You, Me, And Reality (Author Interview)

You, Me, And Reality looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Sure! This is a story about a Luanne Smith, a young woman from the Deep South who feels stuck. It's as if every opportunity for success in life and happiness is just out of reach. Her feelings stem from her strong desire to explore her interest in acting. But she's spent her entire life in one of Louisiana's poorest communities, and so dreams of acting feel a million miles away.

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Though Luanne's story may continue on in the imaginations of the reader's who love it, this is a standalone book.


How long did it take you to write You, Me, And Reality?

It took me about a total of eight or nine months to write the book. I started writing it in 2020, got distracted by writing other books, forgot about it, and then came across the manuscript this year and decided to finish it. I image this happens to a lot of authors who love to write and are perpetually distracted! 


What motivated you to become a writer?

I've loved to write since I was a little kid. I remember writing poems at five years old, but I didn't realize I was writing poems, I was just writing strings of words that I thought sounded pretty together. So, I'm not really sure what the motivation is. It's like breathing. It's a natural process that I can't really help.


How did you come up with the title to your book?

The title, YOU, ME, AND REALITY, reflects the love story that unfolds in the book (you, me) and the reality show that Luanne ends up participating in (reality). Also, the words seemed to rhyme. So, though the title probably could have been better, I thought, "This is cute. Why not go with it?"


Can you tell us a little about Luanne Smith?

Luanne Smith has always wanted to be a Los Angeles-based actor, but she works at a bakery in Louisiana.

Both of her parents were actors, and before their untimely deaths they chased their dreams by leaving Louisiana and moving to Hollywood.

Lu wishes she had the same courage. But at 24 years old she has yet to leave her job at the bakery, let alone Louisiana. She feels stuck and hopeless.

Everything changes one evening, when a Hollywood producer glides into the bakery with a life-changing offer.

Days later, Lu finds herself on the set of a reality show in Los Angeles.

But as she embarks on her LA adventure, Lu realizes that some of Hollywood’s terrain is dangerous. At this point, Lu's story takes a dark turn.


What part of the book was the most fun to write?

The opening chapters that focus on Lu's humdrum routine of a life and her budding romance with her best friend, Samuel. That was sooooo much fun to write! 


What was your hardest scene/section to write?

When Lu ends up in Los Angeles and finds herself in new terrain, navigating a darker side of Hollywood the book became more challenging for me. It's difficult for me to write scenes that put my favorite characters in life-threatening situations because I don't want anything bad to happen to them, but I want the scene to be realistic. I really struggled with the second half of the book because of this.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When I'm not working on my personal writing projects, I enjoy helping other people shape up their manuscripts and self-publish their books. In fact, just before this interview, I was helping a fellow Indie Author upload her manuscript to Amazon.

I also work as a writer for a local news station and that allows me to occasionally interview interesting people and tell their stories.

As far as non-writing related hobbies go, I love creating vegan recipes, watching quirky indie movies, taking long, relaxing walks, and traveling to new places!  


Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers are welcomed to visit my website at: and chat with me on Twitter at @PaulaLHarvey