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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Slanted and Disenchanted by Lisa Czarina Michaud - Book Tour

Slanted and Disenchanted

She hates her family. He’s hiding behind his teenage sex life. They form a band as an escape.

 

On tour, can they start over....or will all secrets come out on the open road?

Carla Bucchio never cared about things like boyfriends and SATs. If she did, maybe life at 20 would be more exciting than developing photos on Long Island. When she chooses the guitar over a social life, it only makes sense because no one talks to her anyway.

Music may be Pete Albrecht’s life but what good is his talent if he has no one to share it with? When he’s not getting bitched about coffee at work, he’s getting nagged about college by his girlfriend. What would they say if they really knew about him?

At the outset of the new millennium where boy bands and backup dancers have saturated pop culture, the two college dropouts start a rock band. Despite his girlfriend’s manipulations and her mother’s drunken disapproval, they form a secret connection through the music even if she’s a little Riot Grrrl and he’s a little Krautrock. 

Before heading out on their cross-country tour, tragedy turns the world upside down forcing them to decide if the band is just a teenage dream or their gateway to freedom…and to each other?

Slanted and Disenchanted is the provocative first book in Lisa Czarina Michaud’s coming-of-age Disenchanted series. Told with wry humor and nostalgic 90’s undertones, it’s High Fidelity meets Moxie that explores sexual tension in friendships, the confusion of adulting, the love and chaos of family….and the soundtracks that get us through it all.

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.com/Slanted-Disenchanted-Total-Young-Adventure-ebook/dp/B099Q15VJ5

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Slanted-Disenchanted-Total-Young-Adventure-ebook/dp/B099Q15VJ5


Author Interview
1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t compare yourself to another writer’s journey. I was fortunate to learn this early on and now feel inspired by and am truly happy for the successes of others. Writers supporting other writers just feels better.

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
I grew up in New York City in the 80s and my favorite store was Books of Wonder, which was located at the time on Seventh Avenue near my apartment. It was then I learned that I didn’t just love books for their stories, but I loved the actual books themselves; how they felt in my hand; how they smelled; how they looked and the idea that I can go anywhere in the world and be a part of any life as long as I had a page to turn.

3. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Henry Chinaski, the Charles Bukowski alter-ego. I would just have to make sure the house is stocked with enough scotch…good thing he goes for the cheap stuff!

4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Not at all. I wanted to be a scientist. Scientist of what precisely? I have no idea. I just wanted to be a “scientist”.

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Curious. Cautious. Campy.

6. Have you ever met anyone famous?
When I was 21, I found myself at a birthday party for Ben Affleck, hosted by his fiancée…you know, this little-known artist named Jennifer Lopez. The friend I had gone with double-dog dared me to wish Ben (who was standing with J.Lo) a happy birthday. A dare you say? I took a gulp of champagne and walked over like I knew them. I gave them both a hug, told them how great it was to see them, in which they returned the sentiment. I wished Ben a happy birthday and went on my way. I’m almost certain they looked at each other afterward like, “Who the hell was that?!” The one thing that stands out upon meeting J.Lo was not that she’s as beautiful as you think she is, but that she smelled like her own perfume, “Glow” by Jennifer Lopez. That was my big take away.

7. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I wrote the first draft of my novel Slanted and Disenchanted in three months. But from “door-to-door” with rewrites working with my amazing editor Monica, beta reader feedback re-writes and more re-writes, it took a year and a half.

8. How do you select the names of your characters?
I don’t. They chose their names.

9. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
“Welcome to the Dollhouse”

“Mermaids”

“Stand by Me”

“Dans Paris”

“Halloween”

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t wait for inspiration to come. You have to chase it like down like your senior year crush and even then, it might not come. Just keep writing!

11. What book do you wish you had written?
Not so much an entire book but lines in a book where I’m like, damn, that’s good. One line I recently read was in André Aciman’s “Find Me” where he questions if music makes life palpable, more real, or perhaps less real? For someone who turns to music in times of joy but especially in times of sorrow and complete distress, this observation felt relevant to me, so much that I wish I wrote it.

12. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
1. I grew up in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York but have lived on Long Island, Olympia, WA, Los Angeles, CA, Brooklyn, Paris and now in the countryside in France.

2. My first internship was as record-store liaison for the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label (I was paid in concert tickets with plus ones! And merch like t-shirts and vinyl that I still have to this day).

3. I was an extra on tv shows in the early 2000s. I sometimes see my 20-year-old self in reruns of Las Vegas and The O.C.

4. I moved to France in my late-20s with a suitcase, an ill-advised dream and a terrible handle on the French language.

5. I play a 1950s surf blue Telecaster electric guitar. I’m currently looking for bandmates! Anyone? Anyone?

6. I come from a family of jazz musicians and foodies. My dad recorded a family album in the 60s with a young Chick Corea and my family’s market was described as being busier than Samantha’s bedroom on Sex and the City.

7. I’ve cut all my hair off and donated it two times to make wigs for the Locks of Love organization.

8. I went to an open audition for the play Rent. I waited in a line that went entirely around the block just to make an ass out of myself. It was pretty awesome.

9. In high school I joined the cheerleading team to be ironic and punk rock (I had the bleached-out hair and rhinestone spiked necklace to go with my uniform) and ended up loving it because it was dorky AF. I ended up the captain by senior year.

10. I am half Italian and half Mexican with an Irish (maiden) last name.


13. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like playing guitar because I think there is a creative flow between music and writing and I sometimes write the best sentences while doing my scales or doing a gentle campfire strum. I also like doing Yoga by Adriene on Youtube.

14. Do you listen to music when writing?
Yes, but it can’t just be anything otherwise I get distracted. I like “Turn Blue” by The Black Keys, “Michigan” by Sufjan Stevens, “Miles Smiles” by Miles Davis, anything by the Jazz Messengers with Art Blakey, “Until the Hunter” by Hope Sandoval and the Warm Intentions and Chris Cornell when I’m writing love scenes.

15. If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be?
Léa Seydoux when she had dark hair for her role in Christophe Honoré’s La Belle Personne. That was always how I imagined Carla and with Pete, it took a while. I had his hair, his features, his body type but I didn’t have a complete face. And right before my book went to press, I saw a movie with Timothée Chalamet and was like, bingo, there he is, my French, musical prodigy bad boy. Because I like to live under a rock when I’m writing so I’m not influenced by pop culture, I had no idea who he was but now when I read bits from my book that’s who I see, and it works perfectly.

16. Do you have a favorite food/snack/drink when writing (or anytime)?
Café allongés which is like an Americano. I sip on them while writing.

17. How do you choose your book covers?
For Slanted and Disenchanted, I was so lucky to work with the talented Hayley O’Connor. She made me fall even more in love with my characters!

18. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
A lot of the book will feel autobiographical, and parts are, but to an extent. Despite Carla’s Italian American origins and dark hair, I relate to Pete much more because he speaks his mind, has a carnivorous appetite for music history and culture and only wants to see the best in people where Carla is much more guarded and cynical.

 

Author Bio – Lisa Czarina Michaud is an American writer living in France. Her work has been published in Narratively, marieclaire.co.uk, The Huffington Post, xojane, as well as other publications. Slanted and Disenchanted in her first novel.

Social Media Links –

twitter: @lisacmichaud

Instagram: @lisacmichaud

Facebook: @lisaczarinamichaud


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