Monday, April 7, 2014

Let's get international!

Well, this is exciting.  I was invited to participate in an international blog hop!  I was tagged by the amazing Maggie Marr.  Check out her blog, too!!

I've done these blog hops before-- they're always a ton of fun, but this one seems different.  International!!  I feel like I should be sipping a cappuccino on the Left Bank as I write it.  But alas, still plain old me.  So, on to the questions!  Ahem, the international questions!  (Sounds way more chi-chi when you put it that way.)

What am I working on?

I just finished a New Adult novel called THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB.  It will be published on May 6th, and it's up for pre-order right now!

It's the story of Jo Waldman, a young singer-songwriter who inadvertently creates an anti-love movement that sweeps Manhattan.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My books are funny, smart, and have a ton of heart.  But the truth is, I like to think that those are the hallmarks of my genre, women's fiction, too.  It's what I write, but it's also what I read.

Why do I write what I do?

I've always loved stories that were fun and relatable, the sorts of books that really make you feel something.  The best writing advice I ever got was: write the book you want to read.

How does my writing process work?

I wish I had some great answer here, about how I sit down on the Left Bank with a cappuccino and the words just flow, but I don't.  (Man, I have seriously got to get myself to Paris!)

I've always been one of those writers who write in the spaces between, whenever there's time.  And I still do that now.  I just write wherever and whenever there's time.  Sometimes I outline, sometimes I just free write.  The only thing that's constant is this: that I always sit down and do it.

Tag, you're it!  That's how these things work.  I'm tagging some totally fabulous authors who you should check out when they do their posts on April 14th:

I recently met the wonderful Casey Doran at the Polis Books launch party.  I read the first chapter of his debut crime novel, Jericho's Razor, and I was hooked.  You will be, too.

I also met the fabulous Dave White at the Polis Books launch party.  (It was a really, really good party.)  Dave's the author of the awesome Jackson Donne PI novels.  Laura Lippman called the first one a "remarkable debut novel," and when you read it, you'll agree!

The amazing Jason Pinter, author extraordinaire, and now founder of Polis Books, will also get in on the game.  Jason's done it all-- he's written bestselling novels, he's edited them, and now he's got his own publishing house.  Want to hear all about his latest venture?  It's pretty amazing.

And then, last, but definitely not least, comes the marvelous Laura Spinella.  I loved her last book, PERFECT TIMING, so much that I blurbed it!  But you need to read her romantic stories for yourself.  One warning: set aside time for them.  They are total page-turners that you won't be able to put down.

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