Book Giveaway & Author Interview: The Alias by Mandi Tucker Slack

Welcome to Author Mandi Slack.

Bio:

Mandi Tucker Slack was born in Price, Utah, and grew up in Orangeville, Utah, where she developed a great love of the outdoors. She enjoyed adventure novels as a child and has always been fascinated by books and writing. Mandi attended Utah State University, where she completed a four-year degree in special education. She currently resides in Santaquin, Utah, with her husband and family. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and rock hounding with her children.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MandiSlack 
Blog: http://heyyouslackers.blogspot.com/


Interview:
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

The past, definitely! I love antiques and anything old. I’d travel back to the 1800’s just to see what it was like to live during that time, then I’d stock pile a wagon full of antiques and travel home again.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I would want my Ipod, sunscreen, and a giant bag of candy. I can’t seem to get through a day without a handful of candy. Right now I’m hooked on Sugar Babies.

What is one book everyone should read?
Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Butter Zinger from Kroger’s.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I love to eat left over pizza for breakfast! I know… that’s strange.

Night owl, or early bird?
Definitely a night owl. I hate waking up in the morning. I always have.

One food you would never eat?
Kalamari. My Grandpa is Greek and every Christmas he’d try to convince me to eat a piece of Kalamari. I just can’t bring myself to eat it. I’m not sure why.

Pet Peeves?
I hate seeing my husband’s dirty socks left next to the couch. I know that sounds cliché, but I can’t stand picking up his socks. I use tongs to carry them to the hamper.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
The desire to become a writer just sort of came naturally. I devoured books as a young girl and I just sort of fell into writing as I grew older. I loved to create my own worlds, my own adventures, and build new and exciting characters. I wrote my first novel when I was 12. I’ve wanted to be a published writer ever since, but I sort of let that dream fall to the wayside as life grew busier. I finished school, married and had children and then when my husband returned to school, I realized that dream once again. I wrote The Alias his first semester and took a chance on having it published. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’m glad I took a chance.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I love to meet new people. I have made some amazing new friends and met people I had only ever dreamed of meeting. Authors have always been my idols and when I get to meet an author that I’ve read before, I feel like I’m meeting a celebrity.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
My favorite book when I was a girl was a book my mother made for her preschool class. It was titled “Hermie the worm”. It was about a little caterpillar that ate his family and loved peanut butter sandwiches.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Whenever I write, I make playlists. I chose music that inspires me and matches the mood of the book. I wrote The Alias while I listened to the Transformers soundtrack, believe it or not. I have never liked the movie Transformers, but I loved the music score.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Greece. My Grandpa was Greek and I’m very proud of that heritage. I have always wanted to visit that country and live by the Mediterranean Sea.

What is your favorite Quote?
“My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living.”…Anais Nin.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be everything that ended in “ogist”. I wanted to be a Geologist, a Zoologist, a Paleontologist and even a Biologist. I loved science, especially Earth Science. I studied text books just for fun.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Dorothy Keddington and Jennie Hansen. I discovered these authors when I was a young girl and I love their books!

How do you react to a bad review?
I eat ice cream to help me feel better and then I just keep writing.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A crow. These birds fascinate me. They are very intelligent, graceful, and mysterious.

What do you do in your free time?
I love to rock hound. I drag my children and my husband out nearly every weekend in search of new fossil or mineral locales.

The Alias by Mandi Tucker Slack

After a long and difficult divorce, Jacey thinks the worst is over. Little does she know she’ll soon be forced to go undercover to protect her family, and in the process, she’ll risk losing her identity, her future, and her heart. With a lightning pace, a good dose of humor, and a plot that’s full of suspense, this thrilling novel is an edge-of-your-seat read.

Book Giveaway:
1 paperback copy available to US only
2 Kindle copies that will be gift through amazon.com
Ends 11/28/11

WINNERS:
Paperback Ashlyn Williams

Kindle Ebook Janet Duffey & Shannon Dagesse