Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa

 

It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!

This week we are featuring an interview with Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa authors of Copygirl (see my review here and Anna’s previous guest post here). It currently has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon and you can check it out on Goodreads. Stay tuned for more… In addition to their interview they are giving away a print copy (US only) of Copygirl. So please enter away, using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, March 21, 2016.

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Anna’s Answers

Please provide a quick intro about yourself and your writing.

Hi, my name is Anna Mitchael. I live out on a ranch in Texas with my family, lots of cattle and a one-eyed dog. Many moons ago, before this country life, I worked as a copywriter in ad agencies. For a while I was working in New York and I didn’t think there was a lot to love about the job until years later, when I reconnected with a woman I had initially met during that time. Michelle Sassa was that woman and we ran into each other at a wedding, started telling stories and laughing and as writers often do I asked her what she was working on. She had some projects, but none she was jazzed about. I had some projects, but none I was jazzed about. So with the help of the tequila we were drinking we did some math and figured up that if we added up all our non-jazzy projects maybe we could get something together that would be like BOOM really sweet music. That project ended up being Copygirl, our book that came out last October. I hope you enjoy this piece and that you get a chance to check out Copygirl. Thanks for reading, I truly appreciate it, Anna

  1. Why should people read your book?

Laughter burns calories. So reading Copygirl = more dessert.

  1. Where is your favorite place to write?

In my house while everyone else is sleeping. There’s nothing to worry about, nothing else I feel like I should be doing, I know everyone is OK. All control freak boxes are checked and so I can just write and have fun. When I started writing with Michelle I started to understand that if we have a great time while we write, it exponentially increases the chances of you having a great time while you read.

  1. What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?

Michelle and I are starting a new project which is scary and exciting. I know when we get to the middle of it I won’t be able to think of much else so I am trying to get little things out of the way. I also realized a few weeks ago that I hadn’t updated any of my makeup techniques since about junior high and so I have been trying to figure out how to use eyeliner….so far not so good. But I haven’t poked out an eye yet so that’s something.

  1. What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?

Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits. “You could tell this had never happened to them over in Germany. You could just tell that in Germany, they have a strict policy whereby people who claim their sons are dinosaurs on public beaches are quickly sedated by the authorities. You could also tell that this couple agreed with that policy.”

  1. What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?

Margaret Atwood The Heart Goes Last.

  1. Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?

The National. Matt Berninger’s lyrics shred my heart into tiny pieces. When it comes to books I like to laugh, laugh, laugh. But I take my music heavy on the moods, please.

  1. What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?

If you need someone to build you a DIY tarantula habitat, I’m your girl.

  1. Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?

A book comes along that EVERYONE likes. It’s the book of the season. Mucho marketing dollars, blurbs from the biggies, but you really don’t like it. Do you worry that reviewing with your true opinion will get backlash from readers or make you seem less of a force or less ‘with it’?  (Even though we know that lots of the big media pubs that promote books don’t bother to read the books before buying into promotion plans) Laura – I really don’t take others opinions of the book into consideration when I write my reviews (I try to not read any reviews before I write mine). It’s my opinion, and I feel if I am not honest that would be more detrimental to my readership than if I toed the company line. I have even read books by some of my favorite authors and given a less then great review, because the book was less than great. If my reviews cause me to lose a follower or two, then they weren’t the followers I needed.

 Michelle’s Answers

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  1. Why should people read your book?

We can all relate to being an outsider and feeling less than. Who doesn’t need a kickass reminder that we’re all awesome the way we are, and that it’s more fun to stand out than fit in?

  1. Where is your favorite place to write?

Green velvet chaise lounge chair in my bedroom. Shades drawn, coffee hot, earplugs in if anyone else is home. But I keep dreaming of that beach house, sitting with my laptop on a veranda overlooking the ocean. Someday… 

  1. What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)?

While Anna and I are incubating our next book, I’m also trying to keep the love going for Copygirl, finding ways for its readers to discover it. I’m also training for a 5K, and wondering if I will ever finally be motivated to clean out the closets, drawers and piles that have been plaguing me since I began my author journey.

  1. What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)?

Margaret Atwood’s short prose anthology Good Bones. It reminds me of the potential power of just a few, well-chosen words. As Atwood writes of wicked queens and evil stepsisters in my favorite selection, ‘Unpopular Gals’: “You can wipe your feet on me, twist my motives around all you like, you can dump millstones on my head and drown me in the river, but you can’t get me out of the story. I’m the plot, babe, and don’t ever forget it.” In my opinion, that last line is one of the best ever written!

  1. What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile?

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton & Liz Steinke. Obviously, Anna and I are ALL about supporting fellow chick writing teams.

  1. Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first?

Holiday by Green Day

  1. What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)?

I am an accomplished rock gardener. (planting flowers, not rocks, people!) My colorful rock wall is the talk of my neighborhood.

  1. Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer?

Have you ever wanted to write your own book? That path seems to have worked well for Elisabeth Egan! Laura – Not really. I, of course, have ideas in my head of how I would like to see a book done, or a certain plot point I think would be interesting, but have no burning desire to write. I prefer to get lost in someone else’s world when reading and I think I would lose some of that joy if I tried to write. Authors are amazing to me because they can build that world, so I think I’ll leave it to the experts.

 

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Go hang out with Anna and Michelle on Twitter @SassaMitchael.

 

Posted March 15, 2016 by Laura in Author Tuesday, Giveaway / 3 Comments


3 responses to “Author Tuesday Interview and Giveaway – Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa

  1. Kimberly

    I have never heard of this book before today. I welcome any book that can make me laugh and enable me to eat more dessert.

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