The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Welcome Crimson Romance author, Serena Clarke!

 Hi Serena! Happy to welcome you to my blog today :)
I have heard endless good things about Crimson Romance and have yet to chat with one of their authors who doesn't love working with them and plan to have a long future as a Crimson Romance author. I wish you lots of success and sales! Let's get started...

Thanks so much for having me to visit with you Rachel!

Did you set any goals for 2012?
My goal was to find a publisher for All Over the Place, so I got one thing ticked off at least! I only did my Jillian Michaels exercise DVD about six times though – maybe I’ll be able to tick that one off for 2013!

What is the best part of the writing process for you?
When the characters take the story and run, and I’m left racing along in their wake trying to write everything down! Minds of their own sometimes.

The worst part?
Balancing real life with the other world inside my head! I’m going around completely distracted most of the time. Oh, and the way every cup of tea I make goes cold when I’m writing, as I’m so engrossed I always forget to drink them. I end up with just a mug of brackish water from so many hot water top-ups!

What is the book you wish you’d written?
Charlotte’s Web. It’s deceptively simple and sweet, but the whole effect is utterly magical and moving. I re-read it recently and it made me cry again!

Favourite author/s & book/s?
Well, I adore Wuthering Heights. When I was reading it for the first time, I literally couldn’t sleep at night for thinking about it! Most of my reading though is women’s fiction and chick lit, with interesting plot lines and a happy ever after. I do like funny, quirky stories – I’m really looking forward to Sarah-Kate Lynch’s next book.

Tell us about your latest release?
All Over the Place is fun, feel-good fiction with a chick lit vibe – and a romantic happy ending, naturally! One lovely reviewer called it “a thoroughly engaging, globe-hopping confection of a novel…an enchanting journey of both distance and heart.”

Tease us with a blurb/short excerpt.
Here’s the blurb!

Livi Callaway has fled back to London after a reality TV disaster in New Zealand. Safely anonymous in the big city, she’s determined to stay under the radar from now on. But her attempts to build a new life are complicated by unexpected visitors from her old one, and new dangers and temptations lie in wait.

Late one night, she meets a mysteriously sexy American on the Underground – and the events that follow take her from Pooh Bear to the golden lights of Paris, via a trail of rock stars dead and alive. A family in disarray, a determined Swede, a crazed Australian and a childhood friend (who might yet be more than that) have her all over the place as she tries to discover the American’s secret – while keeping her own.

With help – and occasional hindrance – from her friends, what she eventually finds is something unexpected...sometimes, running away can lead you to exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

What is your favourite attribute of the hero and heroine?
There are two guys in the book – and I don’t want to give away which one Livi ends up with! But one is sexy-cool, and one is sexy-smart. Both good attributes, I think! I like Livi’s appreciation of friends and family, and her willingness to strike out in new directions.

What’s next?
The next book! It’s a work in progress, that I’m enjoying very much. Jillian probably doesn’t stand a chance of being ticked off the list this year either…

Tell me where you write?
I often write at my vintage scrubbed pine dining room table. On the wall is a clock with three faces, showing the time in London, New Zealand and New York. So I write with the sound of three clocks ticking. You’d think that would make me write faster, but sadly it doesn’t – mostly it just reminds me which of my friends in far-flung places might be waking up and ready for a Facebook chat!

Where would you like your career to be in 5 years?
I’m very interested to know what the publishing industry will look like by then. Whatever happens, there’ll always be a need for stories. I’d like to have several books out (in any format) and be working on the next – I have plenty of ideas and I don’t plan on stopping now!

Where can we find you?
At my website and on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. I’d love to hear from you!

Buy links for All Over the Place:

Serena is waiting to chat! Questions? Comments?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me Rachel - it's a treat to be here on World Book Day! Hope everyone has a wonderful bookish day! :-)