Hey Lovelies! We unofficially kicked off our new author feature, Blank Page, with my review of Dangled Carat on Sunday. Bet y’all didn’t know that though. My injury shifted our scheduling a bit but we’re up and running now and want to throw out a huge internet round of applause to the amazingly patient Hilary Grossman! We sent Hilary a list of questions, both bookish and completely random, and told her to pick a few to answer. This woman went above and beyond and answered ALL 18 OF THEM!! Kyle and I loved reading her answers and hope all of you do too! ~Karan
Do you have plans for a second book?
I do!!! I am in the very early stages of writing it, only about 14K words in. But unlike Dangled Carat this one is totally fiction, which is way easier and more fun to write.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March this weekend, which I loved by the way.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
If I have to pick one (which is so hard) I have to choose Jen Lancaster. Not only do I love her writing style, which always cracks me up, but her books have changed my life. I read her first book, Bitter Is The New Black based upon a Facebook friend’s recommendation. I had no idea what it was about, and until reading it I didn’t realize what a blog or a memoir was. This book motivated start writing my story instead of just dreaming about writing it. I started my blog weeks after reading as a form of writing practice and soon after I started to write Dangled Carat.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, so many! I do most of my reading in this summer and I’ve tried to read books by authors I have never read before. I just finished a four book box set by Tess Thompson and loved it. I also loved Blogger Girl by Meredith Shore. Some other talented Indie authors I have read recently and loved were Rachel Smith and Emily Harper. I can go on and on but I do have to get ready for work soon. 🙂
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Dangled Carat is my real life story about my relationship to convert a commitment phobic man into a husband with help from his family and friends. But it is also a coming of age story. The most difficult part of writing the book was reliving some difficult times in my life. Although this was hard it also was very freeing. By writing I really was able to understand myself better. I hope that sharing my story can help someone else in the same situation.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I have two…. If you want to write, just write. Don’t worry about publishing or marketing. Just worry about telling the best story that you can. Everything else will work out. There are so many options out there now, and there are so many people willing to help you. I am constantly blown away by how much support I have received from the author community. The second is to develop a thick skin. Expect rejection and expect that not everyone will fall in love with your work.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
Snow White. I always had a soft spot for Sneezy and Dopey. 🙂
If your book was picked up for a movie, who would you cast?
I’m going old school – Sandra Bullock to play me and George Clooney to play Marc.
If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
I would skip the three and just opt to have dinner with my dad. He passed away when I was fourteen and we would have a lot of catching up to do. I wouldn’t want to be distracted with anyone else around. Could I have a second dinner with two more?
What is your favorite movie of all time?
Goodfellas – I have watched it a million times and can recite chunks of dialogue. Fun fact – I got to met Robert De Niro a few weeks ago….
What is your favorite junk food?
Reeses peanut butter cups (especially in cookie dough ice cream)
What is the most embarrassing show on your DVR?
I am embarrassed to say I don’t own a DVR. I don’t watch much TV.
You can take the red pill and you’ll be fluent in every spoken language, or the blue pill and master every musical instrument in the world. Which do you take and why?
Hard question since I don’t have a musical bone in my body and basically failed French in high school. I think I would choose the blue pill….I think having musical talents would be way more fun.
How would your friends describe you?
Funny, caring, obsessive, compulsive, over achiever, klutzy and slightly crazy
Do you collect anything?
What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween?
I can’t say that this was cool but it was funny… I dressed as a 50’s girl a few years back for Halloween to work and I stuffed my bra with lots of sox. I didn’t expect for there to be any perspective clients that day. I was wrong. My boss got such a kick out of my outfit and made me participate in the meeting faux boobs and all……
Does your name make any interesting anagrams?
I don’t know.. I never thought of it before… I bet it does.. I have to play with this…