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About the book: Meet Melissa Murphy: wine-drinking real estate agent who finds herself "accidentally" assuming the role of a spiritual blogger when her boyfriend leaves her for his yoga teacher. Can she keep her role secret while trying to win her man back? If the lying doesn't kill her, the poses might!
Profound insight on human nature delivered in what seems like a yoga book (it's not), a real estate book (no way), but instead is a woman's fiction, humor tale that will keep readers smiling and longing for more.
About the author: Tamara Lee Dorris has been a life-long fan of personal and spiritual development, and has written several books that fall under the category of "self-help." She wrote Secrets of a Spiritual Guru as a way of poking fun at how easy it is to become an online expert. Her other novels revolve around contemporary issues and spiritual enlightenment. Tamara is also an adjunct professor, radio host, and long time real estate professional who has gone crazy selling houses, loves yoga, drinks wine and is still as addicted as ever to personal development. She lives in Northern California with a bunch of annoying animals and her husband. She has four kids that she likes a lot and a mother that drives her nuts.
So Tamera,why did you decide to write a humor fiction after several non-fiction?
I guess because a person can only write so many books about personal development before her head explodes.
Hmmm. Does this new book focus on personal development?
I think so. I mean, I can’t escape from it, but it’s not in-your-face or preachy. It’s a funny story, ala chick lit.
Can you tell us the premise of the book?
Well, one thing I find interesting is how people get labeled as gurus so easily, especially with the Internet, so I kinda wanted to make fun of that. That was the main premise that started the idea for the book.
You say that the main character is made up, yet she seems to be a wine-drinking real estate agent who does yoga?
Really! I mean, even though the real estate snafus the main character gets herself into have all happened to me, it’s still all just a cosmic coincidence.
Then if the book makes fun of gurus, what about Tony Robbins?
Don’t go there. Tony is a god.
Let’s talk about yoga.
If we must.
What’s your favorite pose?
Corpse. Contrary to how it looks, laying there just right takes real talent.
The book talks about some metaphysical concepts, like feng shui and astrology. Are you making fun of them?
Heavens no. Why, does it sound like it?
It’s hard to tell. The main character seems…well, a bit neurotic.
So does this book have sex in it?
No. Sex is dirty. It makes me blush. Okay, seriously, the has the tiniest implication of a slumber party.
You have other novels coming out this year?
Yes, but those don’t have sex in them either, you dirty bird.
Are your other novels also humorous?
You’re not really a dirty bird. And no, only the trilogy is humor. The others are drama, suspense…but there’s always that element of spirituality with cool chick characters.
So who does your hair?
We’re really stretching it here, aren’t we? My daughter Kelly does my hair, why, need a perm?
Not really. Well, that was a great interview. Any last words?
Please, not the cats.