Monday, November 25, 2013

Blog Tour: Slide by Michelle Congdon [Promo + Author Interview]

Title: Slide
Author: Michelle Congdon
Series: Broken #1
Date of Publication: November 25th, 2013
Genre: New Adult

After surviving a horrific car accident twelve years ago, that claimed the lives of her mother and brother, heiress to the multi-billion dollar Montgomery Empire, Evangeline, promised never to go back to the city filled with memories of her tragic past. However, after an unexpected event, Evangeline reluctantly finds herself back in New York City. Since the accident, Evangeline has feared the media attention that comes with having the Montgomery name, and would give everything up to bring back her loved ones. Delicate and camera shy, the last person she needs in her life is New York Yankees hotshot, Ryan Fox. Witty and extremely arrogant, the notorious bad boy is well-versed at playing the game both on and off the field. Ryan isn't fazed by the media circus following his every move and couldn't be anymore different to the quiet, shy girl that is Evangeline. Everything about him screams trouble with a capital T, but it’s away from the cameras that Evangeline begins to see the real man hiding behind the cocky façade— one that is haunted by a dark and terrible secret. Life led them to one another, but will further events and opening up about their past bring them closer, or tear them apart and have them sliding into darkness all over again?

***Recommended for ages 18+ due to mature situations, sexual content and language*** 

Hi Michelle! Its such a pleasure to have you here! Welcome to my blog. To start the interview, first tell us something about yourself.

I can’t say no to chocolate, and I have an unfinished degree in Ecology.

Oh yeah, chocolates can never be denied!! So, now lets talk about your book and writing. When did you first know that you wanted to be an author? Did you always want to be one?

I never planned on being an Author. I’m a very creative person; I also do a little acting, so there are always crazy things running around inside my head. A friend of mine suggested jotting all of the dreams and ideas I got into a journal, and before I knew it, an entire story came of it.

 How did you come up with the idea behind "Slide"?

Slide started as a dream I had about a couple that was both trying to hide from their demons and grew from there. The baseball theme came from my high school crush on Alex Rodriguez, haha.

Gosh! I wish I get my story someday like that too! Haha.. Anyway, lets move on. Is any of the characters/incidents in your book influenced by real life people or circumstances?

Not major ones. Ryan’s character was inspired by a friend of mine, whose name also happens to be, Ryan) as well as a few characters from TV shows (including a cartoon, can you believe it?). There are a few small parts to the story that have come from real life; such as watching Will and Grace re-runs, and a scene that involves Ryan’s dog almost biting him. (Happened to my cousin while I was holding his puppy; except that Toby was a Chihuahua and not a great big Blood Hound.) Trust me, the look on my cousin’s face was priceless!!

What was the biggest challenge while writing the book?

Finding the time to write when you still have to try and live a life. Sometimes I wish there were more of me! Haha.

Did you ever suffer writer's block? If yes, what did you do to get over it?

Not yet!! Fingers crossed not ever!

What were your feelings when you first saw the finished copy of your book?

I was so excited! A friend of mine had been begging me for months to have it done. But I wanted to make sure Ryan’s character was perfect. :-)

Are you completely satisfied with your writing or would you like to change something in your story, given a chance?

After many re-writes (blame Mr. Fox) I think I’m finally satisfied with it.

Slide is the first book of the “Broken” series. How many books will be there in this series? Are you working on the sequels?

There will definitely be sequels. How many? I’m not so sure yet, but the other characters that want to share their stories. So far I have 3 others planned.

Why did you choose this particular genre to write about? 

I love reading NA Contemporary. They deal with subjects people can relate too and are allowed to be super steamy!

Okay! I'd now love to hear a few things about you. To start with, is writing your full time profession?

I wish! But no, unfortunately. I have to go to work just like everyone else.

When you're not writing what do you do to relax?

When I’m not writing, I’m trying to play catch up’s with friends. They start to complain after I’m being anti-social for long periods of time. I love the beach and also shopping!

What’s the schedule of a typical day for you?

My typical day generally goes something like this: go to work, come home, discuss my day with my housemate, jump on the computer, play around on my social media sites, dinner, watch any TV shows I may have missed, then head to my room for some serious writing until I fall asleep.

If your book is adopted for a movie, which actors would you like to play the characters of your story?

I haven’t even thought that far, that takes some seriously Googling time. But I would demand to be part of the auditioning process. I will stomp my foot if I have to, haha. ;-)

What are your favourite books?

Oh, it’s hard to choose!! I’ll just try to name a few. The Stranger I Married, is still a favourite from Sylvia Day. AbbiGlines, While it Lasts. Let The Right One In, by John AjvideLindqvist and also the Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead.

Some of What are you reading currently?

I am currently reading two books by two awesome Aussie Authors that I will be attending the Indie Down Under Event with early next year. Welcome to Sugartown by Carmen Jenner & Consumed by SkylaMadi.

What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Follow your dreams and never give up doing what love! My parents used to say that to me all the time.

Just for curiosity, if you’re ever deserted in an island alone, which 5 books would you pick to carry along with you? And why?

Nothing scary if I’m stranded alone! 1. Sylvia Day’s, The Stranger I Married (I could read the over and over!). 2. The entire Harry Potter series 3. Also the entire the Vampire Academy series. (Both series would keep me busy for a while). 4. Some sort of survival guide for being stranded on a deserted island. 5. And lastly, a journal. (You just never know when some great story ideas will pop into your head!)

Thank you so much, Michelle. Lots of good wishes for your book. :)

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