Overprotected Blog Tour: Interview with Jennifer Laurens

Thank you We Fancy Books for hosting this blog tour!

I'm 7th on the list and here is my interview with the author :)

I hope yous are enjoying it.

~Why should people read Overprotected?

One comment I hear over and over again about Overprotected is, "It's way more than I thought it would be!" It's not a girly romance with cliche characters who do the cliche thing. It's a troubling love triangle between an obsessive father, his sheltered princess daughter and the man who comes between them. It's about people ripped apart by their own choices and triumphing over self.

~Where do you get your inspiration from?

For Overprotected I drew from my own experiences as an only child, and from my cousin ( also an only child ) who lived the princessesq lifestyle in New York City.
~Which of your books has been your most tresurable to write?

 The Heavenly series. The series is really the story of my family coping with living with autism and teenage substance and behavior abuse issues.
~Through all the characters in your books which one would you say you relate yourself to most?

 I'm in all of my characters in one degree or another. My emotional feelings about my children and their choices is probably most defined in Heavenly through Zoe's mother: Debbie.
~Without a doubt your my favourite YA author! Who's yous and why?

Markus Zusak. He writes beautifully.
~Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read across all genres. Make writing a priority and join a good critique group.
~Are you currently working on anything new atm? If yes could you tell us abit about it?

 I'm ALWAYS writing. My newest novel ( YA ) is, once again, taken from an experience I had. That's all I can say at the moment. :)

~I loved Overprotected so much. Could we maybe an Overprotected 2? *Fingers Crossed*

 Actually,I first wrote Overprotected in another genre and the story went a different direction. I'd love to incorporate that direction into a book 2. We'll see where the muse takes me after I finish my current WIP.

Thinking on the spot!
Night Owl or Early Bird? Early bird!
Favourite:
Colour? periwinkle
Book? Damage by Josephine Hart
Film? Oh my...sooo many...Beastly at the moment. 
Author? Josephine Hart

A big Thanks to We Fancy Books & Jennifer Laurens.

Have you read Overprotected? What did you think?

Check out my Review of the book : (Click Here)

Review and Interview: Sherry & Narcotics ~ Nina-Marie Gardner

About the Author:

Nina-Marie Gardner was born in New York City. Her debut novel Sherry & Narcotics will be published in May 2011 (Future Fiction London). Her fiction has been published in 3AM Magazine and the anthologies Bedford Square and 3AM London, New York, Paris. A graduate of Yale University and the creative writing program at the University of London, Royal Holloway, she has lived and traveled extensively abroad. Currently she lives with her dog Lulu in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Product Details:
Future Fiction London,
216 pages
ISBN-10: 0982792824
ISBN-13: 978-0982792827

About Sherry & Narcotics

L'enfant terrible Nina-Marie Gardner wrote a devastating novel on the truth of love, booze, addiction, ecstasy, isolation in Manchester.


Now you can read it.


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My Review: 

As soon as I turned the last page of Sherry & Narcotics I could feel a tiny little piece of heart breaking of. This book had taught me so much and I have loved reading and every page. I gathered my thoughts on what I thought of it before emailing Nina or I would have emailed gobbledy-gook. It's amazing and brilliant and I just couldn't get enough of it. I really have no words to describe how much I loved it. I just hope people read my review and purchase a copy of this Sherry & Narcotics. Without me rambling on anymore here's my actual review of the book.

Sherry & Narcotics takes readers into the mind of a young women named Mary who struggles with grief, loss, love, addiction and isolation in Manchester. Her story soon unravels and readers will begin to connect and understand this character and what she is going through.

Mary's addiction with alcohol soon becomes obvious and I started to feel protective of her in some way. I read through the whole book without flicking till near the end. It is a very sad and happy yet compelling story and I simply couldn't get enough of it.

The author tells the story in such a way that you can't help but be happy for Mary and want things to turn out perfect for her. I knew from the very beginning that there was something up with JKake and I got proved right. Although he had a kind of irriestible charm about him and he seemed genuinely nice.

I want to read Sherry & Narcotic again and I will. I enjoyed reading every page thourghly. Mary's story was amazinaly told and is a unique brilliant truthful piece of work.

Interview:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, I was born in New York City but grew up in a small town outside Boston, Massachusetts called Marblehead—supposedly the ‘Sailing Capital of the World’—but I was one of those girls who was obsessed with horses so that didn’t mean much to me. Although I love the ocean, and a large part of my next book is set in Marblehead.

Aside from horses, growing up I also loved acting, reading and writing. After graduating from Yale University where I studied English, I pursued a career as an actress in New York and Los Angeles for many years. Throughout this time, I continued to write short stories and non-fiction articles, and in 2004 I moved to London to do the Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of London, Royal Holloway.

I will probably be paying off my student loans for the rest of my life, but it was entirely worth it—truly an amazing experience. It was the first year of the program, taught by then Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, so it felt very special—there was a small group of us—I think only seven fiction writers and seven poets. To have two years set aside, where writing ‘was allowed’ to be my primary focus, was heaven. During this time, I also worked as a dog-walker and children’s tutor—so when I wasn’t writing, I was working with these great kids across London, or hanging out with dogs in Victoria Park. Life was pretty perfect.

