Monday, March 28, 2016

Last Day Of the Blog Tour - An Interview with My Agent Andrea Hurst


Having my Cake And Eating It 

What was your favorite part of writing The Rejected Writers Book Club? What was the most challenging part? 
My favorite part is writing the characters and the humor that comes from that creative process. They will often surprise me with one-liners that will make me laugh out loud as I write them. I also love moving through the adventure of the story. Me and “the girls” start out together with our backpacks and flashlights prepared for anything. I actually never really know clearly what we will encounter in the outback of story-dom. I have a vague idea of the storyline, but it is their unique character traits that create the twists and turns they experience along the way. My least favorite part is editing; it’s like tidying up in the morning after a raucous party the night before. You can’t believe the mess you got into having such a great time, and you’re pretty sure you’re not going to get that wine stain out of the carpet.

The new book cover looks fantastic! Can you tell us a bit about the process of selecting it?
It actually went through four or five rounds of approval until we all agreed on the cover we all loved. Funny enough, Andrea loved the stacked tea cups from the beginning. All the cover ideas the team came up with were great; it was just a matter of pinning it down for branding and the right esthetics that we all felt complemented the series.

Where did you get the inspiration for Janet Johnson and the other members of the quirky book club? If given the chance, would you spend time having tea and lemon cake with these women in real life? 
I already spend time in real life with characters just like this. Living in a small town is like that; you learn to love and appreciate everyone, even the eccentric members of a group. But friendship and a desire to bond is the center of any small town, and there are no finer people to rally around you in an emergency. Janet was my window into the world of small-town eccentricities from an outsider’s point of view. I am British and moved to my town from a big city in England, so I understand what it felt like to jump into such a unique melting pot.

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