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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

5 Reasons Why I Hate Book Series

Many of you know that I hate book series. If at all possible, I try to stick to stand-alone novels. A few rare trilogies land on my bookshelf and an even rarer few get a good review. Here are my reasons why I hate trilogies: 

1. The first book is perfected.



Authors have an unlimited amount of time to perfect the first book. They may have many rewrites and rejections before it is finally accepted by a publisher. By that point, the book should be pristine. The author may not have a deal with the publisher for a series yet, but once the first book proves its worth, the publisher will definitely ask for the rest of the series. Depending on the popularity, the author will be forced to get the next books out quickly—unless you are George R.R. Martin. There will be less time to perfect the story and it will be sent out without many rewrites, as to appease the fan-base. As a result, the rest of the series suffers in comparison to the debut. 

2. The waiting is torture. 



Part of the reason why the books in a series get rushed to publication is that the readers get antsy, including me. It's a double-edged sword. I want the author to spend enough time on the book so that I enjoy the finished product, but I don’t want to wait years and years to see what happens next. By that point, I either forgot what happened, or I just don’t care anymore. That’s the main reason why I got so frustrated with the Never Never series. 

3. The characters stop growing. 



Part of what makes fiction so great is that characters develop and change over the course of the novel. In series, it seems like the characters have major growth and transformation in the first novel, but then they are stagnant throughout the rest of the series—such as in The Nightmare Affair series

4. The cliffhangers are killer. 



When there are three books in a series—or more—the middle book seems to just be the preparation and build up to the grand finale. It almost feels like a waste of a book; it's just filler until the next one comes out. The books usually end with a cliffhanger that makes you have to read the next book to feel any kind of resolution. That took the Fixer series from 5 to 4 stars for me. 

5. The big idea has already been used up. 



The first book in a series offers a new and unique idea that makes it stand out from the millions of other books out there. By the end of the first book, that idea is now used up. The rest of the books in the series then are just recycling the same idea, such as in The Wolves of Mercy Falls, or just get too weird, like Divergent. 



Obviously, trilogies are doing very well, especially in the young adult genre and are making some authors very wealthy. But I think that is all thanks to the first book getting enough fans who feel dedicated to finishing the whole series. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you love or hate series? Or are you somewhere in between? Leave a comment below!



Monday, May 30, 2016

Luckiest Girl Alive | Jessica Knoll


“Moving on doesn’t mean you don’t talk about it. Or hurt about it. It’s always going to hurt.” 

Genre: Thriller. 
Number of Pages: 350.
Perspective: First. 
Location: New York.

Luckiest Girl Alive is the story of Ani, an engaged woman  in NYC who seems to have it all. Dig a little bit deeper to see that she wears a mask to cover up all of her pain and the horrific events of her teenage years. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I was so in love with this book until the end. It wasn’t a bad ending, but it didn’t warrant a 5-star review for me. As soon as I got into this book (a few chapters in), I couldn’t put it down. It was fast moving and all of the characters were so intriguing! Some people compare this to Gone Girl, which is completely unfair. First of all, people need to stop comparing every new thriller with a leading woman and a twist to Gone Girl. This book was a thriller and a little bit dark, but it’s not accurate to compare it to Gone Girl. Honestly, there won’t ever be another Gone Girl.

This book is not for everyone. It deals with many difficult topics that could be triggers for people. BUT, it does open the door for a lot of conversation about things that could have—or maybe, not—been prevented. I will be discussing this book with my virtual book club, so keep an eye out for our book chat. That will contain spoilers, so I am excited to dive into all the twists a little bit more. 

A big complaint about this book is that the present-day Ani is very superficial and very annoying. I agree with that, but I think it is important for us to see how the events in her life have hardened her and changed her priorities. I think it makes sense that she ended up the way that she did. 

I really recommend this book to anyone that loves thrillers and dark books. I would classify this book as young adult, but it does have a lot of mature content. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“There is something about seeing someone from behind, something about the way people walk away, that I've always found unnervingly intimate. Maybe it's because the back of the body isn't on guard the way the front is - the slouch of the shoulders and the flex in the back muscles, that's the most honest you'll ever see a person.”






