Welcome to the kick off of a terrific blog series to celebrate the release of my YA novel, A Spy Like Me! **throws confetti**
And wow do we have an incredible line up of authors and bloggers in the next three weeks! Stick around and you’ll get tidbits of personal stories, behind the story stories, mystery writing tips – you name it.
Here’s how it will work. Almost every day there will be a guest post with a giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment and tweet using @laurapauling. If you tweet more than once or blog about this series then add another comment with the link. Let’s show these fantastic authors and bloggers our support!
On Saturday, at the end of each week, I’ll announce the winners. So you’ll have all week to promote and enter. Woo hoo!
I thought I’d start with an interview. Yeah, I interviewed myself. Okay?
Why did I choose to write about spies?
I’ve thought about this and to find the answer all I had to do was look back at my favorite books and movies in the last 20 years or longer.
- 1. Count of Monte Cristo. Yes, a one thousand page book that I liked so much I’ve read it twice. The aspects of unfair imprisonment, betrayal, revenge, secret identities – all called to me.
- 2. Until Tomorrow Comes by Sydney Sheldon. I’ve read this numerous times. A woman is unfairly imprisoned, escapes, and turns into a cat burglar.
- 3. And, of course, Ally Carter’s Gallagher series and Heist books.
And for movies?
- 1. Shining Through with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith: A woman because of her ability to speak German becomes a spy during WWII – and falls in love, of course. Loved it!
- 2. True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story is about a wife learning her husband is really a spy and how she gets involved. Over the top, funny, serious – all at the same time.
So now you know why my tagline is Spies, Murder and Mystery.
Why did I wait so long to write a story about a spy?
Inspiration. I needed a different take. A unique angle. And I found that during Castle. Yes, Castle. In this one episode, the victim was involved in Spy Games. Bingo. I found a way for my main character to become an accidental spy. And then I set the story in Paris, France to add some flavor.
Anything else you want to know? Ask away in the comments.
Wait! What about the giveaway for today?
Here’s what Gemma Halliday, NYT best selling author of the Spying in High Heels series thought about A Spy Like Me.
“Move over Gallagher Girls – there’s a new spy in town! A Spy Like Me is a fast-paced, high energy ride through Paris that left me almost as breathless as Pauling’s hot hero. Super fun beginning, great story, and an ending that won’t disappoint.”
-Gemma Halliday – NYT best selling author of Spying in High Heels.
So I thought we’d give away her books today! Spying in High Heels, which I read and loved, you can download for free! At Amazon and Smashwords. And Gemma is also offering the ebook of Hollywood Scandals, the first book in a separate series, to one winner today. Thanks Gemma!
That wraps up day one. Tomorrow we’ll hear from Anne R. Allen and a little bit about The Gatsby Game and the Hollywood scandal that inspired it. Here’s a terrific review by Benoit Lelievre.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you tomorrow and the next day.
Don’t forget to enter to win Gemma’s book!