Thursday, May 31, 2012

Random Questions with Carrie Lofty

Thanks so much for having me stop by! I’m excited to talk about “A Little More Scandal.” At just $.99… 

Take a chance! This is an adorable intro to my Christies series of Victorian romances.

It’s one of Pocket’s first original digital releases. You can read more about those fabulous new originals here, including an extended excerpt of “A Little More Scandal.”

But there. Aside from the blurb, that’s my sales pitch. Let’s do silly stuff now…

Q: Give us some insight into your typical “feather boas and bon bons” authorly day.
I wake up too early, generally get my kids to school just this side of late, and try to avoid McDonald’s on the way home. Then it’s all manner of potential procrastination, such as sending my three cats to separate corners. At ages 14, 5 and twelve weeks…there is much discord.

Oh, and writing! I try for three thousand words a day (about 18-20 pages) when I’m drafting. 
Otherwise we’re talking revisions, promotions, editing or agenting chat thingies, admin, and finally, maybe getting around to making dinner. Ok. That last one is a lie. My kids have become gratifyingly self-sufficient.

Q: Speaking of, what’s the dumbest thing your kids have done this week?
Ticked off my husband and I at the same time? Usually they manage to do it one at a time, where one of stays sane and plays voice of reason. That’s a lot harder to do when we both lose our tops. I think it had to do with Wii games. Or homework. Or syrup in their hair. Just pick one and it probably happened.

Q: Favoritest place in the whole, whole world?
The London Underground. I met my husband in England, and we lived three hours apart. Every time I wound up on the Tube, it meant I was going to see him. Liverpool Street station is the best. Sitting on a patch of marble, eating a tuna baguette, watching thousands of people going somewhere. The author in me always wants to make up stories for each one.

Q: It’s widely known that office supply stores are like enticing mythic sirens. But why??
They put an addictive scent in ink. I think it’s called eau de potential.

Q: TV shows you love—and feel free to admit loving?
“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Doctor Who,” and “Game of Thrones.” Absolutely. I think that’s where Lorelie Brown and I started as writing partners. (DOUBLE DOWN, our first erotic romance for Samhain under the name Katie Porter, will be released July 31.) We couldn’t stop making up happy endings for dance couples we loved, and writing together extended from there. Now just about everyone I know is addicted to “Game of Thrones.” Arya Stark is the littlest, awesomest heroine ever. But Lorelie has no taste when it comes to turning up her nose about “Doctor Who”. The poor dear.

Q: TV shows you love—that feel really totally embarrassed loving?
“Say Yes to the Dress” in all its incarnations, and “Smash”—although that’s borderline. It’s cheesy, but it might almost be considered not embarrassing. In the right company, anyway, such as theater people!

Q: What word can you never spell right on the first try?
Cousion. Cushoin. Coushon. Cushion, dammit!

Q: Trapped in an adults-only resort, which three celebs would you like there with you?
Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And I’m not sharing.

Q: What’s next for you?
STARLIGHT, the second full-length romance in the Christies series, is set in Victorian Glasgow. It just got a 4 ½ stars Top Pick from RT BookReviews, which was such a happy honor. It come out on June 26th. So soon!

Then comes another Pocket Star digital original, HIS VERY OWN GIRL. It’s a historical romance set in WWII. Seriously. Not women’s fiction. Not literary fiction. But a full-on honest to goodness historical romance. I hope it helps broaden the sub-genre into the early 20th century. I’m stoked. Like…amazingly stoked.

I’m giving away a copy of FLAWLESS to one lucky commenter. FLAWLESS is the first of the Christies series from Pocket. I’ll ship anywhere. Anyone who already has FLAWLESS can win any choice from my back catalog.


Barbara E. said...

I think I'm the only one in the country who hasn't watched Game of Thrones, but I definitely agree with Dr Who, love Matt Smith's Doctor. I'm looking forward to reading the Christie's series and His Very Own Girl sounds fascinating as well.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Michele L. said...

