Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Why My Love Life Sucks: The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer By Shevi Arnold Author Interview!!!


Gilbert Garfinkle is the ultimate tech geek. He has a compulsive need to take apart, figure out, and fix things; and he dreams of one day fixing the world. But a funny thing happens on the way to the future. Gilbert encounters the one thing he'll never be able to figure out: a gorgeous, teenage vampire girl named Amber, who wants to turn Gilbert into her platonic BFF--literally forever! This leaves the ultimate geek pondering life's ultimate question: "Why me?"

Author Interview:  
About the Book: 
Give me the blurb for the book in 140 characters or less:  

When the ultimate geek is bitten by a vampire beauty who wants to be his platonic BFF, he's left asking life's ultimate question: Why me? 

Do you have a favorite character?  Why is he your favorite? 

Gilbert Garfinkle is my favorite character in this book, and I love him because he's so geeky, so brilliant, so noble, so determined, and so hilarious! Of course, that means I have to make his life (or whatever it is he's going through as a newly initiated vampire) hell. We writers only kill the ones we love. I love geeks in general, so of course I adore Gilbert, the ultimate geek. I do kill him, but that's only the start of his story. 

What do you hope readers will get from your book?   

First, I know they'll get lots of laughs. This is a comedy, after all. After that, I hope readers will find themselves in the book, and that it will encourage them to embrace their wonderfully geeky sides. If you got it (and I think we all have an inner geek), flaunt it! Being a geek is all about loving something to the point where others don't consider it socially acceptable. We should all be lucky enough to find something we love that much, and once we do, we should proudly tell the world about it.  

About the Author: 
What/Who inspires you?   

I was inspired to write this series by all the geeks I have ever known and loved, from my siblings, who work in high tech, to my daughter, who is the biggest manga and anime fan I know. I've long loved comedy, science fiction, and fantasy novels, and it's always bothered me that there wasn't a geek hero in the kinds of books that geeks like me love. So I knew I just had to create such a character, an ultimate geek who is determined to fix the world.  I wrote this book for the geek in me--and for all geeks. You inspire me.  

Hardest aspect of writing? Best/Easiest? 

Writing is fun. If you're not having fun, you might not be writing the book you want to write. And if your heart's not really in it, chances are it also won't be fun for the reader to read. That being said, promoting your book can be challenging. And my favorite parts of writing are the first stages of outlining the book (both in my head and on paper) and writing the scenes I'm most excited about and the last stages where I'm polishing the last draft until it shines and giggles like a diamond encrusted whoopee cushion.  

Who is your writing hero?   

Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has something hilarious and brilliant on every page, which is something I strive to achieve. I also love Ray Bradbury's writing. I love the way you find yourself immersed in his stories, the way you can feel them on your skin like drizzling rain. Brilliant! And I love Joss Whedon and Steve Moffat's writing, but that's from TV. And Bill Prady. I'm a huge Big Bang Theory fan! 

About the Future: 
What’s next for you?   

I'm currently working on the book in this series after Why My Love Life Sucks. The title is Why It Still Mega Bites.  

One outrageous goal for the future? 

To make millions from the film rights for the movie series. Okay, maybe that's not outrageous enough. How about if Joss Whedon directs those movies? That would be incredible.  

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other aspiring writers? 

Study improv. I know that probably seems absurd, but you'll learn the power of "yes, and..." You'll learn how to raise the stakes. You'll learn that bigger is almost always better. You'll learn that it's okay to take risks and make mistake. Heck, it's even necessary. You'll learn to stop at a high point. And hopefully you'll also have a lot of fun. Improv might seem like acting, but it's really just writing at the drop of a hat or the selection of a suggestion from one. Aside from that, I recommend writing the scene or whatever else you're most excited about writing first. Start with dessert and move from dessert to dessert. And if it's not dessert, see if you can skip it. The more fun it is to write, the more fun it will be to read. 

Sweet or salty? 

Both. Sweet-salty combinations are my fave 

Beach, plains or mountains? 

Meh... Beaches have sand, and I don't like sand. It always gets stuck in my shoes for weeks or somehow finds its way into my food. Plains are boring without buildings and people in them. Mountains have steep inclines I don't like to climb, and I'm afraid of heights, so I don't like them.  How about somewhere indoors with a view of any one of these? That would be great.  

Online, letters or in person? 


Ebook or print? 
I have a Kindle Fire, and I like it, but in general I prefer print books.  

You can purchase the book at Amazon :) 

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