Saturday, August 13, 2011

Brooke Moss Q&A [& Giveaway]

Brooke Moss
· Website
· Blog
· Facebook
· Twitter

· The "What If" Guy [Buy]

When did you decide that you wanted to become an author?

Thanks for having me here today, I’m excited to be a part of a blog I am such a fan of!

I knew I wanted to be an author when I was as young as eight or nine years old. But it wasn’t until about five years ago (when I turned 30) that I decided I was going to actively pursue publication. I always thought it was out of reach, but when I decided it wasn’t, and that I had as good a chance as anyone, I bit into it, and held on like a bulldog. I wasn’t letting go until I made it!

Where do your story ideas come from?
Everyday life. I love seeing a typical, everyday couple—a couple you wouldn’t normally look at, and see a romantic backstory—and finding out their love story. I think I make people uncomfortable sometimes, because I ask the strangest questions. Questions you don’t usually hear when you’re not at a slumber party. How did you meet? What was your best kiss? Things like that. But this is how I pull story ideas from real life.

How has your writing experience changed since joining forces with Entangled Publishing?
Well, for starters, the editing process will put hair on your chest, for sure! I had to learn how to develop a thick skin and how to let go of certain details that I was attached to, for the sake of putting out an excellent story. The women of Entangled have taught me plenty of things, but first and foremost, they’ve taught me that the “hard” part of being an author is certainly not writing the book. The stuff that comes after you’ve stopped writing (the editing again and again and again, the publicizing your book, etc.) that is the hard part. Actually sitting down and writing the book is a walk in the park. These women work hard, and they expect their writers to do the same. But it is all for a grand purpose: putting out an excellent book.

What do you like to do in your free time?
What’s “free time”? Ha! No, actually, I like to spend time with my husband and four kids. We are going to the ocean this summer, and I am thrilled to actually have some time to run around and be silly with them. Other than that, I enjoy watching shows like Top Chef and reading a good book. And there is nothing better than movie night with my girlfriends. Love it.

Could you tell us what a "what if" guy is to you? Have you ever had a "what if" guy in your life?
A “what if” guy is any man that you look back on, and wonder what life would be like had you picked him. Every woman has a “whew!” guy, the guy you look back on and think, thank God I didn’t wind up with HIM. But very few women are willing to admit that they have a “what if” guy, too. Not someone that you would leave your current spouse for, by any means, but someone that you look back on with fondness and love. Because your time with him was good. And yes, I have a “what if” guy, or two. Obviously it wasn’t meant to be, as I am now married to the nerd of my dreams, and wouldn’t trade him for the world. But…there are a few men out there that I look back on with a smile on my face.

How does The "What If" Guy stand apart from other romance novels?
This book really bridges the gap between women’s fiction and contemporary romance. It has some sexiness, as well as some laughs, but it also has some strong emotional content that you often see in women’s fiction. But, because this is how I prefer my books to be, I wrap it all up with an H.E.A. (happily ever after) in the end. Who says that women’s fiction doesn’t necessarily have to end with an H.E.A.? I say it does!

I am so thrilled to be sharing my debut novel with the world! The What If Guy is available at Amazon, B&N, Books On Board, and at your local bookseller. A special thanks goes to Entangled Publishing for their amazing prizes and giveaways. Thanks guys!

Win a [paperback] copy of The What If Guy. Be sure to be a follower of this blog, then comment with your name and e-mail I can contact you at. This is a 24-hour contest! Be sure to enter by Sunday, August 14th at midnight EST!!


Tiffany Drew said...

This looks like such a good book. And I agree, almost everyone has a "what if" guy/girl even if they aren't willing to admit it. Everyone wonders what could have been at some point in their lives. Please count me in for this, I'd love to read it. Thanks!

GFC follower Tiffany Drew


Natasha said...

Count me in!! This book looks good. Thanks for this giveaway!


Cami A. said...

Brooke Moss is one of my favorite authors. She writes a good novel that grabs your attention from the very beginning and keeps it until the very end! She has just the right amount of "hottness"! Keep up the good work Brooke. I'm excited to read more!

Janhvi said...

please count me in if this contest is international!:)
the book sounds good!

GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Di said...

That's great that you've attained your dream of being published. And with four kids you must not get much sleep. I loved the description of 'The What If Guy' and must have the HEA.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

signed up for this blog email & as follower

brittkneesaur said...

BADASS :D thanks so much! If its not international forget me.
following: brittkneesaur
email: brittkneenerd(@))hotmail(dot)com

Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
GFC: audreyclair

Amy said...

Awesome giveaway, this is one of the many books on my to read list.  My best friend and I have shared with each other our "what if" guys.  My "what if" guy is my first love.  We dated for two years in college.  The main reason we broke up is bc I transferred and neither one of us wanted to do the long distance thing.
GFC follower:  Amy Bromberg

Unknown said...

Great interview! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win her novel!! Sounds like an awesome read!!!

GFC follower; Moonlight Gleam


Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! The book sound really great. GFC follower


Melliane said...

thanks for the interview and the giveaway !

i'm a gfc follower


Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

Thanks for this!

GFC name: Michelle Adams/chelle2006

Victoria Zumbrum said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Website Hit Counter
[Visitors since 4/9/2011]

Blog Design by Missy using images from the Bedtime Stories kit by Kotozebra Designs