Maybe that’s why her family does so much smiling and nodding?
Book tag: Broken plans plus Vegas risks equal Tina’s dreams
Book Blurb: Left at the alter, Tina decides to take her Vegas honeymoon. Her orderly life plans of marriage, motherhood, and togetherness in shambles, she throws caution to the wind and checks out the dating service, Distinguished Dates.
A midnight dinner with a bald, red-bearded, cartoon dog-sneakered stranger brings more than her dreams alive.
Welcome Chris. Tell your readers something interesting about yourself AND/OR your favorite character.
Me? Interesting? Are you serious? I’m an odd nutcase who talks to herself and has multi-personalities trying to get out of her brain…oh wait, those are voices of characters trying to get my attention. But, are they the characters I’m supposed to be writing or the characters that got locked in via all my reading?
Hmm, not sure even Nancy Drew could figure out that mystery.
What was your favorite book as a teen? Tell us about it and how it affected you as a person.
Nancy Drew. Hardy Boys. Famous Five. Most likely, they all feed my imagination and ended up creating my daydreams of being ‘them’.
Tell us about the genre you have chosen to write for. Why do write specifically for them?
I didn’t exactly choose to write a sweet romance, it was a call for an anthology I blindly answered. I tend to do that…answer some challenge without really thinking. Okay, that needs rephrasing. I don’t answer stupid life-threatening dares. Every so often someone in the online writing world puts out a request and some little voice in my head answers before my sane, controlling brain cells kick into over-worry/self-doubt mode. Then, before I realize it, I’m writing a romance with a different not-quite-happy-ending-but-the-ending-that-works.
Tell us about your new book. How did it come about and share your favorite excerpt/scene.
Lea Schizas is to blame. Yup, she put out the call for the romance with a slight twist story and MIDNIGHT FIND was born. Favourite scene? Hmm, being a short story…just slightly over 4,000 words…I’ll use the one from my blog and MuseItUp Publishing’s bookstore:
He looked around the room before settling his gaze on me and walked over. That's when I noticed his cartoon sneakers. Sneakers? Cartoon sneakers! I was going to have dinner with a bald, red-bearded, Grizzly Adams-looking, cartoon-sneakered man. Someone picked from a photo. I hadn't even read his biography. Just picked up his photo and walked out to Marie. Of all the choreographed choices in my life, this was the most unplanned decision. So, why was I tingling?
"Hi, I'm Patrick. Yup, a descended Irishman with red hair and an Irish name. And double yup, I love cartoons, good food, and being comfortable. I also tend to laugh at myself, your pick. Since I couldn't grow hair on my head, I grew it everywhere else. At Halloween, I'm Pirate Pat, and at Christmas, they call me the 'before he ate cookies and milk Santa.' I'm not loud, just my hair is. Figure no one sees the sneakers under the table, and if you're under the table you're probably already seeing pink elephants so why not a talking cartoon dog. I don't believe in luck, but I do believe in Leprechauns.
How has writing affected your life? And what’s your favorite part of being a writer?
I need more hours in the day. Okay, who doesn’t need more hours in a day, LOL. Writing is just part of my life, part of who I am. Truthfully, I cannot imagine not writing. Whether it’s just my journal or a review or silliness. It’s who I’ve always been…reader/writer. Favourite part? All of it.
What advice can you give regarding the writing process?
Sometimes the hardest part…just sit your fanny down and write. Do Not Edit as you go, just write. Hmm, do I follow my own advice? Not answering, LOL.
Regarding publication and marketing, what advice can you offer aspiring writers?
Read the guidelines. Ask questions of your reading friends; your writing friends; people you read. Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself…even if that’s the hardest part. Step into your spotlight and support your words, after all you wrote them for some reason
How can your fans find, follow or friend you?
Chris Speakman, http://www.freewebs.com/chrischatreviews/
and at FMAM, where she is the eBook Review Coordinator: Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine www.fmam.biz
ChrisChat Talks Creativity http://chrischattalkscreativity.blogspot.com/
Editor for: MuseItUp Publishing http://museituppublishing.com/ and formerly 4RV Publishing http://www.4rvpublishingllc.com/
Author Home: http://christineisteeves.blogspot.com/ and https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/
Thanks for joining us today, Chris. We enjoyed finding out more about you and your book.