Carrie Feron
Executive Editor
Vice President, Editorial Director of Avon Books

Answers to Proust Questionnaire:

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being trapped inside on a beautiful weekend summer day.

Where would you like to live?
By the sea, surrounded by flowers and beautiful scenery, particularly on a warm shore. Provence? Nantucket in August?

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Lust and gluttony, of course! My two faves of the seven deadly sins.

Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Mr. Rochester, Mc Duff, Mr Darcy

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Elizabeth I. A fellow Virgo

Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My grandmother

The qualities you most admire in a man?
Courage, kindness, patience

The qualities you most admire in a woman?
The ability to discuss both books and shoes

Your favorite virtue?

Your favorite occupation?
Reading, gardening

Who would you have liked to be?
Someone with genetically low cholesterol

This past weekend, I saw THE BREAK-UP, which was pitched as a Romantic Comedy. Clearly a comedy should end with a happy ending -- which means in many ways, this was not a traditional ending. Did anyone else see?

Would anyone else be happy with a romance that ended in this manner?


Blogger Chic and Sassy said:

actually a romance that did not end in a happy manner might me enjoy the genre since it would probably make it more realistic. I enjoy fantasy because of it magical impossibilities, I enjoy science fiction for it imagination with technology but as far as romance goes I've always had trouble with the "an they live happily ever after" concept... In real life, you just don't get the hot guys all the time. Oh maybe I'm just a half empty glass kinda girl.

3:35 PM  

Blogger Cynthia Eden said:

I saw it! (Waving my hand frantically!) And I was extremely disappointed. But then, well, I knew something was wrong the minute I started rooting for Jennifer's character to date the wealthy guy.

9:57 PM  

Blogger lacey kaye said:

Oh, no! I will NOT put up with this. I've seen way too many unhappily-ending RCs these days. Who saw Little Black Book? What about Raising Helen? And what the heck is the deal with these Slice of Life films? (Friends With Money comes to mind.) So to use my boyfriend's words, vehemently uttered after a disappointing 2 hours watching Tristan and Isolde, "If I have to sit through an entire chick flick, I deserve a happy ending!"

He told me this movie wouldn't have one and I totally didn't believe him. Crud. Thanks for the warning!

10:28 PM  

Blogger Kerrelyn Sparks said:

I saw The Break-Up and was a bit dissapointed. I suppose all the bickering and fighting was supposed to be funny (?) but it struck me as kinda sad. Also sad that all of Jennifer Anniston's ploys to get him back backfired and pushed him further away. By the time he finally came around, she'd been hurt so much, she could only walk away. Not exactly a comedy. At the end, when they meet again, there's a hint that they could get back together and it might work since they've both learned so much the first time around-- but even then, I'm not sure I would want them to even try. Maybe this story was more realistic, but in that case, give me the fantasy!

9:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I liked that the ending wasn't traditional Hollywood. And maybe I'm an optimist (don't think so, but there's hope) because I know they got together at the end. It was sort of like Gone With the Wind. I got to imagine how they fell back in love.

4:30 PM  

Blogger Camy Tang said:

I have heard almost EVERYONE say how disappointed they were in the ending. I'm a romance reader--Happily Ever After guaranteed! Now I'm torn about if I really want to watch this. The last sad-ending romance I saw was a DVD, and I broke my remote when I threw it at the TV screen.


2:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I saw it too, I have to say I liked the ending. I like the PROMISE of it. That way each of us coudl imagine it ending the way we wanted. And I also imagined Jennifer with the wealthy guy. LOL

I can't wait for THE LAKE HOUSE though. Anyone else think tyhat looks good?

3:06 AM  

Blogger Carol Burge said:

I did like the movie, it was humorous, but I absolutely HATED the ending. It was sooo disappointing!

I can honestly say that I will never be happy with any book or movie that ends this way.

Bad, bad, bad...

12:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Welcome Lola! Quick question for your new "Mom"...
I have self published a non-fiction love story that I would like to send to you (Carrie) since I believe you published Thorn Birds in the late 70's. I would be happy to send you a copy, simply need a name and address. Please email me at (my apologies for using this format, just couldn't find any other avenue to communicate with Avon Books).
Thank you ~

10:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

oops, sorry but I meant to include the following for Lola: In my eyes, the best song in the whole wide world for this new commander is "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets". Reason? It pretty much means that a bark or two, 4 little legs and 2 floppy ears will now be calling the shots in the Feron household!
Also, if you'd like a preview of my book please go to
Thanks again!

11:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Have you heard about the new Twitter novella, "From Chicago to Coronado?" "From Chicago to Coronado" is a micro-format, semi-autobiographical story in 140 word soundbytes about a culturally-challenged Chicago to Coronado transplant - a former Jimmy Choo heeled agency CEO, Economic Club of Chicago member and Entrepreneur Magazine writer forced into flipflops. Coronado is like Pleasantville. It rarely rains on the 7.4 square mile Island. Firemen exist to save cats, the Coronado Islander football team nearly always wins, only 4 registered sex offenders among the 20k city residents. From the Hotel del and the little flower lady perched in City the Navy SEALS training grounds, the politics of a city represented by a Federal Lobbyist Firm, and the 2.2 mile long Bay Bridge ranked the 3rd deadliest suicide bridge in the U.S. Coronado makes for a quirky setting. The book's protagonist even muses about the Hotel Del Coronado's former owner, Larry Lawrence - born and raised in Chicago, Ambassador to Switzerland, buried in Arlington and later disinterred because of falsified military records.

A link to "From Chicago to Coronado" on Twitter:

The "Chicago to Coronado" Flickr photo album:

Why This Story, Why Now:
In Japan, mobile phone novels called "keitai shousetus" have become so successful that they accounted for half of the ten best-selling novels in 2007. Can a Twitter novel written by an unknown have the same appeal in the US? With nearly 900 Twitter followers in its second week (including Social Media masterminds and reporters) could "Chicago to Coronado" be one of the first "Twitterature" hits?

More About the Storyline:
The antithesis of "Sex in the City," From Chicago to Coronado's semi-fictional male love interest is Matt Claymore. Matt is a former Navy Seal turned President of a privately-held San Diego company. A dad of 3 with shared custody, he was raised in the same Coronado house in which he now lives on 3rd Avenue. He prioritizes family, business, and fitness - in that order. Matt Claymore's twitter page:

1:02 PM  

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