4/5 Stars 






Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Q & A with Author Libby Kirsch


Hi, Libby. Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?

My goal is to have multiple successful series of books on Amazon and the other online retailers. I’ve really enjoyed publishing my own books, but hope to become a “hybrid” author, with some books published the traditional way, and others still coming out from my own small press.

Those are great goals. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

TV?? That’s still a thing? Lol, just kidding. I could watch Modern Family reruns for hours at a time. Love Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight. They’re the reason every Monday is particularly difficult—Its hard to stay up late for good TV, then wake up early with the kiddos the next morning!

I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?

No way. Life is what we make of it. Love is what we choose.


What is the strangest fact about you?

I used to be the lead singer in a band in college. We were terrible, but it was awfully fun.

Which writers inspire you?

I love some of the classic talents, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Mitchell, Ayn Rand. But also can’t get enough of Kristin Hannah, Gillian Flynn, and Lee Child. My reading tastes are so varied. I love chick-lit just as much as rom-com, science fiction, mystery, and literature.

Kristin Hannah and Gillian Flynn are amongst my favorites too. I have written reviews for Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl. Be sure to check them out. What are you working on right now?

I’m working on the third book in my Stella Reynolds series, and also jotting down ideas I have for a second series—also a mystery.




Why do you write?

I love it! I stay at home with our three children, and writing gives me something that I absolutely need—something that’s just for me. It helps me stay centered and focused, it’s something I look forward to each day. 

That's awesome! Writing offers different things for many people. Do you have any advice for someone wanting to publish their own book?

Make sure you put the best book possible out there. Just because you’re self-publishing doesn’t mean you’re doing everything yourself. Hire out your cover design. Hire out the content and copy-editing. You are your own publisher, so you have to make sure your book reads well at the end of the day!

That's really good advice! What book(s) are you currently reading?

I just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah—amazing! Now Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is on my nightstand, ready to start. My book club is discussing it next week, so I’d better get a move on!

I have a review of both Fates and Furies and The Nightingale. If you want to check out the book chat for The Nightingale and leave some comments, you can find that here. How can people find out more about you?

The first book in this series - The Big Lead - will be free this week during the tour here. The Big Lead was chosen for a Publishers Weekly review.


You can also find me here:
Http://libbykirschbooks.com
Facebook
Twitter

Amazon
GoodReads

Thanks again for joining me and best of luck in your future writing!




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Q & A with Author Jessica Goodwin




Hi, Jessica! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?

I used to be a teacher, and I recently quit so that I could stay home with my son and work on writing. I never thought it would be possible, but I'm doing it! I'm really enjoying being a work-at-home mom (my son is almost a year old) -- spending time with him is the most important thing to me right now. So, I'll stay home and keep writing as long as it works for us! I'm so lucky that I get to do what I love, and I love what I do!

That sounds amazing! What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

I'm a Netflix binge-er. I don't watch a lot of TV during the day so at night (or even in the bathtub!) I'll watch a Netflix series. I loved Fuller House, Chelsea Does..., and am currently watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I'm still waiting for my husband to have time to watch House of Cards seasons 3 and 4. And I can't wait for the new season of Orange is the New Black!



I am also obsessed with Kimmy Schmidt and OITNB! What is the strangest fact about you?

I was ridiculously afraid to be behind the wheel of a car and didn't get my driver's license until I was 32! 

Wow, very interesting! Which writers inspire you?

It is impossible to name just one. Plus I'm all over the place when I read: chick lit, fictionalized biographies, thrillers... I love a good, creepy thriller, but I wouldn't know how to come up with ideas for one, so I'm always amazed when a crazy, unthinkable plot line unfolds! Whether it's a prolific writer or someone brand new who pops onto the scene with an amazing first novel, writers work tirelessly to get their ideas out into the world. It's not easy, especially when you think about how long the whole writing/editing/publishing process can take, on top of a career, a family, and other responsibilities. 


What are you working on right now?

I'm currently doing a lot of writing for parenting sites like Baby Gaga and Scary Mommy. I'd love to keep doing that, and I also have ideas for making Clarissa Jean and the ladies in Palmetto Park into a series. And I'd also like to write a funny parenting book. Parenting is life-changing in so many ways. And so exhausting, frustrating, rewarding, and happy, and messy! But I'm really enjoying it, and I'd love to share that.

