Welcome Julie Carobini, fabulous fiction writer! Julie kindly included my blog in her book tour and candidly answered questions...the brownies are warm, the coffee is brewing--grab a chair and enjoy!
What inspired you to write Chocolate Beach?
First, I wanted to write a book set in one of my favorite locales--the California coast. Then I began to think about relationships, and how people often marry their opposites. What happens to them down the road? How do they deal with their differences? Are they still charmed by each other, or bugged? In Chocolate Beach, Bri Stone has always found solace in chocolate and the beach (and who wouldn't?) but will these things get her through when she faces serious questions about her marriage?
When will Chocolate Beach release?
The official release date was February 2007, but it actually made it into readers' hands in January. Exciting times for a newbie author! (Find it HERE!)
Are there any new projects on the horizon?
Yes! Watch for Truffles By The Sea in Spring 2008. It's the story of Bri's best friend, Gaby Flores. Stop on by my website for more info, if you like: www.juliecarobini.com
Do you prefer to write contemporary chick-lit fiction?
Yes! I read all sorts of genres, but found my voice in Chick-Lit. It's sassy and fun, and allows me to tell stories of life's challenges in an entertaining way.
Who are your readers?
My readers are the "young at heart". Mostly women, they are aware of current trends and technology, yet they like to giggle through a good story. They also love to bond with other women over faith, a hot cup of coffee or tea, and of course, designer chocolates!
What are some challenges you face as an author?
It can be so tough to find unobstructed time to actually write when there are so many other things vying for my attention: proposing new books, marketing current ones, writing articles, and most especially, caring for my family of five.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run world?
Actually? I'm often overwhelmed. I try to pray a lot and God always steps in. Attending a regular Bible study helps too, because it keeps me focused on what God thinks about my busy life! I also jog on the beach, take a spinning class, and drink (too much) coffee.
What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?
I address this on my website. First, find every opportunity to read. Next, make sure you actually enjoy the process of writing before investing your life into it. Finally, get help. Go to writer's conferences and watch how the experts do it; make friends at those conferences, the kind who will cheer you on in the days ahead (and who you can cheer along too!); and invest in yearly guides such as Sally Stuart's Christian Writer's Market Guide.
What do you and Bri have in common? Did you marry an opposite personality?
Hm, let's see. I love the beach, my husband, Dan, is a "tad" older than me, and chocolate is my dessert of choice. Dan is definitely my opposite in many ways, but not in the important stuff, like faith and parenting. In those two areas, we are kindred spirits. :-)
Is there a book that holds a special place in your heart?
Right now I've got the Mitford Bedside Companion on my nightstand. It has excerpts from the entire Mitford series by Jan Karon. I feel like I absolutely know these characters, so much so that I can pick up the book, flip to any page, and fall right back into the story. It's that good.
Can you share the brownie recipe from Chocolate Beach? (Is it on the back of the Baker's Squares box?)
Ha-ha! Good question. Let's see, it is on the Baker's Squares box, only add a little vanilla and more buttah! All I'm sayin'.