Author Interview: Stargazing from Nowhere by Isabel & Marilyn Thomas + Giveaway



Title: Stargazing from Nowhere
Author: Isabel Thomas & Marilyn Thomas
Series: Stargazing from nowhere
Publisher:  Do Art Publishing
Release Date: July 22nd 2013

Book Summary: 

Kristen Morgan’s blog is about to get her into trouble. Deep trouble. Online, she is known as “Stargazer” from the popular Stargazing from Nowhere blog, while in real life she is a regular fifteen-year-old high school student. This online anonymity is quite liberating, allowing her to be completely honest with her readers. Through a twist of fate, Rising Tide, the band she has bashed the most online, ends up in her small town, which sends Kristen into an excited panic. To continue gathering fresh material for her blog, she poses as a Rising Tide fan. After sneaking into the band’s private party, she comes face to face with the band’s drummer, Michael Stevens, who happens to be even more gorgeous in person than she cares to admit. Something unexpected also happens to her when she meets him: she becomes giddy, nervous, and inarticulate, leading Kristen to realize that her interest in Michael has nothing to do with her blog, but everything to do with her heart. As Kristen and Michael grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend…Or is the choice made for her?


stargazing authorsAbout the Authors

We’re sisters who live in Toronto, Canada, and who really enjoy reading and writing romantic comedies, as well as other genres.

We have also optioned and won various awards for our screenplays. Isabel’s play, BINGO BABES, won the Samuel French Canadian Play Award  for its year and is published bySamuel French, Inc.

We’re both members of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwright’s Guild of Canada.

We also have a blog, Letters and Lipstick, where we write about writing and life stuff.



Marilyn’s Interview:

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Toast with peanut butter


Pet Peeves?



Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I was at a friend’s house and saw my book in her bookshelf along with her others, and I paused for a second and thought, “Hey, that’s my book sitting on that shelf!”


Also the feedback coming back from readers has been really nice. A reader said it was the most relatable book she had ever read, and I was really happy that the book resonated with her.


What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

A teacher once gave me a Nancy Drew novel because she thought I’d enjoy it, and she was right–I really did. I loved reading about a smart teenage girl who could solve mysteries. It was really different from what teenage girls were often portrayed as when I was growing up.


Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

California by Wave as it represents one aspect as to what Kristen, our protagonist, is dreaming of.


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Read since that helps make you a better writer. Practice writing and keep practicing and learning, and don’t take rejection personally. Everyone experiences it.


What is your favorite Quote?

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aide.”

-Basil King


What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m a good cook.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I wanted to be Madonna.




Isabel’s Interview:


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


I would definitely go into the future, probably about 25 years, and then a hundred years.


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?


Sunscreen, Shakespeare’s works and my dogs.


What is one book everyone should read?


The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, which I read this summer.  It’s a western, which is not always my favorite genre but I liked the humor, the relationships and the moral.  While reading the classics is wonderful, I think we also benefit by focusing on new authors and new works.



If you could have any superpower what would you choose?


I’d like to be able to fly.  Flying has always been something I wish humans could do on their own, without having to board a plane.


What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?


Seriously, this changes all the time, which might be why people have stopped getting me ice cream.  Right now I’m loving plain old-fashioned chocolate.


Pet Peeves?


Lateness.  I hate it when people are more than a few minutes late.


What inspired you to want to become a writer?


I’ve always been drawn to stories and the people telling them.  I’ve always been a big reader.  As a child, the stories were a way for our family to connect, especially the older generations with the young.



Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.


Giving our mom and grandmother a copy of the book and showing them the dedication, which is to them.  That felt really good.


I also loved the reaction of our first readers, a few teenage girls, who said and seemed to really relate to the protagonist.


What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?


Read across all genres and time periods, from who’s on the best seller lists to who is a Noble Laureate to whose covers you like.  You will find gems and also really learn to expand your writing (in addition to classes, of course).




My closest friends and family all call me Liz.




Character This and That (Kristen Morgan, Protagonist):

TV or Movies?



Hot or Cold?



Black or White?



Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl


Print or Ebook?



Chocolate or Vanilla?



Regular or Diet?



Coke or Pepsi?



Horror or Romance?



Action or Drama?



Pizza or Pasta?



Skittles or M&Ms?



Sweet or Salty?



Summer or Winter?




City or Country?



Harry Potter or Twilight?



Gum or Breath Mints?



Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?

Planning ahead


PC or Mac?



Beach or Pool?



Shoes or Sandals?



Cats or Dogs?



Apples or Oranges?



Cause or Effect?



Heads or Tails?



Facebook or Twitter?



Truth or Dare?



Text or Talk?



Introvert or Extrovert?



Giveaway Details

1 copy of Stargazing From Nowhere

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