Do you remember my review of Angelbound by Christina Bauer from last Sunday? I really hope you do, it's a book worth remembering. Angelbound was a tremendous surprise, what with the quality of Christina's writing, the deviation from usual YA PNR tropes or the fantastic (and hilarious) heroine, Myla.
I don't often invite authors to write for my blog, unless it's for an event I'm organizing, but I wanted another chance to try to convince you that Angelbound is a book worth your time, and this seemed like the best way. Plus, Christina turned out to be this lovely, instantly likeable peson so I was glad for this chance to get to know her better. Here's what she shared with us today:
5 Reasons Why My Dog Is A Writer, Just Like Me
by Christina Bauer
I write books—most recently the paranormal romance Angelbound—and I seriously suspect that my dog Ruby could also pen a novel, if given half a chance and opposable thumbs. You may scoff, but here are some examples of Ruby’s more writer-ly mannerisms:
1. Ruby loves Starbucks, writers love Starbucks.
In fact, I wrote most of the sequel to Angelbound in one of these ubiquitous coffee shops. But the uncanny parallels don’t end there: Ruby barks outside Starbucks; I’m toting about ten pounds of ass-jiggle that’s directly attributable to toffee-nut mochas. The similarities are almost spooky.
Ruby, about to go nuts outside a Starbucks.
2. Ruby loves food, writers love food.
Snacking is a key coping skill for virtually every writer, but it’s certainly a big one for yours truly. In general, writers aren’t the kind of breed to leave that last French fry sitting all lonely at the bottom of the take-out bag. And Ruby sees things the same way. See the trend here? So do I.
Ruby + french fries = happiness.
3. Writers, especially those of us who write paranormal fantasy stuff, must be comfortable with their inner geek. Guess what? Ruby’s already there.
For example, in the picture below, Ruby shows very protective instincts for her Chewbacca chew-toy. Case closed.
Ruby and her chewy-Chewie.
4. Writing requires a readiness put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and Ruby is a mistress of many disguises.
Like this random pirate costume we made her wear. She owns this seafaring look like a boss. Come on now, how awesome is this?
The hat-parrot is especially sublime. Arrrgh!
5. And finally, writers like to nap. Ruby likes to nap.
Writing is hard work. Napping? Not so much. So why not catch some cozy shut-eye whenever you can? Ruby and I are of one mind on this particular point.
So there you have it. The cold, hard facts and photographs that all lead to one inescapable conclusion: my dog is a frustrated author. At this point, you may wonder if perhaps Ruby is ghost-writing my novels. No comment, except to say this…Like Super Man and Clark Kent, you never do see both of us at the same place at the same time. Now ponder.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in Television, Radio and Film Production and English. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Brainshark, as well as founding her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien’s text, it’s entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers. Angelbound her first book with Ink Monster LLC.
Christina has generously offered to send out signed copies of Angelbound to TWO lucky winners. This part is understandably US only. But since it's Christmas time and I'd hate to have my international readers feel neglected and sad, there are also two ebooks from Amazon or iTunes. So feel free to enter the Rafflecopter regardless of where you are.
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