Sunday, July 28, 2019

I Can't Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North - Book Tour + Giveaway

I Can’t Tell You Why

Having an affair is inconceivable to Dani and yet she’s having one with Alex. He’s married, he’s an actor and she’s his agent.

Then Dani meets Sean, a paparazzi photographer with a formidable reputation. It’s a profession that makes him unpredictable at best. A dangerous trait when his motivation to expose becomes personal.

Dani knows she’s made mistakes. She also knows she’s not the first person who wilfully hurt someone they love and is simply unable to explain why.

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Author Q&A

Elaine Robertson North, author I Can’t Tell You Why

1.  What is the first book that made you cry?
The one that springs to mind is actually a non-fiction title - Lucky Man by Michael J Fox. It’s a memoir he wrote when he announced he had Parkinson’s disease and it was so amazingly uplifting, it was impossible not to be moved to tears!

2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I Can’t Tell You Why is my first novel and was about 25 years in the making! Sounds ridiculous but I stopped and started many times over the years and only really focused on writing once I gave up work and my youngest son started school. I’m delighted to report that my second book, which is almost at first draft stage took months rather than years. That said, the endless rounds of editing will probably take longer than actually writing it!

3. How do you select the names of your characters?
They come from all sorts of places. I try not to overthink it and often just go with the first name that comes to mind - not very scientific I know! I try and avoid the names of people I know well in case they think a character’s based on them - which could be a good or bad thing!

4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
This one stumped me a little so I’ve just done an online quiz and can now confidently tell you it’s a hummingbird! (I hope that wasn’t cheating?!) How lovely to discover that hummingbirds are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy!

5. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
In no particular order, my top 5 are: Sliding Doors, My Best Friend’s Wedding, About Time, Moulin Rouge and Toy Story 3!

6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Eat all the cake. Sing loudly. Cry.

7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Fleabag, from the TV series of the same name.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
It’s probably a terrible cliché but I’d say grow a thick skin - rejection is all part of the gig - take advice and constructive criticism wherever you can, and perhaps most importantly, never give up.

9. What book do you wish you had written?
Although I’ll never be an author of children’s books, it would probably be a children’s classic like Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Charlotte’s Web by E B White.

10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
1.  I could happily live on all things chocolate.
2.  The only feature I’ve ever had published was called ‘Confessions of a Chocoholic’!
3.  I sing in a choir - Popchoir - where we sing a wide range of pop songs, all with much joy and gusto!
4.  My first visit to the O2 in London was to sing with some of my Popchoir chums, supporting Barry Manilow during his encore!
5.  I’m obsessed with Gary Barlow.
6.  The first live show I took my 10-year old son to was a Gary Barlow concert.
7.  I used to give inanimate objects names. My first computer was called Ruby, I had a Vespa called Pearl and the voice on my answer machine was widely known as Angela….
8.  The ringtone I have for my husband is ‘Bring Me Sunshine.’ It was the song for our first dance when we got married.
9.  When I was 12, I got an audition for the West End production of Annie!. Never made it on to the stage as I was deemed too tall at 5’ 2. Ironically decades later, I’m only 5’ 4!
10.               I worked in entertainment PR for many years so did loads of fun things - I was the Unit Publicist on Four Weddings and a Funeral, for example, and worked on three Red Nose Days for Comic Relief.

Author Bio
Elaine spent 25 years working in marketing and communications in the media and entertainment industries. This included seven years marketing national newspapers and a variety of senior executive roles in TV, radio and film. I Can’t Tell You Why is her first novel.

Elaine lives in North London with her husband and their two sons. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking harassed on the school run, cheering on the side lines of her sons’ football matches or singing her heart out at her local branch of Popchoir.

Social Media Links
Twitter: @RobbieNorth

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