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Comedian Debra DiGiovanni chooses the best "Worst Valentine's Date Ever"

Debra_DiGiovanni-reallysmall.jpgOn Friday, February 14, we joined forces with Canadian authors from Harlequin and stand-up comedian Debra DiGiovanni for the "Worst Valentine's Date Ever" Twitter Challenge. And today we have a winner!

The top "Worst Valentine's Date Ever" tweet is...


What Debra had to say about the winning tweet: "Awful, but kinda hot…sort of. Better than nothing!" 

Read our Q&A with the winner, Tina Wayland. Congratulations, Tina—a $100 WaySpa gift card is winging its way to you!

Runners-up alert!

There were so many snarky tweets describing Valentine's dates gone wrong that Debra couldn't just pick one. So she's awarding not one, but two runners-up!


What Debra had to say: "BEYOND painful/wonderful if it’s true. In fact, real awkwardness like this, is probably true. FABULOUS!"


What Debra had to say:
"Just a fun one. An authentic LOL." 

Congratulations, Nat and Jennifer—you've both won tote bags full of steamy, swoony Harlequin books!

Meet the winner

We caught up with the winner of the "Worst Valentine's Date Ever" Challenge, Tina Wayland, to find out how she spends her time when she's not driving out to the make-out point.

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Tell us about yourself. 
I've been a freelance copywriter for about 4 years, and I worked in agencies before that. I quit the 9-to-5 when I had my daughter and now I enjoy a more flexible life, although every workday is wildly different. I live in Montreal with my husband and our 4-year-old daughter. I love to cook and travel; we always have trip plans on the go. 

What are some of the best, worst or strangest copywriting gigs you've ever had? 
The best was a simple project for a cheese company that needed stories created about their products. It was like writing 5 little works of beautiful fiction. It's still the project that gives me butterflies.

The strangest was a mandate to write copy for a bag of cat litter. The client was the friendliest, most enthusiastic person and he could keep us in a meeting for hours talking about his product. He was very proud of what he did. I remember him fondly!

You also write short fiction—how would you describe your short stories?
I think my short stories are a little like poems in prose form. I always find myself cutting back words until I have just the bare bones left. It's a hobby that excites and frightens me at the same time, but so far it's net me a grand total of $6, so I won't be quitting my day job anytime soon...

How did you find out about the Worst Valentine's Date Ever Twitter Challenge?
Facebook, as I'm a fan of the Canada Writes page. I almost didn't make this challenge as I had a big project to deliver, but I got in a few hours at the end. Thankfully!

Was your winning tweet inspired by fact or fiction?
Fiction! I've had some bad Valentine's, but not that bad.

What's the worst Valentine's you ever spent? How about the best?
I don't have any in particular that stand out, but my I met my husband in Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, when we were both looking for Oscar Wilde's grave. That's probably the most romantic story of my life!

Aside from yours, which tweet do you think should have won and why?
My favourites are:



Those two ladies had me cracking up! 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our "Worst Valentine's Date Ever" Twitter Challenge. Make sure to 

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