FIRE ME by Libby Malin
I’ve been lucky enough to have some great bosses over the years—when I worked full-time and as I’ve been freelancing. But, like most folks, I’ve also had a few…clunkers. With those bosses, you sometimes feel like you have scars on your tongue from biting it so much!
But what if you didn’t need to hold back? What if you could treat that boss the way he or she treats you and every other employee?
That’s at the heart of the premise of my novel Fire Me, where protagonist Anne Wyatt goes into work one day prepared to hand in her resignation to wild and crazy boss Mitch Burnham, but stops in her tracks when Mitch announces he’s going to lay off an employee—by the end of the day! That’s right, all the staff get to participate in a game of Survivor meets The Apprentice. What fun.
She’s about to tell Mitch he needn’t pull this stunt because she’s leaving the team anyway when she learns he will bestow a very generous severance package on the employee who gets the bad news. Change of plans. If he’s playing games, why can’t Anne? How hard can it be to get fired anyway? And what could go wrong? Or, rather, right?
It seems like such a great plan, with so many delicious possibilities, doesn’t it? And it does end up being a rollercoaster ride of lunacy as she works her scheme, one crazy stunt after another. But occasionally throughout the day, this Fun House mirror forces her to see everything she’s ever done and chosen in a completely different way. By the end of the day, she’s no longer sure if she’s won or lost something, if she should take that new job, or take a chance on co-worker Ken, or start over in a completely different career.
Fire Me was a blast to write, not just because it was fun coming up with ideas for “fire me” antics, but because Anne and Ken were characters I can relate to (uh, guess that makes sense since I’m the author!). They’re both dreamers with a practical side that sometimes holds their dreams in check. And they believe, from past hurtful experiences, that they are wise to be wary of taking risks in love and in work. So while Anne takes the chance of trying to get fired, she shields her heart and soul from other risks, ones that could open up whole new happy horizons for her, but could also expose her to the pain of disappointment.
The book takes place in one twenty-four hour period that ends up flipping a switch in both characters, forcing them to make a conscious choice between standing still and moving….in some new direction. Although the story is filled with zany activities, the underlying theme is about the risks involved in pursuing your dreams. Once Anne takes the risk of trying to get fired, she begins wondering if she should be stronger about taking other risks.
Because all the main action takes place in such a short period of time—one day—I am offering a free extra chapter to readers who want to know what becomes of Anne and Ken a few months later. Information on how to get the extra read is available at my website, www.LibbysBooks.com, where you can also learn about my other books!
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