Going back to school in London also meant I had the chance to do more traveling, which I love. After I finished my degree, I stayed overseas and bounced all over the place—basically I spent a good five or six years living out of a knapsack. Now having too much stuff makes me nervous—owning only what I can carry myself is probably my optimal state. But I am pretty settled these days in Brooklyn. I have a dog.


What has your writing journey so far been like? (I.e When and why did you start writing, Any struggles along the way)

I always turned to books for escape and comfort, and I think writing was a natural extension of this. As early as I could put pen to paper, I was keeping a journal. But even though I was always writing, I never dared to consider myself ‘a writer.’ So much of it is confidence. At Yale I was surrounded by all these geniuses—including many who were already getting published in literary journals—so it was pretty daunting. I kept my head down and continued to write but never had the guts to submit anything or get involved in ‘the literary scene’—if there even was one.

After college when I was an actress, I was always taking fiction and short story workshops wherever I was—in New York or LA. But I didn't seriously consider making writing my focus until after 9/11, which forced me to think about what it was I really wanted to do—more than anything. That’s when I decided to apply to graduate programs in creative writing, and in 2004 I went off to London to do the MA program at Royal Holloway.

My journey as a writer has been a constant struggle—creatively, there’s the daily battle to get the work done, and financially its been a real struggle finding a day job that suits my writing life, since (my kind of) fiction really does not seem to pay. I used to do the essay editing Mary does in ‘Sherry & Narcotics’ but I found that really drained me of the juice I needed to write. In the last two years I’ve worked for a film producer and done some temping, but I’ve come to accept my office/administrative skills are a disaster. Currently I work part-time in bakery, and it’s definitely the best set-up I’ve had in ages. Writing fiction and baking cookies and cakes. Heaven.

Why should people read Sherry & Narcotics?

I like what some of the reviewers have said—that it’s a ‘must read for young women.’
On an entertainment-value level, I think it’s a wild ride. People have said it’s very dark, but as I was writing it, I found parts kind of hilarious (but that might just be me & my warped sense of humor.)

In ‘Sherry & Narcotics’, I wanted to write about an alcoholic (& love addict) in a way that might help people understand alcoholism and addiction better. There’s still such a stigma attached to these things—and yet so many people, I think, have had similar experiences to Mary—maybe not so extreme—but who hasn’t made bad choices, particularly in the romance department?

I’ve also been surprised by the range of people who have responded enthusiastically to it—I really did think most people would hate it.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My own life and the work of my favorite writers, especially Jean Rhys and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Who designed the front cover?

This incredible artist Steve Byram, who also designed the cover for this amazing record by my best friend Gwyneth Herbert, ‘All the Ghosts.’ I met him at one of Gwyn’s gigs in New York City, and when the design team was getting ready to do the cover of ‘Sherry & Narcotics’ I wrote him to see if he might have anything we could use. He was incredibly generous and sent us some really cool stuff, including the piece that wound up on the cover. He also happens to be the artist who designed the Beastie Boys ‘License to Ill’ record cover.

Is there anyone who has been a major influence in your inspiration/writing style?

Well, Jean Rhys and Fitzgerald, but also J.P. Donleavy—I loved ‘The Gingerman.’ And Hillary Raphael, who is also my publisher—her books ‘I Love Lord Bhudda’ ‘Backpackers’ and ‘Ximena’ were great. This Brooklyn writer Donari Braxton is amazing. Also everything by Gwendolyn Riley, Helen Walsh. Jardine Libaire’s ‘Here Kitty Kitty’, Justine Levy’s ‘Nothing Serious.’ Brett Easton Ellis, James Frey and Jay McInerney. I just read Frey’s ‘Bright Shiny Morning’, which I thought was extraordinary and was also very interesting to me from a creative standpoint. I read in an interview that with that book, he just set out to write every day with no set plan or outline. I’m kind of lazy when it comes to structure and outlining beforehand, so it was cool to read that.

Sherry & Narcotics takes readers into the mind of Mary. A girl struggling to cope with Love and Addiction. It’s such a delicate subject to write about. Did you find it difficult to write about such issues that is going on in every day life?

Yes and no—most of the time writing ‘Sherry & Narcotics’ was profoundly uncomfortable, and yet it wrote itself. I was inside Mary and it felt horrible, but there was no stopping. I was hostage until the thing was done, which is probably why I wrote it so fast.

Sherry & Narcotics is based in 2006 and we see it go through to 2007 without me spoiling the ending for readers can you tell us what you think Mary would be doing now in 2011?

Well, I’d like to think she’d be sober and healthy and strong, doing a job she loves and perhaps in love…either that or she’d be dead.

There’s no in-between for her—I think she used up all her stumbling-along-reckless lives.

I know your currently working on something new at the minute but can you tell us a little bit about it?

