What is Don’t Mention the Rock Star about?
Kellie Carmichael is a married mother of two who works as an online showbiz reporter. Very few people know that she once dated AJ “Andy” Dangerfield, who went on to become a mega-famous rock star. Although she’s done her best to ignore what Andy is up to these days, he suddenly ricochets back into her life. The story alternates between the past and present for the first part of the book so you can see why their relationship didn’t work out and wonder what’s going to happen this time around. It’s essentially a story about first love and what happens when you’re not available for second chances.
Do you believe opposites attract?
Absolutely. That Paula Abdul track was a particular favourite of mine. It certainly sums up the relationship between my husband and I. He was sporty, I was more academic. He’s very laidback and quiet; I am a lot louder and driven. But as Paula says: “when we get together, it just all works out … cuz opposites attract.” The same is true for my character, Kellie, in her relationships. She’s book-smart, Andy’s street-savvy. He’s always getting in trouble, she’s always played by the rules. And later in Kellie’s life, in her marriage, she ends up with a man from a rich family who becomes a workaholic, while she is from a completely different background and is more family-focused.
Did writing this novel teach you anything about yourself?
That I can’t do everything at break-neck speed. Usually if there is a quicker, more efficient, way to do anything, that’s the way I’ll do it. But writing was not something I could do in a hurry. Writing this story and getting it ready for publication took me a lot longer than I had anticipated. In a way, though, I am glad I worked on the book over the two years because sometimes, months down the track, I would suddenly get an idea which made the story stronger.
Do you think blogs are a vital tool for authors?
100 per cent YES! Book blogs have undoubtedly become one of the most powerful promotional tools an author can tap. The space in newspapers and magazines for literature is only limited, and let’s face it, many are quite picky in terms of which books they accept for review. Bloggers, on the other hand, embrace all sorts of genres and have certainly been instrumental in helping indie authors reach an audience. Just remember to target the right blog for your book and understand that it may sit on their to-be-read pile for quite a while. It’s definitely a case of too many books, too little time.
Which book got you hooked on chick lit?
I honestly can’t remember the exact book but the early authors who impressed me included Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes, Jane Green and Zoe Barnes as well as all those delightful Red Dress Ink titles. Apart from the odd non-fiction title, chick lit is pretty much the only genre I’ve read over the past decade.
What is your favourite rom-com movie?
It’s a toss-up between When Harry Met Sally (Nora Ephron’s writing was so good) or Dirty Dancing (Patrick Swayze’s dancing was so hot). The Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal pairing was spot-on and the dialogue was outstanding. I loved the whole concept of can men and women ever be friends without sexual attraction getting in the way? Meanwhile Dirty Dancing had the music, the passion, the watermelon – I can pretty much recite the entire script having watched it so many times.