Guest Post: Elodia Strain, Author of The Dating Experiment

Hi peeps! I am so excited to have a super special guest providing my content today (since we all know how good I am at providing it on regular basis … ahem) as the first stop on the blog tour for her new book, The Dating Experiment.

Elodia Strain is one of my very favorite authors (I no kidding, I own ALL OF HER BOOKS and have read them multiple times). So this is a huge honor for me as a dedicated fangirl.

Make sure to pick up her newest literary offering, The Dating Experiment, and heck, while you’re at it, you might as well pick up The Icing on the Cake, Previously Engaged, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. You won’t be sorry!

Seriously. That’s a promise.

Also take some time to peruse the other stops on her blog tour over the next couple of weeks to get some added insights and thoughts on her new release! Enjoy!

Guest Post:

Hello Lauren Winder Farnsworth Fans! Greetings from a fellow fan who is thrilled to be guest-posting on this marvelous March day! And what about? Well, I’m answering the questions on page 229 of The Dating Experiment, which happens to be all a book about luck and love, two very March-y things.

So here goes.

1. Are you lucky?

Hmm. I’ve never really thought of myself as LUCKY. I have bad eyes, soft teeth, and my feet supinate when I run (whatever the heck that means.) But at the same time, I wake up most every day with a sense of inner peace, so I think that definitely tips the scale in the right direction.

Prove it.

There are ways I’m quite lucky. I have a very adorable husband who plays Sufjan Stevens songs for me on his Seagull guitar. I have the cutest nieces and nephews in all of human record. My hair grows super fast. I’m also pretty good at games that involve getting people to guess things, like Taboo and Cranium and Pictionary.

2. Gabby agrees to join a dating study. What’s the craziest job you’ve ever had?

I worked for a party store when I was in high school. I dressed up as characters and made balloon animals and that kind of thing. Once time, I was sent to a kid’s birthday party as the Red Power Ranger. Well, the Red Power Ranger is a boy. And I’m a girl. With a girl voice. I didn’t know this until I got to the party, and had to play it off and say that I was the Pink Power Ranger and I washed my outfit with a lot of red stuff. Which opened up a question about why I couldn’t just have a Washing Machine Zord do my laundry.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

I let love (and life) convince me to move more than 20 times over the past 15 years. The best place I ever dumpster-dived for cardboard boxes was behind the Quicksilver Outlet in Provo, Utah.

3. Can two people who have never, ever been more than friends become something more?

Well, I was “just friends” with my husband when we first met. I think that lasted about a week. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen it happen in real life…I don’t know. Who writes these Discussion Questions? They’re hard! Oh, I know, Monica and Chandler!

4. What do you think about Lennox’s Good Little Anything Campaign? I love Lennox’s plucky mix of optimism and realism! Some days, for so many of us, it’s all we can do to get out of bed and force a smile. I know this firsthand. I was diagnosed with a debilitating disease almost ten years ago and suddenly I went from teaching English to passing out at Old Navy. That’s when I found writing. Now I force my characters to be the change in the world I wish I could be.

Would you join in? YES! In fact, during this blog tour (March 3-March 17) I am going to post some Good Little Anythings on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #goodlittleanything. I will put EVERY ONE (that’s appropriate for an eight year old to read) posted during these days in a future book.

5. If you could see the future right now would you want to? Why not? Sure! Bring it on!

Anything in particular? Actually, yes. I’d really like to know which of my current WIPs is exactly what people need.



About the book:

After losing her job, her house, and her guy, the last thing Gabby wants to do is be in a dating experiment—especially with her ex. Her only chance of making it through is with help from her best friend, Ian. But as the study and all its hilariously awkward dates goes on, Gabby finds herself wondering what exactly this experiment is all about.


About the author:

Elodia Strain was born in Alaska and grew up in the middle of California. She spent her childhood exploring Yosemite National Park, skiing—badly—at Lake Tahoe, and enjoying the beaches along California’s famed central coast. She graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in marketing communications. She is the author of three previous books from Cedar Fort. Her debut novel, “The Icing on the Cake,” was well received by readers of all ages, and earned Elodia the Best New Fiction Author award from CFI. Her second book, “Previously Engaged,” was a Whitney Award finalist. Elodia also wrote “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” the novelization of the widely successful eponymous major motion picture, starring Alyssa Milano. In addition to her creative writing pursuits, Elodia has spoken at writers’ conferences, had the privilege of signing books at national events such as her alma mater’s Women’s Conference and Education Week, and is also one of the founders of Ink Ladies Plus (formerly the Ink Ladies blog), a group of CFI and independent authors who work together to strengthen and promote each other’s work. When not writing or marketing, Elodia spends her time bargain shopping, enjoying staycations with her husband, and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

“The Dating Experiment” blog tour schedule:
March 3: Lauren Winder Farnsworth || My Adventures
March 4: Rockin’ Book Reviews
March 5: Keep Home Simple
March 6: Julie Coulter Bellon || Wishful Endings
March 7: Mel’s Shelves
March 8: Cindy Roland Anderson || Kindle and Me
March 9: The Girl With All the Answers || Getting Your Read On
March 10: Real Foods Mom || My Book a Day
March 11: Bookworm Lisa
March 12: Blooming With Books
March 13: Tristi Pinkston
March 14: I Am a Reader || Katie’s Clean Book Collection
March 15: Rachelle Christensen
March 16: Marcia Mickelson || I Thought I Knew What Busy Was
March 17: Queen of the Clan || Inklings and Notions


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