Sure. It’s about an American girl who winds up at a posh all-boys boarding school in England—based on my experience at Clifton College in Bristol when I was 17. (I seem to be choosing all the book genres many people roll their eyes at and groan—‘the biographical drugs and alcohol book’, now ‘the boarding school book’…) But this one is turning out to be quite different from how I envisioned it. It actually has a paranormal element to it, and what I hope will be a pretty shocking twist at the end. Heck, I might even make a teensy bit of money on this one—haha.

For aspiring authors do you have any advice?
Just write. All the time, and read. Take as many workshops as you can, not for what you will learn about how to write, but simply because it will force you to produce and submit stuff—you’ll get used to not just finishing stories and chapters, but also revising them.

Workshops are also great for learning to steel yourself to criticism—taking what’s useful to you, but also standing firm on your vision and telling your story the way you want to tell it—having the confidence in your work to not let the bullshit feedback destroy it. I know how I want things to sound, it’s like I listen to the story in my head—& I say tell it like you hear it.

Thinking on the spot!
Night Owl or Early Bird? Early bird!
Favourite Colour: Green
Book: Voyage in the Dark, Jean Rhys
Film: Oh no! Don’t do this to me—I can’t pick one! I love vintage Tatum O’Neal films, especially ‘International Velvet’ and ‘Little Darlings.’ My favorite quirky romances are this Australian film about two schizophrenics who fall in love, ‘Angel Baby’, and ‘Jesus’ Son’ based on the Denis Johnson book. My favorite epic romances are ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being.’ And my favorite French gangster film is ‘Mesrine I & II’. In another life I would like to come back as Monica Bellucci—not so I could look like her, although that wouldn’t suck—but so I could go to bed every night with Vincent Cassel.
Author: Jean Rhys

I want to give a BIG massive thank to Nina for taking the time out and anwering some questions. Sherry & Narcotics is really really amazing I hope readers go buy a cope :) THANK YOU!

Nina-Marie Gardners Official:
Website: http://www.ninamariegardner.com/
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Review of Johnny Be Good & Baby Be Mine!! ~ Paige Toon

About the Author:

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and her dad's career as a racing driver meant that she grew up between Australia, England and America. She lives in north London with her husband and two children.

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Product Details
Simon & Schuster UK, April 2008
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
ISBN-10: 1847390447
ISBN-13: 9781847390448

About Johnny Be Good

If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet,
would you mix business with pleasure?

I'm Meg Stiles. This is my leaving party. And that song we're making a mockery of? That's written by one of the biggest rock stars in the world. And I'm moving in with him tomorrow.

Seriously! I am not even joking.

Well Maybe I am misleading you a little bit. Your see,
I haven't actually met him yet . . .

No, I'm not a stalker. I'm his new PA. His Personal Assistant.
And I am off to La-La Land. Los Angeles. The City Of Angels
- whatever you want to call it - and I can't bloody believe it!


Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg's glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town
 to write his famous friend's biography, helps keep Meg's feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny's piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she's swept off them again?

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My Review:

I read Johnny Be Good a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with the book. I loved reading about Meg, Johnny and Christian as their characters progressed. Meg is down-to-earth and fun loving. Johnny is just AMAZING! I mean who wouldn't him to sing to you? Christian I adored he's the sweet kind of guy every girl dreams about he makes you content and comfortable.

I fell in love with Johnny myself. . .  No joke! I mean he's just Perfect! Okay . . .  lets be honest he's far from perfect, but who is right? I can understand where Meg comes from in the book he's irresistible! And Meg falls deeply in love with him . . . but with him sleeping with girl after girl and the alcohol and drugs becoming a problem what is she to do?

To top that all of . . . There's Christian the guy who obviously likes her but is she willing to go there? And then there's Johnny's ex PA Paola who when Meg asks of what went wrong . .  Johnny clams up and reveals nothing!

I cried when the book ended as I simply didn't want it too end. But with the release of the sequel to Johnny Be Good fast approaching I had to read it again. I read in just under 21 hours and loved it all over again . .  and yess falling more for Johnny. Though this time when I closed the last page at after 4 in the morning I wasn't upset as I had Baby Be Mine sitting brand new waiting to be read.

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Product Details
Simon & Schuster UK, July 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
ISBN-10: 1849831262
ISBN-13: 9781849831260

About Baby Be Mine

He's Not mine, is he?

That's the question I fear the most.

Your see, I have a secret. My son is not
fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the
most famous people that ever lived.
                         And he doesn't even know it.

Meg is terrified. She lives in the South of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and their beautiful son Barney who has just turned one. Life should be idyllic. But she is living a lie - a lie hat will turn their lives upside down and inside out. Because, as every day goes by, Meg's son looks less and less like Christian.

How much longer can she keep her devastating secret from him, from their friends and family, from Barney? How much longer before the whole world realises that the father of her child is none other than Johnny Jefferson, wild boy of rock, constantly in the headlines, constantly in Meg's thoughts?

