Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blog Tour: Showbiz by Ruby Preston: Q&A



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Q.  What inspires your writing?
My job as a Broadway producer gives me exclusive behind the scenes access into show business.  Before I started writing, I’d often meet up with friends for drinks at Sardi’s (just like Scarlett in the book) and I’d regale them with showbiz stories about my crazy theatrical experiences. They finally encouraged me to put them into a book. I decided on fiction so I could include some of the more juicy characters without running into trouble.
Q.   What is your favorite thing about being an author?
I love how my fictional world allows me to process and respond to what’s happening in my real life. It’s very empowering. It can be easy to get overwhelmed or discouraged when disappointing things happen in this competitive business. Now when I encounter any of the mean and nasty people that I sometimes have to deal with over the course of my job, I know that I can come home and “deal with” them in a Scarlett Savoy book.                                      
Q.   What is the toughest part of being an author?
Since I’m still very active on Broadway, I have to be careful that my characters truly are fiction. Though they may have aspects of several real life “characters” I can’t afford to explicitly offend too many people. Keeping my real identity a secret in the inner circles of the tight knit Broadway community is definitely a challenge.
Q.   If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
I’m lucky to have my dream job as a Broadway producer. Despite the challenges of working in a high risk world, I also have the privilege of getting to work at the top of my industry. The red carpets, glittering parties, and the opportunity to meet all my favorite celebrities is a lot of fun. I’ve been very fortunate to have found success in two unlikely careers: Broadway producing and writing. I pinch myself every day just to make sure I’m not dreaming.
Q.   What would the story of your life be entitled?
“Showbiz.” Lol.
Q.   What is your favorite book of all time?
There are so many books I love - I couldn’t choose just one!
Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the easiest to write?
I love writing dialogue. That’s probably because my mind is wired that way due to spending every day reading scripts and overseeing rehearsals.
Q.   Which part of your book(s) was the hardest to write?
Since Showbiz is written from several perspectives, I was forced to get into the minds of some of my unsavory characters. On one hand, it was fun, but it was also icky to have to think like these nasty people. I definitely had to power through some of those chapters.
Q.   Which character from any book are you most like?
Scarlett Savoy, my novel’s heroine, hits pretty close to home obviously. I can only hope I’m as smart, sassy and tenacious as she is.
Q.     Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind your book cover(s)?
Thanks for asking! I was lucky in that I got to work closely with my publisher, Dress Circle Publishing, and their great design team. The zebra stripe theme was a choice to tie in not only a key piece of Scarlett’s wardrobe, but also the fact that a key plot point of the book involves a threat to Broadway called “white space.”

Q.   What is your favorite season?
When I lived on the West Coast, I loved winter. Curling up by the fire with hot cider and a book was my favorite thing to do. Now that I live in Manhattan, however, I spend a lot more time outside walking between theaters, meetings, and subway stops and I’ve learned that winters can be miserable. These days, give me a crisp fall day and I’m pleased as punch.
Q.   Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
I’ve had several fun/funny experiences since the book has come out due to the fact that I’ve written it under a pen name. My favorite is when someone comes up to me and says, “Have you read this Showbiz book? You’d love it. Scarlett’s just like you!” If only they knew ;)
Q.   Are you working on something new?
I’m almost done writing book two of the Scarlett Savoy series. I’m having so much fun with the continued adventures of my cast of characters.
Q.   Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
Support the arts! Go to the theater, listen to showtunes, learn to tap dance or play the piano. Come visit Broadway if you can but even if you can’t, make time to participate in the arts in your community.


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Book Description

April 26, 2012
Set amid the twinkling marquees of modern day Times Square, Showbiz, is a juicy behind the scenes glimpse into the delicious and malicious world of Broadway. After four years in Manhattan, slaving away as the under-appreciated apprentice to the brilliant but ruthless “King of Broadway,” Scarlett Savoy is finally on her way to becoming a Broadway producer in her own right. But then, a shocking suicide turns Broadway on its head. Scarlett finds herself at the center of the storm as everything she thought she knew about the business of Broadway begins to unravel. A chance meeting with an influential gossip columnist sparks romance – but can he be trusted? Scarlett is forced to decide to what lengths she’ll go, who she’s willing to become, and what she’ll sacrifice, to achieve her Broadway dreams. This page-turner is packed with Broadway gossip, opening night intrigue, backstage romance, and the colorful characters that inhabit American musical theater.



Author Bio:
Ruby Preston is an up and coming Broadway producer currently working on several new musicals on the Great White Way. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be living her dreams in the Times Square trenches of Manhattan. Ruby loves hearing from readers and Broadway fans so feel free to drop her note via email ruby (@) rubypreston (dot) com or twitter @Broadwayruby.

Connect with Ruby!
Her website: www.rubypreston.com
Her publisher Dress Circle Publishing: www.dresscirclepublishing.com 
Twitter @BroadwayRuby

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