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Much Ado About Mother by Celia Bonaduce Interview & Giveaway

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Title:   Much Ado About Mother
Series:  A Venice Beach Romance
Author:  Celia Bonaduce
Published:  May 29th, 2014
Publisher:  eKensington
Word Count:  approx. 70,000
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction
 
Synopsis:
Look out, Venice Beach–the Wolf women are all together again. But when 70-year-old Virginia arrives with her teacup Chihuahua and unshakeable confidence, she senses trouble. Erinn is keeping secrets–like being broke and out of work–and Suzanna is paying too much attention to the wrong man–a Latino dance instructor who nearly broke her heart once before. Virginia’s ready for the third act of her life, and she intends to make it rousing and romantic. Now she just has to convince her daughters to throw out their old scripts. If life has taught Virginia anything, it’s this: there’s more than one way to a “happily ever after”…
 Excerpt:
Virginia could feel her cheeks flush as she walked Piquant through Los Angeles International Airport. He was wearing his bright blue “Emotional Support Service Dog” vest and in Virginia’s opinion, he was not carrying it off at all. His little Chihuahua-shake just added to his lack of panache. She felt ridiculous and looked around, worried that her fellow travelers would be scowling or scoffing, but this was Los Angeles, a city that prided itself on not gawking at celebrities and taking all oddities in its collective stride. Piquant sailed through the airport without a sideways glance in his blazingly blue direction.
She insisted that Suzanna, her younger daughter, meet her at the curb. Virginia was determined to establish the tone of independence. She planned on making a big show of effortlessly (a) escorting Piquant, (b) balancing his carrier and (c) getting her own luggage off the carousel, all with the casual effortless for which this city was known. The fact that she was currently only accomplishing (a) and (b) was leaving her a little anxious, since she had two very large – and overweight – bags with which to contend at baggage claim. Looking up at the monitor to see which carousel would be depositing her luggage, she failed to notice two little hands tugging at Piquant’s ears.

“Doggy!” said the little girl as she happily twisted the Chihuahua’s ears.
God, these Los Angeles mothers! What is wrong with parents these days?

“Sweetie, you wouldn’t like it if someone were grabbing your ears, would you? Now let go of Piquant’s ears.”

The insufferably reasonable tone of the new-age mother annoyed Virginia.
Just tell the kid to stop! Wait! How does this woman know my dog’s name?
As the mother bent down and tried to stop her child from molesting Piquant, she collided with Virginia’s forehead as Virginia bent to rescue her dog. After clunking heads, they looked at each other and Virginia realized she was looking into her daughter’s eyes.

Celia, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty Questions

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

I come from a family who loves wordplay – and both my parents were of the “look it up” variety.  If you didn’t know a word while you were reading, you couldn’t just ask for the definition. You’d better figure it out….there would be questions!  My husband is easier…if I don’t know a word, he’ll just tell me!  But I do try to learn the definitions of words I stumble upon.  I just came across the word “furbelow” – with means “adorn with trimmings”.  I doubt I’ll forget that one!

2.What is your favorite color?

My favorite color changes with my mood, which makes it a problem when I’m taking those infernal BUZZFEED tests on Facebook!

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

I was born near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.  I used to just say “Valley Forge” and assumed everyone knew what state it was in, since it played such a part in the Revolutionary War.  But, to my surprise, a lot of people seem to think it’s in Virginia, so now I add “Pennsylvania” .  We lived out in the country, and it was a wonderful place to grow up.  In the second book of my VENICE BEACH ROMANCE TRILOGY – called A COMEDY Of ERINN – I have the main character hanging out( and having a pretty sizzling encounter)  in a log cabin during a snowstorm in Valley Forge. I asked my (guy) first cousin if that seemed believable and he said he used to hook up in the log cabins all the time when he was in high school!!!!!

4.Who is your favorite author?

That’s an impossible questions!  My favorite classic authors are Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, Louise May Alcott…I could go on.  I grew up loving Nora Ephron, Neil Simon, Fannie Flagg, Armistead Maupin…this list goes on, too.  I also love Steve Martin, David Martin,  Alice Munro and David Sedaris.  Right now, I’m obsessed with Jenny Lawson..

5.What is your favorite book?

My favorite book would have to be THE CRYING HEART TATTOO by David L. Martin.  It was written in 1982 and is a complex mix of reality and fantasy.  To this day, I’ve never read a book that took me on quite such a ride. I have a crying heart tattoo on my hip as an homage.

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

Oddly, if I’m not working, I’m quilting!  I actually got my first job as a producer for HGTV because I knew how to sew.  It’s one of my great passions.

7. Do you have a day job as well?

I have a fantastic day job!  I’m a producer/director for HGTV’s House Hunters.  I travel all over the country meeting new people and exploring new places – it’s awesome! As a matter of fact, I’m traveling as I write this!

8.Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

This sounds so simple…but the hard truth is – WRITE!