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My Review:

I loved Baby Be Mine! Just to get it over with! I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!! Okay now that's that over with. Starting to read this book in the early hours of the morning around 4:45am as I couldn't wait till morning to see what happened. During reading Baby Be Mine it felt like their was an angel and a devil on each side of my shoulders the devil telling me to flick the angel telling me not to . . . in the end . .  The angel one! Thank God! Immediately fell back into the swing of things with Meg, Johnny and Christian and again I didn't want it too end. I don't want to spoil the ending for people who have yet to read it as it was officially released today but I bought my copy in Easons earlier last week as they already had them on their shelves!

I get what I want .  . lets just put it like that . .  Paige REALLY gave me what I wanted! I've read the last chapter and the epilogue since I finished Baby Be Mine about 60 times even more no joke. I just can't reading it. I'm really bursting with joy writing this and trying so hard to not give it away.

I believe Meg and Johnny's story is finished with. . .  I hope not but I think it is and I couldn't have wished for a better ending. It was everything I've been dreaming about since two years ago when I first read Johnny Be Good. I'm really going to miss Meg . . . Johnny. . . . Christian. . .  and Barney. . . :( Need to get the tissues out!

But I don't need to be upset to much . . as I only have to wait till 10 May 2012 till Paige Toon's new novel One Perfect Summer is released. :)

Also I loved how Paige mentioned Daisy (Paola) and Luis from Chasing Daisy I love Daisy and was so happy when I read the wee bit about them. For me everything was perfect!
All in all I loved reading this book and will love reading it again . .  maybe in a few days you never know. I'll never stop reading the ending though. I want to give a big massive THANKS to Paige Toon who is so nice and such a wonderful author. Who's story's are amazingly perfect and for everyone. No one would be disappointed if you read one of her books . . so what are you waiting for? GO BUY



Lucy in the Sky
then Johnny Be Good
Chasing Daisy
Pictures of Lily
and now
Baby Be Mine!

These will forever be my best books to read and Paige Toon will always be my favourite Author!

Read my Interview with Paige Toon: (Click Here)

Read the description of One Perfect Summer out 12 May 2012: (Click Here)
Thanks to everyone to reads and comments, It really means allot I appreciate it.

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What did everyone think of my reviews? Have you read one of Paige's books? which one? Did you like it? Never heard of Paige Toon?

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Review of Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon

About the Author:

Paige Toon was born in 1975 and her dad's career as a racing driver mwant that she grew up between Autrailia, England and America. She lives in north London with her husband and two children.

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Product Details:
Simon & Schuster UK, April 2007
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages.
ISBN-10:1847390439
ISBN-13:9781847390431

About Lucy in the Sky

A LAWYER.
A SURFER.
A 24-HOUR FLIGHT


The frequent liar points are clocking up
and Lucy's got choices to make . . ..

It's been nine years since Luct left Austrailia. Nine years since she's seen her best friend Molly, and Sam, the one-time love of her life. Now her two friends are getting married. To each other. And Lucy is on her way to Sydney for their wedding.

Life for Lucy had moved on. She's happily settled with James, her gorgeous lawyer boyfriend, with their flat in London and her glamorous job in PR. Surely there's no reason to expect this two-week holiday in the sun will be anything out of the ordinary?

But just before take-off, Lucy recieves a text from Jame's mobile. She can't resist taking a look . . . and, in one push of a button, her world comes crashing down . . .

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My Review:

In 2009 I first read this fabulous book. Due to Paige Toon's new book Baby Be Mine due release on July 2011 I had to read her previous books get ready for what I'd been waiting for.

Reading Paige Toon's book brims me with delight, I love them. They make me so happy with the emotional and well described characters it's almost as if you know them. Paige makes it so easy to connect with them and Lucy and Nathan are examples of such brilliant work.

I'll try not to spoil the ending for people who have yet to read it but what you have been missing out on WOW.

It's normally hard for me to read a book twice but with Lucy in the Sky I knew that I had nothing to worry about.

I started reading in on 15 July 2010 and finished it on 15 July 2011. Yes! It's very quick to read once you get into it you can get back out. It will have you hooked. I'm glad the story end the way I wanted it to and everyone else will want it too end the way it did too. A Happily ever after. Lucy in one of favourite characters probably cause she's the main one . . hmm . . . anyway Nathan . . . = HOT! I mean who wouldn't want a sexy, hot, sweet, funny Austrailian surfer . .  Yep he is dreamy. Why can't he be real?

This isnt really a review more of a I love Paige Toon and her books so much you need to go and buy them if you don't already have them type of thing. I'll re-read this book soon I know I will as I love it so much.

Thanks

Kerry-Ann x

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PRAISE:

Taken From Lucy in the Sky:

'It's fresh, incredibly confident, with a very strong cast and sense of place. This wonderful page-turner kept me guessing right until the end' ~ Marian Keyes

'A fun read - pack it with your bikini!' ~ Adele Parks

'A fab debut and a great summer read' ~ Elle

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Paige Toon's new book Baby be Mine is due to release 21 July 2011, You can purchase a copy in any Easons Store NOW!!

