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Guest Author Bianca Sloane

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Bianca Sloane – author of “Live and Let Die” and “Sweet Little Lies”  

Keep Calm and Answer These 25 Questions 

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? 

Somewhat.  I definitely continue to expand my vocabulary and I love learning the meanings  and origins behind words.  There’s always room for improvement.

  1. What is your favorite color? 

Red

  1. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? 

 I was born in Arkansas, but grew up all over; Texas, California, Florida.  However, I now call Chicago home.

  1. What is your favorite football team? 

1985 Chicago Bears.

  1. Who is your favorite author? 

I have a massive author crush on Joy Fielding.  I had a chance to take a writing class with her in Toronto last summer and it was a major highlight of my professional life.

  1. What is your favorite book? 

“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

  1. What do you do when you are not writing? 

Read a massive amount of books and magazines, watch way more Bravo TV than should be allowed by decent people, travel to fun places, shop for things I don’t need and cook food that I love.

  1. Do you have a day job as well? 

I’m a freelance writer by day.

  1. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Read, read, read. Write, write, write.  Learn, learn, learn.

  1. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? 

The only time it’s a curse is when I read books, magazines, etc. and edit them in my head.  I can’t turn it off.

  1. Where do you write? 

At my desk, which faces a wall in my living room.

  1. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? 

During the day, I need silence.  At night, I need some noise.  It gets creepy around here when the sun goes down…

  1. What do you typically drink while writing? 

The better question is, what do I want to drink while I’m writing? (a cold glass of Reisling).

  1. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? 

I would say overcoming the inherent self-doubt that goes along with being a writer; will people like it?  Have I gone too far?  Did I not go far enough?  Did I write the best book I possibly could?

  1. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? 

Well, I started my first book, “Live and Let Die,” in late 2004/early 2005 and put it away for seven years before finally finishing and releasing it at the end of 2012.

  1. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? 

If “Live and Let Die” were made into a movie, I would love to see Thandie Newton as Sondra, Paula Patton as Tracy, Anthony Mackie as Phillip and Tempestt Bledsoe, who played Vanessa on “The Cosby Show,” as Paula.

  1. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? 

My protagonist, Sondra, thinks I kick ass and she would definitely hang out with me.  She knows what side her bread is buttered on.

  1. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? 

Hands down, the most effective thing I’ve done is cultivate relationships with book bloggers.  These relationships have been invaluable for garnering reviews and gaining additional publicity through interviews.  The KDP Select program has also provided fantastic visibility and has helped get my books into the hands of as many readers as I can, which is my No. 1 goal right now.

  1. What has been the toughest criticism so far? 

I was a little bummed when someone said they figured out the ending to my book, “Sweet Little Lies,” early on.  I didn’t dwell on it too long, though.  Onward and upward.

  1. What has been the best compliment? 

That readers were so surprised at how well-written “Live and Let Die” was for a debut novel.  Readers have also said my characters are unique, which is pretty cool.

  1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? 

Mostly from my imagination, though I was in a short-lived relationship with controlling man (“Live and Let Die”) and I’ve been cheated on (“Sweet Little Lies”), so a little bit of my own experiences creep into my books.

  1. How did you come up with the title? 

I use song titles as the titles for my books.  Songs provide the soundtrack to our lives and I find song titles really sum up the tone and mood of my stories.

  1. Will there be a sequel? 

No sequel is planned for “Sweet Little Lies,” though never say never.  However, I have something brewing in my mind for “Live and Let Die.”  Stay tuned.

  1. What project are you working on now? 

I have two books underway; one details a romance gone horribly wrong and another about a toxic marriage and the resulting infidelity and ultimately, murder.  More to come!

  1. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? 

Who my favorite Real Housewife is.  Bethenny Frankel for the win.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Write

****Bianca Sloane is the author of the suspense novels, “Live and Let Die,” chosen as “Thriller of the Month” (May 2013) by e-thriller.com and “Sweet Little Lies.” When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking. Sloane resides in Chicago.  For more information, visit her website at www.biancasloane.com

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4 Comments

  1. Great interview! And it’s funny how you use song titles for your book titles. I think I put more effort in my chapter titles (one book has song titles, the other a play on movie titles) than I do for the actual book.

  2. I edit books in my head all the time. I totally agree. It’s really annoying. Bianca is one of my favorite names. It’s my protagonist, and she’s awesome!
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  3. Thanks, Claudia and Katie! Claudia, I like the idea of movie titles for chapters – very clever and I think like song titles, immediately sets a mood in readers minds.

    Katie, maybe you and I can start a support group for Overeditors Anonymous! :)

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