This time, she gets a little more personal -- since her new book, YOUR BIG BREAK, is about a woman who's an expert at romantic breakups. In fact, she "facilitates" them for clients of Your Big Break, Inc. In other words, she dumps people for money. But company rule #5 (do not get personally involved) is getting harder to obey....
"People often ask how I came up with the idea of writing about a breakup service," says Johanna. "'It's so far-fetched,' they say. Or, 'Gosh, I wish these things really existed!'...Here's the surprising part. They do. You actually can hire someone to dump your lover. Crazy, huh? A brief background: Breakup services started in Japan. The Japanese call them Wakaresaseya, or "Love Separation Services." In Asia, Wakaresaseya businesses are so popular they've even spawned a hit TV show. These zany companies have only recently started to spring up in Europe and North America (Cosmo recently ran an article about them). In the US, there are currently breakup services in San Francisco and New York. But if business keeps booming, more of them could crop up soon."
Anyway. Johanna's love life is full of heartbreak (see below) but becoming a bestselling author is the best revenge. Here's her list:
Horrible Boys Who Broke My Heart
by Johanna Edwards
Mark #1 - First serious boyfriend. Broke up with me on Valentine's Day.
Robert - Really obnoxious, evil mean guy who said "I want to date you, but I'm embarrassed of what my friends will think. So can we have a secret relationship?"
Zach - My first big crush. He was the "it guy" of the fifth grade. Zach used to buy me magazines and lend me nintendo games. We hung out after school a few times and talked on the phone...I luved him so. Then one day, for no reason at all, he started ignoring me. And we never spoke again.
Mark #2 - Didn't "officially" dump me -- just told me he loved me and then chose to never, ever speak to me again. (This was when I realized it was time to stop dating guys named Mark.)
Jacob - Realized he liked my best friend better than he liked me. So he dumped me in the hopes that she would go out with him (she didn't).
John - When I caught him cheating on me, he defended it by saying, "I cheated on you FOR you. I didn't want to breakup with you because I knew it would hurt your feelings."
JJ - Decided we should have an open relationship. But didn't bother to inform me of this until AFTER he'd slept with someone else.
P.S. Johanna has a blog!