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I Don't Do Mondays! by Colette Kebell - Book Blitz

 

I Don’t Do Mondays!

How can Mia find happiness?

Lawyer Mia’s picture-perfect dream life in New York is imploding. Her job has become too stressful, she’s exhausted from carrying her friends and what’s up with her striking, wealthy fiancé?

But when life-changing decisions force her to move to Maine, where she’ll face her often critical father and hard truths about what truly matters in life, she re-discovers a passion of her youth.

What begins as a low moment in her life quickly pushes her to consider what she genuinely wants and leads her down a new path where she must embrace the future and let go of the past.

Will this move help Mia to fix her life, once and for all, and will she finally find true love?

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Do-Mondays-Colette-Kebell-ebook/dp/B08GCTNVWQ/

US - https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Do-Mondays-Colette-Kebell-ebook/dp/B08GCTNVWQ/

Author Q&A
1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d say to stick with your creative side and don’t push it aside for the sake of a paid job, do both. 

 2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
This is going back quite some years, but it would have to be having the Mr Men books read to me by Mrs White, a teacher at my primary school.  That was the only time that the whole class was settled and silent.  This, please bear in mind, was when the books had only just been launched so it was a real treat for all of us.  I appreciate that we could have easily read the books ourselves, but the atmosphere at story time was magical and Mrs White brought the characters to life, for me at least.

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I never knew what I wanted to do when I grew up.  I loved English lessons at school, though the class were occasionally somewhat rotten to one of the teachers, but I achieved wall art status with a few of my poems and loved that I have been selected for that accolade.  I, therefore, ended up a secretary for many years, until I was made redundant and had the time on my hands to follow the urge to write which I had been suppressing for quite a few years.

 4. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Funny, pragmatic, honest

5. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
Not sure how unusual this is, but my first drafts rarely contain much dialogue.  I tend to add that at a later stage for the sake of getting the story down in its raw form.

 6. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Love Actually is a very dear film to me.  The reasons for that are two fold.  One, it is a fantastic feel-good film and has a great cast, but also due to it being the first film I ever saw with my husband, before we were married, as our first date. 

 7. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
If I could have any animal it would have to be a monkey, a small one like a marmoset… I’ve wanted one of those since I was a child, though my parents obviously wouldn’t allow me to achieve that goal.  Since then I’ve made do with having dogs, which is a species I adore, so I am happy with my lot.  I occasionally tease my husband saying I want a parrot or a meercat, but they are a great deal of responsibility to look after due to in the case of the parrot, its longevity and in the case of meercats, they are pack animals and it would be cruel to have just one.

 8. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I have, through attending book signings, met a few famous authors, one of whom is far more famous than the rest.  I had the great pleasure of meeting Will.i.am at the signing for his children’s book WaR.  I have to say I was somewhat starstruck and so barely spoke.  I did, however, hand him my author card for his mum and female family members. 

 9.   What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t recall a book that made my cry when I was young, but the TV series Lassie often did.  As far as books that made me cry as an adult, the one that sticks most in my mind is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, whom I had the pleasure to meet when she was launching After You.  I went through a whole box of tissues reading that and almost the same again when I watched the film. 

10.  How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
How long is a piece of string… my first two books where both written from start to launch (allowing time for copy edits etc) in about four months.  The one that is the subject of this blog tour though is a very different kettle of fish.  I started writing it about 2 ½ years ago… then switched to my crime thriller as I became stuck as to where to take the book next, so I parked it for a while and picked it up again this year.  I have another which I started writing around 3 ½ years ago, which is reaching its end so that shall be the next chicklit/romcom that I launch.  Life got in the way with those two books, due to a house move and having to renovate certain things rather urgently.

11. How do you select the names of your characters?
LOL this is funny as I don’t have children, but I have a number of baby name books.  I flick through choosing names at random, though I do like to use some unusual ones. 

12. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Well I’ve already mentioned my all time favourite for sentimental reasons, Love Actually, but to add to that I’d have to say A Good Year, Connie and Carla, Shawshank Redemption and the most recent is The Upside.

13. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
That’s an easy question for me, Lucky Santangelo J  I certainly wouldn’t want her as an enemy…

 14. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Study. Read some books about writing, attend a creative writing course, start dissecting famous books to see how famous authors build their characters, how they construct phrases, how characters talk etc. And Practice. A lot of it. The first attempt is never great, but the more you write the easier it becomes.

15. What book do you wish you had written?
Either the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings.

16. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I guess as I grew up in the 80s it would have to be that time period.  Life was far simpler then, little or no technology for starters and the music of that era is amazing, even to this day. 

 17. What is your favorite genre to read?
Do I have a favourite genre… I’m not sure that I do.  I like variety in my life and so switch genre when the mood takes me.  I, obviously read a lot of romcoms and contemporary female novels, but I also like cosy mysteries and am a bit of a Potter Head as well as the likes of the Percy Jackson books.


Author Bio
Colette Kebell is an author of Chick-lit/Romcom, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational.  She has also found avenues to translate both into Italian (thanks to her husband), and into French, Spanish and Portuguese via Babelcube. 

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant.  After a few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and spends some time, when not writing and marketing her books, cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home.  Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

She can be found on twitter @ColetteKebell though doesn’t tweet a vast amount.


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https://www.twitter.com/ColetteKebell

https://www.facebook.com/ColetteKebellAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/ColetteKebell


 

 

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