My special guest on Authorpalooza today is the fun and fabulous Dina Silver! Dina made her debut as an author last year with her amazingly successful, award-winning novel, ONE PINK LINE. She is an inspiration to all of us indie writers! Recently, she released Book 2 aka KAT FIGHT in paperback (the e-book version will be coming very soon!) and Dina's here to tell us more about her new riotous, romance-filled novel!
Dina has generously offered to give away one copy of her book, KAT FIGHT, in either paperback or Kindle format. So, be sure to leave a comment, including your e-mail address, below to be entered for a chance to win.
1) Can you give us a brief overview of KAT FIGHT?
KAT FIGHT is loosely based on how I met my husband, and centers around the main character, Kat Porter. It’s a modern day love triangle wherein the book opens with turmoil in Kat’s long term relationship, and follows her through a string of (hopefully hilarious!) events that eventually lead her to the love of her life.
2) What's your favorite quality about your hero/heroine?
She has a sense of humor. She is a hopeless romantic, but truly wants to build a family, not just find love for love’s sake.
3) What made you want to write this book?
I initially wanted to write it as a screenplay, and pictured many of the scenes in my head as live action. Once I sat down to write it, I thought I would enjoy seeing it as a novel first.
4) What are you working on now?
I don’t want to give too much away, but my third book will be taking a lighthearted, humorous look at a serious topic.
5) What comes first for you -- character idea, plot idea?
Definitely plot idea.
6) How do you think of titles?
Thinking up titles is one of my favorite things to do, and for me, less is always more. I have worked in advertising writing headlines for 15 years, so I always try to think of my titles as succinct headlines. How can I say the most about my book with the least amount of words.
7) What are your thoughts on love scenes in books? Do you prefer to read/write sweet/romantic encounters between your hero and heroine or spicy ones?
I absolutely love to read both sweet and spicy love scenes, but I have not perfected the same comfort in writing them…the spicy ones that is.
8) Who are the authors who inspire you?
I adore old-school women’s fiction pioneers like Helen Fielding & Melissa Bank. I also really love Sarah Gruen’s writing style, and pretty much anything by Nora Ephron.
9) What genres do you like to read? Do you stick to one or are you eclectic in your reading tastes?
I like murder mysteries as much as I like love stories. I have often referred to myself as a ‘Top Ten Reader’ because I’m always interested in reading what’s immensely popular. I think it’s important for authors to read what’s on trend, whether you write that genre or not.
10) What was the last book you read that really WOWed you?
Well, that’s an easy one – FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. It wowed me for a few reasons. One, the hype was fascinating to me. Two, the sex scenes were also highly fascinating. And three, the whole fan-fiction infusion was something new to me as well. I had an interesting time learning about the author’s inspiration.
11) Do you prefer a series or stand alone novels?
As far as reading, no preference. As far as writing, I would love to write a series…daunting as it may seem.
12) If you could be plopped down in the middle of any book, which one would it be?
I have to say PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. It’s a standout as one of my all time faves.
13) If you could invite any five people (living or dead) over for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
Jon Stewart (He cracks me up)
Jon Bon Jovi (It’s obvious why)
Andy Cohen (I want to be his BFF)
My son, Ryan (He likes a good party like his momma)
Kathy Griffin (I prefer loud, funny people at my dinner parties)
Fast and Flirty
Favorite word? Random
Dream vacation spot?
Dream vacation spot?
Favorite time period in history? The 80’s
Favorite girl's night out drink? Extra dirty martini with an obscene amount of blue cheese olives
Favorite date night activity? Dinner out
Coffee or tea or soda? Coffee
Strong but lean or built and burly? Strong but lean
Scruffy or clean-shaven? Scruffy
Dark-haired or blond? Dark hair
Celebrity Hottie on your laminated list? Chris PineNovel hero crush? Mr. Darcy
Thank you for spending some time with us, Dina! Wishing you much success with KAT FIGHT!
Leave a comment below telling me about your favorite love triangle in a book and you'll be entered to win a copy of KAT FIGHT (in Kindle or paperback format - your choice!) Don't forget to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win! Drawing will take place on Monday, July 2nd, so get your comments in by midnight on Sunday, July 1st.
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