Thursday, February 16, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Eileen Cook

Today I am honored to have the very talented, multi-published Author, Eileen Cook chatting with us about her Newest Release, Do or Di.  She will also be hosting a GIVEAWAY for ONE Lucky Person to win a E-Book Copy, so don't forget to read all the way to the bottom!!

A TASTY READ: Eileen, Thanks so much for visiting today.

Eileen Cook: Thanks for having me.

A TASTY READ: Eileen, Your New Release, Do or Di, has a teenager, Diana, who channels Princess Diana as her mentor. Where, oh where did you come up with this idea?? Have you always been a fan of Diana? I couldn't help cracking up when she was giving Erin fashion advice!!

Eileen: I was one of those people who got up at dawn to watch the royal wedding when I was a kid. I thought Princess Diana was the most romantic person ever. Of course as her life went on it was clear there was a lot of unhappiness. I always thought she would have been a very interesting person to know. She had so many experiences I figured she would have been a great person to give advice. So many people I know were fascinated with her. I thought it would be fun to have her (or at least someone who thinks she might be her) as a character.

A TASTY READ: Do or Di is your second Contemporary Single Title or Chick Lit Novel, but you also write Middle-Grade and YA. Do you enjoy writing one over another?? 

Eileen: I can't say that I like writing one genre over the other, both are fun for different reasons. I am not one of those people who feels "tortured" by my muse and finds writing to be like bleeding on the page. I love it. Writing is fun. Working in a coal mine is hard, this is making things up for a living. I've always been a huge reader and loved telling stories, any chance and any genre, that gives me a chance to do that is a bonus for me.

A TASTY READ: Is there any other Genre that you would like to write?? Maybe Romance Suspense??

Eileen: I read everything. Romantic suspense, thrillers, horror, science fiction, contemporary stories, literary fiction and even non-fiction. I would be open to writing in any genre if that is where a story took me.

A TASTY READ: If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing?? 

Eileen: I went to graduate school and have a degree in counselling. I worked as a counsellor for people with catastrophic injuries and illness for years so the most likely thing is that if I weren't writing I would still be doing that career. However, I think it sounds far more exciting if I say I would do something exciting like be a travel guide, directing movies or training elite anti-terrorist dogs. Not that I have any skills in these areas.

A TASTY READ: What's next for Eileen Cook?? 

Eileen: Possibly a nap. It's a rainy afternoon as I type this and a nap sounds like a perfect plan. In the bigger picture, I've recently finished a new YA book called The Almost Truth. It is about a teen con artist who when she discovers that she looks like the age enhanced photo of a missing child decides to pull the ultimate con. Then she begins to suspect she may actually be that missing girl......

I have also recently started writing a new book, but am only a few pages in so it is hard to say what it will be about in the end. The one thing I'm sure of is that I'll still be writing.

A TASTY READ: Eileen I hope that you keep on writing too!  Thanks again SO much for coming over to chat today, and for the Great Giveaway!

Eileen: Thanks for having me- and thanks to everyone who has ever given one of my books a read.

Eileen has been kind enough to Host a Giveaway for One Lucky Person to win her Newest Release, Do or Di.  (Ebook)

To enter the Giveaway, please comment below and Tell us what Celebrity you would want as your mentor?

Congratulations to Jen S, who has won the e-book of Do or Di!!  Enjoy!!

About The Author

Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.


A Tasty Read said...

I'll start this chat...

When it comes to Celebrity Mentours, I think I would like Gewn Stefani as my Mentor. Not only is she awesome, and fashionable, but she runs a business and is a wonderful mother. WOW!!

Jenny Gardiner said...

I'm reading Do or Di right now and loving it! And I LOVE the YA premise you've got coming up. You're such a diverse writer--way to go girl!

jen shields said...

Wow, what a "Jill of all Trades" when it comes to genre! Hopefully I'll have a chance to read you very soon! I love the idea of Diana as a mentor. I'm too young to be familiar with her, but I've heard great things!

Lisa, Gwen Stefani? Really? She let her husband have a fling with Courtney Love. Yuck. Crabs much?

My celebrity mentor. Hmm... Probably Jk Rowling. She's the first person that comes to mind. She's gone through a lot of hardship, and has risen like a pheonix from glittering ashes.

P.S. If I'm allowed to grope my mentor, then I choose James Dean. He could show me teach me how to have a grand ol time ;)

Danielle Younge-Ullman said...

I can't wait to read Do or Di--I love Eileen's work! My celebrity mentor...? I'd take Oprah.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Danielle. I would love to have Oprah as a mentor. She is so intelligent and has amazing business sense. I couldn't ask for a better person as a mentor.

And, I truly enjoyed this interview. Thank you for hosting this Giveaway.

Lisa Daily said...

Just finished Do or Di thought it was FANTASTIC -- Eileen Cook is hilarious, heartfelt, and one of my all-time favorite writers. More, more, more!!!

Tore said...

I would want Faith Hill as my mentor. Please enter me in contest.