Monday, June 26, 2006

Kyra Davis has weakness for WKRP re-runs

Next up on the GCC is Kyra Davis, whose new chicklit mystery novel PASSION, BETRAYAL AND KILLER HIGHLIGHTS is out. This is a follow-up to SEX, MURDER AND A DOUBLE LATTE. Kyra has been compared to Stephanie Plum, and is known for her sharp and funny writing.

Kyra, who is half black and half Jewish, has had an interesting life. She was raised in my own hometown San Francisco, went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City (my adopted hometown) where she studied merchandise and marketing. She worked for awhile at Norstroms, and is now back in the Bay Area. A single mom now able to write full time, she homeschools her son and STILL has time to watch TV. I think someone should based a sitcom on her.

Are you a TV watcher?

I must admit that I am.

What's your favorite show ever?

I always have a new favorite-show-ever. During the later years of elementary it was old WKRP re-runs (come to think of it that WAS a really good show). Then it was Cheers. At some point in college I was into the X-Files and then it was Will & Grace and Frasier…currently it’s a toss up between The Daily Show and Grey’s Anatomy…but maybe if they were still playing WKRP re-runs I’d revert to my old ways.

What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?

I’m going to go with Miranda from Sex and the City. She and I have a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses. On the strength side we’re both goal oriented and highly motivated. We’re both intelligent but not so caught up in our own intellectualism that we can’t occasionally let our hair down and have a good time. We’re realists and we both struggle to balance work, socializing and single parenting (okay, she ended up marrying her baby’s father while I divorced the father of mine but for a while we were in similar boats). On the down side we both have some trust issues when it comes to men (I’m working on that), we can both be a little too independent for our own good and we both have a hard time keeping quiet when we think our friends are about to make a mistake, even if what they really need is for us to be quietly supportive and nonjudgmental (working on that too). Miranda was also the only woman on that show who had a normal metabolism. Carrie would consume an entire bag of Oreos and remain a size two. Ticked me off every time.

Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?

Sophie watches the morning news shows when she gets up in time (which is rarely). She also watches Will & Grace and Friends reruns. Maybe I’ll upgrade her to Grey’s Anatomy in the next book or maybe Nick at Nite will start playing old episodes of WKRP…wow, maybe that WAS the best show ever!

Youc an learn more about Kyra at her website and blog!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sara Rosett writes momlit murder mysteries

Next up on the GCC tour is Sara Rosett. Her new novel MOVING IS MURDER is a mom lit mystery about a military spouse who runs a professional organizing business. Our heroine plans ahead, packs efficiently, and even color-codes the boxes. But nothing could prepare her for her new neighborhood… where one of her neighbors commits murder. Added bonus: evidently the novel is packed with helpful moving tips!

Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Sara Rosett is the wife of an Air Force pilot. She and her family have moved TEN times, so you know she's drawing a lot on real life for her book. (Lets just hope not the murder part.) She is currently living in southern California and has two children and two dogs.

Are you a TV watcher?

Yes, I watch some crime shows, like CSI and some reality shows, like Flip This House, Project Runway and Amazing Race.

What's your favorite show ever?

It’s so hard to pick one show. How about my top five favorite shows ever: MASH, Laverne and Shirley, Moonlighting, Remington Steele, and CSI.

What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?

Wiley Coyote in the Looney Tunes cartoons. He tries so hard, but nothing ever turns out quite the way he expects—story of my life!

Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?

There’s not much TV watching going on in MOVING IS MURDER. In my second book, STAYING HOME IS A KILLER, Ellie watches the news quite a bit and is even caught up in a news story.

Visit Sara at her website for more info.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Deborah LeBlanc (surprise) loved DARK SHADOWS

The most important thing you need to know about born and bred horror maven Deborah LeBlanc is that she's a licensed death scene investigator and an active member of two, national paranormal investigation teams. Her debut novel, FAMILY INHERITANCE, includes some of her experiences as a trained treateur (Cajun Healer), and her second novel, GRAVE INTENT, incorporates some of her unusual encounters in funeral service. Her brand new supernatural thriller A HOUSE DIVIDED has been described as "Equal parts Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice and Stephen King - with a generous helping of jambalaya and crawfish pie."

You can visit her website, where you can view a trailer on her new book. She tells me she's too busy to watch TV (too busy communicating with the dead, no doubt) but you will not be surprised to know that DARK SHADOWS was once of her favorite shows as a kid. Used to be one of my favorites too... of course, I was negative ten years old when that came out.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Shanna Swendson official couch potato at Television Without Pity!

SHANNA SWENDSON, author of ENCHANTED INC., has a new novel that's just come out called ONCE UPON STILETTOS. She lives in Dallas, TX, and her novel is about en ex-Texan whose moved to Manhattan where she's an executive at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. This is a paranormal-romantic-comedy-urban-romp-fairy-tale and the city book! She's also contributed to FLIRTING WITH PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and WELCOME TO WISTERIA LANE, which is a collection of essays about DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.

Are you a TV watcher?

Oh yeah! That's probably second to reading as my favorite form of
entertainment. I'd rather watch a well-written TV series that involves
gradual plot and character development than go to a movie anyday. I tape my
favorite shows to watch repeatedly, and then I get on the Internet to
discuss them. In fact, my motivation for getting online in the first place
was to find someone to discuss The X-Files with. I currently have "Couch
Potato" status at Television Without Pity.

What's your favorite show ever?

Firefly. It didn't last long, but I fell in love quickly and still care
about those characters to this day. Plus, I made a lot of friends through
discussing it online, to the point that I've traveled across the country to
meet with them in person. And it's because of that show that I got to go to
my first (and maybe only) Hollywood premiere (of the film that spun off from
the show, Serenity).

What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?

Willow in the first couple of seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was
the reason I started watching the show in the first place. I just had the TV
on for background noise, but when I saw the bright but awkward girl who had
a mad crush on her male best friend and who clammed up when she had to talk
to boys, I identified so strongly that I couldn't help but watch the show.
That was exactly the way I was in high school and college (and to some
extent, even now).

In later seasons when she was dating a rock star, and then later became a
super-powerful lesbian witch addicted to magic, well, I had a lot less in
common with her.

Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?

I don't recall that she watches a lot in this particular book, other than
the Macy's parade on Thanksgiving Day. But I certainly see her as someone
who would watch TV if she weren't so busy saving the world from bad magic.
She makes a lot of references to TV characters and shows. She even thinks
longingly of having time to just relax and watch TV, and her ideal date when
she finds her perfect man is to be able to just hang out and watch old
movies together.

Sounds like my kind of main character! Check out Shanna at her website and blog.

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