Thursday, August 25, 2011

Interview with Nadine Rose Larter, author of Coffee at Little Angels -- and giveaway!

Today, I'd like to share a small interview with Nadine Rose Larter, the author of a book I recently read and reviewed  --- and really enjoyed: Coffee at Little Angels

She was kind enough to respond to my request to answer a few questions, and she has also included an e-book copy of the book as a giveaway (cool!!) --- more on that after the interview.

So, without further adieu, I present:  Nadine Rose Larter!!
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I wanted to thank you for having me on your blog and for the wonderful review you did of my book.
Every kind word is appreciated and I am really happy to be here to answer some of your questions. I  hope you find them interesting!

* When writing, did you have a favorite character out of the friends in the story? Was it equally easy to write all of them?

Hmmm I feel like I should tell you that all of my characters are like my children. But no, I definitely do have favourites, all for different reasons. I love Grant because he’s the only one who really has his head on straight. I love josh because he is such a romantic disaster. And I love Maxine because she is strong and level-headed in a way that many women wish they could be.

It was certainly not equally easy to write all of them. I worried a lot that I wouldn’t be able to
get the different voices across. Some reviewers have reported that they all sound like the same
person, while others have said that the voices are distinctly different from each other so I am still
not entirely sure that I accomplished what I set out to. I guess it depends on the imagination of the
reader then! I was able to write most of the characters relatively fluently, but I definitely did struggle
with Melanie. It was hard to put myself into the shoes of someone so disagreeable. I couldn’t call up
my inner bitch for her, simply because I am really not like that at all. She is one of those characters
who you just kind of want to shake. This kind of thing takes patience and practice though. And it gets
easier as you go along. I have some wonderful characters in the pipeline and I am very excited to
work on them some more.

* Do you listen to music when you are writing?

No. For some reason listening to music while I write stresses me out, which is kind of weird because
I really was one of those teenagers who couldn’t pass a minute without something blaring through
the sound system. Funny enough I often have the TV on while I write. I find the background noise
soothing, even though I don’t actually pay any attention to it.

* The Poetry Project is such a cool idea! Do you find a particular kind of photography to be
particularly inspiring?

You know as cliché as it sounds I like art to make me feel something. I love it when I can look at a
photograph and feel like I understand it without having to put it into words for myself.

and one random odd question (I always think it's fun to have one of these) ---

* What were some of your favorite books as a child?

Sweetdreams baby! Haha I used to but those books with my pocket money! And I loved Sweet Valley
High, Nancy Drew and The Secret Seven. Our library in Molteno (where I grew up) didn’t have a ton
of YA fiction. I imagine it now has even less since I don’t think the place has received any new books
in about twenty years (sad) but I probably read the whole shelf of YA fiction when I was a kid. Once
that was all done I got into crime fiction because that’s what my mom used to read. I read a lot of
Mary Higgins Clark and Sidney Sheldon. I devoured Danielle Steel and Virginia Andrews as a teen as
well, though now my heart can’t take the heavy tragedy anymore.

Thank you, Nadine, for agreeing to let me ask a few questions!!!!   If you'd like to know more about the author, please visit here and here, or you may find her on GoodReads.

So here's the skinny on the giveaway:   1 e-book to be sent via email to one commenter who leaves a thoughtful comment.  Following isn't necessary (although nice).    Please leave your comment, with your email address -- giveaway will end on Sunday, August 28th at Midnight (CDT).  The winner will be chosen via randomizer.    Thank you, and good luck!!!!!

And here's a bit of information about the book Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.

Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honour the memory of a friend they will never see again.


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