Interview with Lisa Carroll

Lor Mandela
     

 
Everyone who has Twitter Tweet this and help spread the word about Lor Mandela-Four Hundred Days the new book by Lisa Carroll!

The Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days blog tour ROCKS!! Check it out at http://t.co/j2iPZUF #fantasy #books #IAN1

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First of all, thanks for having me on your blog, Kerryann, and thank you for joining us for
the "Four Hundred Hours to Four Hundred Days Blog Party"!! ~ L Carroll

I hope everyone has a good time on tour! This is my first and I'm a little excited.

Interview!
  Sure. Book #1 is called Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins. It's about the dying worldreally be Audril. Suddenly Maggieshe may be the one who has to save Lor Mandela after all.
Can you tell readers a bit about your first book?
of Lor Mandela; the spunky little four-year-old girl chosen to save it; and a teenager
named Maggie Baker from the small Midwestern town of Glenhill, Iowa, who gets
sucked into the whole affair.
When the book begins, a selfish twin enchantress attempts to steal her sister's magical
powers and, by so doing, inadvertently sentences the world of Lor Mandela to death. The
only person who can save it is little Audril Borloc, but when, shortly after her fourth
birthday, she disappears without a trace, the fate of this mystical place appears to be
sealed. In desperation, a group of spies travel to Earth looking for a little girl with black
hair and blue eyes--traits that, on Lor Mandela, are exclusive to Audril's ruling family.
They instead find seventeen-year-old Maggie, who also has black hair and blue eyes. In
their minds, there is no other option; Maggie must
finds herself bouncing back and forth between her hometown on Earth and the
mysterious lands of Lor Mandela, where she comes face-to-face with a ferocious twoheaded
monster; is abducted by a lawless clan of Shadow Dwellers; and falls hard for the
son of an evil warlord. While trying to convince the Lor Mandelans that they have the
wrong girl, and her friends in Iowa, (and herself for that matter), that she's not completely
insane, she realizes that
 The inspiration for the story, in general, was from a wacky dream I had, where a young woman was caught up in a ferocious battle and was, might I add, grossly outnumbered.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
 Destruction from Twins. (Now it's Chapter 16).
Just as things took a turn for the worse, she raised her sword in the air, shouted a strange,
cryptic message skyward, and everyone around her disappeared. This scene was the first
chapter that I wrote in
Beyond that, my inspiration comes from lots of things; my kids, my husband, dust
bunnies, flowers, trees, those craft scissors that cut in squiggly designs, cheesecake….
You name it! I've always been a daydreamer so I find inspiration all around me. The
problem is that sometimes I get so wrapped up in my daydreams, my kids practically
have to blow something up in my face to get my attention.
 Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins, who designed it? DFT. I had a basic idea of what I wanted, but Trisha made it so much better.
I love the front cover of
Well, thank you! I just happened to luck into finding this great graphic designer in
Germany named Trisha Fitzgerald through the company with whom I originally
published
Her first draft featured a younger girl and a more "Disney-esque" castle, which weren't
exactly what I was going for, so I hunted down the picture of "Maggie" and the palace
that are on the cover now. When the final proof came back, I was shocked by how
beautifully it all came together!
 

I'm glad you specified "writing" day; I discovered long ago that, for some reason, there's
no such thing as a typical day in my world! I am an impossible night owl, so if I'm up by
nine in the morning, it's too early! I may or may not eat breakfast…depends on how
anxious I am to get to writing. I may or may not change out of my pajamas…depends on
how anxious I am to get to writing. I usually spend the next few hours checking &
responding to my emails, checking my social networking accounts, blogging, etc…trying
to increase the number of people who've at least heard of Lor Mandela or L. Carroll.
Then it's time to write. (Or eat, if I
if not psychotic--at least really weird mode. I shut myself up in my office and read the
last chapter I wrote before jumping up and acting out the next scene, (badly). I can't sit
there and just try to "visualize" it. I'm too easily distracted. I have to act it out so that I
can make sure it flows properly, and so I don't start thinking about stuff like bills, fashion
trends, the dog's dental hygiene…. See, distracted! I typically write until most people are
going to bed, eat a little dinner, and then read until I crash--sometime in the wee hours.
Occasionally, I'll work in bathing, grooming and saying a quick "Hi!" to my family.
Are there any Authors/Books that you like?
anxiously missed breakfast). This is when I slip into--
Oh my goodness! So many! I am a huge fan of the classics, particularly anything Jane
Austen, C.S. Lewis, or D.H. Lawrence. I adore the
some pretty amazing indie authors' works lately, too, like
Lisa J. Flaus and
 

In a previous interview I talked about having your work professionally edited if you plan
to publish. I doubt I'll ever change my views on that, but I'm not in that sort of mood right
now.
Instead, I'd like to channel my inner high-school cheerleader and send a shout out to
anyone with the goal of being a professional author. "Keep on writing! Keep on writing!"
I heard a quote once when I was a kid that --when it's tweaked a bit--I think applies very
well to authors. I'll probably botch this, but the quote was something like, "God has a
work that needs to be done and YOU are the only one who can do it."
I believe that there is a story that needs to be written and YOU are the only one who can
write it. No one else has your brand of creativity; no one else, your style or voice. If you
don't tell your story, it will go untold. So "Go-o (

Thanks so much to Lisa! Really appreciate, hope this tour go really good!

