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I am very pleased to share with you the answers given to my interview questions by romantic comedy author, Rosie Dean!
Read on to discover what she had to say, as well as more about her and her book. There’s even an opportunity for you to win a copy of it for yourself in the giveaway associated with this tour – good luck!!
Where did you get the inspiration for the Toni’s Blind Date?
Aha… where indeed? Sometimes ideas come to me from overhearing a conversation or wondering (in my own life) What if…?
Toni’s Blind Date started life as a romantic comedy screenplay. Dating shows weren’t so big back then, we’d had Cilla Black’s Blind Date but shows like The Bachelor, Dating in the Dark, Love at First Sight and (Dear Lord, who came up with this idea?) Naked Attraction, hadn’t been invented.
I thought it would be fun if the dating candidates were selected by the audience, and even more fun if neither of them really wanted to be there. So I decided Will is only on the show because his career depends on it, and Toni – through no fault of her own – is on the show to make up the numbers. To add to the drama, each of them has to keep it secret as to how they ended up on the show.
What is your writing process?
I used to write from the beginning to the end. I thought it was the only way but I’ve discovered it doesn’t work for me. I also thought I had to plot it from start to finish but also discovered, as my stories developed, so did my characters and sometimes they did things I hadn’t planned.
So now I’m a little more relaxed. I know the kind of characters I’m dealing with; I know what I want them to achieve and I set off on the journey with them, with a little more of an open mind, because sometimes it’s the alchemy of subconscious thought which delivers the best results.
Sometimes, I think, ‘Wow! Where did that come from?’ That’s kind of exciting.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
Mostly, I write directly onto the computer. I’m lucky, I taught myself to touch-type when I was about eleven, during a very wet and boring half-term. One of the best things I ever did.
I do use pen and paper if I want to try out plot structures or build a mind-map of the whole story. Not that I stick to it, necessarily, but it does allow the brain to diversify and gives a visual picture of what I’m trying to achieve.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Argh!! I can only have one? I love most of my characters. I really like my heroines to be plucky, a little self-effacing and fun to be with – the kind of women I’d happily spend a day with. Of course, I fall in love with each of my heroes or I couldn’t write him.
Then there are some secondary characters I just don’t want to leave behind.
In Toni’s Blind Date, I adore her divorced parents. You can see why they fell in love but equally, you can see why they couldn’t stay together. I sometimes wonder if I might write their story – because I have a feeling they rediscover their love, second time around.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
The heroine with the hot and adorable hero – natch!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Years ago I fell in love with Jilly Cooper’s early romances, like Prudence, Harriet and Octavia, which made me want to write funny romances. So I think using the name in the title was in homage to those. My first rom-com was Millie’s Game Plan. After that, I decided I liked the two-syllable name with an ‘ee’ sound at the end – hence Vicki, Chloe, Gigi and now Toni. My next heroine is called Zoe…
I try several names – usually looking at which names were popular around the time of their birth – and an inner voice usually tells me what sounds right.
Thank you so much for answering my questions – I especially liked reading about your writing process, I can really relate to it!!
Read on to discover more about Rosie and ‘Toni’s Blind Date’ – and enter the giveaway to have a chance to win a copy of the book and another prize for yourself!
Toni Spielman and Will Thomas have no plans to date — anyone — but when fate throws them together on a TV dating show, they have to smile, pretend, and rethink their plans.
Rosie writes romantic fiction with a sense of humour and, sometimes, a sense of the ridiculous; because we all know life and love aren’t exactly how we’d like them to be.
She has won a Readers’ Choice Award from Ancient City Romance Authors (part of Romance Writers of America) and been a finalist in the 2017 Maggie Awards for Excellence.
Before writing novels, Rosie wrote training courses and marketing copy for the corporate world – a far cry from teaching Art and Pottery, where her career began.
She lives on the Isle of Wight, within sight and sound of the sea, with her partner and her dog.
Amazon (Author Page) http://www.amazon.com/Rosie-Dean/e/B00GML9CU0
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