Love the Title. Love the cover. LOVE the MOVIE TRAILER. I know I will love the book as soon as I can afford to order the things on my wish list. For now, I'm on a financial diet, but -- as with other types of diets -- find myself salivating over all that I cannot have. I remind myself that books are a very frugal form of entertainment. I remind myself that as a writer I ought to support other people's work by buying the book. I remind myself that it's only money. I add in the second season of WEEDS and the third of GREY'S ANATOMY. I give myself a very sharp slap of the wrist and I'm off and running before you can stop me.
Here are the raves Toni got for her book, if you need more than the hilarious video mentioned above to convince you:
“Causey doesn't miss a beat in this wonderful, wacky celebration of Southern eccentricity.”-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This hyperpaced, screwball action/adventure with one unforgettable heroine and two sexy heroes is side-splittingly hilarious. Causey, a Cajun and a Louisiana native, reveals a flair for comedy in this uproarious debut novel.”--Library Journal (starred review)
“Move over Stephanie and Bubbles you've got major competition tracking north from the Deep South. Bobby Faye might have had a very bad day but Toni McGee Causey is going to have a very good year. With Causey's debut novel (A Griffin Trade Paperback Original), Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day, Bobbie Faye Sumrall is out to capture both the hearts of spunky women everywhere and the minds of men ready for a challenge.”-- Deadly Pleasures
“It's about time women had an Amazon to look up to… Bobbie Faye is a hurricane-force heroine who makes this novel the perfect adventure yarn.”-- The Tampa Tribune
“This is an action comedy novel that will delight fans of the Ya Ya/Sweet Potato Queens genre. The pacing of the book will take your breath away.”-- The Advocate
Here is our interview:
1. If I had to offer two bumper sticker explanations for my novel, they'd be "Appearances are deceiving" and "Mean people suck." Tell me what your slogans would be, and why.
I think Bobbie Faye's bumper sticker would simply be "Danger" -- which seems appropriate for a woman who can accidentally blow up half the state while trying to save her brother's life. ;)
2. Your two favorite movies over the past twelve months and why? I really enjoyed the Bourne Ultimatum (though some of the camera work was too extreme) and am a fan of the series. I think it's a very smart, logical and well-paced movie, and I love how they build the characters through subtle work by some really good actors. Crash was great... riveting characters in a very dramatic situation.
3. What was the one thing you learned in getting your book published that you were really surprised to find out?
I think the process of how a book is sold to the chains and to indies surprised me--it's not the catalog (which can be nice), but the sales reps and how much support the house puts behind the book that matters.
4. If you had to pick one and only one condition (beyond computer or pen and paper) that would allow you to write would it be: a. solitude b. caffiene c. sleep d. food e. sex or f. ______.
Solitude. Though it's a real toss-up between it and caffiene.
5. Do you have a favorite genre? If so, who are your three favorite writers? If not, who are your three favorite writers and how have they influenced your work?
I really don't have a favorite genre--I tend to read all over the place.
And I know I'm weird when I say I can't narrow it down to three, but I really can't. As soon as I try to, I keep stuffing one name on top of another and the list is up to 20 before I can blink. In SF/F, for example, I adore Connie Willis and Terri Windling and Neil Gaiman, but I've been reading a lot of paranormal lately and love Stephanie Rowe and Alyssa Day and... see? In romance there's Jennifer Crusie (who rules) (Agnes and the Hitman, go get it, you'll thank me) and Roxanne St. Claire and in romantic suspense there's Allison Brennan and Lori Armstrong and in mystery there's PJ Parish and Robert Crais and I'm going to have fifty names here and not have scratched the surface.
As to how they've influenced my work... I tend to read once for pleasure. Then, sometimes, it'll hit me that something they did particularly well was so compelling, and I will go back and re-read just to break down what they did. Sometimes, I won't even be sure why I'm re-reading sections, but I'll go back and forth and sort of listen to the internal rhythms, see their turns of phrase, watch the pacing, and eventually, realize, "Oh, this is what's been intriguing me." It is never, ever a goal to copy, because you cannot have your own voice that way, but I do try to see why they made the choices they made and how it worked so I have better tools to use when it comes to my own story.