Monday, August 22, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Katie Oliver & Giveaway


About Katie Oliver


Katie Oliver loves romantic comedies, characters who "meet cute," Richard Curtis films, and Prosecco (not necessarily in that order). She currently resides in South Florida with her husband and two parakeets.

Katie’s been writing since she was eight, and has a box crammed with (mostly unfinished) novels to prove it. With her sons grown and gone, she decided to get serious and write more (and hopefully, better) stories. She even finishes most of them.

Find out more at

Website/blog: http://katieoliver.com/ko/blog/
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/KatieOliverWriter
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katieoliver01/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7565829.Katie_Oliver
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@katieoliver01
Carina UK/Pink Ink blog/website - https://pinkinkladies.wordpress.com

Books by Katie Oliver



You can find them here

Dating Mr Darcy series:

Prada and Prejudice - myBook.to/Prada
Love and Liability - myBook.to/LoveandLiability
Mansfield Lark - myBook.to/MansfieldLark

Marrying Mr Darcy series:

And the Bride Wore Prada - myBook.to/ATBWP
Love, Lies and Louboutins - myBook.to/LoveLiesLouboutins
Manolos in Manhattan - myBook.to/ManolosinManhattan

The Jane Austen Factor series:

What Would Lizzy Bennet Do? - myBook.to/WWLBD
The Trouble With Emma - myBook.to/TroubleWEmma
Who Needs Mr Willoughby? - myBook.to/WNWilloughby

Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, I'm a writer with nine romantic comedy books published so far. (I still get a little thrill each time I put down 'writer' in answer to the 'Occupation?' question on forms.) I like dark chocolate, Prosecco, am a terrible procrastinator, and in my head, I'm still nine years old.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I like to bring something absorbing and/or entertaining. Right now I'm reading 'Emma' by Alexander McCall Smith; next up is Daniel Silva's 'The English Girl.' On my Kindle I'm currently reading 'Christmas Down Under' by Marion Lennox and just finished an interesting, as-yet unpublished time travel novella by Michelle Bourne Durant.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look?

Oh, that's an easy one! I'd pack my sunblock, a good paperback, stash a few snacks in my beach bag, and head for the shore. Our favorite Florida spot is Bathtub Reef...there are no big waves to deal with, lots of shells, and miles of clear, blue-green ocean. I'd get in the water for a bit, dry off...then sit down to read a few chapters of whatever book I've brought along. Bliss!

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I love to bake. Cookies, mostly, or brownies. I used to collect limited edition Barbie dolls, but I don't anymore…mostly because I've run out of space to store them!

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I find inspiration in magazine articles or in newspapers...or in an overheard random conversation...or I might see a photograph of an interesting person...things like that. Some of the ideas are good, in that they're useable; but some aren't, and get discarded. In order for a story to have 'legs,' i.e., a workable plot, it needs to be more than just a half-formed idea or situation. But if that idea can stretch to become a story with conflict, tension, interesting characters - then I know it will sustain a book-length plot.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

Probably Liz Talbert from 'Low Country Boneyard' by Susan M. Boyer. She's a private investigator who assists with pre-trial investigations for criminal defense attorneys. Liz is both entertaining and smart – an unbeatable combination. I love the series and only just discovered it recently. It's set in the low country of South Carolina and each book features an intriguing mystery for Liz to unravel.

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

Stretched out on the cushioned wicker love seat on our screened porch, with the ceiling fan spinning lazily and a glass of lemonade close at hand.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I live in South Florida, so the beach is a daily destination (when I'm not writing, of course!). But in my heart of hearts, I really love the change of seasons from summer to autumn - the bright, colorful leaves, the pumpkins, the chilly weather.

So I think my favorite holiday destination would have to be a return to the beautiful Northern Virginia countryside in the fall.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

My advice? Write the story you most want to read, the story that makes you happy. Don’t worry about ‘the hot new genre,’ or ‘the next big thing.’ Just write the book you want to write, and your passion will shine through on every page.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I'm aiming to bring my books back home to the American market. I have a couple of projects underway, and lots of ideas. I'm really looking forward to starting off in a new direction.

Giveaway

Amazon USA Amazon UK

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win a signed copy of Prada and Prejudice and bookmarks by Katie Oliver.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

50 comments:

  1. Love the cover! Have a great day! Thanks!

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  2. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!

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  3. Thanks ladies! Best of luck! - Katie x

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  4. I love to bake,mostly cake :)
    Thanks for the lovely post and giveaway :)

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    1. Cake... *sighs* How I love cake! Thanks for commenting, Bube. x

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    2. You are welcome Katie :) x

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  5. Thank you for the chance, and hope you have a great day!

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  6. Thank you all! I wish I could give a book to all of you. Kate xx

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  8. It sounds really good.Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. This looks like a good read and I also like the cover!!!

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  10. Your books sound great and I love the cover!

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. Glad you like them!

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  11. I love your covers and I am almost positive I love the stories inside them just as much

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    1. Ooh, I hope so, too. I had fun writing them. x

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  12. thank you for telling us a bit about yourself and for this great giveaway

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    1. My pleasure! This was a fun interview with great questions. x

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  13. The cover design of the whole Mr Darcy series is so wonderfully stylish - I love it!

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    1. Many thanks, Birgit! Carina UK really did an outstanding design job on all six covers. :-)

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  14. Many thanks for the cover love! It's gorgeous, isn't it? Carina UK always designs the best cover art!

    Good luck, ladies! - Katie x

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  15. Sending some Cornish sunshine ☀️ xx

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    1. I love the sound of that...thank you! x

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  16. Northern Virginia is so beautiful in the fall, I agree! We love to go there to take family photos.
    Dianna

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    1. Fall is the one time of year when I really miss Northern Virginia. I loved driving up through horse country - Middleburg, Upperville - in October. So gorgeous!

      Thanks for commenting, Dianna.

      Katie x

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  17. What an amazing post and competition! I love the Mr Darcy series so much.

    Thanks for the great interview.

    Katie | Blooming Fiction

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  18. Thank you so much, Katie!

    Glad you like the series...and best of luck in the giveaway!

    Katie x

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  19. thank you for the opportunity :)

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  20. You're very welcome! Thank you for participating. x

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  21. Love the sound of this series! I always enjoy comedy when it pops up in romance books.

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    1. Me too, Cynthia! Nothing's sexier than a hero with a sense of humor. <3 Thanks for commenting!

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  22. I wish good luck to your new book!

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    1. Many thanks, Billy...good luck in the giveaway! x

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  23. What a clever title of the book. I love it! Affairs, scandal, I'm already loving it :) I'm so excited to read it.

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    1. Lol! Thanks, Irma. It's a fun read, hope you enjoy it. Best of luck in the giveaway!

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  24. It would be terrific to win a signed copy
    of Prada and Prejudice by Katie Oliver and some bookmarks.
    I enjoyed reading your interview.
    I like reading and discovering new authors.
    This sounds like an interesting book.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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    1. Thanks for the awesome comment, Wayne! Glad you liked the interview.
      These ladies asked excellent questions.
      Best of luck to you!

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  25. I've not read this author before. If I read this book perhaps it will entice me to read the actual Price and Prejudice lol. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  26. Thank you for the comment, Jan! I hope you read BOTH books! Best of luck to you. x

    Katie

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