Welcome to Nose In A Book. I thank you for taking the time to join us. Could you start out telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me! I'm a writer, filmmaker, musician and mom living in Los Angeles. I'm new to the chick lit scene because I've spent most of my life writing screenplays, and I'm newly in love with writing fiction because it's so liberating. With screenplays you can't describe things in detail or go inside people's heads (unless you're a fan of lots of voice-over, which I am not) so books are a huge revelation to me as a writer.
When and how did you know that you wanted to become a writer?
When I was at the University of Toronto for film studies, I watched a LOT of movies and wrote about them. After a while, you get bored of commenting on other people's stories and you want to write one yourself. It turns out it's a lot more fun!
Most writers' first novel never see the light of day. Can you share the summary of the first book you wrote?
Actually The Cowboy Singer is my first novel. However, I have plenty of screenplays that haven't seen the light of day - or the flickering light of the film projector. My first screenplay was a romantic comedy about a girl looking for an apartment in the big city. She unwittingly gets embroiled in a real estate scandal run by a hot guy and, as you may imagine, hilarity and romance ensue! I haven't thought about that script in a long time. Maybe I'll write it as a book.
What was your inspiration behind The Cowboy Singer?
Getting pregnant! I was a few months along with my daughter when my friend who works at Harlequin began sending me romance novels to read. I hadn't previously realized that it was okay to have a pregnant heroine. I loved that idea. Then I chose a singer for the hero because it's a world I'm very familiar with. I figured with my first book I should stick with what I know.
Name three book crushes.
Will Lightman in About a Boy (I love a man fighting to stay shallow)
Matt Prior in The Financial Lives of Poets (hapless but pants-wettingly hilarious)
Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries (if I were still that 17 year old)
Favorite book that has been made into a movie. Favorite book you'd like to see made into a movie.
I loved The Help - the book and the movie. Although I was disappointed that the movie didn't have my favorite scene where the white girl from Sugar Ditch defends her Afican-American maid from the creepy flasher in the back yard. I would love to see Geek Love be made into a movie. That was one of the most visually astonishing books I've ever read.
What's your favorite gadget?
My Kindle - it's a freakin' library in your hand, people!
Where can your readers stalk you?
My blog: www.paulatiberius.com
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/
Cowboy-Singer-ebook/dp/ B007KOAJZA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8& qid=1339191310&sr=8-1
Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
It's a kindle e-book, with print coming out in July, hopefully in time for this post.