Tupelo native’s debut novel a comedic hit

By Special to the Daily Journal

New American Library is thrilled to announce the trade paperback release of Stephanie McAfee’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling e-book, “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl” on Tuesday.
The Tupelo native’s dream had always been to write and in 2005, she came up with the ideas and characters for a novel.
McAfee sent out query letters to agents and after being rejected, she put the project on hold. A few years later in 2007, McAfee resigned as a school teacher in Booneville and moved with her husband to Colorado Springs, Colo. Then in March 2010, she quit a part-time job as a math interventionist (a job she admits she hated) and she got serious about writing her novel.
In December 2010 McAfee wrote and then self-published her debut novel, “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl,” as an e-book on Amazon and then on Smashwords and with Barnes & Noble shortly thereafter.
On March 27, 2011, her novel hit No. 17 on the New York Times e-book fiction bestseller list, No. 31 on the New York Times combined print & e-book fiction bestseller list and it also hit the USA Today bestseller list, receiving rave reviews from McAfee fans across the country. Now in a revised and expanded form, New American Library brings McAfee’s hilariously charming novel into print for the first time.
In “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl,” McAfee delivers a fast-paced tale about Graciela “Ace” Jones, known in her small town of Bugtussle, Miss., as a feisty high school teacher with an outsized presence and a big mouth to match. Readers quickly learn that Ace is mad – mad at her best friend Lilly who cancels their annual trip to Panama City for mysterious reasons, mad at her boss, mad at her friend Chloe’s abusive husband and especially at Mason McKenzie, the love of her life, who has shown up with a marriage proposal one year too late. The only one she isn’t mad at is her near-constant canine companion, chiweenie Buster Loo.
In an effort to tackle her anger, Ace decides to take matters into her own hands as she works to take down Chloe’s philandering husband, give Mason a second chance, and try and get to the bottom of a multitude of other scandals plaguing Bugtussle – not to mention all while trying to navigate Southern small-town politics and prejudices.
McAfee now lives in Florida with her husband, young son and chiweenie dog.