That Time of the Month by Emily Anne Shaffer – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Emily Anne Shaffer

I am a Tennessean by birth, and have lived pretty much everywhere.  My Dad always says that when I was born, and the doctor tried to slap me to make me cry, that I stood up on the table and slapped the doctor instead…and from then on, I never did anything that I didn’t want to do.
Luckily, what I want to do is write…and not carjacking or vandalism.

Like my main character, Ellie, I love making random lists…so here are some random facts about me:

-I’m nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other.  The world looks like a fun-house mirror if I don’t wear my glasses or contacts.

-I was almost kicked out of Graceland for using flash photography in the peacock-mirrored front room, and my tour group shunned me the entire rest of the tour.  That made for a lonely trip through the Jungle Room.

-I was once mistaken for a member of Hanson…granted, they all had long hair at the time, but still….not what you wanna hear as a girl.

When I wrote That Time of the Month , I really saw it as though it was a movie.  I can see every scene, every character and what they are wearing, every piece of pie, perfectly in my mind.  I’m currently writing the sequel, That Time of the Year.  I love the story and characters so much, that I am tempted to turn the series into a trilogy.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
I have always felt like I was born in the wrong century, so I would choose past over future any day.  I’d love to visit Victorian England and Versailles before the Revolution.  It would be fun to be a bobby-soxer or a flapper.  I really loved the movie Midnight in Paris, and I think that the situation was true insofar as once you knew you could go back in time, there would be the temptation to continue going back over and over again.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?  
Jim Henson, Mr. Rogers, Carol Burnett, Barry Manilow, Ethel Merman.

I think the people that are most meaningful, are the ones you loved as a kid.  For me, these five people have (for some reason or another) stayed with me.  I always loved fantastic worlds of make-believe, and that is why I adored Jim Henson and Mr. Rogers.  Carol Burnett formed my ideas of what “funny” is (seriously, is there anything funnier than her with that curtain rod sticking through her dress?).  Barry Manilow has been my favorite singer for many, many years.  As for Ms. Merman…there is something about that big voice that I just love.  In particular, the songs she sang in Gypsy have always resonated really strongly with me.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on a sequel to That Time of the Month called That Time of the Year.  I am hoping to have the first draft ready in the next month or so.  My goal is to always have a novel in the works.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I love America.  I’m a Southerner, but have lived all over the country.  In an ideal world, I would live half the year in some beautiful Southern home, and the rest of the year I would travel and spend time all over the world.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I have three brothers, and as a result, I grew up bombarded with J.R. Tolkien…especially The Hobbit.  There was a hobbit cartoon that we watched hundreds of times.  Thanks to all that early brainwashing, I am very excited for the live-action Hobbit film that is coming out later this year.  I’m planning to go to a midnight showing with my brother the night it comes out (and I am not normally a midnight show sort-of-gal).

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?  
That is a really tough call.  If I was picking someone to write in my genre, chick lit, I would probably choose Helen Fielding.  I love Bridget Jones, and I feel like our styles would mesh well.  If I was writing outside of my genre, I’d probably have to pick Stephen King.  The Shining is still one of the best books I have ever read, and to work with someone who is so talented and works at such a fast pace, would be fascinating.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I always say that I have no guilty pleasures, because I don’t feel guilty for things I like.  If I were to feel guilty though, it would probably be for my undying devotion to every segment of the Real Housewives franchise.

What was your favorite children’s book?
I like to read and re-read books.  The book I probably read the most as a kid is Little Women.  I still re-read the story every now and then…and I always hope that Beth will make it…and a part of me still wants Jo to pick Laurie.  Such a good book.

How did you know you should become an author?
Growing up, there were several things I thought I wanted to become, but “writer” was always something that was kind of there to the side.  The first time I thought writing might really suit me was in 6th grade.  My teacher, Mrs. Thillberg, had us do lots of creative writing and it really mad an impact on me.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
Charles Dickens, Shel Silverstein, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nick Hornby, J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen and Michael Coney.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
There is a lot of myself in my main character, Ellie.  I didn’t realize exactly how similar we were until some of my close friends began to ask if my novel was mostly autobiographical.  Ellie talks like I do and has flights of fancy as I do, but the situations she finds herself in are fiction…for the most part.

That Time of the Month

Recently fired and almost broke, thirty-year old Ellie decides to push all distractions aside and form a crash-or-burn plan to save herself and finally pursue her dreams. She gives herself one month to make the near-impossible happen, otherwise she has to leave New York City and move into her niece’s toy room. The plan seems simple but becomes complicated by a nosey best friend, a difficult roommate, a dreamy stranger, and a really bad ring. As the month progresses, Ellie must confront the realization that by deciding to focus on herself, she may have become completely self-centered. Will she let her own ambitions, insecurities, and assumptions ruin her friendships and get in the way of a possible romance? Ruled by endless lists and fueled by several plates of pie, Ellie’s comical thoughts and mishaps drive this story from the office to the coffee shop during a month that will leave her with a broken foot, a great pair of shoes, and a forever changed life.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of That Time of the Month
Paperback available to US only, Ebook Internationally
Ends 12/9/12

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