Interview: Selena Robins

The astute among you will recognise the name of the fabulous author I get to host (and interview!) today. Weeks ago, for my debut post, I reviewed the fantastic WHAT A GIRL WANTS by Selena, and I’m thrilled to be able to host her today. If you’re intrigued about the review I gave for the book, you can check that out here. 🙂 With no more ado, welcome, Selena and let’s get to grilling 😉

Thanks so much for appearing on my blog today, Selena! To kick off, name something I wouldn’t be able to find out about you through Google.

I was once on a game show. “How Smart Are You Canada?” I was on a team of romance writers, and we competed against other teams. We didn’t win, the group of English Teachers won. Imagine that?

Not at all! Romance writers clearly should have won. Can you tell us a little about WHAT A GIRL WANTS? Besides how fantastic is, of course 😉

WHAT A GIRL WANTS is a contemporary romance set in Hawaii with a friends-to-lovers theme, coupled with dysfunctional family dynamics, extreme sports, pillow fights, chocolate, cherries, semi-naked golf, assisted showers, sensuality with comedy and a splash of suspense/mystery. There are a few twists and everyone who has read this book have said, they just didn’t see the resolutions coming, and were surprised at the ending.

Including me – which both delighted and vexed me, ha! I do like to guess. Do you have a dream cast for this book?

This is always a hard question to answer, because I see the characters in my head a certain way and although I do use visual aids for inspiration, they never quite make the cut from my own imagination.

However, if Hollywood came knocking, I wouldn’t hesitate to give my opinion on a dream cast.

DREAM-CAST-WAGW-1.jpgMaddie – Emma Stone

Alex – Antonio Cupo

Reece – Kelly Cuoco

Tim – Liam Hemsworth
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Maxwell – Richard Gere

Crystal – Kerry Washington

Victor – Stanley Tucci

 

Can I just say I heartily approve your casting choice of Liam Hemsworth and Antonio Cupo? I’ll reread WAGW with new eyes *swoons*

What is your favourite part of writing?

I love the creativity and freedom of editing, revising and polishing. I do struggle with letting it go and saying, okay, this is good, but then I think, is it good enough? I enjoy going back and refining it, because I get to tap into the characters emotions a bit more.

A common issue among writers, eh? Is the writing ever good enough? 🙂 What other projects are you working on?

SelenaRobins_OnceUponAKiss_1600px.jpgI’m currently finishing up ONCE UPON A KISS, plus I’m working on a ghost writing project, which I can’t talk about just yet, and I’m also working on my short story TEMPTED BY AN ANGEL and turning it into a novella (thanks to the outpouring of support and demand from readers who want more of characters and this story).

Yes, I cannot wait to read more about ONCE UPON A KISS! I hear tell it’s got a mistaken identity theme – which I LOVE. I always find the big reveal really captivating 🙂

 

Who are your biggest influences in how you write?

Other authors who I love to read, and readers who reach out and connect with me.

Very true, who are we without our readers?! What one book would you reread over and over again?

THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank

It’s witty, poignant, hopeful and each time I read it I get a different message from it. Also a great reminder of how life can turn on a dime, and to be grateful for what I have and not give a thought to what I don’t have.

I love that. How great to take what could be a very sad book and take something optimistic from it! I loved going around Anne Frank’s house when I visited Holland, but there was an air of unrest, of history that shivered on my skin. It’s nice to think what we could learn from it. 🙂

On a lighter note, 🙂 , what flavour of ice cream best describes you?

Cookies and ice-cream flavor.

*salivates* NICE. To end, tell me your best pickup line.

LOL! I’ve never used one and married for 24 years, I wouldn’t know where to start. If I were to advise anyone on a pick-up line, I’d say the best would be to just say, “Hello. Let’s cut to the chase. I like your smile. I want to get to know you. I’m not a bunny-boiler or stalker, let’s have chat.”

*sniggers* At least it’s original to inform you’re not a psychopath upfront 😉 Thank you so much for being my guest today, Selena! And make sure you all check out the fabulously hilarious WHAT A GIRL WANTS and look for Selena’s latest release ONCE UPON A KISS, out late May. 🙂

Selena Robins is the author of genre-defying romance novels written with wit, sensuality, mystery and a lot of fun. A chocolate guru, addicted to cooking shows, she dances with her dog and sings into her hairbrush. Selena also writes children’s literature under the pen name Maddie Ryan.

To learn more about Selena connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and/or her website.

Interview: D.B. Kennison

I’m thrilled to host a fantastic author on today’s blog. You might have read my glowing review of STILL LIFE by D.B Kennison yesterday – if you haven’t, you can read that here – so I’m pleased to get the ins and outs of this author’s mind from the horse’s mouth. Please welcome D.B. Kennison!

Welcome, Darlene! Thanks so much for appearing on my blog today. 🙂 Firstly, name something I wouldn’t be able to find out about you through Google.

I love to swim. So much so, that I think I must have been a fish or porpoise in another life. When I’m in a ‘zone’, I will swim at least a mile every day. 

