Author Works: Denise Williams & "How To Fail at Flirting" (Online)

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Author Denise Williams discusses her highly anticipated debut novel, How To Fail at Flirting, the story of how one daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.  Williams also discusses the importance of representation in romance, her approach to writing, and why romance is a genre with endless opportunities to inspire hope.

In partnership with Books with a Past and with support from Anne Arundel County Public Library, Kent County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Ruth Enlow Library, Talbot County Free Library, and Worcester County Library. Copies of How to Fail at Flirting (available Dec. 1) are available to preorder/purchase at



Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD in education, going on to work in higher education. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house.



“In this steamy romance, Naya Turner is an overachieving math professor blowing off work stress with a night on the town, which leads to a night with a dapper stranger. And then another, and another. She’s smitten by the time she realizes there’s a professional complication, and the relationship could put her job at risk. Williams blends rom-com fun with more weighty topics in her winsome debut.”—The Washington Post


“Williams’ debut weaves a charming, romantic love story about a heroine rediscovering her voice and standing up for her passions.”—USA Today bestselling author Andie J. Christopher, on How to Fail at Flirting


“The warmth in Denise Williams’s writing is unmistakable, as is her wit. She tackles difficult subjects, difficult emotions, with such empathy and thoughtfulness. Best of all: Jake is just the type of hero I love—sexy, smart, sweet, and smitten.”—Olivia Dade, Author of Teach Me, on How to Fail at Flirting


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