Thursday, September 20, 2012

Blog Tour: True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano




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Author Bio

Nancy Scrofano grew up watching classic television shows, classic movies, and listening to oldies, all of which she still adores today. Nancy has a penchant for the fifties, mostly because of her favorite show, I Love Lucy. She has seen every episode countless times and will happily share the trivia she knows with anyone who will listen. Nancy worked as an editor and a journalist for her college newspaper, then went on to develop sociology textbooks for an academic publisher. She has a master’s degree in media psychology, as well as undergraduate degrees in communication, radio and television, and liberal arts. Nancy currently writes book reviews for a prestigious book review magazine. Additionally, she is the founder and managing editor of The Chick Lit Bee, a book blog that promotes and celebrates women’s fiction, and Good Humor Girl, a women's entertainment blog. Nancy lives in southern California where she is at work on her next novel.

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Book Description

Marlo Spencer relishes all things retro. Old TV shows, classic movies, and even the collectible lunch boxes to go with them. In fact, she’s quite cozy in her Malibu apartment, surrounded by her treasured knick-knacks and vintage memorabilia. It’s her best friend, Nik, who doesn’t get her fascination with all that “old junk,” as he calls it. He especially doesn’t understand why she’s so keen to get back to their hometown of Napa when her high school sweetheart, Josh, suddenly returns after twelve years in Paris and nary a single phone call, eager to reunite with her. So, when Marlo heads up north to wine country to rekindle her relationship with Josh, Nik tags along, claiming he was already planning to visit his sister, Savannah, Marlo’s gal pal. Once they reach Napa, however, dreams of a blissful reunion are shattered as old secrets and past betrayals are revealed, leaving an unsuspecting Marlo to pick up the pieces. Can she forgive and forget, or will true love find a different path to her heart?
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Q.  What inspires your writing?

A.  So many things spark creativity. I like to explore the dynamics in relationships, friendships, and families. I take note of my own experiences and experiences of those around me to see if I can fictionalize them into a compelling story. I’m always inspired by music, and I look up lyrics all the time to see if the emotion and meaning of the song can somehow be conveyed into something more. I’m always wondering, “What if…?” because that’s how a story begins.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A.  I love sharing my stories with people. It’s so exciting and rewarding when someone tells me they read my book and enjoyed it. I’m really glad that my book is a source of entertainment for readers. I love making people smile.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A.  I’m an independent author, so the toughest part is definitely marketing and promoting my novel. I don’t have the help of a big publisher’s marketing team or a publicist. I’m doing everything on my own. As many indie authors would say, including me, promoting your own novel is a full time job.

Q.  If you could not be an author, what would you do/be?

A. Writing books isn’t my only job…yet. I hope it will be someday! I’m also a freelance writer, working on various projects. Ideally, any job I have will involve writing, or editing, or social media, or a combination of the three.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A.  I have no idea! At this point, maybe something like that song, “Unwritten,” by Natasha Bedingfield because I’m just beginning and the rest is still unwritten…

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A.  Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgia and chick lit. I laughed and cried when I read it. It’s fantastic!

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A.  I’m most like the characters in my own book simply because I created them.

Q.  What character from your book are you most like?

A. There’s a bit of me in every character, but I’m most like my heroine, Marlo. We share a passion for vintage memorabilia, but Marlo is much more into it than I am. I intensified my own love for everything retro to create Marlo’s enthusiasm for the past. I adore classic TV shows, classic films and oldies, and I have a lot of I Love Lucymemorabilia, but my collection of antiques is much more modest than Marlo’s.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A. Summer. Definitely.

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)? 

A.  My book cover shows a woman riding her bike through a vineyard. Main character Marlo rides her bike in the novel and the setting is Napa, California. There’s also a hot air balloon on the cover because a pivotal scene happens in a hot air balloon. You’ll have to read the book to find out what it is!

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A. Since I’m an indie author, I’m not promoting this book on a traditional tour, signing copies in bookstores, so I haven’t experienced any funny book signing occurrences. But virtual book tours are a lot of fun! Just the other day, a reviewer said that True Love Way reminded her of the new show, The Mindy Project. I’m a fan of Mindy Kaling, so this was a wonderful compliment! 

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A.  Yes, I’m working on a young adult novel. It’s chick lit for teenagers. The manuscript is complete, so I’m revising it and editing it now.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A.  Thank you to everyone who has read True Love Way! I’m so appreciative of the support I’ve received so far. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll get a copy and let me know what you think! I love hearing from readers, so please feel free to get in touch.

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