Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Interview with author Camryn Rhys

Hey, peeps! Please join me in welcoming author Camryn Rhys to my blog today. She's currently on tour promoting her latest release, Off The Record, and has graciously agreed to answer some questions for us. Woot!

1.     Congratulations on the release of your latest work, Off the Record. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Off the Record is a f/f foodie romance; the story of chef Kit and her food critic lover, Emily. When Emily’s unfavorable review of Kit’s restaurant surfaces, it may prevent their fiery romance from consummating. Well… from lasting.

2.     What prompted you to write this particular story? Was there a special event, occurrence, song etc. that sparked an idea?

I have a friend who recently opened her own restaurant, and seeing the way her review process worked in her small town made me think of this story. The town is loosely based on hers, although in a different part of the country, and the characters are all completely different. 

3.     Which of your characters do you relate to the most, and why?

I think I relate to Kit the most, because she’s the most like me. But I like Emily the most. Kit is sort of the ballsy one, and Emily has the hardest time with their relationship. Although now that I say that out loud, I’m sure my boyfriend would say I’m more like Emily than Kit. Off to ask.

4.     Did you have a character or scene that you struggled with? How were you able to push through?

I had a really hard time with Emily’s ex-husband. He was such an odd, jerky man, and his motivation was hard for me to nail down. Once I got that, I think it settled into place for me.

5.     If you were able to spend an evening with one of your characters, who would you choose, and why?

Selfishly, I’d like to spend time with Tyan. Because he is super hot. J But he doesn’t get the girl in this particular book… I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one. 

6.     Do you have any writing quirks?

I almost always need to be drinking something and listening to something in order to write effectively. Usually, it’s Diet Coke and Pandora. But sometimes I’ll listen to a Requiem or something like that, more of an arc. I like that.

7.     Favorite author?

For erotic romance, I’d have to say either Kristen Painter or Jaci Burton. Love both their voices and the way they create characters. About Kristen specifically, I love that she has so much range, and can make so many different genres sound good. For just straight-up author anywhere, I’d say T.S. Eliot. He always left people thinking after they read something of his, and he always found a way to get at a mind-job kind of thought through just words. That is really incredible.

8.     Favorite book?

Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marciano. I am going to write a book like that someday. I’m still waiting for the idea to strike, but I have no doubts it will.

9.     What are three things your readers don’t know about you?

I am a musician by trade right now.
I have three advanced degrees in various stages of completion.
I don’t have children, and always said I wouldn’t have them, but now I’m thinking I kinda want to have children.

10. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Either grasshoppers or yak. While grasshoppers are strange, they’re actually just mostly crunchy. But yak has a really unique taste. It’s used a little like beef, but it’s got that mountain flavor. Really interesting.

11. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Probably writing these books. It requires me to live a second life, in essence, and it feels a little schizoid at times.

12. If Off the Record were made into a movie, who would you like to see cast?

I think Alyssa Milano would be Emily. And Drew Barrymore would be Kit. And Brad the Bachelor would be Tyan. Lenny, from Law & Order would be Maurice. But I think the two main characters would be Alyssa Milano and Drew Barrymore. That would be absolutely perfect.

Thanks so much for having me! I hope everyone enjoys reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

Thank you for stopping by! So glad to have you here!

When Kit Parker meets the woman of her dreams, the fact that she appears to be dating the local food critic is only a minor setback. The negative review of her restaurant in their paper doesn't even daunt her, as it presents her with an excuse to spend more time with Emily. When she finds out it should be Emily's byline under the title warning people away from Kit's new restaurant, that may be an obstacle she can't overcome.

About the author:

Camryn Rhys grew up on the border of Canada and the US, and still hasn't decided which country to call home. She splits her time between the Alberta and Montana Rocky Mountains, with friends and family in both beautiful locations. After running her own restaurant for several years and aquiring advanced degrees in writing, foodie romance seemed the only logical option. When she's not watching the Food Network, she's reading a romance novel, or if absolutely necessary, working as a consultant. Someone has to put really excellent food on the table. 

You can find Camryn at the following places: 


Camryn Rhys said...

Thanks so much for having me, Lisa!

Lisa Sanchez said...

You're very welcome!!

Clarissa Yip said...

OMG. I can't believe you've eaten grasshopper...and yak. lol. I learn new things about you all the time!

and *squee* Tyan gets a story! I can't wait!

Camryn Rhys said...

Tyan is a super hottie. He definitely needs to get tamed. :)

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