Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bog Tour: Girl's Guide to the Apocalypse by Daphne Lamb @Daphne_Lamb @XpressoReads

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 photo GirlsGuide_zpswx261d06.jpgThe Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse by Daphne Lamb
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: August 11th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis:
Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb. As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in travelling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive.



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Today we welcome Daphne for an interview. Take it away!

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
I realized I wanted to be a writer when I was in second grade I was introduced to a big red dog named Clifford. I thought my cat was way more interesting. From there I knew that I could have things to say and writing was the way to go.
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
Depends. I like to play with ideas, sketch scenes and put together a map of where to go.  The Girls Guide took about a year, but it was the most fun I’d had ever writing something.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I’m fascinated with mindset of todays society as I don’t think we’ve ever had this kind of apathy and coldness to others in history. I’ll say this – Gawker was a fantastic resource in the building of the universe of The Girls Guide.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
Nothing set in stone. If I’m too rigid with a schedule it never works out the way I want it to and I get less done. Basically, I set myself a goal and aim to end the day knowing its done.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
Its not easy, I don’t think it is for anyone. Its healthy to make room in your life for friends, family, other work commitments and hobbies. Sometimes I balk about doing that when I have a deadline coming, but you’re never sorry you stepped outside the writing life for just a few minutes.
What elements do you think make a great story line? 
Its all about character. If story is happening to your character with them absorbing events, its not compelling. If your character is making story, then that makes a hero who is going to make your world richer and more engaging.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
The editing by far. Writing is so much fun and you get to go on this fun journey where you surprise yourself at every turn. Editing is like the clean up process where you agonize over what would work better. And the worst thing about it? It’s a job that’s never really finished. You’ll always find things that need to be improved.
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? 
I just finished my fifth book!  The Girls Guide is definitely my favorite so far, but I have two books scheduled for release this year which are still in the editing process, so I may have a new favorite in the near future!
Do you have a favorite character?
Arthur Dent in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is very near and dear to my heart. He’s this hapless hero who gets thrown into the ridiculous situations  and learns to just go with the hand he’s been dealt. We’ve all been there.
Where do you write?
A few different places. I’ve gotten a lot done from covertly writing at my desk at my day job, but there’s also my apartment and a little table at the Panera closest to home.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I publish through Booktrope and I stumbled on them by accident when I saw a post on Twitter saying they were looking for
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
I haven’t gotten a lot of feedback from my family. Its not really to their taste in reading, but its open the doors to some debates I never really thought I’d ever have with them.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I do stand up comedy from time to time and I’ve been learning aeriels on silks for the past year and a half. Both are challenging and will transform yourself.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
A lot of people will say to write what you know but it goes beyond that. A great writing teacher once told me that you should always ask yourself why you’re the only person qualified to tell your story. You’ll be surprised by the answer you give yourself!
What is your favorite book? favorite author?Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
There’s no way I can pick one book or one author, but I love the works of Margaret Atwood who made me want to be a better writer and made me really examine the themes in my own work. Douglas Adams really changed my life with his Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a long time favorite. My favorite book that I read last year was Emma Donahue’s Room. It was so engrossing that once I got to the end I just had to read it again.
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I do. Its really important to have people you trust with your work. One of my best friends is Beth. She’s one where I can send her something I’ve worked on and she’ll give me honest feedback and ask really great probing questions that get me thinking.

Are you working on anything now?
I’m in the editing stages of the second book in the Girls Guide series. I’ve taken Verdell on a bit more serious journey to find her family but it comes with its usual backdrop of ridiculousness.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Daphne. It's been great having you here!

 photo Daphne_zpsyy8p1qal.jpgDaphne Lamb was raised in the wilds of Colorado and now resides in a very different wilderness known as Los Angeles. She is a comedian and award winning writer who has worked in television, film and video games. In her spare time, she enjoys collecting comic books, discussing awesomely bad movies and thinks about what it would be like to own a cat.

She loves connecting to fans and readers, so feel free to connect!

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  1. This book looks fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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