Blimey, that’s good. I’m a strict landlubber. Or a dangle-your-feet-in-a-pool person 😉 Can you tell us a little about STILL LIFE (for those who haven’t read its awesomeness yet)?

51qlFbdgWRL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_STILL LIFE is a quirky murder mystery that takes place in a small Midwest town. The leading lady finds herself in the middle of a police investigation and naturally butts heads with the detective in charge, which makes for an interesting premise as the story unfolds. It was a fun book to write, as I was able to include interesting real bits about Wisconsin throughout. Here’s the official blurb:
Randi Lassiter is twenty-nine, divorced, and remarkably content with her nonexistent social life. Mainly because she moonlights for an attorney nabbing adulterers—like her ex—with her camera.

When she stumbles across a mutilated body, it takes fast-talking to convince the arrogant detective she’s not a suspect. One look at him, and she pegs him as a guy who uses his sexy smirk to separate women from their panties.

When Detective Jon Bricksen is named lead investigator of the first murder this microscopic town has seen in forty years, he questions his decision to leave the death and violence of Milwaukee behind. Randi’s cleavage—and her questionable sleuthing skills—aren’t making his job any easier.

Theirs is a partnership of aggravation until her small-town network results in critical progress. Forced into an uneasy alliance, they battle a growing attraction—and a killer who’s out to make them the stars of his next piece of deadly performance art.

Sounds as good as it was! I love quirky murder mysteries – the quirkier, the better. Do you have a dream cast for this book?

It was challenging for me to come up with a dream cast for this project because I never pictured any specific individual in these character roles. Here’s my best shot.

Elisha Cuthbert – Randi Lassiter

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Josh Duhamel – Jon Leuenberger

Jaimie Alexander – Becca Howell

OMG, I can totally picture Elisha Cuthbert – or Faith as I know her best 😉 – as Randi. She’s got so much sass in her pinkie alone! And Josh Duhamel, well, enough said. *strokes the pretty*

What is your favourite part of writing?

I love to immerse myself in the story and envision myself in the exact setting of place and time that I’m writing about. When I do this, I’m fascinated by how the characters end up revealing themselves to me, sometimes in a quite surprising manner.

Surprising…or frustrating, lol! Characters are the best when they’re a law unto themselves, eh? So, will there be a Randi Lassiter 2? What else is in the works?

Many!   I’ve started book 3 in the Randi Lassiter series as well as a spin-off trilogy featuring a crime analyst character from STILL LIFE. A thriller called RAGE (working title) which features a revenge plot played out on social media and involves a mash up of Internet Technology, psychology, and cutting-edge science, and a star-crossed romance set in Scotland. If I’m ever bored with one project, I just pull out another.

Wow, sounds varied and fantastic! That’s the best way to be as a writer, I think, so as not to let the writing reflect your boredom 🙂 I can’t wait for the sequel and that thriller sounds intriguing…

Who are your biggest influences (in how you write)?

I follow the advice of both Stephen King and James Patterson when it comes to writing. While each may have different methods to getting a novel finished, the two things I keep in mind when I’m creating are one, to get the story down as quickly as possible and edit later, and two, to speak plainly and avoid big words when little ones will do.  I’m also a big fan of Tami Hoag. She’s probably the most inspirational figure I think of when writing because she started out as a romance writer and grew to become a best selling author of suspense.

I think we all must follow the advice of King Stephen – whose book ON WRITING is a must for writers! I’ve heard of Tami Hoag, but never picked her up. *Wanders over to Amazon*

What one book would you reread over and over again?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Obviously a stellar choice for all sorts of reasons. If I could step into a book and live the life of one character, Claire Randall Fraser would be it.

I really need to read this book – or watch the series! Everyone is always saying how good it is. 

One last quirky question: what flavour of ice cream best describes you?

Rocky Road. It’s been an arduous journey to get here but all that angst has made me the writer I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Fantastic answer! (And a very yummy one, though sadly I can’t eat marshmallow 😦 I live vicariously through you!) Thank you so much for coming on my blog today, Darlene. To end, give me your best pickup line 😉 

Pickup line, that is rich (snort). Okay, just for the record, I’ve never purposely flirted. I wouldn’t know how. I can make my characters do it, but if I had to…then it would come out awkward, strange, and just wrong. If I had a pick a line, it would be this: “Hey handsome, I love that shirt. You know what else would look good on you. Me!”

*snorts* You can find STILL LIFE at Amazon, Samhain Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. And find out more about Darlene though her website, her Facebook page or look her up on Twitter!

img_5748_1_1.jpgDB Kennison was born and raised in Colorado where some of her fondest memories took place with a book tightly fisted in her hands and days were spent reading and daydreaming. As a kid, she remembers weekly trips to the library and the excitement of getting to pick something fresh and new from the stacks. She still feels that way when looking for a new book to read.

After moving to Wisconsin, she came to love life in a small town and along with it, an appreciation of great beer, and cheese. Her heart is there among the rolling hills and limestone bluffs.

DB currently lives in the middle of nowhere with her handsome, supportive husband, and three spoiled dachshunds, which vie for position as daily muse.

As someone with an active imagination, she is constantly weaving tales and now putting it all down on paper. What an adventure!