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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Anna Bloom

Today I have a very truthful interview with the lovely Anna Bloom!

If you have yet to know of her and her awesome book (Which i am currently reading. Sorry guys, Ben is mine and has been for a few months now ;)) then maybe this will get you interested and click that button on 25th September 😉

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One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?
When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.
Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.
As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.
With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.
With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

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1)     Firstly, where did the inspiration for The Art of Letting Go come from?
So this is the honest answer…When I was at Uni I wrote a diary…no I promise you I am not taking the p*ss, I actually did. A long long time after I graduated I found the diary and gave it a quick re-read. I was shocked and horrified by just what a pile of drivel I had written. So I threw it away. Another few years passed and I started thinking about the diary again, I guess I no longer felt so sensitive about the stuff that was in there. I kind of regretted throwing it away and I felt bad that I had thrown away a bit of my past just because I felt it in that moment. The more I thought about it the more the idea grew that it would be so much fun to just re-write my Uni diary and make it much more exciting than anything that actually happened to me! Much much more exciting…. No one would want to read a book about my antics at Uni but hopefully everyone will want to read about my characters.

 

2)     How long did it take you to write it?
Well the overall writing with all the different versions took about two years, but when I first started writing I was not doing it seriously, I was just messing around. In fact I wrote a large percentage of the first version in long hand.

When I eventually started in earnest it was quite quick. My epithany for this version actually happened on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend I then wrote like a crazy person for two-three months solid and had pretty much finished the version I was going to keep by August when I handed it over to me editor. I am very spontaneous – if I hear it in my head then I just have to keep going until it is all down and I won’t stop until it is complete!

 

3)     From your guest post, you said there were many things that changed, how did you know that this was the final version?
This was just the version that I knew worked. It was everything that I wanted, funny, sarcastic, romantic and a little on the edge. I did not want to just write a straight forward romance I wanted to push the reader a little, I wanted to challenge them into liking my characters. There is one bit that my editor, was like, no seriously there are going to be a lot of women that complain about that, but I held firm. A book should challenge you. It should be fun and enjoyable but the reader should want to invest in you and your characters and I really hope I have achieved that. I want everyone to believe in the world I have created and I knew I had the version I wanted to keep when I knew I believed in it – I was no longer trying to hit a word count the words were just flying from my fingers.

 

4)     You’re book is unique, you use diary entries to mark the days/time of the events, what made you choose to do it this way?
I’ve touched on this above but I only really started the Diary idea after my Jubilee weekend epiphany. It just suddenly made sense – there I was trying to write a book based on this idea of an old diary of mine (remember not my actual diary) but I was not writing it as a Journal. The moment I started breaking it all up and looking at the academic year as a diary it all started to flow pretty fast. I love the fact that on some days Lilah has nothing at all to say but on another she has the one of the best days of her life. That’s what real life is actually like – it is not all drama every day! Well not for most people.

 

5)     Is Lilah based on you or traits of you? Come on, no lying now 😉
Um…this is a tricky one. Truth be known Lilah does have a few of my traits, mainly a deep love of wine. But I don’t rely on Vodka to see my way through emotional trauma and I can cook!

I think most people want to know if this book is based on what happened to me at Uni but sadly it’s not. However, I do take note of pretty much everything that goes on around me and I am known to slide the odd thing in.

The fountain pen gaff in the opening pages is something that I once said to someone (thirteen years later it’s still one of the more embarrassing things I have said) and I did have a friend at Uni who puked on a pub carpet after a trip to the Imperial War Museum. In the second book there are a few of the crazier things that my sister and I have done over the years but I will reveal them when the time is right!

 

6)     Ben is unique in the way he looks, black hair, blue eyes and freckles. Did you imagine anyone to look like him when you were writing him? It had taken us forever to find him.
The reason we can’t find a suitable picture of Ben, although I am rather pleased with the one we have found this week! Is basically because he only exists in my head. There is no Ben Chambers and he is not based look wise on anyone. The only thing I was determined to have were the cornflower blue eyes, that was very important to me but the rest just grew as I wrote him. I think that’s why his eyes are the first bit that Lilah see’s because that is the first bit I saw as well. I think his mannerisms are a culmination of many influences… but I can admit that I do love a man who can play guitar.

