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Today I’m on the ‘When Adam Met Evie’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Italian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.
When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.
Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.
He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve spent the past twenty years working in TV production but I’ve always wanted to write romance novels. I made a conscious effort to pursue this lifelong ambition when my children started school. I still keep my hand in the TV industry but my main occupation now is writing (and looking after children). I did the ‘juggling work and kids’ thing for several years and I am extremely lucky (and very thankful) that my husband earns enough to keep the household going. I suppose I became an author by planting my bottom on a chair for countless hours and writing!
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I wasn’t a great reader as a child and, despite studying literature at college and University, it wasn’t until I started commuting to work in my early twenties that I really started to read a lot. I read on the train and then when I discovered contemporary romance, I read at all spare hours and into the night! I rarely read anything else now.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
There are many! But the one who first springs to mind is Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She writes such great male and female characters, storylines and brilliant prose. I’d like to know how she does it and if she struggles as much as I do!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Michael Adams (“Adam”) in my debut novel When Adam Met Evie. Maybe it’s because he’s “my first” but I’m in love with him and would invite him for tea so that I could gawp at his sportsman’s body.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
No, I just count myself lucky if I write anything I’m happy with!
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas pop into my head when I least expect, sometimes they’re triggered by snippets of conversation I overhear, or a book I’m reading, or a film I’m watching, but mostly, my ideas come from my imagination. Once I have the germ of an idea, I think it over, nurture it, and wait for it to grow into a scene, or part of a character’s backstory. I do base my characters on elements, or the essence, of people I know but as I’m lucky to know so many lovely people, no one needs to be worried!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
A bit of both. I plot in my head but only a rough plan. Once I start writing scenes down, I might take time out of the “pantsing” and plot for a bit so that ideas are cemented in my head before I go any further.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
My favourite tip; write the book you would love to read. Please yourself as a reader. If you like it, then others will too. My second tip (or rather something to remember when writing) is; writing is re-writing. First drafts are meant to be bad. Keep writing, even when the words don’t flow. You can work with a bad page, not a blank one. Also, read as much as you can and study the books in your chosen genre. How do other writers express key plot points and emotions. How do they build character and tell the story? I put together a Behind-the-scenes look at how I wrote When Adam Met Evie and feature the advice that most helped me. Readers can get a free copy via my website.
What are your futureplans as an author?
My second novel, The Summer of Sebastian, is currently being edited and will be published in late Summer 2020, followed by A Cook Islands Story (working title), hopefully published at the end of 2020/early 2021. These make up books 2 and 3 of my Take a Holiday series. The next 3 book series I have planned will be set around the TV industry and will mix my love of travel with my knowledge of making TV shows.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
I’d love to! This is the moment when Adam, a runaway sportsman travelling incognito, first meets Evie. Desperate to cool down from the tropical Australian heat, he’s just snuck into the campground showers despite them being closed for cleaning.
He stripped and stood under the shower, turning the dial full blast toward the blue arrow. He’d be thirty seconds, sixty tops—just long enough to feel something cold on his skin and wash away the three-day grime. By the time the cleaning guy returned, he’d be cooled off, semi-dressed and out.
Only the water wasn’t cold and the cleaning guy not a guy at all.
Adam wiped soapy water from his eyes and focused on the figure standing before him. The cleaning guy was a young woman with huge brown eyes and sun-streaked hair scraped back into a tight knot on the top of her head, just like his favorite aunt Florence used to wear. Except Aunt Flo’s hair was gray and looked like wire, and she’d never before stood outside his shower gawping at his naked penis—unlike this bug-eyed stranger.
“The showers are closed,” the woman said to his bare butt as he whipped around. Her accent was flat and clipped—British—like royalty, though looking over his shoulder he saw nothing regal about her. She was dressed in dark green shorts and a dirty light-blue vest, damp with patches of sweat or water, or both. White earphones dangled around her neck. He turned off the shower.
“Didn’t you notice the bright yellow sign? The cleaning bucket? The distinct lack of shower curtain?”
Well, he’d ignored the sign and bucket, obviously, and throughout his career, he’d been in plenty of changing rooms at top sporting venues around the world all boasting a distinct lack of shower curtain. Okay, they were all a lot nicer than this dump, but he’d never been in a place like this before so how would he know?
“If you’d be so kind as to pass me my towel, I’ll get out of your way.”
She handed it to him, finally lifting her gaze to his face. Her eyes narrowed. He narrowed his own back, already picturing the headlines.
EX-OLYMPIAN FOUND NAKED IN OUTBACK
“I’ve not seen you before,” she finally said. “Only paying clientele can use these showers. When did you check in?”
Close call. She hadn’t recognized him. Adam wrapped the towel around himself. “A few minutes ago.”
He waited for her to move to the side so he could step out of the cubicle, but she seemed too distracted by his chest to move. He watched, mildly amused, as her gaze trailed a slow journey south to where he’d tucked the towel low over his narrow hips. The corners of his mouth kicked up and he couldn’t help himself. He flexed his torso, bulging each of his intensely trained muscles.
“Like what you see, honey?”
“What? Oh, God! I’m so sorry.” Aunt Flo slapped both hands on her red cheeks and whirled round, and he couldn’t help but snicker.
“Yeah, funny guy,” she snapped in that dry tone only the British could pull off. “What would you do if you found a naked supermodel in the shower while you were trying to clean it?”
Actually, he’d had enough of supermodels, naked or clothed, and being compared to one himself, after the year he’d had, wiped the smile off his face. This body hadn’t come from vanity. It was the result of years of discipline, dedication, and hard, hard work. He snapped on his boxer shorts and stepped out of the cubicle. Aunt Flo faced him again, not looking so impressed now she no longer had a view of his penis.
Like most women, she barely reached his chest, but the lack of height didn’t seem to bother her in the slightest. She tilted her chin up as if this alone would make up the shortfall. “You ignored the sign.”
“So shoot me.”
“If I had a gun I would.” She grabbed the rest of his clothes off the bench and pushed them at his damp chest. “Now please leave so I can finish up here.” She then shooed him to the door and shut it in his face.
Adam stared at the chipped and faded yellow paint inches from his nose. No one had ever shut a door in his face before.
A slow grin spread from ear to ear.
So this is how it feels to be like everyone else.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Giulia Skye.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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