Please join me in welcoming Phillipa Ashley back to Debbie's Book Bag! Phillipa is here promoting her latest release, Just Say Yes. The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Phillipa's book, see details at the end of the post.
PA: First let me say a huge thanks for inviting me back, Debbie! What have I been up to? Well, I’ve been busy launching the four romantic novels which have been published in the USA by Sourcebooks. I’ve also been writing and editing two longer romances which are being published in the UK and other parts of the world by Piatkus Entice (part of Hachette) from October 2012.
DEB: Tell us about your latest release, Just Say Yes. Is this a single title, a part of a series, etc.
PA: It’s a single title. On the surface it’s a romantic romp, hopefully it will make you laugh and the ending is one of the most romantic I’ve ever written. It’s also something of a comment on reality TV culture and the pressure people are under to get together for the wrong reasons.
DEB: You've written some really wonderful female characters in your career. What makes Lucy Gibson special? How does she stand out from the others?
PA: Thank you! One UK reviewer once commented that Lucy the kind of woman who doesn’t recognize her own inner beauty. I like that because she does grow from a caterpillar to butterfly by the end of the book, not physically but emotionally. She starts out in a job that doesn’t stretch her and not really knowing what she wants or needs from a relationship. She’s a little naïve but her eyes are opened as she learns to respect herself and take on new challenges – and that’s really when she starts to realize who her soul mate is.
DEB: What kind of research did you do for this novel? Were there specific aspects of the book that you needed more information for?
PA: I watched some reality TV which I don’t like much as you’ll see from the book! The premise of the novel came from an Internet story about an American guy who had proposed to his girlfriend during the commercials in an episode of Veronica Mars. She was filmed live as she gave her reaction. Happily, their story had a good ending but I thought: that’s a lot of pressure to put on someone… what if she’d said no?
DEB: Do you have advice for new writers?
PA: Be persistent and aim to be the person who never gave up. You may get lots of rejections but you’ll learn so much along the way and one day your book will strike the perfect note with an editor.
DEB: What are you working on right now? Or what are your plans for the future as far as writing goes?
PA: My next book is called Miranda’s Mount and that’s out in October 2012 with Piatkus Entice in the UK and other countries. I am currently in the middle of writing a second book for Entice.
DEB: Do you have a favorite author or genre? What do you read when you have the opportunity?
PA: I like sexy and sweet romance. Some of my fave US authors are Rachel Gibson, Jill Shalvis and Bella Andre and I love UK authors like Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde.
DEB: Tell us one thing about you that readers may not know?
PA: I’ve got some stuff on my Kindle I don’t want anyone to know about…okay; it’s only 50 Shades but….
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