 

7)     Taylor Swift songs are a big part of the book. What was it about her songs that made Lilah think about which ones she followed that day/week?
I listened to A LOT of Taylor Swift when writing this book, and I truly love her writing. She can get down in a three minute song what it takes me a 100k word book to say.

I added the songs on my first read through. So I listened to it a lot when writing but not any song in particular but then when I went back through from the beginning every time I had a little giggle or something obvious jumped out at me I added it in. I used to sit there and think – what would Taylor sing about that?

There is one Taylor Swift song that started off my whole writing process and I do mention it in the book but it is not one of the songs she is living her life too. I will tell you the day the book comes out and it goes back to my first answer regarding the diary….haha cryptic!

 

8)     are Taylor’s songs a guilty pleasure on karaoke? 😉
I am far too old for Karaoke and I think the last thing I sang at Karaoke was an Abba song (I say no more) but I do have a feeling that one day…and maybe you will be there to sing it with me I will belt out All Too Well at the top of my lungs. I love that song and it is the sort of song that needs to be shouted…but I will need to be hideously drunk to do it!

 

9)     how many bottles of wine did you get through when writing The Art Of Letting Go?
Too many too remember!! In fact I hate to think….

 

10) what is your fav wine?
Depends what mood I am in. Either a perfect crisp Pinot Grigio, or a deep heavy Shiraz guaranteed to give you a cracking headache.

 

11)if I were to come visit you, what would the night consist of? This is a plan!
Well we would have to go to Putney…obviously… We would start at the top of the high street at the Wetherspoons with all the old men (cheap booze) and then work our way down the high street until hopefully ending up at the Half Moon where if our luck is in there will be a hottie singing live music. Or we could go to The Fez…but I am probably too old to get in these days!  

 

12)do you have more books in the line up? Like the second and third years? Spin-offs? Wink wink.
Yes, Year Two – The Art of keeping Faith is in editing right now. It is a bit of a shocker and even I cannot believe that I have taken the characters to those places, but it does have a good ending and that is all I am going to say!

Year Three – The Art of Growing Up is going to be my hardest one to write which is why I am putting it off for a moment until it is completely right in my head. The story line is going to go full circle but I already know how it is going to end, and believe me I cannot wait to write that scene.

Ben has his novella which I just love. There is this one line that makes me give a little squeal every time I read it. I love Ben maybe a little too much at times.

Alongside Year Two I am going to have another Novella based on a character called Zoe….a publishing assistant who helps Lilah out of a trick situation – twice (ha! You only know about the once). She is going to be around for the rest of the series and you never know may get a full novel of her own at some point when I have finished at Uni. Maybe a publishing house will be my next port of call! Actually I am going to finish a novel based in Cornwall first with a hot artist called Jude in it first but then maybe after that will head back to the big smoke and visit a publishing house.

 

13)You are an avid reader of my blog, and you always send me cute emails that make my day. I have to ask, what is it about my blog that keeps you reading?
I love your infectious love of books and your enthusiasm for supporting everyone. I like the fact that I think I can now read in between the lines of your reviews and know when you like a book and when you really love a book…I probably can’t but I like to think I can.

And I like the fact there is always an element of fun to the posts. It is not just a blog where you review books because that is what you say you are going to do. It is a blog you run because you love reading and you also love the art of writing and respect it.

 

14) if you were to pick one guy, other than your husband (don’t tell him I asked you this) to marry, who would it be?
Brandon Flowers. No hesitation whatsoever at all.

 

15) finally what scene are you most looking forward to people reading?
Oh that’s quite a tricky one. I think I like all the quiet moments between Lilah and Ben the best. I love it when they have conversations in the middle of the night. But if I had to narrow it down to one scene it would be Trafalgar Square or maybe the Leaver’s Ball. Or maybe Trafalgar Square, or maybe The Leavers Ball or maybe…

Follow Anna on Twitter @annabloombooks
Her Website: http://annabloomwrites.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaBloomBooks

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BOOK TOUR: Interview with ISAAC (April Showers)

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And for the third and final post of the tour.

You will get to see how me and Karli think of Isaac when you reach the end of my interview with him. He is YUMMY! Seriously yummy.

Before we get to the interview, here are the links for April Showers:

Amazon UK
Amazon US

Enjoyyyyyyyy.

