Jennifer Cornwall is five-foot-two, over-nourished, with red, gravity-defying hair that makes her think she was conceived the day God invented the Koosh Ball.
At twenty, she’s trapped in a numb life at a photocopying firm. Uneventful – except for the workplace bullies. Despite her Aunt Emily’s gentle encouragement, she believes other girls have the perfect gene-take-home-pack with a side order of social skills, while she trips ’n dies at every turn.
When a striking new employee, Lucy, starts at work, Jennifer really struggles with her own mediocrity. Her flatmate suggests she finds some focus with the help of a clairvoyant. After misinterpreting the reading, Jennifer embarks on a wacky self-improvement campaign. She also discovers Aunt Emily has issues of her own and sets out to solve them.
It’s a journey through strengths, weaknesses and comical crises, but oh, what a journey it turns out to be … for everyone.
Meg, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
The title Trip ‘n Die came into being when my lovely step-daughter saw a goat stumble on a rocky cliff-top at Cape Kidnappers. Note: The goat regained its footing and trotted off to do goaty things.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I like all the characters. They are some of the many faces that make up a person: the beautiful, the not-so-beautiful, the kind, the not-so-kind, the competent and the quirky. We all have a piece of these characters in us. The trick is to let the good ones shine.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
You have a choice to help those around you, or hinder them. Choose wisely and be gentle on yourself when you don’t get it right.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
A well-written, funny, fast-moving and heartwarming tale.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“[A] funny, entertaining book! There are always events on the horizon that keep the reader wondering what will happen. It is often funny but also contains well written, poignant moments.”
Where can people learn more about your writing?