Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I LOVE YOU TO DEATH -- GCC TOUR!
LOVE YOU TO DEATH (January 07, Red Dress Ink)
By Melissa Senate
Abby Foote’s worst exes are on someone’s hit list. Who’s going around shooting men who broke Abby’s heart? And why?
First, a former boyfriend (who dumped Abby in the most humiliating way possible) is found murdered the day his engagement is announced. Then two other exes report attempts made on their lives right after breaking up with her. Coincidence? A very hot detective from the Portland Police Department doesn’t think so. Neither do Abby’s friends, family, coworkers and former boyfriends dating back to kindergarten, who are all shaking in their shoes as though the Abby they know and supposedly love to death is capable of, say, poisoning their Diet Cokes. Is someone trying to frame her? Do her some kind of warped favor? Abby, with that delicious detective on her trail, is about to find out.
“Readers will cheer Abby every step of the way as she tries to clear her name and find her prince for whom the glass slipper will finally fit.” –Publishers Weekly
Here are Melissa's answers to my GCC questions:
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL “WRITING DAY”?
A: Ah, every day is the same, thanks to my alarm clock: my four year old son. After I drop him off at preschool at 8:45, I come back home and head to my writing desk, which is a gorgeous mahogany old-fashioned secretary with all my favorite things on it. I answer emails, take care of administrative stuff, read blogs and online newspapers till 10, then write steadily till 2. I wish I could write at night after my son goes to sleep, but I’ve found I can’t. I need a fresh brain that has slept on the previous day’s work. If I get stuck while writing or can't figure something out, I'll do some housecleaning. The answer usually presents half-way through the dishes.
DO YOU RECALL THE KERNEL OF INSPIRATION FOR THIS BOOK?
A: One day out of the blue I wrote in my idea notebook: “Jerk exes on someone’s hit list.” I have no idea where this came from! Yes, I have my own collection of awful ex-boyfriends, but I’ve never wished harm on even the very worst of them. Really. No, really.
PICK A CHARACTER IN THE BOOK AND TELL US WHAT TRAIT YOU SHARE (OR COME CLOSEST TO SHARING) WITH THAT CHARACTER.
A: I’ve long shared Abby Foote’s problem of falling for . . . the wrong guy.
IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A MAGICAL TRUNK THAT GAVE YOU LIMITLESS BOOKS TO READ, OR A LIMITLESS SUPPLY OF PAPER ON WHICH TO WRITE?:
A: Limitless books to read. I can make up my own stories in my head, but I can’t make up other people’s.
BEER OR WINE? Good red wine, but I’d really rather have a Diet Coke with lime
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate! But when it comes to ice cream, my fave is coffee with chocolate chips
WHAT’S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOK? Anne of Green Gables. “Anne with an E!”
Check it out on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0373895461/ref=s9_asin_title_1/002-5612484-7534434 (but ignore the attached excerpt because it’s not for Melissa’s book)!
Visit Melissa’s website: http://www.melissasenate.com for more info and to read an excerpt
Bio: Melissa Senate is the author of six novels, including her best selling debut, See Jane Date (the cute TV movie version is available on DVD), and one (so far) young adult novel, Theodora Twist. Melissa contributed an essay to the newly published anthology It’s A Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life In Your Twenties and to the forthcoming anthology Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned From Judy Blume. A former book editor (romance novels, Mary-Kate & Ashley tween novels and Sweet Valley), Melissa now writes full time from her home on the southern coast of Maine, where she lives with her young son and his toys.