What did everyone think of the interview? Would you like to to read Lor Mandela?
insert name here), "Keep on writing!"
Is there any advice you could give to aspiring authors?
Harry Potter books and I've read2012 - The Final Revelation byThe Mists of Blackfen Bog by Court Ellyn.
What's a typical writing day like for you?

Interview with Michele Jaffe

I have had the opportunity to send the very popular Michele Jaffe some questions. She kindly took the time out and answered them which I'm very thankful and happy about. THANK YOU!

About the author:

Michele is the author of the Bad Kitty series of YA books as well as thrillers and romances for adults. After getting her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she retired from academia and decided to become an FBI special agent or glamorous showgirl, but somehow instead ended up writing.  A native of Los Angeles, California, Michele and her sparkly shoes currently reside in New York City.






Interview with Michele:


Hi Michele thanks for taking the time out and answering some questions.
Where do you  get your inspiration from?

This question is always so hard for me to answer with precision but if I had to chose one thing, I'd say it was lunch. I use lunch as a reward system to inspire me to write a LOT. Like if I write X amount I get to have bread and water, X+5 pages maybe some gruel, X+10 pages=TACOS. As you can imagine, I end up eating lunch at dinner time a lot. Tacos are worth holding out for.

In terms of content, the inspiration for plots and characters and scenes can come from anything, a news story I read, a piece of street art, a conversation I overhear at the supermarket, an ad I see as I'm almost-getting-hit-by-a-truck-because-I-am-looking-at-the-ad-not-where-I'm-going while riding my bike. Its one of the most exciting but hard to pin down parts of being a writer.
Also, as in the bike example, possibly most dangerous. 
Out of your YA books what has been your favourite to write?

The right answer, I'm told, is "I like them all equally" but that is not true. I like them all *differently*. I love doing the Bad Kitty books because they are funny and closest to my personality and involve food, boots and dead people, three of my favorite things. But I also like the thrillers I've been writing recently because they involve suspense, adverbs and dead people which are also some of my favorite things. 
Are you currently working on anything at the moment? Can you tell us abit about it?

I'm working on approximately five zillion things (divided by a zillion) but the main two are the final edits for my next YA thriller, called Ghost Flower which is in the style of Rosebush, and a new adult historical series set in the steamy cabarets and clubs of Berlin in 1932 as the nazis come to power.
Is there any books/authors that you like?

To answer that I'd have to pick SELECT ALL. I read all the time, and I read everything. Right now most of my book time is taken up by things with titles like "Berlin Diaries" and "History of Nazis" and "More! History! Of! Nazis!" because I'm researching my next series, but I'm also reading Overbite by Meg Cabot, a collection of Modesty Blaise comic strips from the 1970's, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, and The Big Payback a history of hip-hop by Dan Charnas.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Yes! Three things:
1. Write. Write every day. The hardest thing about being a writer is having the discipline to keep working on a book. Its like being a jedi (only not so much with the robes), many begin, few finish. But here is a staggering fact: if you write just one  page a day, you'll have a book by the end of the year.
2. KEEP WRITING
3. Go to college for something not directly related to writing. This will give you broader experience to fuel your writing, and also help you pay for food and a roof because writing is a delightful, but not always rich, mistress.
Can you tell readers one random fact about yourself?

I wear roller skates at my desk all day while I'm working. It makes going to the bathroom so much more fun (and potentially dangerous, especially when I (try to) do twirls).
Michele's Official:
Website
Twitter: @michelejaffe

I want to give a hugh thanks to Michele for doing this. I really appreciate it.

What did everyone think of the interview? Have you read any of Michele's books? what did you think?

Thanks

Kerry-Ann  x

Review and Interview: Mayandree Michel ~ Betrayal

About the Author:

  

Mayandree Michel  lives in New York with her husband and two adorable sons. She loves writing young adult paranormal romance and historical fantasy stories.

About Betrayal:


At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.

After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is – a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for – safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.

 Review: This story truly amazed me I loved reading it page after page. Betrayal is an amazing story told elegantly and beautifully. Reading about the past and the greek gods  kept me interested and wanting to know more. The love betwen Evan and Delia I adored, it was so true and pure and I'm so glad the way the way the story ended. I cannot wait for the second book to be released as I know I won't be disapointed.

Interview:

~Hey Mayandree thank you so much for taking the time out and answering some questions, I really appreciate it and I know the readers do to. Can you tell us what Betrayal is about for people that don't know?