You definitely sound like you stay busy. Why do you write?

I've always wanted to be a writer. I get ideas in my head and, honestly, can't get them out if I don't write. It's like I'll lay in bed at night and instead of falling asleep, I'll imagine what's happening in my story, and if I don't write that scene the next day, I'll lay in bed thinking about it again the next night and adding to it. The feeling goes away for awhile when I finish a book, but once another idea comes along and I'm not sleeping, I know it's time to start writing again. Plus, whether it's a book or a blog post, it's always nice to hear that someone enjoyed or felt like they related to what I wrote!

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to publish their own book?

Write a little bit every day, even if you don't feel like it or don't feel like you have the time. Even if it's just taking notes and getting scraps of ideas out. When the time comes, use a professional editor. Put yourself out there on social media, but don't use it as an infomercial for your books. Be a real person online, not just a sales person. And of course, don't give up!


That is really great advice! What book/s are you currently reading?

The Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, and Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield.

I'll have to add those to my to-read list. What is your favorite quote?

"Words have weight." It's from Stephen King's book On Writing. I have it tattooed on my rib cage!

Awesome! How can readers discover more about you and you work?  

I'm all over social media! Visit my Amazon author page, my website or one of my blogs. Find me on Facebook or Twitter. And if you like pictures of babies and fat cats, I'm on Instagram, too. 

Thanks again for joining me and best of luck with your writing adventures!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Why Not Me? | Mindy Kaling


“Work hard, know your s**t, show your s**t, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.” 


Genre: Humorous Memoir. 
Number of Pages: 228.
Perspective: First. 
Location: New York and California.

This book is a collection of essays/short stories that range from Mindy’s experiences on The Office and The Mindy Project to other random events from her adult life. [Thank God. I don’t need anymore celebrity childhood stories.] There was even one chapter that was a series of made-up emails between her and coworkers if she had ended up as a high school teacher. This was the best part of the whole book! I actually laughed out loud in my work kitchen during my lunch break. For a complete summary, you can go here.

If you’ve ever read any of my other reviews of memoirs, you probably know that I hate memoirs. The non-linear and disorganized nature of them irritates me. And, quite frankly, I don’t care enough about most celebrities to read 300+ pages about their lives. So why do I keep reading them? Because I hoped that one day I would find a truly enjoyable memoir. Well, that day has finally come! 

I love Mindy as an actress and now I love her as a writer. She is bubbly, but honest. She is truly funny, even in writing, which I think is extremely challenging to do. There was not one part of this book that I didn’t enjoy. It was short, but that was perfect! As stated above, most memoirs are WAY too long and lose my interest after the first hundred pages or so. The length of this book was just enough to give me a few days of humor and an easy read, but it was not long enough to feel like a chore to finish. 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone! Women would probably enjoy it more, but all fans of The Office or The Mindy Project would get a kick out of it. The only reason why I didn’t give it 5 stars is because it’s a memoir. I’m a stubborn person and cannot allow myself to rate a memoir so highly. Maybe one day. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“People get scared when you try to do something, especially when it looks like you're succeeding. People do not get scared when you're failing. It calms them. But when you're winning, it makes them feel like they're losing or, worse yet, that maybe they should've tried to do something too, but now it's too late. And since they didn't, they want to stop you. You can't let them.” 




4/5 Stars




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler

Genre: Shakespeare Retelling. 
Number of Pages: 240.
Perspective: Third Alternating. 
Location: U.S.

Vinegar Girl is the story of Kate, a girl who has to run her household and take care of her eccentric researcher father and unruly teenage sister. She is known as a shrew and everyone thinks she will end up alone, until her father hatches a plan to marry her off to his prized foreign assistant. For a complete summary, you can go here.

This book was so short, I figured it would only take me a day or two to read. In actuality, it took about two weeks. I felt hopeful at first since the lead character had a job in a daycare/preschool. I have worked in those types of jobs too, so I immediately felt connected to the story. But that was only a small part in this book. The rest quickly fell flat. 

