Cover up!!! blog cover hop!

Cover up!!! blog cover hop!

Ever since I started writing, I am amazed at how warm, welcoming and helpful writers are.  There is an amazing community.  Today, thanks to my friend TB Markinson, author of A Woman Lost, I am participating in a book related bloghop hosted by Katie of Writer Girl Katie:

1)Tell us about your current release.

DANGLED CARAT is my humorous and playful memoir about my attempt to convert the ultimate commitment-phobic man into a husband with a lot of help from his friends and family.  

DangledCarat-Amazon-Kobo-Smashwords-Apple-2500x1563 Marc and I had a great relationship.  Sure he had commitment issues but I didn’t see the need to pressure him for marriage. But after we had been together for four years, our friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making me realize how much I really did want to marry the man that I loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and our friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought our relationship to an inevitable turning point.

2) How did you begin your writing career?

I have always wanted to write a book. In fact a thousand years ago (okay, maybe just twenty) I started a novel.  I wrote about 80 pages and then just stopped… never to touch it again.   Then about five years ago,  I read Bitter Is The New Black by Jen Lancaster.  Until reading that book I didn’t know what a blog or a memoir was…. She motivated me to stop dreaming about writing and to actually start writing.  I launched my blog in February of 2010 with the goal to see if I actually could stick to writing and to see if anyone would be interested in reading what I wrote…

3)How long did it take you to write your current novel?

I started writing DANGLED CARAT in October of 2011. I only wrote on the weekends and completed my first draft that May. I knew that my manuscript needed work. I started working with Christina Baker Kline, New York Times best selling author of Orphan Train.  Christina edited the manuscript and transformed it from a rough cut to a beautiful gem.

I began revisions the following September but unfortunately when Hurricane Sandy hit, destroying much of my home work came to a crashing halt.  I resumed editing in December and finished in January of this year.

4) Would you please share an odd behavior you’ve picked up while writing? 

When I wrote the book I obsessively tracked my progress.  I created an excel sheet that listed every single day I worked on it and the total words I wrote.

 5) What is your favorite snack while writing?

I am one of those weird people that when they are engrossed in something that forget to eat. I never snacked while writing. But I did have my water bottle handy and must have drank gallons of water while typing (especially the scenes that made me cry).

6) Do characters invade your head the moment you stumble on a new writing idea? If so, how long did you fear that you’d gone insane before realizing this is the norm for writers?

Since DANGLED CARAT is a memoir my “characters” were already a part of my life.  So not only did I get haunted by events of the past that I wanted to write about, they kept popping up in my present 🙂

While writing there wasn’t a moment where the book wasn’t on my mind. I would be in the shower and remember something that I *had* to include. I drove everyone around me crazy talking about the book, including myself.  But eventually I realized that this is just what happens to writers (oh, and that I was already a little crazy before I started this process)

 7) Readers love following their favorite authors, which social networking sites can fans find you? Please provide links.

Twitter, Facebook – Author page, Facebook – Feeling Beachie, Facebook – Dangled Carat

8)Where can we find your book?

DANGLED CARAT is available on AMAZON (paperback and Kindle), BARNES AND NOBLE (paperback and Nook), KOBO, APPLE, and SMASHWORDS

Check out these other great books and their author interviews!


Walt Williams http://wbjwilliams.livejournal.com/


Terry Cato   http://www.relationships-411.com

TB Markinson

T.B. Markinson  http://tbmarkinson.wordpress.com/





Katie McKnight  http://www.writergirlkatie.wordpress.com


Sara Butka http://smackwrites.blogspot.com/





Paulette Harper Johnson  http://empowertoprosper.wordpress.com/


Nina Mason http://ninamasonromance.blogspot.com/.

Luca Rossi - Galactic Energies - cover

Luca Rossi http://www.lucarossi369.com/


Janine Chalfant    www.jlchalfant.com/blog/

20 thoughts on “Cover up!!! blog cover hop!

  1. I also think of great ideas when I’m in the shower. And I’m an excellent singer in the shower. However, once I’m out of my comfort zone, no one wants to hear me sing. Guess i can start holding concerts in my bathroom and make sure the water drowns out the noise I make. Glad you joined the hop!

    1. TBM- snort… I remember we have the same singing ability! If only I could spend the day in the shower I’d have so many ideas I could probably accomplish so much… Plus I’d be bound to smell great!

  2. I wish water was my writing companion. I realized last night that we live rather close. I am sorry to read that you were affected by Sandy. I hope you are back home. I discovered Jenn Lancaster last February on a trip to Florida. Best of luck!

    1. Katie- so funny that we are sort of neighbors! We are back home, didn’t really leave, just made due in the unaffected areas of the house… It was quite the experience

  3. Some striking covers!

    Well, in your genre, the characters couldn’t invade your head… though Lucy might be so inclined.

    1. William – in my genre you are right… But then again in my genre it is crazy to be writing about people of the past and then seeing or talking to them in the present..,,

  4. Hi Hillary! The blog hop has been great…. you are right – our books are similar. In fact, my first engagement was to a “commitment phobic” man. I discuss this in more detail in my book. Your title is another one, I will add to my reading list.

    1. Terry – I can’t wait to read your book either… I am sure our stories are kind of the same in many ways

  5. I’m gonna need to check out your book! Congrats on getting your first book in print. I love reading, so there’s a lot of interesting books here for me to look into.

    1. Amber – thanks so much! It was a dream come true… I am so happy to share my book besides these other talented writers!

  6. I totally forget to eat when I’m engrossed in something! Or when I’m nervous. As a kid it was a total program but now it happens less.
    This is inspiring. It’s my life dream to write a book. I co-authored one that’s out now, but I want to make my dreams of writing a whole book by myself come true.

    1. Tamara – Oh, when I am nervous or very upset I can’t eat…. I think it is amazing that you co-authored a book…and I am sure you will one day make your dream of doing it all on yourself come true!

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