Today’s a fun day for me because I get to introduce a debut author friend of mine. Kerry Schafer is doing her first blog tour, and each stop is giving away a copy of her book, BETWEEN. (My official date on the tour is Jan 28th, but I’m so excited I wanted to share all the info at the beginning of the tour, too.)
Monday, Jan 21st – All good blog tours begin at home
Tuesday, Jan 22nd – Parajunkee’s View
Wednesday, Jan 23rd – Goldilox and the Three Weres
Thursday, Jan 24th – Book Monster Reviews
Friday, Jan 25th – The Knight Agency
Saturday, Jan 26th – Coffee Time Romance
Sunday, Jan 27th – The Jeep Diva
Tuesday, Jan 29th – Bitten By Books Launch Party
Wednesday, Jan 30th – Ex Libris
Thursday, Jan 31st – Ramblings From This Chick
Friday, Feb 1st – Mama Kitty Reviews
Saturday, Feb 2nd – Spann of Time
Sunday, Feb 3rd – Simply Ali
Monday, Feb 4th – The Qwillery
Tuesday, Feb 5th And everything should end, where it began, at home
There will be a chance at every tour stop to win a copy of BETWEEN. And Kerry’s got her own giveaway happening at her blog!!! Lots of cool posts, lots of prizes, lots of fun!!! (You can also enter before Jan 29th at Goodreads for chances to win BETWEEN!!)
As an added bonus to my official tour stop post on the 28th, I asked Kerry my usual “get to know you” author questions. She managed to find time in her debut release crazytimes to get these back to me.
There are times when I prefer quiet, but I usually have music on. I am the owner of this archaic electronic device called a CD player. (I actually have a record player for vinyl, too, but I don’t use it often). If I’m home alone, I pile up to 12 CDs into the CD player and press the ‘random’ button. It shuffles songs, just like an iPod, and I have my mix. But my house tends to be loud. There were times during the writing of Between when there was one kid on the Xbox, one playing electric guitar, one playing the piano, (different song in a different key, of course). On those days, I drown out the noise with ear buds and iTunes. My preferred genre for writing is a little thing I call “anything I’m familiar with so I don’t get distracted by the lyrics.” My line-up on a given day might include Mark Knopfler, the Eagles, Evanescence, Pink Floyd, Opeth, Norah Jones, Carrie Underwood, and JJ Cale in totally random and disconcerting order.
2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffee shop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?
I write wherever I can find the space and time. My life tends to fall in the insanely busy category, and writing time has to be carved out of chaos. At home I like to write at the kitchen table, which allows me to look out of a large picture window and be distracted by the deer and wild turkeys inspired by the trees and sky. However, when that space gets too populated or noisy, or if I have a deadline and really need to focus, I have a desk in the mud room where I stare at a wall and really get work done. I like to write at my favorite café (they make the best Americanos ever), but this is a bit of a luxury. I write at my desk at work during lunch break, in the car while waiting for people, and very occasionally I write on the couch. This generally ends with a very low word count and a long, unplanned nap.
People write with a group? And writing actually happens? I tried this once or twice a long time ago. We had a lot of fun and consumed some great snacks. Word count was abysmal. Still, it sounds like fun and I’m sure I’d try it again, given the opportunity.
3) How do you prepare for release day? Are you calm and focused, or do you get stressed? Do you like to make promotional appearances or stay at home to watch lists and numbers?
Since I’m answering this questions well in advance of release day, I am currently preparing by trying to do All The Things in advance. Clean the house, stock up on groceries, write blog posts for the tour. I don’t know that I’d call myself either calm or focused, but I’m not exactly freaking out. Yet. There’s plenty of time for a complete and utter meltdown. I’ll have to let you know about the promotional appearances after I make one.
4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?
My favorite costumes ever go way back to my childhood. My mom used to volunteer at a charity that gave away donations of clothes. Once she brought home a stack of nightgowns and bathrobes which sent me and my friends into a frenzy of delight. Don’t laugh! They were floor length wonders, made of silk and satin and lace (at least as I remember them) and we spent marvelous hours playing dress up and making up plays.
5) If you could go anywhere on vacation (and not interfere with your deadlines), where would you go, and what 3 items (besides food and clothes) would you bring with you?
I’ll take a tropical island with a private beach. Although any private beach on the ocean would do – tropical is not necessary. I would bring with me books (yes, paper), my laptop, and an iPad loaded with favorite tunes.
6) What song best describes your life? If you can’t think of one, who would you want to write/perform a song just for you?
“The Bug” by Dire Straits.
“You gotta know happy, you gotta know glad
Because you’re gonna know lonely and you’re gonna know bad
When you’re rippin’ and a ridin’ and you’re comin’ on strong
You start slippin’ and a slidin’ and it all goes wrong because
Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together, baby
Sometimes you’re a fool in love…’
Speaking of which, if Mark Knopfler wanted to join me on that beach, I would not object. He could play that guitar for me any time, anywhere.
7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?
If I was going to spend all day with one of my characters, it would definitely be Zee. And we would be reading books together. Of course. Any locked doors would be for the sole purpose of keeping things quiet so we could focus on that reading.
8) What world record would you love to set for the Guinness Book of World Records? (Remember, they take ALL KINDS of interesting talents into account. Some world records include *fastest 100m sprint, barefoot, on ice = 17.35 secs… *fastest pumpkin carving of a face = 24.03 secs… *longest distance pogo stick jumping = 23.11 miles)
Fastest and best book ever written.
9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?
Supposably. It’s not in the dictionary, at least not yet, thank God. If I could wipe it out of everybody’s brains that would make me happy. As for adding a word? I don’t know. I make up words all the time, but at the moment nothing comes to mind.
10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?
I am a total coffee snob. Anybody who has roomed with me at a conference will attest to this fact. I will sacrifice articles of fashion, or shoes, in order to include a bag of good coffee and the means of short circuiting those stupid little coffee makers they have started putting in the hotel rooms, so I can use real coffee instead of the coffee-like substance provided. If there is no bypassing of the coffee machine possible, then I will trek downstairs OR outside pre-shower in order to secure a cup of something from the closest coffee shop.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope this was something different, and that you had fun telling us a little more about yourself. I can assure you, we’re all anxious to see what you’ve shared!
Thanks so much for inviting me! And yes, this really was fun.
So, ladies and gents… there you have it… a little more about Kerry and her coffee snobbage, lol. Here’s the brief overview of BETWEEN to wet your appetite. Then you can head over to all those places you can enter to win the book!!! You’ll have your shot with me, here, on the 28th.
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.
All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.
And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…