Friday, June 19, 2015

A Fun Interview with Tamara Lyon, author of POST-TRAUMATIC BRAZILIAN WAX SYNDROME + giveaway

Check out this fun interview with author Tamara Lyon, then read more about her book POST-TRAUMATIC BRAZILIAN WAX SYNDROME below the interview.

What is next on your to read list? Anything that can make me laugh. I’ve been picking up a lot of awful books lately, so something that is well-written is also a must.

What one item would you eat for the rest of your life? Food? That’s too general. Anything with lots of veggies in it. Maybe a fresh salad.

What is the last thing you bought? Farm-fresh eggs, a must have in our house.

Craziest thing you ever ate? I’m so not adventurous—I can’t think of one unusual thing.

Top 3 things on your bucket list? Make the NY Times Bestseller List. Have at least one of my books made into a movie. See my son compete in the Tour De France.

What makes your novel standout from the crowd? It’s the perfect balance of humor, heart, and drama. And, it’s well-written.

Most embarrassing moment? Oh my gosh, I have thousands. Top one—accidentally rubbing dog poop on my face. Lots of my embarrassing moments end up in my books.

What is your view on self-publishing? Love it, but it has to be well-executed or it can be disastrous.

How do you overcome writer's block? I never have it. Not sure what it is. I have too many voices and stories in my head, which makes me sound a bit crazy. Yes, I guess I am a bit crazy.

How do you juggle writing & family life? I try to aim for 5,000 words a week when I’m working on a project. If I stick to this schedule I can produce a novel in about four months.

Describe your book in 5 words. Dramatic. Fun. Hilarious. Real. Lovable.

How do you feel about banned books? To ban a book is like taping someone’s mouth shut. It’s ridiculous.

Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write? Depends. I usually come up with a title first…and it’s usually based on something that’s happened to me. Case in point: PTBWS

Is there something specific you need as you write? Cup of coffee, pen, candy, certain room, etc. Music on low in the background and my computer.

Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books? All the time. Never piss a writer off, you’ll never know when you’ll be forever immortalized in the written word.

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do? Interior designer. I wish I had double majored in college in interior design and creative writing.

Do your characters really talk to you? Yes, all the time. When I’m working on a project I see them moving around in my head and having conversations. I’m not sure what that says about me….

Are you for or against books being made into movies? Totally for it. Writers are the backbone of the entertainment industry. Before there were movies or television there was the written word. Without it, there would be no entertainment.

Where is your favorite spot to write? My office.

What drives you insane about the writing process? The editing and revising…it’s enough to send me to a mental institution.

 About how long does it take to write a book? 4-6 months if I stick to my schedule! 

What made you decide to write in this genre? I want to tell an amazing story and get people to laugh.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? Getting the feedback from readers. “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” Samuel Johnson

About The Book:
Post-Traumatic Brazilian Wax Syndrome By: Tamara Lyon Pages: 348 Published: May 29, 2015
Bristow Sparks, an interior designer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has just landed the contract of a lifetime, working for the Cherry Wyeland, volatile reality star and CEO of Wine-A-Lot. Designing for a crazy person is an around-the-clock commitment. It frays Bristow’s nerves and forces her to compromise in unimaginable ways, but, given that the finished product will be featured on The Decorating Network, she must succeed.
While her professional life is hot, her personal life is barely room temperature. After surviving the relentless media spotlight because of a personal tragedy and a traitorous ex-boyfriend, Bristow flies so far under the radar she can’t even be detected. A homebody to the core, she binges on episodes of the Showtime series, Dexter, lives in sweatpants, and is addicted to exercise and Oreos.
As for relationships? She has fallen hard and fast for witty and adventurous Jack Hoffmann. However, after their disastrous first date where Bristow collides with a park bench among other mortifying mishaps, they are unfortunately just friends. At least there’s one male sharing her bed, even if it’s only Vegas, her theatrical golden retriever.
For her twenty-ninth birthday, Bristow goes out of her comfort zone and gets a makeover at an elite spa. Post-Brazilian wax and in excruciating pain, Bristow realizes that she’s been in a post-traumatic state for years. She vows to start taking risks again. When she finally goes after what and whom she wants, no matter the cost, tragedy strikes again . . . 
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About The Author:
Post-Traumatic Brazilian Wax Syndrome is loosely inspired by an unfortunate, painful event that occurred three years ago and is critically acclaimed author Tamara Lyon’s sixth novel. Her previous works include The Ugly Tree series, a Flamingnet Top Choice Award winner, 2011 Next Generation Indie Finalist, Eric Hoffer Finalist, and Midwest Book Award Finalist. In 2010 her novel, Fixing Forever Broken, earned an IPPY Award for romance. Lyon has taken her recent books in a decidedly chick-lit direction and creates characters and stories that are refreshingly and humorously real. She makes her home in Wisconsin with her talented husband, cycling-superstar son, and counter-surfing golden retriever, Macy.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for participating in this tour. The post and interview look fantastic. I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did. xx