Monday, September 24, 2012

Giveaway & Interview with Stephen Robinson Author of Mahogany Slade

Here is what Stephen Robinson had to say when I interviewed him:

What part of writing do you find the most challenging? most enjoyable?
It's actually the same thing: When I struggle over how to structure a scene or find the appropriate word or bit of dialogue, I find it an enjoyable challenge. It's perhaps the most exciting part of writing, especially when the solution eventually presents itself. This leads to lots of "aha!" moments, which unfortunately can sometimes take place in public.

In what scenario do you do your best work?
I work a lot at Liberty Bar in Seattle. It's quiet and has great leather couches. I usually edit my work and sketch out chapters while there and then reassemble it all in my office at home.

If you could pick any destination, where would you go?
I spent three months in Europe last year. I hit the top spots (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris, Rome) but also thoroughly enjoyed Berlin, Budapest, and Lisbon, as well. What I love most about Europe is that everything is all just a train ride away.

Hardback, paperback, or ebook?
I travel a lot with books so until the advent of the Kindle, I would have answered paperback but now I have a library on my iPad. I usually purchase both (paperback and e-book).

What food can't you live without?
I would agree with Janet Tomalin that I couldn't live without pizza. Me either!

What types of books do you like to read?
Non-fiction, especially history.

What is your favorite part of the day?
The first few hours of morning when the coffee is hot and you are in the mood to accomplish everything. I also like the feeling right after you've gone to the gym.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Butter pecan.

Home cooked meal or ordered out?
Home cooked meals rank above ordering out unless I'm under the weather. Dining out is a favorite, though. Tangentially, I discovered in Europe that "ordering out" is rare. You get looked at oddly.

What is your favorite sport?
Reading lol! Mine too! :D 

How do you prefer to communicate (in person, texting, email, or phone)?
Email, text, in person, and phone (in that order)

What is your least favorite thing to do?
Talk on the phone.

About the Author:

Stephen Robinson graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996. He has lived in many places but feels at home somewhere else. He’s written for newspapers and magazines. Mahogany Slade is his first work of fiction.

You can find him on his website.

 Giveaway Info:

"Mahogany Slade," by Stephen Robinson, is about first love, that moment when your favorite songs suddenly make sense because they're now about someone else.

Post a note on the wall of the "Mahogany Slade" Facebook page ( telling us what song or movie will always remind you of your own Mahogany Slade... even if it's been years since you met.

The author will give a copy of "Mahogany Slade" to his 10 favorite posts.

 Book Synopsis:

Beautiful, sophisticated, and unpredictable, Janet Tomalin represents every fantasy Brad Carlton grew up having -- and more than a few he never realized.

When they meet on their first day of college in Athens, Georgia, the stylish New Yorker completely upends the staid Southerner's ordered universe. They fall for each other intensely and completely. It's the all-consuming passion of a natural performer and her adoring audience.

There's just one problem: Mahogany Slade, the woman from Janet's not-so-distant past... and inescapable future. Janet knows once Brad meets the dangerous Miss Slade and learns the truth, their once-in-a-lifetime love is doomed.

Mahogany Slade is the romantic yet acerbic story of young people escaping themselves in a town where your identity is everything. It's as sweet as Janet finds Brad and as irresistible as he finds her.

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