Our guest: Alyssa Goodnight
Her book: Austentatious
Why we think she rocks: Her magical debut is delightful!
Giveaway: ONE book! Leave a comment and we’ll choose the winner after 6pm on May 23rd.
7 RANDOM QUESTIONS WITH…ALYSSA GOODNIGHT
1. What’s your favorite movie of all time? Why? This question is as tough as ‘What’s your favorite book of all time?” But, if I had to pick just one, I would probably say, To Catch a Thief. The cinematography is beautiful, the star-power of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is undeniable, the humor is light but barbed, the suspense is palpable (it is a Hitchcock after all), and the romance is perfect.
2. What’s the first thing you watch on your DVR each week? What’s been sitting unwatched for three months? Castle. It’s absolutely my favorite show. I love that Nathan Fillion (Castle) is a writer who uses his sidekick stint with an NYC detective (Kate Beckett) to come up with new storylines while simultaneously assisting police in solving their cases using his knowledge as a mystery writer. I love that it’s a drama with dashes of comedy. I literally laugh out loud at least once every episode. The chemistry between Castle and Beckett is perfect, and the sexual tension is forever building. Sigh…perfection!
Warehouse 13 has been sitting unwatched for a while. I still like the show, but you have to be in a cerain mood for sci-fi. At least I do.
3. American Idol, X Factor or The Voice? Why? Will I be tarred and feathered if I say none?? Seriously, I don’t think I have ever watched a an entire single episode of any one of these shows. The only reality show I watch is Dancing With the Stars, and I kinda love it. Well, I love the first night that’s just dancing. I don’t watch the second night: the elimination–too emotionally intense. I think that’s the real reason I don’t watch the other three. I avoid cringe-worthy programming whenever I can. The people that come on those shows think they have a talent, and I really don’t like to see them beaten down. That said, I do miss some really awesome performances. I just can’t do it. Too much of a softie, I guess.
4. What was the first concert you ever went to? Who haven’t you seen that you’re dying to? I can’t remember if my first concert was the Depeche Mode Violator Tour or the New Kids on the Block. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that last bit, although, with any luck, everyone will just assume I’m younger than I really am. My best friend in high school won tickets to the New Kids concert, and we thought it would be hilarious if we went. As seniors, we were probably the oldest people there that weren’t already parents. I thought my eardrums would never be the same. Depeche Mode, however, was perfect. It was an outside arena; I went with my then-boyfriend, now-husband; and we had a great time.
I’ve become a bit of a homebody, and I haven’t been to a concert in years. But…if the situation presented itself, I would go see A Fine Frenzy. Or Air Supply. Not really. I’ll just go cue them up on Pandora…
5. What would your Oscar speech sound like? I’d be the one visibly quivering with excitement and nerves, barely able to get an intelligible sentence out. My mind would probably only be able to dredge up a few surprised, “Wha–? I can’t believe it!” And then, on the way backstage, I’d have some sort of wardrobe malfunction. Seriously. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about it!
6. Pinterest or no interest? Pinterest! I definitely have interest! When I signed up, I didn’t realize how addictive it would be. But then there were lost hours…hours I’d been browsing and pinning…and I realized I had to get myself under control. I keep myself on a time limit now. But, I’ve also started using Pinterest as an writer’s tool. (Which gives me a professional reason for pinning…) After AUSTENTATIOUS came out, I posted a board with images associated with the book, including my casting choices, which I will reveal below. Then I started one for the sort-of sequel, which will be out next February. And finally, I created a third board for the book I’m working on now. I still use Pinterest to pin personal stuff–Pinterest makes me want to redo all the rooms in my house, try a bunch of new recipes, and rethink my entire wardrobe, but I have the addiction under control now.
7. If your book is made into a movie, who plays the lead role(s)? This casting was actually done after the writing of the book, but now I think these choices are perfect. Ginnifer Goodwin is perfect for the careful, serious, practical role of Nicola James, and Chris Pine would make an adorable, mischievous Sean MacInnes. Just imagine that face with a Scottish accent, and the rest of him in a kilt! I’ve now started pre-casting my books. It’s as addictive as Pinterest, and I can even combine the two pastimes…