Thursday, November 21, 2013

CLP Tours Blog Tour, Interview, and Giveaway: Dandy Day (Annie Wood)

Dandy Day is a thirty-five year old free-spirited, commitment-phobic, Venice Boardwalk roller skating waitress. When Dandy is suddenly dumped by her therapist, right when they were on the brink of figuring out why her relationships last only a whopping three months, Dandy decides to take her relationship issues into her own hands. With the reluctant help of her lifelong best friend, Simon, Dandy tracks down her exes one by one and does a relationship autopsy on each of them in order to get to the bottom of her relationship challenged life.

A short novel about love, friendship and grown ups (sort of) growing up (sort of).

Annie was born in Hollywood, raised in the valley. She avoided the valley girl accent by speaking backwards for the first 15 years of her life. As an actress she has guest starred on several TV shows. You may remember her best in her recurring role onBecker with Ted Danson, Lara in Good Luck Chuck and as the host of her own nationally syndicated dating show, BZZZ! which she also co-produced. As a writer, she is a produced and published playwright and recently had a comedic scene in the NBC/UNIVERSAL showcase. Her web-series, Karma’s a B*tch was chosen by Virgin America as BEST OFTHE WEB and season 2 is now in the works. Her books of comedic scenes, Snapshots! & Act Up & Make a Scene have been performed on Hollywood stages and is available on Amazon. She lives in Los Angeles with her charming, Italian husband and her equally charming, Jewish/Buddhist/Italian dog, Lucy.

Connect with Annie!

Blog: I only occasionally blog at SheWrites:

And my dog, Lucy, blog’s when we travel each year to Italy, where my husband is from.

Facebook page:



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1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I wrote the screenplay version several years back. I was thinking about the idea of “growing up” and the pressure some feel about needing to have life and love all figured out by a certain time in their life. I also like the concept of names and how our names can affect us. If my name was Dandy would I feel the need to alwayshave a dandy day? 

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love Dandy. She’s definitely neurotic with her endless self analysis and her inner rants, but she has a good heart.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I have a list of titles I often refer to. I am inspired by titles. I also enjoy naming bands, songs and giving people nicknames.

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I like the scene where Dandy is remembering a recurring dream she has about her parents because of the bitter-sweetness of dreams, memories and loss.

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
The first draft is just for yourself. You need to sit down and write that first draft. Get it all out. Just get it done. Don’t share during the process because too many voices in your head can mess you up.

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
That’s a picture of me that I had my husband, Peter, take. I am sitting in the Venice boardwalk (where the story takes place) drinking a Yoo-Hoo (Dandy’s favorite beverage) wearing my roller skates (Dandy is a roller skating waitress on the boardwalk.) I played around with the photo to make it a little cartoony. I like the colors.

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?
I don’t usually look ahead when thinking about books but Angelica Houston has an autobiography titled, “A Story Lately Told” coming out later this year that looks interesting.

8. What was your favorite book in 2013?
I loved “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter.

9. What’s up next for you?
I’m working on my next novel (or novella, not sure yet) titled “La Tua Casa.” It’s another romantic comedy, this time from the male perspective. It’s based on my screenplay, “Martin’s Theory.” I’m also getting ready to shoot *season 2 of the web-series I wrote, created and star in, “Karma’s a B*tch.” You can watch season one by clicking on the “Karma’s a B*tch” button on my site –*season 2 was co-written with my pal, the talented TV writer, David Schladweiler.)

10. Is there anything that you would like to add?
If you like, you can follow me on twitter - @anniewood


Keep Creating.

Keep Positive.

Keep Showing Up. J


  1. i am sorry i have not read the book but it does sound good

  2. Hi! I'm love'n the Blog,super cute. Also thank you for the chance and I hope you and yours have a Wonderful Thanksgiving <3

  3. what a pretty page. thanks for letting me be part of it!

  4. Great interview, thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    ~Veronica Vasquez~

  6. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. Books sounds like a cute read! I Look forward to finding out if she figured it all out :D

  10. thank you for the giveaway!

  11. Super chance thank you.. looks like a very good read. valshemi at gmail dot com