What was your inspiration to start (and keep) writing?
I always loved to write. I just was never any good at sticking to it… I have a box of partially written books to prove it!
Then, about six years ago, I was on vacation in Florida and I read Jen Lancaster’s memoir Bitter Is The New Black. I’m embarrassed to admit, before I read the book, I didn’t know what a blog or a memoir was. But after reading it I was so motivated to finally try to write for real. So I started my blog, Feeling Beachie, days after I finished the book as a way to practice writing and to see if I could actually stick to it this time. I started to write my first book about six months after I started the blog.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write in and how it found you?
I write a combination of chick lit and women’s fiction. My first book, Dangled Carat is my real life chick lit story about trying to convert a commitment-phobic guy into a husband. Since I met the guy in an Italian restaurant, I think my love of pasta is responsible for the book.
But seriously… I try to write what I like to read. I love quirky main characters, relatable but humorous moments, and drama filled twists and turns.
Is there any author whom you’d admire and read every book they publish? Who and why?
Yes. I love Jen Lancaster. Not only was she my inspiration to start to write, each and every one of her books makes me laugh out loud. I had the opportunity to meet her last year at a book signing – total fan girl moment.
If you watch TV what are your shows right now?
I actually don’t remember the last TV show I watched, it has been that long! I’m in the process of moving and renovating our new house. We cancelled our phone, Internet and TV service two months ago and ported it to the new house…. I actually feel like I am living in the stone age.
But when I do manage to watch TV my favorite show is Criminal Minds. A fun fact about me after I graduated from college I applied to work for the FBI. I was all set to take the written and physical exams but chickened out at the eleventh hour. I was more afraid of failing the physical exam. In my twenties there was no way I could run a 10-minute mile. Go figure, at 42 I now can.
Do you have any talents other than writing that your fans maybe don’t know about?
I am pretty artsy. I’m good at drawing and painting. I also love to crochet (although I gave that hobby years ago when I started to write. There just aren’t enough hours in the day). Oh, and I make the best low carb chocolate chip cookies.
If you could go on vacation anywhere where would you choose and why?
Any Caribbean island would do the trick. I am dying for some hot temperatures, white sand, tropical drinks, and quality time with my Kindle.
Do you have any writing rituals we should all start doing?
Unfortunately I don’t… I only write on the weekends thanks to the pesky day job. But if I am not feeling creative I don’t force it. I also get my best ideas in the shower or while stuck in traffic.
What is your favorite movie? & then book to movie?
Hmmm… hard question. I think my favorite movie is the first Sex And The City movie. I can watch it over and over again. My favorite book to movie is The Devil Wears Prada.
What are three foods you can’t live without?
Does coffee and wine count as a food?
If not, pasta with very spicy red sauce, cheese (any kind), and salad.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
It drives me completely bat shit crazy when someone eats the after dinner candy at a restaurant on their way to the table. It is after dinner candy not an appetizer!
About the Author:
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.
On the outside, Annabel O’Conner has it all – the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother’s love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.
Could falling in love give a cold, stubborn, and selfish woman a second chance to open her heart back up to her family?
Beatrice Buchanan has spent more years than she can remember distancing herself from everyone close to her. She barely has a relationship with her grandchildren. The only time she manages to have a one way conversation with her daughter is during her weekly fifteen-minute commute to the nail salon. When Bea meets Walter on a cruise she realizes there may be more to life than designer clothes, killer handbags, and impressing the ladies at her posh country club.As the mother and daughter duo team up to plan “Long Island’s wedding of the year” they confront the secrets and lies that have defined them. This humorous emotionally honest women’s contemporary fiction novel will tug at your heartstrings and the twist ending will shock you.“Although a light read, the subject matter was very sad at times and I found myself choking back tears, but in a good way! It was so authentically heart wrenching yet often very funny too. The characters were so well fleshed out and three dimensional – no one was perfect and no one was fatally flawed – like real life. I thought the twist was genius!” – Meredith Schorr Best Selling Author
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