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The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir

Annette Fix always believed in happily ever after and was busy working her Five-Year Plan: marry her golf-pro boyfriend, homeschool her preteen son, become a famous writer, and retire to Fiji. When her live-in boyfriend calls it quits, Annette finds herself on The Break-Up Diet, consuming vast amounts of chocolate and exercising by diving blindly into the shallow end of the dating pool.

Working as an exotic dancer to bankroll her aspiring writing career and support her son alone, Annette uses her blue-collar instinct to survive in the plastic jungle of The OC.

Annette’s adventures take her on a wild ride as she attempts find the perfect balance between her dreams and her day-to-day life as Supermom.


“The Break-Up Diet is delicious. Heartbreaking and humorous…any woman can relate.” ~ Jill Soloway, author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants, and writer for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy

In this delectable memoir, Annette Fix serves up a fresh, funny, honest, and insightful dish of sex and the single mom.” ~ Colleen Sell, Editor, A Cup of Comfort series


Visit The Break-Up Diet blog. Read posts about dating, relationships, and Annette’s answers to burning questions like “How do I fix the Vulcan effect from Botox?” and “How can I create a voodoo doll of my ex?”

You can read the Amazon reviews and search inside the book.


ISBN# 978-1-934518-39-7

Autographed and personalized copies of The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir are available for purchase from this site. [$16.95 w/ free shipping]

If you would like to request your autographed copy personalized for you or someone else, please send an email to: annettefix[at]gmail[dot]com.



After getting thrown from the happily-ever-after horse, Annette began keeping a diary, trying to get her emotional angst sorted and properly logged like a good OCD girl. The idea for turning her writings into a book was a suggestion from one of her friends.

Choosing the title was easy. Annette was obviously on The Break-Up Diet. What other diet would allow her to eat jar after jar of hot fudge topping, consume vast amounts of chocolate in any and all forms, and actually lose weight?

When she began chronicling her adventures, Annette wasn’t sure where or how it would end. She hoped it wouldn’t become a 900-page collection of disastrous dating stories. Though, she could probably write that book too.

Annette wondered who would want to read a story about a 30-something single mother and aspiring writer who was working as a topless dancer, searching for Prince Charming, and trying to balance her dreams and her day-to-day life as Supermom. Yes, it was her life, but was it interesting enough?

The book could possibly find an audience with mainstream women readers, but Annette wanted to make sure they knew it wasn’t fiction. Real life is always more absurd and more magical.

Annette dedicates The Break-Up Diet to the broken-hearted, the hopeless romantics, the seekers of princes, the believers in happily-ever-after, and the queens of their own castle, so they can laugh and cry and nod their heads in unison, saying—”I’ve been there and she’s telling my story.”

She hopes readers like her book, and admits she feels weird talking about herself in third person.


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  1. Oh yeah and please autograph it for me.

  2. Annette, I just ordered your book. Can’t wait to read it. We lived almost the seam life for a while. I was in OC doing just what you were raising 2 kids. Can’t wait to get it. Now I want to see a copy of the TJ picture.


  3. Annette:

    I read the book and loved it, though I did consume quite a bit of chocolate during the first half of the book. In fact, after acquiring the habit, I continued to eat chocolate through the entirety of the book. Okay, I admit it, I just stopped typing for a second so I could munch down a bit of chocolate cake, and I’m not even broken up with anyone. Seriously though, I enjoyed your memoir and would rank it up there with Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking,” which is no small potatoes in my book – you’re in good company as a writer there. Keep the good working coming,


    • Tami – Thanks for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed it! =) And thanks for the compliment. I’ll have to tell you my Carrie Fisher story sometime. I approached her a few years ago to ask if she would mentor me. Let’s just say hilarity ensued.

  4. Cathy, congratulations on taking the steps to tell your story! I didn’t use a subsidy publisher (like iUniverse, AuthorHouse, et al.) or digital print-on-demand technology (LSI). I went the traditional route and got a wonderful NY agent who submitted it to the big publishers. Then I took back my manuscript to publish it myself as memoir, instead of chick-lit fiction (as it was shopped because of the voice and storyline). If you need assistance, I do publishing consulting to help you navigate the steps to the particular publishing path you want to take. Drop me an email if you are interested.

  5. OMG…I can so relate to your story. Can’t wait to buy it…I just wrote a book as well, and it started as a journal, because I felt I have found my Mr. One turns out I wanted to pursue my dream of writing and so it began. I figured I could put all my feelings into this book and make it happen. I almost ready to publish it….would like your take on how you got published and where, if you did self publishing and source you use to print-on-demand…anyways let me know. Thanks again, I have added you on my twitter and blog website to follow yours. Mine is and Twitter is Essenceofnone…

    have a great day.

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