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Looking at my watch, I realize I am 5 minutes late for my meeting with Isaac. Cursing myself out loud, I grab my bag, race through my front door, slamming it behind me and begin to sprint down the road, towards the park.

Racing through the gates, I check my watch one more time before hitting into something hard and tumbling onto the floor, the sky now being all I can see.

What the….I say out loud before hearing a chuckle from above me. Groaning as I sit up, I look up into piercing blue eyes. Yes, I have done exactly what April did. I ran straight into Isaac Sharpe and fell flat on my ass. Just brilliant. No wonder hes chucking at that. I bet he loves the girls on their backs.

Holding his hands out, I grab them and he pulls me up. Wiping away the dirt from my trousers, I give him an embarrassed smile, trying to avoid his smirk.

Clearing my throat, I hold out my hand to shake his.

Hi Isaac, I’m Zoe. The one who arranged the interview.

*grinning whilst looking down at his watch* Nice of you to finally join me.

Looking around, I wonder where this tree is we’re going to.
So where is this special tree so we can get started?

Follow me.

Following him towards the tree, I let my eyes drift down to his ass. Dear god, you would just want to dig you nails into it or bite it or something. Focus Zoe, stop thinking of all the ways you would have fun with him. He’s Aprils.

Stopping in front of the infamous tree, the lanterns are hanging and the candles, albeit unlit are spread around. Smiling at Isaac, who is looking to me to see my reaction to his nest, I sit down under the tree and wait for Isaac to sit opposite me while I take out my note pad.

Do you spend a lot of time at this tree?

Yes, I come here to write. It’s quiet and peaceful.

You told April; when you took her to this very spot, that you write and had a lot of inspiration that night, did you ever write about it? And what was it?

Yes, I actually wrote a song about meeting her. Those first few weeks were tough and writing definitely helped me deal with my emotions.

When you first saw April, what were your thoughts?

I thought that she was the most beautiful girl on earth…even if she was rolling around in mud. I knew that there was something different about her.

When you saw April again at the fresher’s party, what were you thinking? Fate or…?

I was thinking that my night had just got a million times better.

You banter a lot with April, is it just that easy going with her to be yourself?

Yes. Her sense of humour is one of my favourite things about her. She is so fun and easy to be around.

After April asked you to give her space and stormed out of the office, what did you do?

I kept fighting for her…for us. I will never stop fighting.

Did you stalk April from afar? We all know about the CCTV…

*laughs* Even though we joke about it, I am not a stalker. Although if I was, I would definitely choose to stalk April.

When you sang at the charity event, was it for April?

Yes. 100%. I meant every word.

Did you have much contact with Holly? She seemed to know quite a lot about your feelings for April. Maybe you weren’t so secretive about them…

No, I only saw her twice and one of those times she was with April. I simply asked how April was doing but looking back, I shouldn’t have asked her anything.

How did you find out about Lukas and April?

I could tell that Lukas was interested in April at the mixer but it wasn’t until I saw them in the seminar together that I thought it could actually be serious.

What did you think of Lukas after your conversation with him?

I always knew that he wasn’t right for April, he can’t handle someone like her.

What are you going to do about Abbie? She is one major bitch.

I don’t want to talk about her.

You shared your past with April, how painful was it to relive that story?

Extremely painful but I wanted to share my past with her and I’m glad that I did.

Now, that stockroom scene *fans self* want to take me there and relive it?

*laughs* Sorry but it’s reserved for me and April.

Has April ever told you what Katie used to say to her regarding you? Especially when she saw you in the flesh when she visited?

No and I haven’t asked. I’ve heard all about Katie though so I can only image the kind of things that she was saying…

What is the current situation with Lukas?

*looks at the floor* I’d rather not talk about Lukas.

Did your boss ever tell you that I have dibs on you?

Yes, she told me. I’ve asked her to send you a Team Isaac t-shirt. You can wear it in bed. *winks*

I grin up at Isaac, wink and thank him for the interview. The gentleman that he is, he helps me up off the floor again and gives me a quick hug. OHMYGOD, I can feel his hard muscles through his shirt. Remember to breathe Zoe. BREATHE!!! Oh but he smells so good.  Maybe if I just….

