My debut novel, Unzipped, is a romantic comedy and it was published by Australia’s best independent publisher, Text in 2012.
It goes a little something like this:
Peta Wheeler measures time differently now. Before the couch. After the couch.
Before the couch, Peta knew who she was. A 34-year-old information-dissemination professional, married to the man of her dreams and thinking about motherhood. She’d never been late for work, drunk beer or kissed a stranger.
After the couch, Peta hits a cyclist, tries to get pregnant, tries to make sure she isn’t pregnant, avoids her husband and family and friends and colleagues, drinks too much coffee, and falls in love with a girl.
And that’s just the first week.
Praise for Unzipped:
‘Hilarious, intelligent, snappy and sassy: Unzipped is a knockout.’
‘Unzipped is like every great girl meets boy story, but better. Oh and it’s girl meets girl.’
‘Reed is a very good writer. Intelligent, sure of herself and emotive without going overboard. There are some truly lovely descriptive passages and a lot of snappy, reads-like-real-life dialogue. I hope straight women don’t feel embarrassed about buying this book. It’s not lesbian erotica, it’s just a love story, minus a man.’
Sunday Star Times
‘The writing is reminiscent of a Bridget Jones style, albeit without the diary entries. The quirky humour is there as are the lists of dos and don’ts and the moments of hilarious humility. This is a light fun easy read with genuine erotic passages that should delight most women readers.’
‘Unzipped offers sass, sex and plenty of lesbian-inspired, soap opera drama. It’s witty, dialogue-heavy pace will make it amusing for some—the subject matter educational for others.’
‘[Unzipped] is smart, with an endearing heroine and steamy sex scenes. The joy of this narrative is how change can come, and how it should be embraced. Unzipped should make for great television.’
‘First-time novelist Nicki Reed writes with an assured voice and Unzipped has a singular charm all on its own.’
‘This entertaining sexual romp comedy is enhanced by the personalities of BJ, who knows herself almost too well for one so young and Peta’s mouthy sister Ruby, who will steal the show when the movie version gets made.’
‘Reed’s dialogue is sharp, humour is plentiful and the tone is wry…Sooner or later, you’ll laugh out loud…The slapstick sex…is such a strength of Reed’s writing that she should give masterclasses to other authors…’