Whitney is another author that I met in the Chick Lit group that we both hung out in for a while. I would like to say we’ve become friends (right???) and I’m ever grateful for the ear she lends and the projects she has tossed my way. I absolutely love Whitney!!
About Whitney as an Author
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote She Sins at Midnight after living in L.A. and being steeped in the Hollywood culture for many years. I felt compelled to tell a story about a normal woman getting out of dodge and finding love in her hometown.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
I would call my adult books, Romantic Comedies or Chick-Lit and my middle reader series is Paranormal/Adventure.
Do you have a specific writing style?
For the most part my style is light and humorous, although there’s been some controversy that I crossed the line and got a bit too deep in my latest Chick-Lit/Mommy-Lit book, Mimi Plus Two.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I grew up with a learning disability and never read much as a child. My disability was comprehension based and I didn’t begin to outgrow it until my teen years. As soon as I started reading for pleasure, I was obsessed with the idea of authoring a book someday.
What is your favorite scene that you’ve written?
My favorite scene is in my new release, Mimi Plus Two. Mimi’s in a car and becomes overwhelmed by her hormones and begins sobbing her heart out when the radio station DJ announces that the song Shannon was really about Brian Wilson’s dog. I still can’t read the scene without laughing and I’ve read it a hundred times over.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you know, write what you love. Don’t sensor yourself!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for getting my crazy. I love you for it!
How do you beat writer’s block?
I stop writing and play with my kids, deep clean the house and weed the garden. That normally does the trick and gets me back on track.
About Whitney’s New Release, Mimi Plus Two
How did you come up with the title?
My books name themselves. This one was no different.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! Postpartum depression is a real a-hole. It’s unexpected, unplanned for and totally crazy. If I make you feel nuts, I did my job. (Edit from Karan…watch Whitney’s “Controversy” video before you read Mimi Plus Two! Click to watch on YouTube!)
How much of the book is realistic?
It’s as realistic as any book. Sometimes the craziest stuff that readers find most unbelievable is actually the most real out of any of it.
About Whitney as a Reader
I’m influenced by charming characters. For this reason, Fannie Flagg and Maeve Binchey have both had an enormous impact on me. And even though I write in a different genre, I like to think they’ve influenced my work as well.
What book are you reading now?
I’m Reading Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson.
Several. I just read We’re All Damaged by Mathew Norman and fell in love with his style. I will be reading more from this author! I’m also reading Crazy Girl Falls in Love, by Alexandra Wnuk and Molly Hacker by Lisette Brody. Both of which I’m enjoying immensely.
Because Karan is Random
Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?
I’m an author. I love talking, so I’m good answering anything.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d just like to say that authors love when readers take time to leave reviews and contact them. It’s the only way we have of knowing if we’re doing our jobs. So please, remember we’re human and we love contact. Otherwise, we’re just locked in dark cages wondering if we’re on track.