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5 Things I Can’t Write Without by Taylor Jenkins Reid

1.) Iced Tea

I’m not a coffee drinker but I desperately need the caffeine. Enter: Lipton.

2.) Scrivener

I wrote my first book in Microsoft Word but by the second draft of my second book, I realized I needed something tailored more for what I was doing. My only complaint is that Scrivener can’t guess what word I really mean when I type gibberish.

3.) Gchat

I work from home — a lonely endeavor. Having window boxes open to talk to my friends across the country and my husband across town means I can have “water cooler” talks from home.

4.) Friday Night Lights

When I’m writing a first draft of a novel, I have to be imaginative, emotional, logical, and compassionate every day for hours on end. Marathoning television is my way of rehearsing. I may wake up feeling uninterested or uninteresting, but after two episodes of a show like Friday Night Lights or The Good Wife, I’m excited and inspired to tell good stories with great characters.

5.) My Dog

He keeps my cold feet warm underneath my desk.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts.  She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Studies.  Her first novel,Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Rabbit.  You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

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Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

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