Current Release: In Bloom (Book #1 in the Brightside Series)
Describe your current release by starting out with "In a world".
In a world where giving up fear and following her dreams at all costs takes precedence, recent college grad Olivia Bloom piles all of her belongings into her old Volkswagen and moves to Los Angeles to become a costume designer. After a chance run-in with her favorite rock star Berkeley Dalton almost sends her running for home, her Hollywood-insider neighbors taker her under their wings and spin her into an It girl at Elton John's Oscar party. Having learned to be her bravest self under their tutelage, Liv’s Old Hollywood dreams begin to unfold in ways she never could have imagined, and she struggles to remain grounded. Even as a second chance meeting with Berkeley Dalton ignites a whirlwind romance, Liv never truly believes that an “every” girl from Pittsburgh could end up living this magical behind-the-scenes existence. She is determined to remain rooted in reality and focused on her new career as a lingerie designer, but just when it seems the fairy tale may crumble, Berkeley proves to Liv that maybe magic exists after all…
What are you working on?
The second book in the Brightside Series (which will pick up where IN BLOOM leaves off).
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
Oh my goodness, does it ever. My path to publication is a bit unusual because I never knew I wanted to be a writer until the economic crisis caused me to shift careers from dress designer to lingerie designer to e-commerce director for the lingerie line. My new position required me to write a blog, and not really being a lingerie expert, I decided to write a fictional serial about a girl who worked for the lingerie line. I posted two chapters a week and live tweeted as several of the characters over a period of nine months, and by the end I'd written a novel and fallen in love with storytelling. My plan was to self-publish and give IN BLOOM away for free to our lingerie customers and I hired a freelance editor to give me notes before I sent it out into the world. If I'd known anything about publishing at the time, I would have been too intimidated to ask Jennifer Pooley (former HarperCollins senior editor) to read my book, but fortunately ignorance is bliss. She ended up loving the story so much that she refunded her fee, and asked to represent me. We joined forces with Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency and several months later I signed a three book deal with Entangled Publishing's Embrace imprint with Karen Grove and Nicole Steinhaus editing.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
IN BLOOM has only been out for a few weeks and is my first book so I haven't had any in person reader interaction. I do get a kick out of it when readers discover that all of the twitter accounts in the book are real, though--my phone will light up with all the follows--it makes my day. And I love it when readers tweet to the characters...you never know...they might just tweet back!
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
This is terrible, but I have been known to Candy Crush. It's more fun than cleaning the kitchen though (which also often happens). For some reason when I'm writing I have extreme dirt finding radar.
Thanks for having me! The second book in the Brightside Series is scheduled to be released in Fall 2014 (so I better get back to writing!)