Saturday, 28 April 2018

Carol Thomas - Author interview Q&A - 29th April

 The Purrfect Pet Sitter - Author Interview!

Delighted to be on Carol’s blog tour for her fabulous new novel ‘The Purrfect Pet Sitter.’ I will be sharing a review of the book with you early next week, but today I’m sharing an author interview with Carol and some more information on her new novel. I am a huge pet lover so this novel was right up my street and I'm sure will appeal to lots of readers.




Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter! 


When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.
   

Author Interview


What inspired you to write The Purrfect Pet Sitter?
  
I like the quote, “sometimes all you need is a second chance because maybe time wasn’t ready for the first one.” In my story, I wanted to explore the idea of second chances in friendship and love. Add to that, my daughter is a pet sitter, it’s a great job for meeting people, and pets who, like children, add a certain amount of unpredictability – giving rise to great opportunities when writing romantic comedy.

What are your favourite pets?
  
I am a dog lover, with a big soft spot for Labradors. My dogs get about a bit, inspiring the Labradors in my stories and appearing on my social media pages. But I have also had resident guinea pigs in my lounge on and off for over twenty years. They make great pets, being friendly, chatty, entertaining and, unlike my Labrador puppy, they don’t steal socks and tea towels in an attempt to get my attention when I am writing.


Are you anything like your protagonist Lisa?
  
The short answer to this is, no. Lisa has travelled, she doesn’t have children and as time has gone by she has lost touch with those she once felt closest to. Her character, personality and most of her experiences are quite different to my own. Now if you’d said Felicity, Lisa’s once best friend, I would have been confessing to more similarities.

What do you love the most about the writing process?
  
I love it when the writing is flowing, and ideas are coming so fast you can barely keep up.

How have you found the publishing process?
 
Getting my contract and working with the lovely people at Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction has been a great experience; one I hope to be able to repeat in the future. Having self-published my first contemporary romance novel, Crazy Over You, I’ve had to get used to not having the final say on things like title and cover. But they are small concessions in return for having achieved a publishing contract and being part of such a great team.

Has it changed you?
  
No, I don’t think so. But it may have made me busier, as I am feeling I don’t want to let my publisher down by not doing enough promotion or publicity. I want the book to do well for them as well as me. And I am putting more pressure on myself to write the next as I would love for that to be published by Ruby Fiction / Choc Lit too.

Have you any other books on the go?
  
Yes, two contemporary romance novels and a children’s book, as a Christmas sequel to my first, that I haven’t quite finished writing or mentioned to my illustrator.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  
Write and write often. Keep notebooks and note down interesting sentences and snippets you hear. For different bits, you are writing study the work of those you think do that aspect well, analyse what works and why.

Just for fun

What is your favourite ice cream?  

Mint.

Would you prefer to have endless free chocolate or free wine for life?
  
Hmm, I very rarely drink so chocolate would make sense but that really wouldn’t be good for me (my children’s Easter stash is too much of a temptation as it is). I’d have to say wine; I am sure I’d have a few relatives and friends who would like benefiting from that.

Where is your ideal holiday destination?
  
Canada or the Alps in France, I like big landscapes and changing seasons.

If you could own any pet in the world, what would it be?
  
Could I have my chocolate Lab Benson back? I was blessed to have him for almost sixteen years and miss him every day. Don’t tell my children I said that, and I passed up the opportunity to have a tiger, giraffe or unicorn!

Don't miss out on reading this fabulous novel. Find out more about the book and Carol below... 


The blurb:
   
Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!

When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Ruby Fiction, the new imprint of Choc Lit

Buying Links
  

View the book trailer: http://tinyurl.com/TPPS-booktrailer

About the author:
   
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.

Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.

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4 comments :

  1. 😊 Thank you to Carol for taking part and spending the time writing such fab answers xx

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  2. Thank you for having me on your blog, Emily. I loved your fun questions. x

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