Betrayal is about a seven year-old girl who has her modern day life turned upside down and thrust through time, and then finds out that she’s more than she could ever imagine being – the most powerful descendant of the Greek gods. The story of Cordelia Tieron is set in the Victorian era, a time where the fear of evil entities originating from the Underworld overshadows any fear of offending with improper etiquette. In this first installment of The Descendants trilogy, Cordelia must figure out if she can trust those around her, even the ones who claim to love her before it’s too late.

~ Where did your inspiration come from for such a fabulous book?

Thank you! I was inspired to write The Descendants trilogy by the forbidden love, magic, deceptions, betrayals, scandals, family feuds, and wars that make up many of the incredible Greek myths.

~ Why should people go out and purchase your book?

If you want to lose yourself in a whole new world of romance, magic, terror, and scandal within a secret empire, then give Betrayal try. Betrayal is a beautiful and exciting story as it is a tragic one, and what’s even cooler is that it’s only .99 in eBook.

~ The front cover of Betrayal is amazing. It's beautiful and elegant and fits the story perfectly. Who designed it?

Thank you. I had the idea for it as I wrote Betrayal. I knew I wanted the forest as the background, the Parthenon and lightning as symbols of power and Cordelia in the dress from the last scenes in the book, but I can’t take the credit for how lovely it turned out. I have to thank my good friend Samantha Oyola for taking my idea to the next level. I was very lucky to work along side the designer.

~What's a normal writing day like for you?

Hmmm… normal? What’s that? Ha ha. I doubt anyone would consider my writing schedule to be normal. What I do is scheme and plot to get at least an hour or two of writing done a day. I have two amazing little guys and they as well as hubby demand a lot of my time, but it’s all good because they're my life and they come first, always. 

~Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know if I really have a writing style. I just write what I feel and what I want the reader to see. I’m pretty descriptive in my world building and when I’m all done I hope the reader can visualize what I saw.

~Night Owl or Early Bird Writer?

Umm… both? During the week, I’m definitely a night owl, writing into the wee hours of the night and sometimes barely leaving myself enough time for sleep so that I can attack the 9 to 5 gig. On the weekends, I’m an early bird writer racing to beat the clock and when my boys wake and demand a meal, they’re finicky that way. J

~I saw on Goodreads your currently working on The Descendants #2 Sacrifice. Which I'm thrilled at! Can you tell us a bit of what we can expect? and when it will be available?

Can you keep a secret? Yeah? Really, well so can I! Ha ha. All I can divulge right now as to not spoil it is that it’s titled Sacrifice and many of the characters from Betrayal are returning as well as many new faces. I’m nearly finished writing book two and hope to have all the editing done by October for ARC’s in November. I’ve got all twenty of my fingers and toes crossed for a December release (I don’t have an exact date but will let you know once we get closer ;).

~If The Desendants was cast into a Movie, Who would you like to play the characters?

O’ My Gods! A movie! I’d love to hear who the readers would like. Suggestions please?

~For aspiring authors is there any advice you can give them?

In no way do I consider myself as resourceful with advice as I expect many bestselling / veteran authors are, but I’ll pass on the advice I was lucky enough to be given. Read more than you write, know the genre you write in, and the best advice of all, never give up on your dream of becoming a writer / author (even on the days that you think you suck at it, because you probably don’t!).

~Is there any Authors/books that you like?

It’s more like love. I love so many books and authors because in one way or another they’ve brought out emotions in me and inspired me. To name a few, I love Anne Rice whose Interview with a Vampire turned me on to the paranormal, Richard Matheson for Somewhere In Time (probably my favorite romance novel), Cassandra Clare and Suzanne Collins who are masters for their incredible series, Stephenie Meyer (Hell yes I’m a Twilight lover and I’m proud of it!), V.C.Andrews ( I adore every series), and lately Amanda Hocking (a real inspiration for any indie author. She’s awesome for never giving up.). 

~Can you tell readers one random fact about yourself?

This isn’t exactly a fact about myself, but it’s true. I once, well… twice rappelled off of a tower as tall as an eight story building in J.R.O.T.C camp while in high school. Why twice, you ask? (Especially since I was only required to do it once) Because I was a fearless teenager and more so freakin’ nuts. Seriously, I haven’t the faintest idea why I went back up the second time after I nearly wet myself the first time, but somehow it helped me get over the fear of heights.


YOU can purchase a copy of Betrayal here:
Amazon: (Kindle Edition)
Amazon: Paperback

Mayandree's Official:
Blog:Mayandree Michel
Betrayal Blog: Betrayal, The Descendants #1
Twitter: @MayandreeMichel

What did yous think of the Interview? Have you read Betrayal?

Thanks

Kerry-Ann x

Review and Interview: Gina Blaxill ~ Pretty Twisted

About the Author:
Gina Blaxill 

Gina Blaxill wanted to be an author pretty much from day one – she started writing properly when she was eight and hasn’t stopped since. She lives in North London and studied English at Cambridge University, where she specialised in schoolgirl fiction and took part in a lot of musicals. These days she works in schools liaison, helping teenagers figure out the mysteries of higher education. Apart from writing she enjoys drawing comic art and exploring London and has big soft spots for dogs, stately homes and fruit.


