Muffi Beyer is my guest today and she is promoting Exile. This is a tour long giveaway 5/10/13-5/31/13. It is a Scavenger Hunt so I'll leave a list of all participating blogs at the bottom so you can visit each one to collect the letters. I will also have a posting of the rules as well. First place will receive a $20 gift card to Amazon or B&N.
Muffi was kind enough to answer some questions for us so please sit back and enjoy!
Why don't you tell us a little about yourself....Something that we cannot Google about you, lol!
If you try to Google me, you won’t get as much as you get with Kim Beyer-Johnson, which is and was the name I used throughout my career as a television and film writer. Muffi Beyer is the real me who likes to kick ass and makes no apologies. Muffi Beyer is the one who did odd and outrageous things for years just because she could. That’s why Muffi Beyer writes novels… which is a very odd and outrageous thing to do as we all know. Other things you couldn’t Google about me: I love being obsessive compulsive, I hate fruit, I was a professional artist and psychotherapist in between writing gigs, I eat candy every day (very important), I write 2,000 words a day five days a week and usually go to the Getty museum every Sunday to sketch (see, I love being obsessive compulsive), my dog’s name is Roo, and my cat’s name is Muffin.
Tell us a little about your book?
Exile asks the question: If faced with the option of being in love and being delusional, or being sane and realizing true love is a delusion, which would you choose? I’ve always been interested in the thin line between love and insanity, creativity and insanity, genius and insanity. Not that any of that makes me INSANE, right?
Anyway, Exile is about a successful film director who’s had a pretty crappy love life and is going through the grieving process over the loss of her young son. On set in Ireland she comes face to face with her true love from a past life. In most ghost stories, characters make the logical jump and believe the ghost is real. However, my character, Rachel goes through the entire book thinking she might be losing her mind while also falling more and more in love with the object of her supposed insanity. I won’t give away the ending, but it should really make the reader think and is good fodder for lots of book club arguments.
How much emotion does it take from you to write?
Well, that depends who’s writing—me or my characters. And yes, I know that sounds INSANE (please see above question.) But seriously, I have this weird schizophrenic experience when I write. If the characters are just sitting next to me and I’m basically taking dictation, it doesn’t take much emotion at all—I’m just along for the ride. When it isn’t flowing, it takes a lot of emotion. I get really pissy and stomp around and snap at my husband, poor guy. But thank the Lord God that rarely happens when I’m actually in the process of writing… more when I’m outlining the book or screenplay or whatever I’m working on.
What is your favorite part of the book?
The ending. Just read it, you’ll see.
You can only pick 3 words for your main characters..what would they be? *to describe your main characters*
Rachel: F*cked up. Smart. A true romantic.
Daniel: Hot! Devoted. Strong yet incredibly tender.
Okay, that’s way more than three words per, but I’m a natural born rule breaker.
Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why??
Well, I am all aspects of all my characters, so on some levels all of them were easy to write, but Naomi, Rachel’s best friend, is snarky and sassy so I found her super fun and easy to write. I think characters are easy to write if you “know” them. In other words, if I understand who they are, where they come from, and why they’re doing what they’re doing, it makes them easy to write. They’re just like real live people and their dialogue and actions have a life of their own.
In terms of what character was hardest to write in Exile, none of them were hard. At this point in my career I don’t do hard anymore. Honestly, if I can’t relate to who the character is or what they want to say I just don’t write them in. I know it will be really false and lame so I don’t go there. I’ve spent a career writing characters or stories that were assigned to me. That was hard because it was somebody else’s vision and not mine. So now, sticking to characters and stories that I want to write seems easy to me now.
How many books are you shooting for in this series??
Alas, this is not a series.
What are you currently working on?
It’s called Jeni and Rae and is the first book of a paranormal romance trilogy. The books borrow greatly from my daughter’s Jekyll and Hyde personality and quirky friends. It’s dark, it’s irreverant, it’s romantic, and I LOVE IT!
Do you have anything due to release soon?
The first book in the Jeni and Rae series will be out this summer. Whoop, whoop!
What's one thing that you enjoy about writing?
One thing? What’s with the one thing? It’s more like: everything. But if I had to choose I’d say the best thing about writing novels as an indie author is: I don’t have to ask permission. Doing whatever the hell I want is a close second.
Since we're cover hussies....what was your first impression of your cover?
Don’t make fun of me… I actually gasped then thought I was going to cry. I was doing my producer job at the time and it was very embarrassing. Real executives don’t cry. But it was just so damn beautiful. How did my cover artist, Heather McPherson (shout out!) do it?
What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?
