Author Interview: Janette Rallison + Book Giveaway

I’m a day late on this book birthday… Yesterday was release day for My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison but I spent the day doing my taxes and completely spaced getting this post up.

I reviewed My Unfair Godmother last year and loved it.  You can read my review HERE.

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison:
Tansy Miller has always felt that her divorced father has never had enough time for her. But mistakenly getting caught on the wrong side of the law wasn’t exactly how she wanted to get his attention. Enter Chrysanthemum “Chrissy” Everstar, Tansy’s fairy in shining, er, high heels. Chrissy is only a fair godmother, of course, so Tansy’s three wishes don’t exactly go according to plan. And if bringing Robin Hood to the twenty-first century isn’t bad enough for Tansy, being transported back to the Middle Ages to deal with Rumpelstiltskin certainly is. She’ll need the help of her blended family, her wits, and especially the cute police chief ‘s son to stop the gold-spinning story from spinning wildly out of control. Janette Rallison pulls out all the stops in this fresh, fun-filled follow-up to the popular My Fair Godmother.

To celebrate the release of My Unfair Godmother I have Janette here for an interview.

Janette is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Reading my book will make you instantly popular and wealthy. (Well, you didn’t say I had to tell the truth. Fiction writers generally don’t. )

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I always have other books in the works. I have one called Slayers that’s coming out this fall and I’m working on two others. My goal is to one day write all the book ideas that are rattling around in my brain. Unfortunately I get new ideas faster than I can write them, so this might not happen unless some hot vampire decides to bite me and make me immortal. Hey—that would be a good plot idea. I’ll have to write that some day . . .

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I am too lazy to get dressed up every morning and drive to an office some place. Plus I like to read and call it work. When you add those two things together the only job I could possible do without getting fired is being an author. Or a well-read bag lady.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding experiences are the times that girls have told me that reading my books taught them to love reading. You can’t give an author a better compliment than that. I’m so blown away that I just stammer out a, “That’s great!” and then afterward feel like I should have said something profound instead.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
A romance, because then I’d always have hot guys around who loved me fervently, eternally—and with very little effort on my part. Plus they would tenderly touch my face and murmur lines that would make a poet stop and take note. Where else are you going to find guys like that?

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Magic by Selena Gomez (and Pilot) should be Chrysanthemum Everstar’s theme song. It is upbeat, bouncy, and about magic. Just like her. Granted, some of the lyrics make no sense.
Never been awake. Never seen a day break. Leaning on my pillow in the morning.
What exactly does that mean?
But lyrics and fairies don’t have to make sense so long as they are beautiful—and magic. Never believe it’s not so.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Get a degree in marketing. You’ll do way more of that then you ever thought.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I can see myself in all of my characters, which may actually be a symptom of schizophrenia. I try to see life with a bit of humor, as do most of my heroines. I’ve found myself in many embarrassing situations, as do most of my heroines. In fact, I’ve given a lot of them situations from my own life. I’ve also inserted myself into my novels as my heroine’s mother. Josi’s mom in Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws—totally me, right down to my double chocolate chip cookie recipe. On my bad days, the stepmom in How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-boyfriend is also me. When my editor first got the manuscript, he wrote, “Wow, this woman is a real witch.” I think about that sometimes.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?

 I suppose the answer to that is:  I think I can finish this book by (insert deadline).

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
My husband said, “You should marry me.” He was completely right. Best advice ever.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Chocolate, because I can’t resist it. And whiny children because they suck the energy right out of me. Editors can be very kryptonitish too. Just when you’re thinking you’re talented and awesome they point out all your manuscript’s flaws.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
I’m sitting here pondering this question, and I’m really not sure. (A publicist? A maid?) I guess that’s a sign my life is pretty good. I already have everything I need–except for your blog readers devotion–but you can’t buy that.

Book Giveaway:

How to Take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend:

Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna’s boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two. But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn’t support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead. Shouldn’t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna’s boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante’s campaign manager. But as the political debates heat up, Giovanna begins to regret breaking up with Jesse, and realizes that maybe her decision wasn’t the political strategy she should have used . . . .

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of How to Take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend by Janette Rallison
Open to US only
Ends 5/9/11