*** SPECIAL FEATURE - February'13 ***
So far on Special Feature February:
1st February : Introducing Libby Floyd
8th February : Guest Post - When Fiction imitates Real Life
15th February : Book Review of Sparkelicious by Libby Floyd
22nd February : Guest Post - From National Television to Books
Now its time for an interview with Ms.Floyd
Why did you want to become a writer?
I don’t think it was a matter of wanting to be a writer, I really think that I had no other choice but to become a writer because it was just in me to become one. Even as a child, I had so many stories, song lyrics and poems bursting out of me, that I had to put my words and thoughts on paper. It was my destiny to become a writer, a need that I had within myself.
What inspires your writing?
So many things inspire my writing… people that I meet, places that I go and real life experiences are all reflected in my novels.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Just when she thought she’d lost her sparkle, something delicious comes along.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Steel Magnolias, Sex and the City and How Stella Got her Groove back.
What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
That Sparkelicious isn’t just a love story, but a story about a family that supports each other and sticks together through thick and thin.
Does Laney Montgomery or any other character mirror any of your personal quirks?
I’m a work-a-holic and so is Laney and we both have put our career first instead of our family at times and we both need to learn to smell the roses a little more often.
What are some of your favorite locales, objects, or activities that a reader might find in your books?
I love L.A. and lived there years ago so I set part of the book there. I used to take long walks in the Hollywood Hills and also along the beach in Santa Monica so Laney, of course, enjoys her long walks as well. Some of my other favorite L.A. locales that I mention in the book are Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills, the famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. I set the other half of the book in my hometown of Greenville, S.C., so Laney finds herself at one of my favorite dining spots, The Lazy Goat on several occasions. Much of the action happens there. It’s a cool restaurant that I fell in love with on one of my trips home.
If you were casting a movie for Sparkelicious, who would you cast?
Reese Witherspoon or Rachel McAdams as Laney. Jennifer Aniston or Busy Phillips as Bridgett, Faye Dunaway, Dolly Parton or Jane Fonda as Sophie, Laura Linney as Missy, Stephen Collins as the Senator and Henry Cavill would play Matt.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on two books at the moment. One is called Prime Time Divas about the home shopping industry and the other is called Lake Hollywood about a talent agent in L.A. who finds love in a unique way.
If you could tell one thing to your readers what would it be?
That the story will take them on an exciting and maybe unexpected adventure.
Now lets meet Laney Montgomery
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Ambitious, kind and good hearted.
How do you relax in your free time?
I take long walks in the Hollywood Hills and on the beach in Santa Monica.
Top 3 things from your bucket list!
I don’t want to give the story away, so you’ll have to read the book!
What kind of music do you like? Your favorite band?
I was a huge fan of Adam Lambert’s when he was on American Idol so I love his music and I also love jazz… Diana Krall and Norah Jones.
Who is your Celebrity crush?
Since I live in Hollywood and work with so many stars, and have several neighbors who are in the biz, I don’t really have any crushes. Most of them are my friends.
If you could choose to become a Superhero – who would want to be like?
Wonderwoman… she was sexy, strong and powerful.
One mistake that you will never repeat.
I think you learn from your mistakes, but I would have to say that I need to learn to not take people at face value.
What can the readers learn from your story?
That every family has its flaws, that no one is perfect and if you get knocked down, you have to get back up again!
Personally, I am hoping for Rachel McAdams as Laney Montgomerry! What about you guys? Those of you who have already read the, who would you cast as Laney?
Stalk the Author
Ms.Floyd has kindly offered to giveaway three copies of her book 'Sparkelicious'! Its open to US Residents only. So what are you waiting for? Just one day left... Go enter the rafflecopter below and try your luck!!
The Winners are:
Jo MichealsDelSheree Gladden