It’s time for my favorite day of the week, Author Tuesday!
This week we are featuring an interview with Carol Pavliska author of Color Me Crazy (see my review here). It currently has a 4.7 star rating on Amazon and a 4.47 star rating on Goodreads. In addition to her interview Carol is giving away one e-book copy of Color Me Crazy. I am trying out Rafflecopter for the first time, so please enter away. Giveaway will be open till 11:59 pm MST Monday, November 2, 2015.
Hi! I’m Carol Pavliska and I write contemporary romance. My debut novel, COLOR ME CRAZY, released in May. It’s been a wild ride! Laura’s review was one of the first ones I received, so it has a special place in my heart. I used to be a family humor columnist and blogger, but when the kids grew old enough to realize they were being exploited, I turned to writing fiction. Two factoids about me: I’m a die-hard Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, and I’m a vegan living on a cattle ranch.
1) Why should people read your book? People looking for a fun, sexy read will love Color Me Crazy. It’s a contemporary rock star romance with all of the usual elements—ripped abs, drool-worthy tattoos, a woman who drives the hero crazy—but it also appeals to those looking for something a little different, as well. Julian Wheaton is an iconic guitarist with synesthesia and he sees every sound he hears as colors. It can be crippling for him and results in some very bad behavior (readers universally hate him around page 300), but his trials and tribulations are also humorous and inspiring. Readers laugh, cry, and root their hearts out, all while being plagued by spontaneous bouts of swooning. And of course the real hero of the story is Cleo, the woman who steals his heart like a clumsy pickpocket, saving him in the process.
2) Where is your favorite place to write? I have the perfect place to write in a sweet little alcove off of my bedroom. There are guitars hanging on the walls (the guitars featured in Color Me Crazy belong to my husband). A delightful shrine holds treasures from women in my life who give me strength. A writing desk of my mother’s sits in one corner and a comfy chair in the other. So of course, I almost never write there. I have five kids, so I’m usually writing in the waiting room of the orthodontist’s office or while waiting for someone to get out of dance or soccer. Basically, I write whenever and wherever I can.
3) What are you currently working on (new book, remodeling your home…)? I’m currently working on another Rock ‘n’ Spin novel. In addition, I’m hoping that this will be the year I finally get to the bottom of the laundry pile.
4) What is your favorite comfort book (the book you re-read because of how it makes you think/feel)? I’m really not one of those people who likes to re-read books or re-watch movies, but when Diana Galbadon released the eighth book in the Outlander series, I insanely decided to start from the beginning and re-read them ALL. It took me forever but I loved every minute of it! I felt like such an insider, and I was amazed by how many important details had escaped me the first time through. I also sometimes open one of my Haruki Murakami novels—just to Page Whatever—to pluck a treasure here or there. It’s kind of like walking past a box of truffles and popping one in your mouth.
5) What is the next book in your TBR (to be read) pile? Ha! My TBR pile is HUGE. I’m a cross-genre reader, so it’s a grab bag. Short stories, historical fiction, romance, and sci-fi—my Kindle is about to burst. I don’t read a lot while writing for fear of being influenced, so my book consumption happens in massive spurts between projects.
6) Turn on your music player and hit shuffle – what song/artist comes up first? I know how probability works (or have a vague understanding of it anyway) so the odds of this being a Red Hot Chili Peppers song are super high. Yep! Havana Affair (a Ramones cover). I love it!
7) What’s your random talent (balancing a spoon on your nose, saying the alphabet backwards…)? Well, at times like this I really wish I could juggle. Alas, I have no quirky, random talent to speak of.
8) Ask the reviewer – what question have you always wanted to ask a book reviewer? How do you decide which books to review? Laura – I am similar to you, in that I have very varied taste. I will read pretty much anything but mysteries (I’m too impatient and skip to the end), westerns, horror and super religious. So when looking for a book to read/review I usually start with the Goodreads/Amazon synopsis. I also write down if I see an interesting review in a magazine or online. Colorful or detailed covers also draw me in. I then read the publishers description and see if it strikes my fancy. I read a lot and am always looking for new books. I try to review all of the books I read.