Book Giveaway & Author Interview: No Cure for the Broken Hearted by Kenneth Rosenberg

Welcome to Author Kenneth Rosenberg!
Bio:

Kenneth Rosenberg grew up in Southern California, where he studied English Literature at UCLA. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Surfer Magazine, and many others. When he is not writing, Kenneth enjoys surfing, snowboarding, photography and traveling the world on a shoestring. This is his first novel.

Interview:

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m really excited about my next book, Sweet Ophelia and the Tinsel Town Blues. It has a similar theme to No Cure for the Broken Hearted, in that it deals with unrequited love, but this one is more of a lighthearted comedy. I think it’s going to be really good! I’m hoping to have it out sometime in the Spring.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I’ve always been a story-teller, and I just didn’t seem suited to anything else. I tried working in the corporate world a few times, but it just wasn’t a good fit. At some point I decided to throw my lot in with writing and just go for it, come what may. It has been a long road since that decision, but I have no regrets. I feel now like I’m finally reaching my stride!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have had some very nice reviews posted on Amazon and elsewhere by readers. After all of the hard work I put into writing this book, it is very satisfying to see that people appreciate it.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I’d love to cast Natalie Portman in the role of Katherine Spencer, but of course who wouldn’t want Natalie Portman in their movie! I think she fits perfectly, though. She even looks like what I picture Katherine Spencer to look like, with her long brown hair and classic beauty. She also comes across as having a gentle soul, but with the ability to be tough when she has to be. I loved her in “V for Vendetta!”
As for my male lead, Nick Bancroft, I think Jude Law would be the perfect fit. I could definitely see him as the troubled billionaire with the wounded soul. He’s got that depth in his eyes. And of course, he was already a playboy in “Alfie.”

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved anything by Roald Dahl. James and the Giant Peach, Danny the Champion of the World, and of course Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I still have my old copy of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator even now.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
If you are absolutely committed to following this career path, be prepared to put everything you have into it. I think that to make it as a writer takes talent, but even more than that, perseverance.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be an airline pilot. I went on a trip with my parents, and when I saw the pilot in his crisp blue uniform, and the cockpit with all of those buttons and dials, I thought that looked like the most exciting job in the world.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I can see a bit of myself in all of my characters, male and female. They all come from somewhere within me.

How do you react to a bad review?
So far I’ve been fortunate enough not to have had any, but I’m only just starting and I know they will come! I hope to react with grace and perhaps some introspection. A lot can be learned from any honest review.

What do you do in your free time?
I love to surf, ski, snowboard and play soccer.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Autumn for sure. When the crowds and chaos of summer are over, and everything seems more relaxed. The skies are clear and you can feel that crispness in the air.

Favorite places to travel?
I love travelling to Eastern Europe. For me it is the perfect place to write. Rents are cheap, cafes to write in are plentiful, and there is that wonderful Old-World vibe. I’ve spent several months apiece in Budapest, Estonia and Ukraine. I also love Australia and the South Pacific, where the water is warm and the surf can be fantastic.

Book Summary:

Katherine Spencer is an up-and-coming architect in New York City. Her professional life is on the fast-track. Her personal life is a shambles. Katherine compares every man she ever meets to Nick Bancroft, the billionaire’s son who broke her heart one summer long ago. Now, twelve years later he’s suddenly reappeared, asking her to design a house at the cove where they shared their first kiss. Is he looking for an architect, or something more? And should she forgive him?

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of No Cure for the Broken Hearted
Open to US only
Ends 3/9/11

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