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New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota has taken a page from her real life and turned it into her first novel, to be published in July.
Amanda Wakes Up is about “a bootstrapping young reporter who lands a plum job at a big-time cable news station and finds her ambitions and her love life turned upside down.”
“If there’s one subject I know through and through, it’s the challenges and behind-the-scenes fun of cable news,” said Camerota. “Being able to assign real-life dilemmas to a fictional character was strangely comforting and instructive. I started this book years ago and am grateful that Viking has been on board the whole way for this crazy ride.”
[Amanda] finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse—battling for hair and makeup time, coping with her sexist (but scathingly handsome) co-anchor, Rob, mixing up the headlines with pajama modeling on the street, and showing Benji Diggs, her media maestro boss, that she’s got what it takes. As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda’s pressure-cooker job gets hotter as her personal life unravels.