CONTEST! Today, I’m giving away ten copies of Diane Kelly’s new novella Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch to some lucky commenters!
Please help me welcome my friend, Diane Kelly today to Laugh, Love, Read. She’s a phenomenal writer and a great lady! You’re gonna love her. . . she’s a hoot!
So let’s get to the questions!
What is the craziest experience you’ve had as an author?
One of my former coworkers is an avid reader, though her taste runs to authors like Fannie Flagg who write stories much less sassy and sexy than my books. Before I got published, she was one of my best cheerleaders, encouraging me and always asking about my writing. When my first book came out, I was extremely excited and gave her a copy even though I knew it wasn’t the type of book she typically chose for herself. She came to my office a few days later, closed the door, and gave me a sheepish look. “I didn’t like your book,” she said.
I was taken aback. I know she meant well and wanted to give me honest feedback, but how do you respond to that? Half of me wanted to laugh, half wanted to say, “Well, give the d*mn book back then!”
In retrospect now, it makes me chuckle. No book will please every audience, and this type of honest feedback keeps an author humble.
Name three things you have in common with your heroine.
#1 Bra size. Enough said.
#2 Both Tara Holloway and I majored in accounting at the University of Texas in Austin. Hook ‘em Horns!
#3 Tara and I like to see justice be done and to do what we can to right wrongs. But while IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway uses a gun to exact justice, I wrote letters on behalf of clients in my law practice. Still, the pen can sometimes be as mighty as the sword. Though I wasn’t always able to get justice for my clients, I did my best and was often able to make things better. If I’d carried a Glock like Tara, I probably could’ve accomplished even more. ; )
If you had to be locked in a closet with one person, who would it be?
My gut reaction is to say George Clooney but, truth be told, I’d really rather be covered in chocolate sauce and rolling around on a king-sized bed with him than stuck in a closet!
Ironically, the person I’d most like to be locked in a closet with is someone who came out of the closet years ago – Ellen DeGeneres. I have so much respect and admiration for her both professionally and personally. She’s an incredibly talented and funny writer, actress, and talk show host, with a rare sincerity and genuineness about her. I like her message that we should be more accepting and tolerant of each other’s differences. I’m also a huge animal lover and I like that she promotes animal welfare and rights. I’d love to pick her brain on humor, her secrets of success, and basically just shoot the breeze with her. It would be a hoot!
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Big laughs at a small price! Get Diane’s latest release, an electronic exclusive novella entitled Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch, for only $1.99!
IRS special agent Tara Holloway isn’t going to let a perfect opportunity to collect pass her by. Especially when she can do it in sequins and a bedazzled hip holster …
Death and taxes wait for no woman. And if anything can take Tara’s mind off gorgeous temptation Nick Pratt, her new coworker, it’s a case at her old accounting firm—involving none other than the arrogant womanizer who humiliated her years ago. Taking down brothers who’ve lied and cheated their way into millions is a professional satisfaction, but catching Nathan Jamison with his pants down is the most fun Tara can have without Nick. That is, until the bullets start flying…
Read an excerpt here: http://www.dianekelly.com/death-taxes-and-a-sequined-clutch/?action=excerpt
Thanks so much for being here, Diane!
Now, I’ve already asked who you’d like to be locked in a closet with. So, now tell me about your crazy experiences in your job for a chance to win an e-copy of Diane’s novella. Be sure and check back next week to see if you’re one of my ten lucky winners! Good luck!