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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