Monday, June 25, 2012

AUTHORPALOOZA INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY - DINA SILVER

This giveaway is now CLOSED!  Congratulations to Cat Lavoie, the winner of Dina Silver's e-book, KAT FIGHT!  

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? 
Maui
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 Pine
Novel 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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15 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see Dina Silver be a part of this fantastic Authorpalooza! I have _One Pink Line_ on my queued up to read soon on my Kindle and I can't wait to read it. Congrats on the accolades on it, Dina! You are a huge inspiration for me in this indie author world!

    One of my favorite love triangles is from the genius Emily Giffin. I really did love the triangle among Dex, Rachel and Darcy. Heck, I guess throw Marcus in there, too.

    As bratty as Darcy was in SOBO, I did sympathize with her in some areas.... I was rooting for everyone in that four-way love...rectangle?...except (I'll admit), I wanted to choke Dex sometimes. haha Fabulous chick lit relationship mess right there! Had me page-flipping like mad!

    Thanks for the contest and Q&A!
    -Savannah Page
    info[at]savannahpage].]com

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  2. Great interview! My favorite love triangle is Bridget Jones, Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones' Diary. Thanks Tracie and Dina!

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  3. Can't wait to read, D! Ordering mine today!

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  4. I'm just dropping a note to say hi to Dina. I got an advanced copy of KAT FIGHT (thanks, Dina!) and I loved it!

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  5. I love Dina! Way to go on book 2! Mrsmommybooknerdsbookreviews at gmail dot com

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  6. Hi!! One Pink Line is on my to read list!!! Kat Fight sounds really cool too!!! Love chick lit!! I call myself a chick lit writer, but I do think my sex scenes are a bit spicy for the genre ;) I like to read both...but when I write, I just can't hold back! LOL!

    haefner919 at yahoo dot com

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  7. I love the triangle in Sense and Sensibility between Willouby, Marianne and the other girl lol forget her name Jane Grey or something anyway just love the scene at the ball. Poor Marianne!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. After reading this interview...I LOVE HER! Can't wait to go download some new books to read! I would love to win a copy! kimberley2229@yahoo.com

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  9. OOps...forgot my favorite Love Triangle...DUH! That would be Edward, Bella and Jacob. Although, only for a brief second during Eclipse did I think Jacob had a chance! When she kissed him on the mountain I shut the book and got very, very sad! I always believe the girl should get the boy...the RIGHT boy!!

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  10. Yeah I'd have to say one of my favorite love triangles has to be between Edward, Bella, And Jacob in the Twilight series. Loved the series!

    Sheena
    wapneski@yahoo.com

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  11. Pride & Prejudice - Darcy/Elizabeth/Wickham

    nicholepottinger@yahoo.com

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  12. Very nice interview. The one in the Twilight series.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Fun interview. Thanks Dina and Tracie!
    I have "One Pink Line" in my to-read pile. I think my favorite all-time love triangle (which actually turns out to not really be one) is in "Rebecca" between Maxim, the un-named heroine and the deceased Rebecca. Such a great book! For a more recent book, I also like the Bridget Jones, Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy love triangle.
    jackie at jackiebouchard dot com

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  14. Bridget O'NeillJune 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    My favorite love triangle in a book would have to be between Stephanie Plum, Ranger, and Joe Morelli in the Stephanie Plum novels.

    bjoneill@hotmail.com

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  15. Yay! Thanks so much Tracie and Dina! I'm really looking forward to reading Kat Fight! :)

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