Ladies and gents, today I will be sharing a most exciting interview with you. A month or two ago, I got a newsletter from a local entrepreneurship meetup group and it had a short interview towards the bottom – the founder of the publishing firm Story Girl Press was asked a number of questions related to entrepreneurship. In the interview, she also mentioned this new concept for a meetup, called “Femworking” – where self-starting women gather to encourage, endorse, promote and network. I was intrigued. So, I signed up for the meetup. Fashion-forward ladies all up at 8 AM discussing business, goals, and how we can help each other out. I loved it! If you’re local to the DC area, you’re welcome to join us – sign up via this meetup link here.
Why do I bring up Femworking? Well, through Story Girl Press, I learned about LC Kanon’s book, Spring Break. These days, I’m a busy girl, but somehow, I found some time to check out the book, a short 200-page thriller (p.s. car rides are the best for this – if you’re in the passenger seat obviously). It really is a page-turner – take a moment to read the synopsis and you’ll know what I’m talking about:
An all-expenses paid trip to Cancun for spring break? It wasn’t exactly a hard sell for Leigh, Eva, Gia and Joy, frenemies from Arizona Southern University. But all is not well in the land of silver or lead. Soon after arriving, Leigh and the girls stumble upon some cartel carnage—a bloodbath of debauchery that makes even their wildest desert party seem tame. Instead of doing the proper thing, like contacting the authorities, the girls venture down the rabbit hole in this tale of sex, lies, and bloodshed. Everything changes when Leigh makes the acquaintance of Guero, a cartel kingpin who is none too pleased with her newfound lust for blood money. These vengeful coeds aren’t on campus anymore, and after Guero lets them know just how serious he is, they make a run for the border no one will ever forget.
Sounds crazy, right? Because it is! But, oh-so-entertaining. I managed to interview the author, LC Kanon, to learn about her approach to writing fiction and how we can use this book as a way to de-stress and take a break from reality for a couple of hours. Because seriously, life is short. We deserve some breaks!
As many of you know, there’s a movie out now, with dreamy James Franco called Spring Breakers. He’s not so dreamy in the movie … but whatever. To go along with the movie release, because it has the same name as her book and all, LC Kanon is doing a promotion on Amazon: Spring Break is completely free to download for this week only. Normally priced at $6.99, it’s yours FREE when you download this week, from April 2-5, 2013. It’s a Kindle book, but you can read on any electronic device, like your computer or phone. Just download the Kindle app for that. Supa easy!
Interview with LC Kanon, Author of the Thriller Spring Break
Always curious about beginnings – how did you get into writing fiction?
To give you some idea of how long I’ve been at this—I can vividly remember dictating a story about a dinosaur to my dad in grade school, it was called Cutie the Dinosaur and I won a little prize for it. So like any bored middle child, I started very young with storytelling, and eventually that migrates into writing.
Stress sucks. In fact, I would say it’s probably the biggest contributor to disease. But making de-stressing a priority is hard, especially if you’re leading a busy life. What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress?
Like a typical type-A Washingtonian, I schedule in my de-stressing times. This usually takes the form of a nightly walk with my dog. My husband knows not to mess with my walk, and it’s amazing how upset I get if it’s raining and I can’t go. The hubby knows I’m really not feeling well if I don’t go on my walk, it’s that important to me.
Your book, Spring Break, is ideal for someone who wants to take a break from reality. What kind of craziness can someone expect to read about in this novel?
DC is such a stressful place, we deal with high anxiety on a daily basis and that takes a toll on us. My goal in writing is to take you away from all that. I want you so detached from the real world and its pain and struggles and give you some “me” time back. So when I wrote Spring Break, I wanted it to be ridiculous yet compelling all at the same time. It is an escapist tale of mean girls vacationing in Cancun, who run into a Mexican drug cartel. It quickly goes downhill from there, and the girls learn they must use all their cunning to get out of Mexico alive. It’s totally divorced from reality, and because of that it is such a guilty pleasure.
Where do you get inspiration for your novels? I’m especially curious about the characters in the book – are they entirely fictional or are they based on specific people you’ve met in real life?
