A little Q&A about me and LOVE IN TRANSLATION

So, over the past few weeks, I’ve had numerous people ask a lot of questions about my book and about my writing, so I thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A. A lot of the questions have been submitted by friends and family on Facebook. Please keep in mind that some of them are fairly simple … but some of them are really fun. If you have a fun question for me, feel free to ask away. As always, thanks for reading!

When did you know writing was for you? I have always been an avid reader but I didn’t start to dabble in writing until I was in college. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I’ve been writing ever since.

How would you describe your book? LOVE IN TRANSLATION really brings a lot to the table. At the heart of the novel, there is a love story – but there is so much more going on. Over the course of the book, Emily (the main character) is presented with many obstacles and as a reader, you truly get to see her grow into her own skin. So, in a nutshell, the novel is about personal growth and acceptance, friendship, love, family and forgiveness.

Where did you get your idea from and how did you decide what direction to take it? Wow! This is a great question! I got the idea kind of from my husband. As some of you may now, my husband is a native Spanish speaker and I thought it would be such a fun (and unique) idea to write a story where two people meet and have an instant spark, yet don’t speak the same language. What would they do? How would they navigate that situation? I was so intrigued that I dove right in, never looked back and I found my answer while writing.

What was the hardest part of the writing process for you? The hardest part for me was definitely pursuing publishing. To say the least, it isn’t for the faint of heart.

Are you nervous about how people will react to your book once it is published? To be honest, I am terrified! But, I’ve come to peace with the fact that it is all part of the process. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I love my characters so much that I just had to share them with the world and I hope that as a reader, you will love Andres and Emily (and Steven) just as much as I do!

Where did you get the name Andres from? And did you model him after anyone in particular? This one is top secret! I would love to hear your suggestions though once you read the book! I am curious if anyone can guess it! I might offer up a hint once the book is published though, so let me know if you would like that!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you as an author? Hmm … I guess that I am just like them. This story (although not based on actual events) really brings to light a lot of challenges that we all face as we navigate life, love and friendship.

What would be your advice to aspiring writers? Write! Revise later.

How did you pick your title? This was actually quite a headache, albeit a fun headache. At first, the title for this book was A SUMMER TO REMEMBER, which is still very fitting, but I felt that it didn’t really encompass what the book was about. So, over my conversations with Ricardo, my little brother Kyle and my mom, I eventually settled on LOVE IN TRANSLATION. I really wanted the word TRANSLATION in the title because of the whole Spanish/English translation aspect but just couldn’t really make up my mind. Seriously, it took me weeks! Another favorite was LOVE IS BETTER FRIED. You can thank Ricardo and Kyle for that one. 🙂

What is your favorite book? This is a tough one, but I would have to say PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett.

Favorite movies? Here ya go, and in no particular order:

THE HOLIDAY with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law

IT’S COMPLICATED with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Keira Knightley

DEVIL WEARS PRADA with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep

Who is your favorite literary character? This one is tough too but I would have to go with Jack Jackson (aka Jack Builder) from PILLARS OF THE EARTH. A close second would have to be Legolas from LORD OF THE RINGS. A close third, probably Mr. Darcy from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Who is your writing inspiration? I am a really big fan of Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, Kristin Hannah and Jane Green … but, I also really love the indie authors who have made it big time like Sarah Jio and Tracey Garvis Graves! I am such a huge fan of BLACKBERRY WINTER and ON THE ISLAND!

Favorite junk food? It is practically impossible to name just one, so here are a few: KitKat’s, Oreo’s, PIZZA and mozzarella sticks.

Favorite guilty pleasure? I’m not really sure what this question means, but I will pretend that it means favorite hobbies … which would be anything outdoors, hanging out with my husband, son and doggies, exercising, reading, skiing, cooking and writing.

Favorite TV show? I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this, but right now, it would have to be Gossip Girl! The husband and I have also been flying through White Collar on NetFlix.

