I am lucky enough to have Vanessa Morgan on my blog today. Vanessa is celebrating the release of GPS with Benefits.
GUEST POST: AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Where do you call home?
What is the title of your most recent book?
GPS With Benefits.
Where did you get your inspiration for GPS With Benefits?
The inspiration for GPS WITH BENEFITS came to me when I was in the car with a friend. We made jokes about the GPS and imagined what it would be like if the device was aware of the driver and his thoughts. I immediately knew that this could be turned into a hilarious story. I won’t reveal more, but GPS WITH BENEFITS has some twists and turns that you won’t expect and that will have you laughing out loud.
What's the genre?
GPS WITH BENEFITS is a hilarious, light-hearted comedy. My other books are all supernatural suspense.
Who's your favorite author?
Your favorite book?
"Elementary Particles" by Michel Houellebecq.
What book are you currently reading?
Ken Greenhall's "Childgrave". Ken Greenhall is the American pen name of British author Jessica Hamilton who is best known for her eighties books "Baxter", "Elizabeth" and "The Companion".
Do you have a book you would recommend?
Daph Nobody's "Blood Bar" and "L'enfant nucléaire", for their original subjects and because he's a good friend.
How do you pick your books?
By author or by cover.
Advice for other authors?
Be willing to learn. I once read that it takes about 1,000 hours to become competent at any skill, about 5,000 hours to master any skill and between 25,000 and 35,000 hours to become world class. Having a great mentor and being focused greatly speeds up this process.
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes. As I write in English, French and Dutch, I needed a name that was easy to pronounce in any of those languages and my real name - which is Dutch - is impossible to pronounce in EVERY language.
Where do you write?
Mostly from the comfort of my own home, but I also write from cozy places such as bars, parks, airports and hotels.
What do you wear when you write?
Dresses, because that's the only thing I wear.
Do you have a pet (s)?
I have a Turkish Van cat named after the Mamoru Oshii film ‘Avalon’. He has had a special appearance in A GOOD MAN and also 'acts' in the movies that were based on my books.
Anything extremely spicy.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Can I exchange those 3 famous people for my boyfriend and my cat?
Of your characters, which one would you say is most like you and why?
Originally, Céline from A GOOD MAN because of her independence and love of culture and languages. But now that I have fallen in love, I realize that I have a lot of Emma in me as well.
What made you want to be a writer?
Seeing Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" on stage in London. I was in my early twenties back then. It took me a few years though to gain confidence and to start reacting upon that desire.
Any weird talent?
I have a talent for scaring people.
What is the one thing you never go without?
Your biggest influence?
Favourite TV show?
I'm currently addicted to "Dexter" and “Carnivale”.
A great blog you would like to recommend for others to discover?
The blog of illustrator Gilles Vranckx, http://gillesvranckx.blogspot.com.
About Vanessa Morgan:
Vanessa Morgan is known as the ‘female version of Stephen King’. Her screenplays, A GOOD MAN and GPS WITH BENEFITS, are currently being turned into movies. She is also the author of DROWNED SORROW and THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. If she’s not working on her latest supernatural thriller, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, blogging, digging through flea markets or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to her cat. She writes in English, Dutch and French. You can find her at http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com (blog) or https://www.amazon.com/author/vanessamorgan (Amazon).
About Vanessa’s new release, GPS WITH BENEFITS:
A womanizer purchases a new GPS device, but has no idea his buying one with a mind of ‘her’ own.
GPS WITH BENEFITS is available NOW at:
Thank you Vanessa for visiting today and good luck with release of GPS With Benefits.
Vanessa is also holding a fabulous giveaway. All you have to do is comment on a tour post and you are entered into the draw to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. So please start commenting and also remember to leave your email address so Vanessa can contact you if you win.