About Pretty Twisted:




Two different stories.

 One missing girl.

 Who would you trust?

Ros has a secret crush on Jonathan. Jonathan is massively hung up on Freya (even after she dumps him). And Freya? Well, Freya is a beautiful enigma. Even more so when she goes missing without a trace . . .


My Review:

Pretty Twisted was an amazing story one which I enjoyed very much. I don't normally say this but I could read it again. I will read it again as I think it could be the best book I've read yet!!

I really liked reading about Ros and her sisters relationship as everything worked out perfectly in the end for them.

Through the whole book I felt I could relate to Ros, and you will too if you read it. Gina's writing in the entire book was tremendous. Writing about two people meeting online isn't easy and I think the way the book panned out worked really well with the story.

I loved the ending of Pretty Twisted, No one could have asked for a better ending. Without me babbling on anymore and trying really hard to not give spoilers away. Go and purchase a copy of this book. You won't regret it.

I think now I have to put this book on my book shelf which I don't particulary want to  . . . But carrying it around with me isn't healthy! LOL

Interview:

Hi Kerry-Ann!First off, I'm overjoyed you enjoyed Pretty Twisted so much - and even that you think it might be your favourite book so far! Knowing that makes all the hard work of writing it worthwhile.~ Hi Gina Thanks for taking the time out to answer some questions I really appreciate it and I know the readers do to, Can you tell people that don't know what your debut novel Pretty Twisted is about?
Pretty Twisted is a crime thriller told by two teenagers who haven't even met when the book begins - Ros from London and Jono, who lives in the countryside. They're both feeling lonely and out of place and when they meet online they instantly bond. Very quickly their lives end up getting tangled up - with dangerous consequences... The real drama kicks off when Jono's beautiful girlfriend Freya disappears, something Ros may know more about than she's letting on...
 
~ Where did you get the inspiration from for such an amazing book?

The big inspiration was realising how few teen books really featured the Internet - online friends were a big thing for me growing up and I couldn't find any books that reflected this. I thought it would be most fun to have two main characters - Jono was very much inspired by the teenagers on the country bus I was taking into work at the time, and I used a lot of my teenage experiences for Ros. After that, the rest of the story came.
 
~ I read Pretty Twisted in 3 days, (To me that's quick) as I wanted to see how it ended. I don't think you could have chosen a better way for it to end. Had you intended from the start for it to end the way it did?
Pretty much!There were changes along the way but the last chapter remained the same through all of my edits. It felt true to the characters and that's often the most important thing.
 
~As I loved Pretty Twisted, I have to ask. Are you currently working on any other novels at the minute? *Fingers Crossed* Please say Yes!
Yes! I'm currently writing my second novel which is also a crime thriller for young adults. Like Pretty Twisted, it's told by two teenagers, Sophie and Reece. They end up investigating the death of Sophie's cousin Danielle - it was always assumed that she committed suicide, but Sophie finds some photos on a memory stick that suggest it may have been murder. Sophie and Reece soon end up stumbling into criminal activity that goes way beyond what happened to Danielle.
 
~Are you a night Owl or an Early Bird Writer?

Definitely an Early Bird - the creative part of my brain switches on as the day goes on!
 
~Is there any advice you could give to aspiring authors out there?

The two biggest piece of advice I would give are never give up and learn how to edit. Never give up was actually a bit of advice my dad gave me, and he was right - you'll face a lot of rejections in trying to become an author, but you have to believe in your book and keep sending it out. As for learning to edit - no one writes things right first time round (if anyone says they do, they're probably fibbing). Editing isn't just proofreading - it's thinking "do I need this line? is this word actually necessary? does this chapter actually advance the plot?" It's tough but editing is what makes something that's quite good really good. Also, I totally recommend reading what you write out loud!
 
~Who are your favourite authors? And what are your favourite books?

My favourite writers are Agatha Christie, Kevin Brooks and I still have a very soft spot for Tamora Pierce who was my fave when I was a teenager. As for favourite books, some are Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine (it's very clever!), The Hunger Games trilogy (who doesn't like those?)!) and The Diary of a Nobody (it's a very funny diary written by a Victorian gentleman - not aimed at teenagers, but easy to read). I've also got a soft spot for Born to Run by Michael Morpurgo, which is about a greyhound and had me sobbing the whole way through - my pillow was soaked by the time I was done!
 
~On last question can you tell readers one random fact about yourself?
 
I absolutely love fruit! Quite often I'll eat about ten of my five a day, and when I'm at work, I always have to eat my eleven o'clock apple.


Hope you enjoyed reading these, and thank you for sending me such wonderful questions!

Best wishes,
Gina

Purchase Pretty Twisted here:
AmazonKerry-Ann

Gina's Official:
Twitter: @GinaBlaxill

I want to give a BIG thanks to Gina who is such a fantastic author for writing Pretty Twisted, and for taking the time out to answer my questions. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much!!

Thanks,