Pulling away before I jump him, I step back, not wanting him to know how affected I am.

Thanks so much again for the interview Isaac, and just remember that if things don’t work out for you, I’ll be here, waiting for you…..

I hand over my card, with my number on and with that, I giggle, throw my bag over my shoulder and walk in the opposite direction not waiting for his response.

ANNNND NOW for the grand unveil of what my boyfriend looks like……

Isaac

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BOOK TOUR: AUTHOR interview with Karli Perrin

Blog Tour Banner2So this is my second entry for the April Showers tour and its my author interview with Karli 🙂

Before we get to the interview, here are the links for April Showers:

Amazon UK
Amazon US

Without further ado, here are my questions and her answers…

  1. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer? –
    I have always loved to read and write and have been plotting stories for years. But it was only last year that I actually sat down and gave writing the proper time and attention it deserved.
  2. Which book inspired you to write?
    I can’t pinpoint it to just one book but reading definitely inspires me. I grew up reading the Harry Potter books so J.K.Rowling is definitely a big inspiration to me. She is a genius!
  3. How did April Showers come about?
    I wanted to write a book about a girl moving away from home and starting University. The rest of my ideas just stemmed from there.
  4. What was the writing process like? Did you write it in order or different scenes before joining it all together?
    As this was my first book, I just let the writing take control. I started off by writing the big scenes  and then went back to the start and joined all of the scenes together. I also added scenes in during editing.
  5. How long did it take you to write April Showers?
    It took me just under six months. I work full time so it took me a while to get into the rhythm of coming home and writing during the evenings.
  6. You’ve given us two book boyfriends, if you had to choose, which one would top the other?
    I’m going to keep that a secret! I love them both. Even though they are completely different, they would do anything for April.
  7. Katie is a brilliant friend to April – shes always there with advice, was she based on anyone in particular?
    I love writing for Katie, she’s so much fun! One of my best friends in real life is called Katie but that’s where the similarities end!
  8. The banter between everyone has me in stitches, where did you come up with all these lines?
    Well I love sarcasm and I think that is pretty evident after reading the book 😉
  9. What made you choose Manchester University for the school April, Lukas and Isaac attend?
    Manchester is my home town so I wanted to pay tribute to it! I also went to a University in Manchester.
  10. Rain scenes and kissing in the rain covers are my favourite. The rain scene in the book is a pretty pivotal moment in April’s life. Did you always know that the rain scene would be the scene to change everything?
    Yes, right from the start, I knew that the rain scene was going to be the turning point in the book.
  11. There are some pretty shocking events that occur in April Showers that I had no idea they were going to happen. Has anyone else guessed before they were revealed, or were they just as surprised as me?
    I think most people have been surprised by them, which is what I was aiming for!
  12. April is a big believer in fate, are you?
    YES! I am a huge believer in fate. Good or bad, I think that everything happens for a reason.
  13. I highlighted so many quotes in April Showers, which one(s) is your favourite? 
    I love when Katie is giving April some advice and says this – “You deserve a man who makes you feel butterflies. Love isn’t safe. Love is crazy and scary and unpredictable. You can’t control it and you sure as hell can’t fight it. It’s one of life’s greatest risks…but it’s also one of life’s greatest gifts.” This is so true!
  14. Would you get a tattoo of that quote?
    No because it’s too long but I also like the quote – ‘No rain, no rainbow.’ I would consider getting that as a tattoo 🙂
  15. Have you thought about who you would like to play each character if April Showers was made into a film?
    Yes, I think that every writer has their dream cast! Just based on looks, I imagine April to look like Emma Roberts, Lukas to look like Alex Pettyfer  and I’m not sure if there is anybody hot enough to play Isaac 😉 But there is a guy called Rodrigo Guirao Diaz and he looks pretty close to how I imagine Isaac to look!!!
  16. Have you got a plan of what is going to happen in book two? And when will you begin to write it?
    Yes, I know the main storyline for book two and I have already started planning. I know exactly what will happen in the first few chapters. I will begin writing it after April Showers is released. I won’t make my readers wait too long! Book two will definitely be out this year.
  17. And lastly, is there a deep, dark secret you would like to reveal?
    😉 If I told you, I would have to kill you!

You can follow Karli at:

@Karli_uk