Friday, February 16, 2018

Author Interview & Giveaway @thatabbyrose

Hello, today I welcome author Abby Rosmarin and her new book In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes. Keep reading to learn more about her and the books. And also, at the end, you have the chance to win her book.

Hello Abby, first of all, thanks for this opportunity. Let’s start talking about yourself

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m a bit of an eclectic mix: I’m a writer, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and commercial model based out of New England.  I grew up in the Boston area, but now currently live in the mountains of New Hampshire with my husband.  When I’m not writing or teaching yoga/fitness, I’m typically out hiking, running, or kickboxing – I tend to stay very active!  I also have three cats and two chickens, with plans on someday getting a few goats.

2. How long have you been writing?
I have honestly been writing since before I knew how to write!
(Let me explain.)
Before I learned how to write out letters, I would make “books” that consisted of a picture on one page, followed by scribbles on the next (because that’s what letters looks like to a four-year-old who can’t really read yet!).  My life has essentially revolved around writing since then.

3. For those that don’t know you how many books do you have published?
I have published four books!  Two fiction novels (In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes and Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life) as well as a collection of poetry (No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems) and a collection of essays (I’m Just Here for the Free Scrutiny).

About your writing process.
4. Where do you find inspiration for your books? Or how do come up with the ideas for your stories?
I will admit that I draw heavily on real life.  I love to observe people – not just in the usual people-watching sense, but during conversations, parties, etc (I’ve been told a time or eight that I can get really quiet in social situations), and I feel like the human condition is one endlessly fascinating subject.
But a lot of it comes from just letting my mind wander.  Most of my book ideas have come about because my mind would keep creating fictional scenarios until another part of my brain would go, “Hey, that’s a really good idea for a book.”

5. What about your characters?
I have found that the characters honestly find me, and I’ve learned to play the role of chauffeur, humbly bringing them to their desired destinations. I’ve learned that the best way – for me, at least – to create characters is to essentially let them introduce themselves to me.  I’ll have an outline of who I hope they’ll be, and as I get to task writing notes or even the book itself, I let the characters fill in the outlines in whatever ways they see fit.  Some characters – usually small, side characters – fill the outline in perfectly.  But, typically, the characters take on their own shape, and I try to document it as authentically as I can.

6. How long takes you to write a book from start to finish?
It can vary!  The first draft of my very first book took about a year and a half to write (after years of the idea just floating around in my mind).  In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes took about 6 months (after about 10 months of floating around in my mind).
On the flipside, the first draft of my most recent manuscript was written in a staggering 6 weeks, with the idea floating around in my mind for only a few months.
And that’s just the first draft!  I could be here all day talking about the editing process…

7. What’s your favorite writing scenario?
Aside from the scenario where I get that 7-figure book deal with movie rights? ;) But, to be serious: my favorite writing scenario involves the early morning.  No one else is up.  Sun peaking over the horizon.  I’m at a table – ideally, situated outside, or by a large window – with a hot cup of coffee to one side of my laptop.  I’m engrossed in my work, and, by the time the sun has fully risen, I’ve written out a few thousand words.

8. Do you take inspiration from real life to create your story or characters?
Oh, big time!  Now, at no point are my books secret memoirs, or secret biographies – it would be an outright lie to say “inspired by true events” in any part in my novels.  Typically, real life serves as a backdrop.  There is no one in my life I can point to and say, “This is the real life Nicole,” because the characters and story arcs really do take on a life of their own.

About your last book: In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes.
Let me tell you I really liked. But after reading it I have a few questions?
9. How did you start writing it? 
What kicked my butt into gear to actually write it was NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.  While I wasn’t trying to “win” NaNoWriMo (where “winning” entails writing 50,000 words or an entire novel in a month), I used the competition to force myself to sit down and write out the idea that had been playing around in my head.  Because – sometimes – you really just have to sit down and crank out what you can.

10. How you ever been in the same position as Nicole? If not, how do you think you would react if you were?
While I’ve never had to deal with a family member getting engaged to someone unsavory, I, unfortunately, have found myself in the same communication pitfalls as Nicole!  It’s hard for Nicole to have a frank and honest conversation about the problems at hand, especially when it involves someone she loves.  As a result, I get the feeling I would react –at least in the beginning – the same way that Nicole reacts.  However, how she reacts at the end is definitely something I wouldn’t be able to do!

What do you get when you cross neuroses with sarcasm?
Hi, my name is Abby. Pleasure to meet you.
As seen on Huffington Post, Bustle, Buzzfeed, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, and a slew of other websites. 
Also the author of I'm Just Here for the Free Scrutiny, Chick Lit & Other Formulas for Life, and No One Reads Poetry: A Collection of Poems.
My newest book -- In the Event the Flower Girl Explodes -- is coming out February 13th. You should buy it. With your money.


TITLE: In The Event the Flower Girl Explodes
AUTHOR: Abby Rosmarin
RELEASE DATE: February 13th, 2018
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy



It’s the wedding of the century. Her big brother – the man who was a second father to her after their dad passed – is the groom. And Nicole is fighting just to keep her head above water.
She’s surrounded by an aloof bride-to-be, a psychotic mother of the bride, ridiculous bridesmaids, and a town that feels like a parody of Americana. Her own family is perfectly fine with everything – with the exception of her wise-cracking cousin Ella, whose antics only serve to get Nicole even further into trouble. The wedding stress is invading all aspects of her life, including her own relationship. Nicole only wants what’s best for her brother – but what if that involves her brother leaving his fiancĂ©e at the altar?
As the wedding day approaches and tensions continue to rise, Nicole is forced to figure out what love, loyalty, and honesty mean – before it’s too late and she loses everyone she loves.
One lucky winner will get a signed copy of the book (US only) and another one will get an ebook.

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