Thursday, December 25, 2008

Freebie Friday - Laurie Stolarz

Happy Friday! Hope you all are enjoying your holidays.

Today I'm happy to bring you another GCC author interview with best-selling author Laurie Stolarz. Her new book, DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS was just released this week and already it's received great reviews. Teen Reads Too gave it five stars and Kirkus Reviews says says, "CW-worthy dialogue, quirky secondary characters, romance and suspense: a winning combination."

Intrigued? Check out the book trailer:

And now for the interview:

What inspired you to write DEADLY LITTLE SECRET?
I wanted to write a story where the main character has to struggle with the idea of falling in love with someone who could potentially kill her (and who’s already allegedly killed someone in the past). I also wanted to continue experimenting with the supernatural – showing how we all have our own inner senses and intuition, and how with work we can tap into those things and make them stronger.

Are any of your characters based on real people that you know?
No, though sometimes I’ll steal a character quirk from people I’ve known. For example, in the Blue is for Nightmares series, Amber carries around a pair of chopsticks for whenever she’s eating out. I once knew someone who did that.

What excites you?
Feeling like I’ve made a difference. Seeing people happy. Hearing success stories and stories of triumph.
What turns you off?
Narrow-mindedness, intolerance, ignorance, cruelty.

If you could invite anyone you wanted - living or dead - to hang out with you at a weekend retreat, who would you invite and why?
Gary Zukav. I find his insights and perspective on life fascinating.

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I once used to want to be a potter. My mom used to work in a ceramics studio. She’d bring me there during some of her shifts and I got really into it.

What's your favorite quote?
Perseverance is key.

Milk Chocolate or Dark?

And now for the Freebie portion of our Friday... up for grabs this week in honor of Laurie's new TOUCH series - to soften up your touch - is a Davies Gate Pure Essentials gift set. To be entered to win, leave a comment below answering one of the interview questions. This drawing is open until Tuesday, December 30.

P.S. In the meantime, check out Laurie's DEADLY LITTLE CONTEST:

P.S. More cool stuff to fill your vacation days:
Lisa McMann, author of WAKE hosting a crazy huge contest on her blog.
Tera Lynn Childs, author of OH MY GODS is bringing you The Twelve days of Stella.