The fabulous author Lucie Simone is here to gab about her latest novel, let us in on why she choose to self-publish, and what tastes like Christmas in a cup!
Read on and enter for a chance to win her novel, Hollywood Ending!
1) How did you become a published author?
I tried to go the traditional route. After finishing (and revising and editing) my manuscript, I sent it out to 51 agents. And despite getting several requests, and lots of praise for my writing, my voice, and my story, no one bit. But I wasn’t ready to give up. So, I formed my own small press and published it myself!
2) That’s wonderful-why wait?! What has been your favorite author experience so far?
Honestly, just having my book published and available for others to read is pretty dang awesome. Seeing it go from a digital file on my computer to a cheery paperback in my hands was rather fantastic.
3) In contrast, were there any less than thrilling part of being an writer?
Rejection has to be right at the top. Really, no one wants to hear that the manuscript they’ve spent years crafting and revising and editing didn’t please someone. But, I’ve learned that it’s part of the process, and I try not to let it get to me. Having a stash of chocolate nearby is also handy at smoothing ruffled feathers.
4) What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. If you’re a writer, write. Don’t let rejections or bad critiques or writer’s block or lack of time or anything stop you from writing. And then I’d also add, focus on one project at a time and finish one project at a time. It’s easy to get discouraged and abandon your manuscript for something you think might be better. But I say finish it. Maybe it won’t be the one that you sell, but at least you’ve finished it. That alone is a major accomplishment.
5) That’s a great point. But what do you do when your trying to write and you need more motivation.
I just sit and stare at the monitor until something comes. It usually does. It might take a few hours, and I might delete it all the next day, but at least I got words on the page. Writing is all about butt in the chair, fingers on the keys and words on the page. Without that, you got nothin’.
6) Tell me about your latest novel, Hollywood Ending:
Hollywood Ending is a romantic comedy about life in Hollywood for the not-so-rich-and-famous. Trina Stewart is desperate to find a proper Hollywood job and finally quit teaching ESL, but after ten years in Tinsel Town, things are looking grim. That is, until she sets her sights on sexy new neighbor, Matiu Wulf, a New Zealander of Maori origin who is only in Los Angeles to get some scene design experience to beef up his resume, and then he’s headed back home to Auckland. He manages to thwart Trina’s advances, but when she falls under the spell of a toothy-grinned thespian, he’s desperate to win back her heart. But when Hollywood gets in the way, these two soon discover that life in Tinsel Town isn’t all red carpets, after parties and celebrity gossip. In fact, Hollywood can be a downright beeyatch!
7) I’m hooked! What is it really like living in Hollywood?
I think Hollywood is a great place to live. It’s got a bit of a gritty aspect to it that probably surprises most tourists when they visit, but I think that’s what I like most about it. Shabby souvenir shops line the very same boulevard that hosts red carpet premiers and the annual Oscar awards. Lamborghinis zoom by while the downtrodden panhandle in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater. Celebrities get down and funky at posh nightclubs right next to the Greyhound Bus Depot where Hollywood hopefuls arrive daily. You never know what you might see or who you might meet in Hollywood, but I can guarantee you it won’t be dull!
8 ) Lol! Who has been your biggest influence?
In terms of writers, by far my biggest influence has been Marian Keyes. I really love her work! But truly it is my friends who have made the biggest impact on my writing. They’ve always supported me and believed in me even when I didn’t. And they sometimes end up influencing characters or situations in my stories.
9) Tell me more about you, what are a few things you can’t live without?
My friends, my cats, my phone, my computer, my yoga mat and my bike. I could probably live without chocolate, but I’d really miss it!
10) Every one knows how much writers love coffee and coffee shops. So I have to ask…what’s your favorite coffee drink?
I am that rare breed of writer that doesn’t drink coffee, but I do love a good chai latte now and then. It’s like Christmas in a cup!
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