over two-dozen stage productions in Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, Europe and Australia; including her Award- Winning solo-show Year of the Slut, which her novel Year of the What? was adapted from. In addition to her performance career she has penned a number of screen and stage plays the short films Leash and Details which both screened at the Festival De Cannes’ Court Métrage among other international film festivals as well as the wacky web-series Dumpwater Divas. Year of the What? is Lieberman’s first novel.
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