7 Random Questions with Alyssa Goodnight

Our guest: Alyssa Goodnight

Her book: Austentatious

Why we think she rocks: Her magical debut is delightful!

Where to read more about Alyssa: Her website or Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway: ONE book!  Leave a comment and we’ll choose the winner after 6pm on May 23rd.


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…

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32 Responses to 7 Random Questions with Alyssa Goodnight

  1. jackiebouchard says:

    Great questions! I think we have much in common Alyssa – I also love Depeche Mode (so does my hubby), love Cary Grant movies and have never watched a full episode of Am. Idol, X Factor or The Voice. I hadn’t thought of using Pinterest for my in-progress books. Maybe I’ll try that!

  2. Kristin says:

    I love it when comments by the writer make me want to read a book they wrote! and I’m totally addicted to pinterest…

  3. Jakki L. says:

    Chris Pine as Sean MacInnes sounds wonderful! Just googled him…I can definitely see him as Sean…and in a kilt! 😉
    And I love your Austentatious Pinterest board. It was great seeing the p,aces I read about and had pictured in my head.

  4. I definitely agree that Chris Pine would be awesome as the lead male. Then again, I think those blue eyes of his could land him just about any role, especially if that role involves romance to any degree. I also agree about the reality tv shows where contestants are voted off. Tension!
    I’ve never gotten into Pinterest yet, but this has gotten me a lot more interested. I think that it’s great that there’s a place that an author can post the images that come to mind when she writes her books.
    I have been making my way through all of the books written by the “Austen Authors” and I have yet to read Austentatious. It is definitely on my list, though, and I am searching for it in my town.

  5. Lisa Kistler says:

    Love your answers! This book sounds great!

  6. Mary says:

    She had me at Cary Grant !

  7. Nikki C says:

    I can’t believe you think your oscar speech would be unintelligible – your answers are great. Sorry to say I had not previously heard of Austentatious but you have my ‘pinterest’ now!

  8. Katrin W says:

    I´m so looking forward to reading Austentatious! Like Alicia I´m reading through “Austen Authors”-books, but haven´t jet come to Austentatious unfortunatly. But it´s high on my list!

    And I think I need to rewatch “To catch a thief” soon. I´ve seen it a couple of years ago.

  9. charlene says:

    Crazy questions!! LOL I have to say that they are hard questions and I’m glad I don’t have to answer. I just have to admit that I have no idea what pinterest is and now I’ll have to go look it up. Hopefully it is not as addictive as you suggest. BTY loved Sean Macinnes(verrrrry sexxy in my mind!!!)

  10. Rina H. says:

    I’m addicted to all things Austen! I’d love to read Austentatious! (Clever title, BTW!) I’m with Alyssa in loving Depeche Mode, both back in the day and now, and just discovered the awesome piano and vocals of A Fine Frenzy. I’m also adding To Catch A Thief and Castle to my Netflix queue – thanks for sharing!

  11. Margaret says:

    I was surprised to see you choose To Catch a Thief. I love that movie! I have an old beat up VHS still of it. The south of France…ooh la la! Roby the cat …just love it!


  12. nikki57 says:

    I love your answers

  13. epperpepper says:

    I remember my 1st concert: Bon Jovi…WOW!! Awesome!! Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  14. Anything Austen-esque is worth a look for me! This one sounds really neat! 🙂

  15. Shannon says:

    I can see you liking Cary Grant – and what’s not to like. Plus back then the movies were solid so he made it just look so smooth, roles written just for him. I don’t watch much reality TV so you have me beat even by watching DWTS. Envious you got the go see Depeche Mode and NKOTB. I wanted to go see NKOTB but it wasn’t in the cards for me…

  16. Love Cary Grant (even though he never really said Judy, Judy, Judy in a movie. Johnny Carson said it in an imitation of him and people forever after bugged him to say it.) I’d have to answer none of the above to number 3 also. And I’m going to see if I can find you on pinterest. I am trying to have a storyboard on there for my wip but I’m not very good at keeping it updated.
    Would love a signed copy of Austentatious.

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