What is your must have beauty product? Lip Gloss! Hands down! Now, if we are being specific, I am a sucker for MAC lip gloss. And love all things hot pink!

Well, that was fun! That you so much to everyone who submitted questions. Only 19 more days until LOVE IN TRANSLATION gets released!

As always, thanks for reading!

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LOVE IN TRANSLATION – Chapter 1 book excerpt

As promised, here is an excerpt from my upcoming release, LOVE IN TRANSLATION.

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My hands tremble as I grip the wheel and drive fast, too fast, down the road that leads to David’s. It is nearing midnight when I park a few houses away from his. The full moon lights up the street and I have a clear view of his house.

What the hell am I doing here?

I take in a deep breath and turn off the engine. I really don’t know what I’m doing, or how I got here, but, here I am anyway.

David was the perfect boyfriend; smart, confident, kind, and loving. But, a few weeks ago, he changed. At first, the changes were hardly significant.  But they grew, as did the feeling in my gut telling me that something was wrong, and I’ve always trusted my intuition.

I was too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone. I needed unbiased advice – so I did what any person of my generation would do and looked online. I stumbled upon a pretty in-depth article on a relationship help website that seemed right up our alley. It offered good advice and listed our current state as a “rough patch.” It said that all couples go through something similar around the two-year mark. Common factors included pressure related to moving in together, getting married, etc. The article said that I had nothing to worry about and that things would sort themselves over. So, I didn’t worry, even though things continued to get worse — even though I was sure that the end of our relationship was near.

And I was right. Late last night, David stumbled into my apartment. He was a complete mess. We exchanged a few words, and then I looked into his eyes and knew what was coming. He was focused. He cleared his throat and said that he needed space.

I stared at him blankly as he walked out the door and never looked back.

 

I replay the night over in my head as I sit in my car staring pensively across the street into the bay windows of his living room. I can’t see anything through his thick wood blinds, but I think of David and what he might be doing at this very moment. I picture him lying on the couch in his favorite pair of basketball shorts watching “SportsCenter.” I can see him munching on salty popcorn and drinking a cold beer while he watches the replays from the basketball game earlier today. I would even bet that stinky bulldog of his is lying at his feet, panting heavily as he takes his evening nap.

A part of me wants to knock on his door and say something, but what? I don’t know. I think about all of the things that I should say to him; all of the things that I should have said last night. We are making a mistake David, I say aloud to myself while looking in the mirror. Ouch! I’m such a mess right now. I haven’t brushed my hair all day, so I run my fingers through it quickly. If I am going to knock on his door, I want to look presentable – not desperate. As I straighten my t-shirt and check my teeth, I spot something from the corner of my eye. I see David’s front light turn on, then, a few seconds later, the garage door opening.

I could be face to face with him any minute now and it makes my insides turn. He walks out of the garage toward his car. He isn’t wearing his favorite basketball shorts like I imagined. Instead, he’s wearing a pair of dark slacks, a gray polo shirt and his dress shoes.

He’s dressed up. But why?

He walks over to the passenger side and opens the door. Within seconds, I see a woman walk out of the garage toward him. She is model-esque and effortlessly chic with long, straight hair in that new ombre style I kept meaning to try out on myself. Good thing I never got around to it. She takes a few more steps, and then glides effortlessly into the car.

What the fuck is going on?

My body tenses and my heart starts pounding. Not in a good way — but in the “Oh, you dirty bastard” kind of way.

Who is she?

Feeling slightly naïve, I give him the benefit of the doubt as I run through my mental rolodex of the women in his life, but my mind draws blank after blank. After a few more attempts at convincing myself that this isn’t really what I think it is, I give up and it hits me like a ton of bricks.

How long had this been going on?

My hands tremble as I grasp the steering wheel tightly and think about how blind I had been. My ex-boyfriend of a few hours is going on a date, with another woman.

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