Change the Word: How would you describe Thirty Days to Thirty in fewer than 25 words?
Courtney Psak: A girl who has it all until she doesn't, decides to benchmark her turning thirty in a month to accomplish a list she made.
CTW: Where did you draw inspiration from to write this story?
CP: I realized a lot of my friends, including myself, started to get the ‘quarter-life crises.’ We were upset over the fact that we were not where we thought we would be by this point in our lives. What I started to realize though, was that when life happens, it’s going to bring you places you never could’ve imagined you would be. In the process of trying to be a particular version of ourselves, we in fact, discovered who we really were. It made us all realize that it’s not necessarily about the goals in life, but what you learn along the way.
CP: Myself. So many times I wanted to throw it out because I didn't think it was good enough, or not believable. There was a lot of internal struggle with my confidence. What do you like most about Jill, the main character in Thirty Days to Thirty? I like how brave she is to get out of her comfort zone. At first she is hesitant, but then she fully embraces it. I would love to have the confidence that Jill has.
CTW: What are three items on your personal bucket list?
CP: Heli-skiing, sky diving and become a full-time novelist.
CTW: With Thanksgiving a week away, what is one thing you are thankful for this year?
CP: I'm thankful for my husband, who gave me the push I needed to publish this book and I'm thankful to all of my friends, family and readers for all of their support!
CTW: What does your writing routine look like?
CP: I start with a basic outline that I will continue to flesh out, over and over again. Once I start to actually write, this keeps me from reaching a dead end since I have a way to keep the story going. This allows me to to get more into the dialogue and emotions of the characters.
CTW: What is one goal you have for yourself in the coming year?
CP: I'd love to make this book successful and publish another one.
CTW: What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone just beginning his or her professional career?
CP: You are going to make a lot of mistakes, but don't let yourself get in your own way. Stay confident and continue on no matter what. Persistence is the real key to success.
CTW: What’s next for you and your writing career?
CP: I'm currently editing my next book about a Hollywood socialite who ends up on a reality show as the made of honor to her best friend and her ex-boyfriend. I'm also outlining a book about a murder that happens at a corporate retreat and the three crazy/flaky characters that it surrounds.
About the Book
What if you were on the cusp of marrying the guy of your dreams and reaching that career goal you set for yourself, only for all of it to be taken away in one fell swoop?
What if this all happened a month before you turned 30?
This is the story of Jill Stevens, who after moving back home, finds a list she made in high school of thirty things she wanted to accomplish before her thirtieth birthday.
With a month left and hardly anything crossed off her list, she teams up with old friends to accomplish as much as she can before the big 3-0. Along the way, she discovers her true self and realizes it’s not about the material successes in life but the journey.
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About the Author
After traveling the world, she settled into New York City where she earned her Masters in Publishing.
She is a member of the National Writers Association and the Women's Fiction Writers Association.
She currently resides in Hoboken with her husband.
She spends her weekends seeking adventure through hiking, skiing and traveling.
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