Thursday, October 31, 2019

Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley - Book Blitz + Giveaway

Star in the Shadows

The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.
The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.
When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.
Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?

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Author Q&A
Thanks for such a great set of interesting and thoughtful questions 😊
1.       What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t remember crying at any books when I was younger although since having a baby I now cry at the drop of a hat. The most recent book that made me blub was While I was sleeping by Dani Atkins – such a lovely, emotional story.

2.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I knock out a first draft in about 5 months, then it takes a while to refine it. I usually look back on the first draft and cringe!

3.       How do you select the names of your characters?
A mixture of ways. With my main characters Kiara and Shane, I just knew those were the names I wanted. Other characters were named after people I know. For example, Sarah is named after one of my oldest friends, and Alicia is named after a girl I knew at school. The Honduran characters were named after people I knew in Honduras when I lived there for a few years.
The name I really struggled with in Star in the Shadows was the name of Kiara’s mother – I wanted to call her Kathleen but realised that it was both my nan and my aunt’s name and that wouldn’t have worked. So I trawled through lists of popular names in the USA in the 1970s and chose Suzanne instead.

4.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
Now I have a 6 month old child I have discovered The Clangers – and found my spirit animals. I love those little guys.

5.       What are your top 5 favorite movies?
·         Rocky 4
·         Terminator 2
·         Predator
·         Commando
·         Legally Blonde
An odd mix I know – I’m a sucker for a good action movie, and a big Reese Witherspoon fan.

6.       If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Binge eat tinned peaches and cry.

7.       What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Willy Wonka. He owns a chocolate factory – need I say more?

8.       Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Say no to fear and don’t let it stop you from pursuing your dreams.
Yes, writing can be scary – especially the process of submitting your work to be read by other people, and maybe even criticised. But feel the fear and do it anyway!

9.       What book do you wish you had written?
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s so beautifully written – I loved it.

10.   Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
·         I spent four years living in Honduras and I speak Spanish – I also learnt some Honduran sign language
·         I took part in a 100k walk from London to Brighton – I nearly completed it!
·         My best friend is also named Helen
·         I have a tattoo of the Nazca lines hummingbird on my wrist
·         I can touch my nose with my tongue – that’s my only party trick
·         I once did a four hour sponsored bounce on a trampoline
·          I play jazz flute but I only started learning the flute when I was 28
·         When I was in primary school we did Charlie and the Chocolate factory as a school play, but they changed the title role to Charlotte so I could play the lead.
·         My son is named Donovan – after Donovan the 60s singer
·         I’ve only gambled once – in Las Vegas – and I won!

Author Bio –
 Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.

Social Media Links – Twitter – HelenCBuckley/  Insta – helencatherinebuckley / website:  

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