This book felt like a parody of itself. I understand that it is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, but not one piece of this story felt new. Really, a story about a foreign guy trying to stay in the country, so he needs to marry an American citizen? Yawn. I much preferred the Taming of the Shrew adaptation Ten Things I Hate About You. In this book, there were a few events that were so chaotic that they were a little bit funny, but the whole thing just felt ridiculous. The characters all felt very stereotypical: the confused foreigner, the prudish and snarky older sister, the bratty younger sister, and the oblivious dad. Speaking of the oblivious foreigner, I mentioned in another review that I HATE reading accents that are spelled phonetically in books. Tyler does that in this book and it is super annoying and makes the characters seem fake.

I was also really disappointed in the ending. I would hope that a modern retelling would have a little bit more of an “empowered woman” ending. But nothing about this book really felt modern. Maybe fifty years ago it would have felt modern, but I think women have made enough progress now to be able to have more of a say in their own lives. I am also disappointed in Anne Tyler. One of her other books, A Spool of Blue Thread is one of my favorite books. It focused on character development and family relationships, which is what this book should have done. Instead, she made a failed attempt at trying to write a comedic book. 

I am still glad I read this book since retellings are always interesting. It is cool to see how different writers interpret different classic stories. However, I just would not waste my time ever reading it again. If you are sill interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 


2/5 Stars 






Thursday, May 12, 2016

Q & A with Author Sylvia Ashby



Hi, Sylvia! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
In an ideal world my first drafts will be perfect: mistake-free, perfectly proofread, formatted and polished. And there would be no editing. I’ll be putting the last dot and people would start reading them straight away!
As for my writing career, I don’t see writing as a job. I’d keep on writing until the end of the world. There is too much pleasure in it for me to stop.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
More than a decade ago, when my husband and I first started living together I broke his TV. It was precariously positioned on a wonky chair by the bed. I tripped over the wire and it fell, face down, to the floor. I’ve been meaning to replace it ever since. There was no Netflix back then, so we stopped watching telly altogether. We never regained the habit.

Wow, crazy story! I wish I could disconnect from the TV world. What is the most unique talent or hobby that you have?
I’m very good at staring at burning fires. I can go on for hours. It’s my meditation technique.
Seriously though, I have an elephant’s memory. I remember stuff that’s happened when I was 8 months old and crawling about the room. My mum had guests for coffee and I remember that the feet of one of the ladies smelled odd. My mum confirms it.
Good memory is blessing and curse in equal measures.

Very interesting! My earliest memory is from when I was about three years old. Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
I do! That’s how I met my husband.

Too cute! Which writers inspire you?
To name but a few: Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Sophie Kinsella, Mo Hayder, Gillian Flynn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zadie Smith…
Looking through the list I realise I favour female writers. I guess I’m a feminist as well as a voracious reader.



Gillian Flynn is one of my favorite writers too! Give us an insight into how you create your main characters. 
Keen observation of everything and everyone around. I take notes all the time. It’s like a filter I put to my eyes and ears that allows me to notice things that my character would do or say. Also, giving it time. You have to give them time to grow and develop in your thoughts. I live with some of my characters for years. Good job I like them.
Well, at least most of them.

What are you working on right now?
I’m plotting my next book. It involves lots of lying in bed and reading. Also tea-drinking and cake. Life is hard for writers at times, but we go through those sticky patches. Eventually.

I could go for some tea and cake right about now. What draws you to writing Chick Lit books?
The humour. I love a good chuckle. When a book is really funny it leaves me with a light sensation in my stomach that tells me it’s all going to be all right. I try to recreate that joy of reading for others with my books.

Is that also your favorite genre to read?
It’s part of my job to be an avid reader. I read everything: from shop brochures for broccoli and cheddar to “My Struggle” vol. 1, 2 and 3 by Karl Ove Knausgård (about 6,000 pages altogether).

Why do you write?
It’s a kind of an escapism that I adore. It’s the creating of alternative worlds and the beauty of telling people about it.


Do you have any advice for someone wanting to publish their own book?
Don’t have illusions it’s going to be easy. Do your research of what it involves to be self-published and only do it if you’d love the job. Once you set the wheels in motion don’t stop. It gets bigger, and better and, eventually, it’s wonderful.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Editing. It’s what happens after you’ve written the book and before it’s ready to be seen by readers’ eyes. Editing takes months and often puts me off from publishing some books at all. I have several first drafts that would never see the light of day. Thank God!

