I am honored to welcome best-selling author Margo Candela back to Colloquium for the last stop on her current blog tour! Margo’s latest novel has gotten excellent reviews and was named the 2010 Best of L.A winner for Best Beach Read by Los Angeles Magazine.
Welcome to the WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for Good-Bye to All That
Good-Bye to All That is the story of Raquel Azorian, 25, an executive assistant at Belmore Corporation, a Hollywood production and marketing company. Office politics and backstabbing lead to a humiliating breakdown for Raquel’s boss, Bert, and Raquel has to figure out how to save his career and, in the process, her own. The book is an intelligent, witty, fast-paced, and surprisingly thoughtful story about one ambitious young woman’s foray into corporate life, and the lessons she learns, as a result of her experiences at Belmore.
Today, not only has Margo contributed a very special guest post, she has also graciously provided one copy of Good-Bye to All That to be awarded to a lucky reader! Since this is the last stop on Margo’s book tour, this is your last chance to win a copy! (See entry details below.)
Life and Love in the Office
I can’t claim to be an expert on any subject, but I am well versed on a few. One of these areas of minor expertise concerns romance at the office. I met the guy who would become the man I married at the office and got a crash course on how to and not to have a relationship among the cubicles.
While our connection was instant, I wasn’t looking to complicate my life. I filed him under “Friend” and decided to leave it at that. The funny thing about friends, especially ones who are kind, funny and generous with their time and attention, is that you want to hang out with them. Soon enough we went from grabbing lunch together to going out for dinner and seeing each other on weekends.
It got to be very “Pam and Jim” where it was clear there were feelings between us, but circumstances kept either of us from taking it to the next level. That we worked in adjacent cubicles was one big reason to keep things from getting complicated.
Our office, like most, ran on a steady stream of gossip and its nerve center was the copy room. This was where people gathered to dish out the latest on who was late on a project and why so-and-so hadn’t come in two days in a row. The last thing either of us wanted was to have our budding relationship turned into fodder for the insatiable office gossip machine. When whispers started, we decided to slow things down in and out of the office.
We went so far as to sit on opposite ends of the conference table during meetings and to not say much more than “hello” and “goodbye” during the course of the day. He took to eating his lunch at his desk and I lost my appetite all together. This of course turned chatter that we maybe liked each other into full blown speculation that we’d broken up. (It’s amazing how people are able to fill in the blanks with no real information to back up their theories.)
Naturally, people wanted to know what had happened between us. I’d answer with, “Nothing. Why do you ask?” As most people won’t admit they’re just prying, my non-answer had to be accepted.
Eventually, something juicer came along (a higher-up was going through a nasty divorce and wasn’t careful about closing his office door when he was on the phone with estranged wife). While I missed my friend, I eventually got my appetite back and we even stopped going out of our way to avoid each other. We were still careful, but having weathered the office romance gossip grinder seemed to bring us closer together even though we weren’t spending much time alone with each other.
Then, one day, I ran into him in the copy room where he was waiting for the machine behind the biggest gossip in the office. “Do you want to grab some lunch?” he asked. It took me less than a second to answer. “Sure.”
When speculation about us started up again, we didn’t deny or confirm, but together decided to find new jobs . . . in separate offices.
Margo Candela’s husband owes her six months . . . preferably on a tropical island sipping margaritas. The deal was, she had three years to write her first novel, Underneath It All, and find a publisher. She signed the book contract at 2 ½ years so she still has that six months coming to her. She’s been musing over a few brochures for Fuji.
Of course, Underneath It All wasn’t her first novel. Her first was a romance novel spoof she wrote at age 15 on an antique typewriter she paid $20 for — actually her mom paid $20. Sadly, Wenchhead and the Isle of Evil Men was never published. Do you think it was the title?
In between Wenchhead and the Isle of Evil Men and Goodbye to All That, Margo enjoyed a trip to magazine land where she wrote articles on everything from extreme sports to computer hardware to plushies (people who are sexually into stuffed animals). Shhh, don’t tell Margo’s mom about that last one. She might want the $20 or the antique typewriter back!
When not writing, Margo vacuums. It’s her secret solution to writer’s block and when she hits the Times bestseller list, Margo dreams of buying a Dyson DC 25 Animal. And shoes. Ask her the about the black heels on the cover of Goodbye to All That.
Margo born and raised in Northeast Los Angeles. She moved to San Francisco to attend college and ended up staying for a decade before moving back home in 2005. Her first three novels, More Than This (Touchstone, Aug. 2008), Life Over Easy (Kensington, Oct. 2007), and Underneath It All (Kensington, Jan. 2007) are set in San Francisco. More Than This was a Target stores Breakout Book and an American Association of Publishers national book club selection at Borders Books with Las Comadres. Good-bye To All That (Touchstone, July 2010) is her first novel set in Los Angeles and is the only novel picked by Los Angeles Magazine for its 2010 Best of L.A. list.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)
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Thank you, Margo!
A copy of the book is on its way to Esme