9.  Where do you write?

I write any place, any time, any where!  I used to write in solitude in my home office, but with my job at House Hunters, that is no longer an option!  I now write in airports, on planes, in hotel rooms, in coffee shops – if I have a few minutes to myself and there is space for my computer…I’ll write there!

10. What do you typically drink while writing?

I don’t eat or drink anything when I’m writing…unless I’m in a coffee shop and have to buy something so I can hang out there!  It may be because I never have food anywhere near my sewing machine, I’ve just extended that to not having anything messy near my computer. I tend to not multi-task.  If I’m writing, I’m writing, If I’m drinking, I’m drinking. If I’m listening to music, that’s what I’m doing.  It’s not “in the background.”

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

I would be surprised if there is a writer out there who never doubted his or herself.  Writing a novel – let alone novels (plural )– is painstaking work and sometimes you have to wonder if its worth it!  You just have to believe in yourself – but also know exactly what YOUR job is.  I knew I wanted to go the traditional publishing route, so I knew my job was to write the books and to find an agent.  IT WAS NOT MY JOB TO SELL THE BOOKS – that would be my agent’s job.  I figured I had enough problems. I didn’t need to worry about things (getting a publisher) over which I had no control.

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

I have three major characters in MUCH ADO ABOUT MOTHER (which is the third book in the VENICE BEACH ROMANCE TRILOGY) Suzanna, (the protagonist of the first book – THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH), her older-sister-by-ten-years, Erinn (the protagonist of the second book, A COMEDY OF ERINN)  and their mother Virginia.  I would say that my dream casting would be Zooey Daschenel as Suzanna, Tina Fe as Erinn and Cher as Virginia.

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

I think Virginia and Suzanna would like me.  I could see Suzanna  taking dance lessons with me.  I’m not sure if Erinn and I would get along…she’s VERY much like me!

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

I have a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” approach to marketing. Because my books take place in and around a tea shop, I do book readings at tea shops.  This avenue seems to work really well – the whole thing is an event and there isn’t any sense of ‘a gamble” – you’re not really taking a chance on a new author as much as you’re having a great afternoon and you’re leaving with a few scones and a book. Even though Kensington is my publisher, they focus on e-books, so its up to me to get paperbacks into independent bookstores. I also do the whole social media thing…Facebook (Celia Bonaduce, author), Website (www.CeliaBonaduce.com) Twitter (@Celia Boanduce) and Instagram (Yocelia).  It can be overwhelming, but you have to be humble and face it – nobody knows you…YET.

15. What has been the toughest criticism so far?

MUCH ADO ABOUT MOTHER has only been out for a couple of days, and I only have two review (both 4 stars) but a blogger called COMEDY OF ERINN “horrible but readable” – OUCH!

16. What has been the best compliment?

That’s a tough one!  I have been really blessed with a bunch of really lovely reviews.  I think the ones I like best are the reviews where people say they loved my “challenging women” – not your typical heroines at all. A Goodreads review said: “While it took a couple of chapters for me to get fully invested in this novel, once that happened, I never wanted to put the book down.”  I loved that!

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

Most of MUCH ADO ABOUT MOTHER is purely imagination.  Since it’s the third book in the trilogy, I know the characters well enough that they were leading their own lives.  I didn’t need to infuse them with anything from my own life.  I would say that A COMEDY OF ERINN is the closest to real life – after all, Erinn does what I do for a living and we can both be (or so I’ve been told) slightly off-putting with our grammar-nazi tendencies.  By the time I’d finished MERCHNAT OF VENICE BEACH, I had gotten involved in dancing, so while the book started out pure imagination, by the time I was finished, it was based – at least in part – on reality!

18. How did you come up with the title?

I knew I wanted to write a trilogy and I wanted the names to be somehow connected.  I actually had the name for MUCH ADO ABOUT MOTHER first…so I thought I’d like to do Shakespearean word play on the other titles. Originally, Suzanna’s tea shop was in Santa Monica, but when I thought about the Shakespearean titles, I just moved her down the coast a few miles, so I could have her be THE MERCHANT OF VENICE BEACH.  Erinn is basically named Erinn so I could have A COMEDY OF ERINN – otherwise, her name was going to be Grace.

19. Will there be a sequel?

I think my ladies have figured out enough of life to go on without me.  I’ve very proud of them and have complete faith in their futures. My work here is done.

20.What project are you working on now?

My publisher and I are hammering out a new series. I can’t disclose any details yet, but I am VERY excited.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and Keep Thinking.

 

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About the Author:
Celia Bonaduce is an award-winning producer whose credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone. If Celia Bonaduce’s last name is any indication, she is proof that TV talent runs in the family.
An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach is book one of her three-book deal with eKensington, a digital imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. The follow up novel, A Comedy of Erinn, has also been released, and book three, Much Ado About Mother, will be coming out on May 29th, 2014.
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A $10 Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway is International.

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3 Comments

  1. Great post today! I really enjoyed the author interview – it’s always great getting to know the authors more!

  2. Pingback: LIVE Book Tour - Much Ado About Mother by Celia Bonaduce

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