Synopsis of A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis
Published by SnyergEbooks, August 2011
This darkly funny novel describes Wendy Sinclair’s spin-crazy life in
Las Vegas after she impulsively decides to not return to following a bizarre girls’ weekend in 2005. Houston
The confused, unhappy 45-year-old newlywed soon rents a ramshackle apartment in a building filled with misfits; wallows in a blur of spas, malls and buffets, and, ultimately, becomes a designer of cocktail waitress uniforms and an Ann-Margret impersonator in a casino show with Elvis.
She also hangs with some pretty colorful characters. Paula’s her bold, brassy glamazon BFF who’s looser than a Casino Royale slot. Maxine’s her saucy former-Tropicana-showgirl boss. Paige and Serena are two twenty-something blackjack dealers she shops, gambles, and clubs up a storm with. Major crushes on a hunky pilot and sexy former rock star are also part of the mix.
And then there are the phone fights with Roger, Wendy’s workaholic husband waiting impatiently in
. Their clashes are louder and more raucous than a hot craps table at Caesar’s! Does she go back to him, or does her midlife crisis become a midlife makeover? Houston
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Excerpt from Chapter 18:
Roger and Wendy Argue in
A SLOT MACHINE ATE MY MIDLIFE CRISIS
By Irene Woodbury
How did you start your writing career?
When my husband and I would travel to
Europe for vacations, he would try to get me to write travel stories. I didn’t want to because I was a full-time student at the time, and I did enough writing during the semester. I finally agreed to help him do a story in in 2000. The next thing I knew, I had written 35 pages, and I wouldn’t stop! I took over the story, and I loved every minute. That was the beginning of my writing career. London
Tell us about a favorite character from a book?
I love Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary because she’s so vulnerable and makes so many mistakes. She marries a dull country doctor, and somehow believes he will fulfill all her romantic fantasies. When he doesn’t, she goes into a depression and starts looking for attention from other men. They give it to her, but they are using her, and she ends up getting hurt. Emma is also a compulsive shopper. She buys extravagant things for her house and dresses for herself. She is devastated by the men she falls in love with, and drives her husband into financial ruin with her spending. She’s also a negligent mother to her daughter. Emma is an intelligent, imaginative, sensitive character, but she becomes a victim of her own fantasies—and commits suicide at the end of the book. I feel so sorry for her.
What was your first sale as an author?
I sold my first travel story to the Los Angeles Times in 2000. It was the
story I mentioned above. I was so excited. It was a great experience—writing it, selling it, and seeing it in print. London
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I write from 10 in the morning till noon. Then, from 3 to 7 pm. I don’t like to work for long stretches of time because I lose some of my freshness after 3 hours. I can still work, but I feel the quality goes down.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what?
I listen to 60s’rock-pop: the Critters, Grass Roots, Zombies, Peter and Gordon, the Dave Clark Five. The 60s were a great decade. There was innocence, creativity, and a sense of revolution. Does it get any better than that?
What is your favorite meal?
A gluten free pizza with sliced onions, tomatoes and crushed garlic. Yesss!
Tell us about your favorite restaurant?
I like the Mellow Mushroom in
because the pizza is great, and there are many televisions with all kinds of sports on them. I never get to watch sports at home, so I love restaurants with comfortable seating where you can watch baseball or football. It’s relaxing, a total escape from writing. Denver
Do your friends think you’re an introvert or an extravert? Why?
My friends think I’m an extravert because I talk a lot. But I only talk a lot because I’m a shy, nervous introvert.
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