Tomorrow is the big day! Okay, so technically Mamarazzi released on September 11th, so THAT was the big day...but I'm even more excited about tomorrow! Tomorrow is the Mamarazzi Release PArty on Facebook! It's an all day event with a host of other authors popping in to takeover for their own hour. I'm anxious to talk to them, all of you, and just enjoy the event myself! I'll be doing hourly giveaways and some of the authors may give things away as well. More importantly, we'll get to chat about books and other fun life items! :) Join the party HERE and we'll see you tomorrow! In the meantime, you can order the book by clicking the icon to the left!
How do your pick your titles?
That part is usually very easy for me. I generally have an idea for the title before I begin writing the book. Once I have a basic book idea, the title seems obvious. The Mamarazzi idea actually goes back to my college days or possibly even beyond. I was supposed to write a snipet of an original screenplay for a class and I called it Paparazzi. It was about a male paparazzo who stumbles onto a TV set, ends up on the show, and then the paparazzi are taking HIS picture. It was a small portion of a script, but it was an idea I’d always had in the back of my head. Once I went into more romantic comedy type writing, I decided to flush that idea out, make the main character a woman, and call it MAmarazzi instead. The title came naturally. For my last romantic comedy release, “Accept this Dandelion,” the title was also easy. Have you ever seen the TV show The Bachelor? In that show, they have rose ceremonies and the man will say, “so and so, will you accept this rose?” It means that he wants the woman to continue to date him and if she accepts the rose, it signifies that she agrees to move on. The book was going to be a similar dating show, only on a local level and in a comedic fashion. So “Accept this Dandelion” seemed like a natural title! My first novel, “Someone Always Loved You,” was much more of a struggle. I had NO idea what to call it. My mom helped my come up with a fitting title and I love it now. But it took a while to get there! I much prefer having the title in mind when I start.
Which part of your book did you struggle with the most?
I was super eager to write Mamarazzi. I don’t usually start a book until I have a basic premise and the very first line or scene formed in my mind. The line for Mamarazzi came to me and I was itching to write it. But the holidays were upon me and it wasn’t good timing to just sit down and flush it out. To stall, I held the character naming contests and let the ideas stew. That was in November. I spend December preparing clients and flushing out blocks of time so I could write it in January. So waiting to write it was the first and biggest struggle. Second, I wrote a scene in the book that definitely looked like it meant one particular thing. I didn’t know what it actually meant, but I didn't want it to be what was assumed. I had to sit on that a while and I remember when we were taking our Christmas tree down late in January (finally, I know!) the resolution just came to me. It’s a big tree and my husband was at the top of the stairs trying to take it apart and I’m at the bottom going, oh my gosh, I have it! I know what to do! HE’s like what what?! Then he realized I meant the book, not the big heavy tree… For the most part, when I’m writing I just write. I don't think too much about it. I let the characters have free reign!