Hey, Barbara, don't feel bad. I haven't seen Game of Thrones either. I have never watched Dr. Who but have watched Smash but got bored with it. My favorite shows are Pawn Stars with Chumlee, American Pickers, Amazing Race, America's Got Talent, Duets, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and Chopped. I am definitely a reality show junkie!

Your Christie series sounds fantastic! It is on my To-Buy list. Sure was fun having you here Carrie! I loved reading your answers above.

Mary Preston said...

When writing cushion you could always pretend to be trying it out in different languages. I always had trouble with WHICH WITCH when I was young.

FLAWLESS look incredible.

host said...

Love the Flawless cover, it looks so luxurious :) If we are talking about series I also have to admit that I didn't see a single episode of Game of Thrones and I just don’t get what’s all the fuss with Doctor Who – I saw a few episodes and it was soooo boring (and I normally adore Sci-Fi) :)

Carrie Lofty said...

Have you heard the rumor that Madame de Pompadour may be returning as his new companion? Just think of how many years we didn't see of her life in "The Girl in the Fireplace." I think it's brilliant! *crossing fingers*

I hope you enjoy the Christies, and especially HIS VERY OWN GIRL. I think it has to be one of the only true historical romances set in WWII, and I can't wait to see how romance readers receive it. Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie Lofty said...

SMASH definitely got better. There was a place at about episode three or four when I debated continuing. I'm glad I did, but it really is for people who don't mind folks randomly breaking into song! My husband only rolls his eyes *g* And I totally dig Pawn Stars, especially when they find historic rarities. So cool.

Thanks for being here today!

Carrie Lofty said...

LOL! Thing is, my 9-yo is an incredible speller. If I can't get cushion right... *g*

Carrie Lofty said...

Because my husband is English and grew up with the series, I was sorta...dragged into Doctor Who. Now I'm addicted. He was not as successful with dragging me into football (soccer) except when the World Cut rolls around--but then I support Spain, so he hasn't done a very good job of indoctrinating me!

Carol L. said...

Hi Carrie,
Love that cover. I can't wait to read about the Christies. Thanks for the chance. My daughter loves Dr. Who so I now watch it with her. :)Saw Game of Thrones twice.Good luck everyone.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Di said...

That cover is certainly eye catching! And I do love a series.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

alainala said...

this looks and sounds awesome!! the cover is amazingly gorgeous as well.. thanks for the chance to win!

Leni said...

Just have to say that I love the cover and that lead me to find out more about the book.

Maureen said...

Congratulations on being one of Pocket's first original releases. Your upcoming stories sound interseting.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Jen B. said...

I love how many of the comments mention the Dr. Who comment! As a lifelong Dr. Who fan, I cannot imagine anyone not loving it. Although, my husband and children do seem to make a hasty retreat every time it's on. Odd that! Thanks for the giveaway! jepebATverizonDOTnet

Lory Lee said...

"Cousion. Cushoin. Coushon. Cushion" This made me laugh! So adorable. Congrats on your new book!

Carrie Lofty said...

Game of Thrones and Doctor Who--I like you already. Ooh, and Gregory Peck as your avatar. How awesome is that. Adore that photo :)

Carrie Lofty said...

Thanks, DI. I've been amazingly lucky with my covers. The whole Christies series is rendered so beautifully. Glad you stopped by!

Carrie Lofty said...

No problem, alalnala. I love a good interview and giveaway. So much fun when people turn out. Glad you did!

Carrie Lofty said...

That's the goal of a good cover! I hope the story inside lives up to your hopes. Have a good one, Leni!

Carrie Lofty said...

Thanks, Maureen. Seeing as how I helped launch Carina Press as one of their debut authors...maybe this is a talent of mine? *g*

Carrie Lofty said...

Hi Jen! My daughters now insist that we watch the episodes before they do, so we can warn them about the bad parts. We learned this, unfortunately, after "Waters of Mars." Oops!

Carrie Lofty said...

Adorable? Cool! I was hoping I didn't sound like a dork :)