I actually do love my ereader, but please, please, please book gods—don’t get rid of bookstores. If I was trapped in one building for the rest of my life after a nuclear holocaust never to emerge into the light again, I would choose to be locked inside a Barnes and Noble… books, music, coffee… nirvana.
Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?
Ah, let me think about that for a minute… NO! If I want to try something, screw being apprehensive.
Okay.... personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there... Hahah... If you thought you were safe... Nah... Forgot it... Not a chance! We will start off slow and easy, I promise!
What is on your night stand/dresser?
A book, my dollar reading glasses, a cool spidery looking plant that I often forget to water, a photo of my kids… before they started costing me tons of money and growing pimples. What did you think the answer was going to be… sex toys? That’s inside the drawer – duh.
What are you listening to you right now?
Nivrana. Kurt Cobain you were a god.
What are you reading right now?
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Unsaid by Neil Abramson, a soon to be released YA novel by a friend of mine call A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin, A Silent Run, by Barbara Freethy, Paper Towns by John Green.
What is your favorite season? Holiday?
Love winter—better to read books by. But summer’s great for the beach. Christmas is amazing – a dream come true if you’re obsessive compulsive like me – so many traditions not enough time!
And what has been your best b-day present ever??
Anything that was handmade by my kids. Thanks guys!
Hard and Quick Time! Don't think... Just answer! Okay, before we go this route, I will get us a refill on our drinks... I will be right back... You know you do... Quickie time... Think fast....
Are you a quickie kind girl?
I’m quick, but I’m not sure about the “ie” part.
Dark or Milk Chocolate?
Dark, honey. Bittersweet is the best.
Whipped or Melted?
Whip me up and I’ll melt.
Straight up or with a twist - sex?
If this is in reference to the shape of a penis, straight up is always a good option.
What's ur fave drink - in a glass or on him?
My husband is not the best receptacle in the world. Just saying.
Spank or Flogger?
I’m against violence. I went to UC Berkeley.
Junk or Health Food?
Give me junk food or give me death. Actually, I’m sure I’ll get my wish soon with my diet.
Ties or Chains?
I’ve never believed in dressing up, so ties are out. I guess I’m going with chains.
Leather or Lace?
I prefer cotton. 100%
Soft or Hard... Bed, where was your mind?
Soft for the bed, hard for everything else thank you very much
Control or Be Controlled?
Okay, if I like to be in control I’m a bitch. If I like to be controlled I’m a wimp. I’m not answering – you figure it out.
Hot Wax or Whip Cream?
Have you ever actually been waxed? It’s HORRIBLE. Whip cream is great on sundaes and Frappaccinos, not so hot on body parts IMO.
Vampire or Werewolf?
Bite me, baby.
Twitter and/or Facebook?
Must I? I’d rather sit down and chat.
Pinterest or not?
Oh, not, I guess. I’d rather go and see the sunset instead of looking at it on my computer.
“Exile is a deeply romantic psychological thriller that will take you on a roller coaster exploration of grief, logic, and the transcendental nature of love…”
Anya Richards, best selling author
Reeling from the loss of her son and her ex’s indifference, Rachel a successful film director, heads to Ireland to shoot her next project. Once there, she’s plagued with vivid dreams and a gnawing sense of déjà vu. But Rachel’s tough exterior really begins to crumble when she spots a statue in the town square and is shocked to realize it’s the exact replica of the man who has haunted her dreams for months—a handsome stranger for whom she feels a deep and mysterious attraction…
Will Rachel choose love even at the expense of her own sanity? Or is her love for the man of her dreams more real than anything here on earth…?
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/exile-muffi-beyer/1115098446?ean=2940016749693&itm=1&usri=exile+muffi+beyer
Muffi Beyer grew up on the beaches of Malibu and has spent her career writing for Hollywood. Her credits include Days of Our Lives, Santa Barbara, Nash Bridges, Doc, Sue Thomas FBeye, and My Friends Tiger and Pooh. She has also produced several reality shows including The Real World, Road Rules, and Project Runway Allstars. She currently spends her days writing her next paranormal trilogy, hanging with her kids and husband, walking her overweight Italian Greyhound, and recording her dreams for future projects. This is her first novel.
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MuffiBeyer/549879745043402
Super Duper Important- Scavenger Hunt Instructions:
There are 15 (fifteen) stops for this Scavenger Hunt. Each stop contains a picture/button with a letter on it. All 15 letters form a message or phrase that is associated with the book. The letters are scattered randomly to the hosts. You will need to collect all 15, unscramble them, and then enter the decoded message in the Rafflecopter for the ‘extra entries’. Good luck!
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