Today is a great day because it's the first day of Maureen Lipinski's release week! Okay, I guess it's officially the second day of the week, but it's the first TNG day! I have A Bump in the Road...preordered and I am purposely not starting any other book until it arrives, so I can jump right in. Maureen is ultra-creative, and she devised five fantastic questions for the rest of the The Novel Girls to answer. Today is my turn!
Question One: In A BUMP IN THE ROAD, Clare loves to watch and order products from informercials. Have you ever ordered anything off of an informercial? (Being tempted counts!)
Tracy's Answer: Honestly, I have never ordered or been tempted to order anything from an informercial. This is more because if I'm up late, I'm either writing, working (also writing), reading, or playing a game (my newest addiction is The Sims 3, btw). I'd have to watch an informercial in order to be tempted to order anything, and I just don't watch them.
Question Two: The book opens with Clare and her husband Jake being tortured on an airplane by a toddler sitting behind them. If you have kids, any funny stories about traveling with them? If not, who is the strangest person you've ever sat next to on an airplane?
Tracy's Answer: Okay, I'm answering both of these, because 1) I do have kids, and 2) I sat next to a very "interesting" person once on a trip to Boston. For the kid story, when my oldest two were little, we were on our way to a family gathering in Las Vegas. My son fell a little bit in love with one of the flight attendants and kept trying to get out of his seat and follow her around. He was maybe 3 at the time, and the passengers closest to us thought it hysterical. I just wanted him to stay in his seat!
As to the other question, once when I was flying to visit a friend in Boston, I sat next to this guy who seemed quite nice. He was probably in his late 50s and was very genial. Once the plane started down the runway, though, he began listing statistics about plane crashes, and when the most likely time a plane could run into problems was. He kept this up for the entire flight! Let's just say I heard way more information about possible plane malfunctions than I ever needed to know.
Question Three: As a famous blogger, Clare is often recognized in the public, usually right after she's spilled something on herself or the like. As an author, have you ever been recognized by a reader? Or have you ever seen a famous author in public?
Tracy's Answer: Nope, I have never been recognized in public. Something to aim for! And yes, I've been around many of my favorite authors at the various writing conferences I attend each year. The first time was certainly an awe-filled moment!
Question Four: Clare's sister Sam, who's in high school, throws a party while their parents are out of town. Would you ever have dared to throw a party when your parents were gone? (No need to actually fess up...unless you want to!)
Tracy's Answer: Hmm, my parents never went out of town and left us home alone, so I never had the opportunity. But honestly? Yep, I would've done it. I probably would've gotten caught, though. :)
Question Five: On of Clare's guilty pleasures is watching really bad (and thus awesome), cheesy Lifetime movies--especially ones starring Tori Spelling. What is your guilty pleasure movie?
Tracy's Answer: I have several. I love the teenage angst movies from the 80s, most of them starring folks like Molly Ringwald & Rob Lowe. But I also love romantic comedies! SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, WHILE I WAS SLEEPING, LOVE ACTUALLY, and more. Give me laughter and romance and I'm there!
Great questions, Maureen! I can't wait to see what the rest of TNG answers are!
Huge, super congrats with fireworks for the release of A BUMP IN THE ROAD. I hope you have a fantastic, fun, celebratory week...and I can't wait to read get my hands on my copy!