Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Blog Tour & Interview: Plus One (Brighton Walsh)

Plus OneOlivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn't want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can't pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn't expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn't take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia's desire to stay "just friends" becomes clear, Ian's feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: May 6, 2013

ISBN: 978-14268-9555-5

Number of pages: 100
Word Count: 22,000

Brighton Walsh
Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Whether through words or pictures, she's been weaving tales for as long as she can remember. After decades of cultivating her writing, she finally decided to give life to the voices in her head and set forth to write her first novella. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy. She lives in the Midwest with her swoony husband and two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.
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  1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
When I first decided to try my hand at original fiction, I was actively seeking writing prompts. I came across a call for submission from a smaller press. The call was for “secret crushes” in whatever way, shape or form we wanted to write them. From that little prompt, Plus One sort of blew up in my mind.

  1. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Ohhh…that’s a tough one. And sort of like a mom telling you who her favorite kid is. While I love Ian because he’s pretty much the perfect hero in my mind, I think Olivia is my favorite. It was her voice I heard in the beginning, and it was her journey that really unfolded in my mind. I always feel a stronger connection to the character that happens with, and inevitably—even if it’s a dual POV book—the voice I hear is stronger with one character.

  1. Which came first, the title or the novel?
Normally, finding my titles is like pulling teeth, but this one came to me almost immediately, well before I’d written even a single word.

  1. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I feel like however I answer this will be giving stuff away for readers! I’ll just say this: it’s toward the end, and I love it the most because of the growth it shows from both characters.

  1. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
Find a good critique partner and hold on with both hands. When you find someone that builds you up when you need it, but also won’t pull punches when something isn’t working, you’ve found your weight in gold.

  1. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I really love that it captures the feel of the book. It’s fun and flirty and light-hearted.

  1. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?
Hands down, the final in Stephanie Perkins’ companion novels, Isla and the Happily Ever After.

  1. What was your favorite book in 2012?
I read a lot in 2012, and I had a lot of favorites. But the one that stands out is Sheltered by Charlotte Stein.

  1. What’s up next for you?
I have a longer novella coming out the end of this year as part of the Carina Press holiday anthologies, and a short story in an anthology coming out February 2014. On the actual writing side of things, I’m currently re-polishing a novel that I finished back in October. I have the second in that particular series already started, but first I plan on focusing on a new adult idea that came to me and has taken on a mind of its own.

  1. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thanks so much for having me!


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