24 Oct 2012

Author Interview: Libby Floyd

About the Author:
Libby Floyd has been a national on-air television personality for over 15 years with appearances on ShopNBC, Shop-At-Home and The Food Network. She was the youngest ever nominee for the prestigious position of Poet Laureate of South Carolina following the release of her poetry book A Winning Heart. Libby is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and was a contestant in the Miss America and Miss USA programs.
Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Sparkelicious.
Visit Libby on the web at www.LibbyFloyd.com.
Connect with her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/libbyfloyd.
Friend her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/libby.floyd.31.
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About the Book:
Laney Montgomery is living the dream – a successful L.A. fashion designer, a fabulous home in the Hollywood Hills and happily married to an English film director. But on a trip back home to South Carolina, she finds herself in the middle of a family crisis, which she’s determined to fix. However, the affections of a handsome, younger man creates havoc in her personal life. With her marriage in serious trouble back in California, Laney is faced with losing it all but maybe that’s the only way for her to find true happiness.

1.       If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why? Probably Danielle Steel because from what I’ve read about her, we have a similar writing style. We both like to write about three books at a time. I’d also like to see her old typewriter that she says she’s used since she started writing!

2.       What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write? 
I start writing around noon and write for a few hours and then take an afternoon walk and then sit back down at my computer and start writing again. I write at my kitchen island in a red chair. I also get inspired to write at night. I think whenever I’m inspired, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, I go for it!

3.       What is the hardest part of the writing for you? Sitting down for hours at a time.
My bum gets a little numb!!!

4.       When and why did you first start writing? 
I think out of boredom! I was born in a small town in South Carolina and there wasn’t much to do so I started writing at a very early age. I actually wrote my first song when I was five and started singing with my sisters in talent competitions. After writing a couple of songs as a child, I started writing poetry and published a book of poetry in college, then I really got serious about songwriting and started writing country/pop songs, which I performed with my band in Los Angeles and Nashville. My lyrics evolved into short stories and then I started writing novels. So, I’ve been writing forever!

5.       How did you come up with the idea for the book ‘Sparkelicious’? SPARKELICIOUS was inspired by one of my trip’s back home to South Carolina. After moving away to New York and then L.A. after college graduation, I returned after several years to discover the sleepy little Southern town of Greenville was now vibrant and alive. I also found that I’d missed so many family events and still hadn’t come to term with my father’s death. He died in 2000 from cancer and this particular trip home was closure for me. I had also missed the Southern charm and humor of the South. When you read my book, you’ll find my fictional characters to be colorful and real. And, after living in L.A. for so many years, I had to relive my life there, so I decided to capture the glamour of Hollywood. My novel showcases several famous locales and venues in my old stomping ground. And of course, Sparkelicious hits on the touchy subject of age and turning 40, which most women find devastating, especially in Hollywood. However, I decided to explore ageism in a positive and uplifting light through Laney Montgomery’s character, who finds that it’s never too late to fall in love with your true passion and your true love. I think that life can be, truly, Sparkelicious! I draw from real life experiences and then my imagine takes over and fills in the rest!

6.       Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now? 
No, because I’m too busy writing!

7.       Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Yes, everyone says that they want to write a book but no one’s going to write it for you, but you! It takes discipline, lots of hard work and hours and hours of sitting at your computer and gaining a little weight!!! The best advice I ever got from a friend was, “don’t get it right, get it written!” That inspired me to write the first draft of my book!