What is the easiest thing about writing?
The first draft. I feel so clever, and fast, and wonderful. My fingers are surging through the keyboard and nothing can stop me.



What is your all-time favorite book?
I don’t have one. There are just too many good books out there.

I feel the same way. I have about twenty favorite books. What is your favorite quote?
“There is no fair wind for one who knows not whither he is bound.” Seneca, philosopher, 3–65 AD

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I’d like to tell you a bit more about my latest book “The Treachery of Trains”, if I may.
It’s about a girl that’s lost.
To begin with, she’s only lost metaphorically – Sky’s mum has died three years ago and her best friend has left London without as much as a backward glance. Sky feels abandoned by everyone dear to her heart. Then she gets lost for real. That’s when the fun starts.
I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I could tell you that on her first day in a new city Sky rings the doorbell of a complete stranger to ask for help. He gets the door dripping wet and clad only in a skimpy towel. Then both of them get locked out of their respective flats.

Oh, that sounds like a nice hello! How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I use Twitter excessively (according to my husband; I think I’m totally fine). Talk to me on @bysylvia_a
I also have a writer’s platform where I write book reviews, recipes, and other random stuff. Visit me at seawriting.wordpress.com
My books are on Amazon.
Also on Smashwords

Thank you for joining me on Judging More Than Just the Cover. Best of luck with your book and future writing!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Q & A with Author Nino Gugunishvili





Hi, Nino! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Oh, would it be too unrealistic to say that I would love to see any of my books on a New York Times bestseller’s list? Or that I’d so want to see my books made into movies with some stellar cast? Say, with George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston?  In an ideal world I guess I would have enough confidence and devotion to write down all the stories that are brewing inside my head and then discuss all of them as they become loved by readers, ideally on Ellen’s show!   

Those sound like great goals! What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Past seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy”, where Cristina Yang and Derek Shepherd are still there. I’ve watched them countless times, and have a feeling that I know each of the characters as close as my family members. Also, “Sex and the City” of course!  I can pick up any episode of any season and start watching as if I’m seeing it for the first time.

What is the most unique talent or hobby that you have?
You caught me with this one! The most unique talent?!  I truly don’t know...  
After realizing I was completely useless in mastering that inhale-exhale technique, my Pilates teacher once asked me, what I thought I was particularly good at. 
“Think of anything” she suggested. 
“Writing, maybe?!” I mumbled. She didn’t look convinced though and shortly after I quit the class. Now, if you read the blurb of my book, one of the first sentences there says: She’s bored with Pilates, she’s never tried yoga...  so, apparently Pilates did me good since it’s on my book cover, right?
But sorry, getting back to my hobbies...  there are many things that I love to do, but I don’t know if these are actual hobbies. I love watching movies and TV shows and I love to read and I’m addicted to coffee and Google and my phone and Facebook and my friends, but I guess I’m now talking about addictions and habits. 
A long time ago I was filling in some job related form and the question at the end of it was about my hobbies. I turned to my father who was sitting nearby while I wrote down everything carefully, and asked him to help me with that last question. He suggested putting my closest friend’s name in the graph. “Tell them Katie is your hobby” he joked and partially that was true, we were inseparable. But today, I honestly don’t have a clear answer to the question about hobbies.  For the record, Katie still is my closest friend.         

A lot of the things you mentioned sound like great hobbies to me! Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
I absolutely do. I believe in faith, and that many things in our lives both good and bad happen for a reason. I believe in lucky coincidences and chances, accidental meetings that may change the entire course of our lives. You may call me hopeless romantic, but that’s how I feel. 

A hopeless romantic is a great thing to be! Which writers inspire you?
That list would be so long, it would take several pages to put everyone down on it, and yet I may forget someone so, let me name few. Helen Fielding, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marian Keyes, Nora Ephron, Candace Bushnell, Lisa Genova and many, many, many more who’s brilliant writings and talent I greatly admire. I’ve reread Ann Patchett’s beautiful essay, “A gateway car” several days ago, and wanted to highlight all of it in my Kindle. I think it’s an absolute must-read for any debut author who wants to get an inside look on the process of creativity.