There are a few characters in Spring Break that are based on pieces of people I know. Gia is based on a really nasty girl I knew in high school. Leigh is based on a close friend of mine who grew up with all brothers. I was so fascinated by how masculine she was at times, just this boy in a girls’ body. I think that is where Leigh’s Rambo behavior comes from.
What are some general recommendations you have for those who want to give writing fiction a try?
I love National Novel Writing Month for first-time fiction writers. You have a built-in community or support network which gives you pep talks every week. It’s a great way to get tips and tricks on writing a book from start to finish for the first time. After that you sort of find your niche in what works for you, but I would suggest NANOwrimo to any first timers waiting to get into the pool.
How does your book, Spring Break, differ from the movie Spring Breakers?
The day before I published Spring Break I read an article about Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine’s latest flick. I was really floored that someone else had come up with a similar concept of the girls-gone-bad spring break tale, but on reflection I guess it’s not terribly original. Simply put, Harmony is storytelling from a male perspective. So while his girls have threesomes–mine do not. The heart of my book is really how people act under extreme pressure. The mean girl tensions in my story make it unique.
I’m so excited to share with MLP readers that you’re doing a fun promotion and offering Spring Break for free while the movie Spring Breakers is in theaters. What kind of feedback are you looking for from those who download the book?
I would love reader reviews! I’m dead in the water without your feedback, so review the book on Goodreads and Amazon, and please follow me on Twitter! Love Twitter.
How would you describe your writing style in Spring Break? What other styles have you tried? Also, are there any other kinds of styles or genres you’d really like to tackle in your writing career?
Spring Break is written as a multiple person narrative, so you get to hear the story from Leigh and Eva, my two main girls, and Guero—my cartel kingpin. It’s a very organic type of writing that comes naturally to me, I just go with whichever character is shouting the loudest and let them tell the story as they see it. This was the first chick-thriller book I’ve written. I really enjoy the suspense/thriller category; it gives me the space to be creative and challenges me at the same time. Once you become acquainted with your story it’s hard to remain objective, and that’s really hard with writing suspense. I enjoy the challenge.
If Spring Break were to be made into a film of its own, who would you cast as the characters?
What a fun question. Gael García Bernal would make an excellent Guero. I totally see Blake Lively as Gia-to a tee! For Eva maybe Zoe Saldana, a sweet girl with an edge. Leigh is probably the hardest to cast, she would need to be super tough -someone like Rooney Mara.
What are some of your favorite online tools to help in writing and publishing a fiction ebook?
What would you say is the most challenging thing about writing fiction, from your experience? What about the easiest, funnest thing?
The most challenging thing is always the editing process. The best part is clicking that “publish” button and watching the book appear in the Amazon store. So, so fun!
A free download of LC Kanon’s Spring Break. Promo begins on April 2nd and runs through the 5th. Happy tanning!
The Giveaway: Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm
So, this week in conjunction with the Spring Break free book promotion, and to go with the theme of break, beach and fun, I am giving away a tube of non-toxic Miessence sunscreen called “Reflect Outdoor Balm”. You may remember a while ago I interviewed Lacey, who is a Miessence representative - take a look at the interview to see what makes Miessence a trustworthy company. And just so you know - I only promote products on this blog that I believe in and think are high-quality.
It is clear that Miessence values sustainability and health, because their clean products reflect this. I mean, take a look at the ingredients in the following picture … then compare to a conventional sunscreen brand below it.
Yeah – stark difference!
A quick note about sunscreen: I am not a believer in sunscreen at all times. In fact, I avoid all sunscreen until I read about exactly what ingredients are in it. Check out this article and this scientific study for info about the endocrine-disrupting chemicals in most conventional sunscreens. It’s a shame! If you need to be out in the sun for a long time, remember to …
Cover up – light-colored, loose linen clothing has a cooling effect
Eat antioxidant-rich fresh food – this protects your skin from within
Get some sun for the Vitamin D which is really important in protecting against cancer and in regulating different bodily functions
And if your skin is sensitive, use some non-toxic sunscreen like the one I’m giving away
You know the drill … go ahead and go through the Rafflecopter below to get entered to win the Outdoor Balm. You also get a free download of Spring Break. In fact, it’s one of the steps to getting yourself entered – don’t forget to get your free download. I will email the lucky winner on Saturday. Good luck!