Today I am excited to welcome the lovely Courtney Clark to Star Crossed Reviews for a little Q&A.
Tell us a little about you
I aspire to use wit and, yes, sometimes sarcastic comments to write comedy gold. I am also a proud pet parent to two awesomely neurotic dogs, a book nerd, a tattoo enthusiast, and my parents’ favorite child (just don’t tell my brother that).
Tell us about your new book
Romance is great, but sometimes real life is better. Love isn’t always about instant connections or six-pack abs. For me, it’s about who you laugh with and who is going to be there for you, even when you’ve briefly hopped aboard the crazy train and are mid freak out. A Story of Like: A Decidedly Unromantic Romance Novel is a hilarious tale that shows how amazing the ordinary—making fun of your girlfriend because she laughed so hard she snorted—kind of love can be.
What is your favourite place to write?
Some of my best ideas come while I’m on the elliptical machine, so I always keep a notebook and pen handy to write down ideas and tweak my outlines while I’m stretching afterwards.
Where do you get your character inspiration from?
Real life is my greatest inspiration for both my characters and storyline. The idea for A Story of Like happened one day after I just finished a great book, but all I could focus on was that the story starred yet another super sexy billionaire. I thought, “How many of those can there actually be in the world? Surely if there were so many, I would have snagged one by now.” Thirty minutes later I had written my prologue and emailed it (along with a brief outline) to some fellow book lovers to see if I was crazy for wanting to write a romantic-ish book about regular people. Luckily, the consensus was that I wasn’t crazy, at least not about the book.
What are your 3 desert island books?
Definitely Pride and Prejudice (it is my favorite book after all), Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes (an absolutely brilliant book), and Twenties Girl by Sophia Kinsella (which never fails to brighten my day). All three put me in a fantastic mood, ready to take on whatever comes my way.
What is your favourite place to read?
I always carry my Kindle with me because every place is a good place to read, although nothing beats cuddling up with a book on the couch on a rainy day.
What is your favourite book and why?
My favorite book is without a doubt the original chick lit novel, Pride and Prejudice. I read it at least once a year, and each time I laugh out loud, hope for Elizabeth’s happy ending, and swoon at Mr. Darcy’s impassioned speech. There is nothing better!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Besides spending time with friends and family, I love to read, of course.
Chocolate or sweets?
This past year I have been on a no sugar kick, but what I’ve learned is that chocolate every now and then keeps me sane, specifically homemade chocolate ice cream.
Is there a book you wished you wrote?
Yes! I’m always complaining that Justin Halpern beat me to Shit My Dad Says fame. Trust me when I say that I could fill a book with stories from my childhood. In fact, one of my first ever short stories retold the horror of the day my dad mooned me at the mall.
You have a free flight and accommodation to anywhere in the world where would you go?
Tough question! I adore travelling! I spent three years living abroad, so, in a way, I feel most at home experiencing new places and cultures, which means that my list of places I want to visit is extremely long. Although Prague is the city currently topping my very lengthy list, I would jump at the chance to travel almost anywhere.
What is your favourite season?
I love fall because it is the start of sweater weather, my fashion favorite!
Where can we find you?Courtney Clark
Published by Self-Published on 8th June 2015
Genres: Chicklit, Humour, Love & Romance
He’s every woman’s idea of the perfect man: a middle income job, a receding hair line that only Mr. Clean would envy, and a body fit for the beer Olympics.
Who could resist? Meet Addison Anderson. Although Addy is happy with her life—she has a job she loves, family and friends who support her, and her very own sidekicks in her neurotic Superdog named Lola and a nefarious looking cat named Moustachio—she’s missing the one thing that every girl wants, a plus one to couple’s game night. Enter Charlie. Not exactly the man of her romantic fantasies, Addy is quick to put him in the friend zone, but as he rapidly becomes an invaluable part of her life, Addy must make a big decision: which is more important, that elusive spark or someone to share her life with? Join Addy on her comic voyage as she discovers that not every story is a story of love, sometimes it’s a story of like.