I'll have to check that out! Give us an insight into how you create your main characters. 
The first ever character I created was Balthazar Hamish -- an editor-in-chief of a magazine from Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock. It all started from the name which came out of nowhere, and then got physical looks, habits, gestures, voice, manners, tastes, personality.
Usually, the process of character creation starts for me with detailed visualization. I must see a character in great detail, I have to know where my characters live, what’s their ambiance, what they do, what they hate or love, what they wear, what do they want out of life, what are their motives. However, I sort of don’t know it all in advance, characters develop as the story and plot goes on but I need to know something basic, something integral about them, their lifestyles. For example, I knew from the very beginning, that Tasha would be traveling to another country, or that she would have a very close circle of girlfriends and an old, adorable grandma. By the way, I have discovered that I’m sort of emotionally attached to grandmas, since in my new manuscript there is a charming old lady too. I guess, unconsciously, I’m following that archetype to which a notion of a family is very much attached. Or maybe, it’s related to something more deep and personal, because I myself had two of the most extraordinary grandmas, but that’s another story, that will possibly make another book someday.   

What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on my second novel, which turns out to be in a slightly darker tone than “Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock” or so I thought until almost recently, before  a new character  called Lavignia  popped up, and honestly I don’t know where the story is going. Up until now it was about two sisters, Cecilia and Tessa. The eldest, Cecilia, gets into a terrible car accident that leads to an unexpected chain of events that will shatter not only her life to the core. I’m on a very early stage of writing now, so we’ll see what it’ll look like at the end. What I can say for now is that it’s about relationships between the members of one, not so ordinary family.

What draws you to writing chick lit books?
A possibility to tell a story of sassy, smart, funny, often straight forward, in times insecure, full of doubt but strong female protagonists, that are  finding their own place and voice, struggling their life and career choices, pursuing their high goals and living their life at its fullest.

Is that also your favorite genre to read?
Not entirely, to be honest, I don’t have much of genre specific preferences. I love chick lit as much as psychological thrillers or memoirs. I can read pretty much everything, although I must confess, I’m not a big fan (read not a fan at all) of the fantasy genre. 

Why do you write?
Because it’s fun, or because it’s the most fulfilling, thrilling, scary, often excruciating experience one can get. I write because it brings me great satisfaction and joy. It is challenging, and as someone surely cleverer than me said “because creating something that didn’t exist before is as close to magic as I’ll ever get.”  I found this beautiful quote on Pinterest not so long ago and immediately saved it. Confession number two: I’m getting addicted to inspirational quotes!


Do you have any advice for someone wanting to publish their own book?
I would recommend having as much information as you can get before deciding which route you want to choose, traditional, or indie. Self-publishing worked wonderfully for me as it gave me full involvement in the process.
On the other hand, there are things that might be quite difficult and time-consuming for a self-published author, like self-promotion, online presence, getting reviews etc... So, in other words, do your research, be prepared! Be ready to work even harder after you publish your precious book. I know it may sound too cliché or obvious, but keep in mind that you might be exposed to negativity and don’t get discouraged, not everyone will buy and read and love your book the moment it hits the stores, but those who do are exactly the ones who really count.   

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Staring at the blank page and thinking, what on earth am I going to write next and how am I going to rule this character out of the mess she found herself into?!

What is the easiest thing about writing?
Typing the two beautiful, most important words: “The End”

What is your all-time favorite book?
A Moveable Feast - By Ernest Hemingway.

What is your favorite quote?
Actually there are three! 
First is: "Carpe Diem!" 
And another one is: “Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you’ve never been hurt” 
And the last one from Lisa Genova “You’re going to be dead someday. Write it now.” 


Those are all great quotes to live by. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I would add a huge thank you for hosting me on your blog!

You're very welcome! How can readers discover more about you and you work?
If they read “Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock” I can guarantee and assure you, readers will know more about me. Alternatively, here are the links to my book’s Facebook page, my Twitter and Goodreads account.

Thanks again for joining me and best of luck writing your next book!