Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thérèse gives us an unforgettable summer, plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Kathryn Hamilton

**Giveaway is now closed**

Let’s give a big “bonjour” to Thérèse as she joins us here at CLC to celebrate her debut novel “India’s Summer.” This is an author you will love getting to know. She has a French name, given to her by her Irish mother and grew up in Liverpool, England, but now resides in California with her husband and two (young adult) children. She has an awesome sense of humour that comes through loud and clear in her personal blog. “India’s Summer” is several years in the making and Thérèse was finally able to complete the novel once she found herself with an empty nest. It is already receiving an abundance of praise, so let’s hope she her success continues. Félicitations!

Thanks to BookSparks PR, we have one copy of "India's Summer" for a lucky US reader. You can also find it at Barnes and Noble on paperback or Nook. It is also $1.99 for Kindle.

Visit Thérèse at her website and on Twitter.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Swim, read, spend time with the family and travel. I travel a great deal and that gives me plenty of time to gather material for my blog.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I’ve learned this wonderful technique for unblocking called Morning Pages. It’s from "The Artist’s Way" by Julia Cameron. You write for twenty minutes freehand without pausing. It frees up your subconscious mind and it’s amazing how easily your writing flows soon after.

Did you learn anything from writing "India's Summer" and what was it?
I learned that I had a unique voice and a wealth of experience to draw from. I also learned how much of a commitment you make when you set out to write a book and how it takes over your entire life. I learned to lose myself in the moment. I also learned to trust my inner critic.

What kind of research did you do for "India's Summer?"
I set my novel in terrain that was very familiar to me so that in my mind’s eye I had a very clear picture of what was happening on the page. I researched the medical background for one of my characters and revisited many places in LA to make certain of the visual details.

If "India's Summer" were made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
Rachael Weisz for India. Orlando Bloom for Adam Brooks and Kate Hudson for Annie.

What is your most unique trait (physical or personality)?
I find it very hard to be serious for any length of time.

Since your current character is named India, If you could name your next book character after another city/state/province/country, what would you choose?
Great question. It would have to be Ireland. Maybe Eire would be good as that’s the Celtic spelling.

Would you rather have too much time or too much money?
Too much of anything isn’t good. But if I must choose then money, because that would give me more time.

Thanks to Thérèse for visiting with us today and to BookSparks PR for sharing "India's Summer" with our readers.

How to win "India's Summer":
Please comment below with your e-mail address. (Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: Which city/state/country/province would you like to see as a chick lit character's name?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

US only. Giveaway ends August 19th at midnight EST.


Unknown said...

This interview with Thérèse is terrific. She sounds like a very interesting and sweet woman.

For a chick lit character's name I'd look to Ireland and use the names of town's such as Clara (County Offaly) Ennis (County Clare) or Clare!


Unknown said...

I'm a follower of your blog - GFR (Amy) and an email subscriber


Allison said...

Since I'm from here, I would love to see Texas as a name. I got excited about this book because I just went to India actually!

I'm a CLC follower.


Lisa said...

Just found your blog - the book sounds intriguing! Please enter me in the contest.

Unknown said...

1) Naples - where I spent my formative years, in Florida & for where I hope to visit, one day - in Italy.

2-4) Follower, Tweeted & like!


DD said...

How funny would it be if a character was called Martha Vineyard?!

dawndennis66611 at yahoo dot com

Jessica said...

1. Hmm, I guess Paris would be a good name!

2. I'm a follower of this blog on GFC.

3. I posted this on twitter.

4. I'm a member of Chick Lit Central on facebook.

Thanks so much!
-Jessica M

Stephanie said...

I'd like to see Montana as a name.

gfc follower


Cyndee said...

A very good interview! Thank you for the chance to win a copy from a "New
Author" (for me,that is).
Cyndee Thomas
Follower on :Pinterest ,Facebook CLC
group member, Goodreads, Google RSS
A very interesting book!

Cyndee said...

Names from a Country, City.. for a chick lit character's name: I have two that I favor: Roma from Rome,Italy and Venice from Venice, Italy. I hope to travel to India, Italy and more places in Europe some
Cyndee Thomas
**Other comment from me lists the way I follow CCL.

Anonymous said...

Hello Therese,

I liked your interview as much as I like India which is one of my favorite countries in the world for its spirituality.

I would choose Lisboa for a chick character's name.

Just joined your blog and posted in FB.


Maureen said...

I would pick our town, Yardley.
I follow on GFC
tweet: https://twitter.com/MaureenCE/status/235483619127353345
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Anonymous said...


Nice interview!! Love this blog.

Jeryl M. said...

I would like to see a chick lit character named Savannah.

I am a Facebook follower.

I am a subscriber.


bn100 said...

I'd like to see Antarctica as a name.

I follow via email.


Margie said...

Sounds like an intriguing book. THanks for the giveaway.
-How about Montana for a name?
-GFC follower
-Networked Blogs follower
-Facebook fan
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Bridget O'Neill said...

Maybe Carolina!

I follow the blog

I'm a member of CLC on Facebook


karenk said...

'cresson' as a name (PA)

thanks for the chance to read this story

i'm a follower, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

Like to see Norway as a name since my ancestors are from there.

GFC Follower

Facebook member


leonel said...

I love "Lia," as a character name.

leonelescota AT gmail

Follower, FB group member

Unknown said...


I would love to see a character named Maine, Montana, or Arizona.

I will follow your blog officially and I will tweet this contest.

Thank you!

Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for participating. Such fun name ideas!

Thanks to BookSparks PR for arranging the interview and sharing the book for the giveaway.

Thanks to Therese for chatting with us.

Without any further ado, random.org chose (from everyone who included contact info)...RoadWarriorMomma!


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