See below for an interview with the author!
Title: Down the Aisle with Bridezilla
Author: Carli Palmer
Format: ebook from Netgalley
Pages: 288 Pages
Release Date: October 20th 2014
Genre: Fiction, Romance
In the golden land of Malibu the sun is hot, the ocean breeze is crisp, and the brides are deranged! Dealing with four demanding clients, Megan Waters thought her job as a wedding planner would involve romance and eternal bliss. Instead her profession has been causing drama, outrageousness, and has made Megan reach for the aspirin bottle in her top drawer more than once. Along with her business partner Sasha, Megan runs Happily Ever After – a company that helps brides create the most amazing weddings that their gold card toting selves could dream up and pay for. With a small but devoted staff Megan runs into contact with everything from poison ivy covered bridesmaids to exploding wedding cakes. At this rate Megan is going to need a tranquilizer shot…
Interview with Author
* How do you name your characters? As you are writing, before, or after you are done?
Always before! I believe a character’s name defines their personality. Like “plain Jane”, “dependable Amy”, or “exotic Adela”. Sometimes a name says it all.
* What advice would you give to future writers?
Even if your thoughts are a jumbled ball of confusion just get it down on paper or on your computer. That was the best advice I ever got. It doesn’t matter if the grammar is off or the words are misspelled, just get the imagination out. You can edit and extenuate the details later.
* What do you wish you would have known before writing your book?
How long the final process took for self-publishing. The part that no one tells you about is how long formatting your manuscript takes. It took me a while to figure out how to turn my 8×11 inch manuscript into a bound book.
* Best/Favorite Place to write? IE outside, at Starbucks
Usually on my bed or in the library.
* What is your writing environment like? ie No music, Loud
I usually write while a DVD is playing on my portable DVD player. It’s anything that I’ve watched a million times but just need it for background noise.
* Where did you come up with the idea for the book?
A television show called Bridezillas. On the show not too many of them had a wedding planner and I could only imagine if there was one, what she would be going through with all the craziness of the demanding brides.
* Is there a message that you want readers to grasp?
There’s no serious message with this book. Just a funny story to enjoy and realize that everyone has stress in their lives, even well paid wedding planners.
* Who inspired you to write?
All the authors I ever read throughout my life.
* Do you do any research for your book?
Yes! I love research! I may not get every fact right but I try to add a little bit of reality to all my creativity.
* Hardest part of writing?
Getting over writer’s block and having all the details for a scene planned out in your head but can’t word it the right way on paper.
* Favorite character to write?
In this book it’s Megan. She was the one I spent the most time on.
* Do you get to come up with the cover art?
Partially. With this book I had a pre-conceived notion in my head and hired an illustrator to make it come alive. He listened to what I wanted and turned it into a cute cover. I knew that no matter what I wanted an angry bride on the cover.
* If your book was made into a movie, who is your dream cast?
I would love for the main character, Megan Waters, to be a no-name actress who was just starting out. For the four brides, I can see Cameron Diaz or Charlize Theron as the demanding Ashley, Jennifer Lawrence as the worrisome Jennifer, Meryl Streep as the older and wiser Rose, and Jojo Levesque as the quirky Olivia.
* If you were ship-wrecked on a desert island, what three books would you want with you?
A Body to Die For by Kate White
If Looks Could Kill by Kate White
Death in a Beach Chair by Valerie Wolzien
* Dream Author to work with?
Kate White. She writes a mystery series based on a character name Bailey Weggins and they are amazing!
-This book was hilarious. The four brides that Megan has to deal with are the perfect examples of what different type of brides are out there.
-It follows Megan, who is a wedding planner for the rich in California. It shows her dealing with four very different brats, I mean brides. It shows the stresses of dealing with a bridezilla while trying to find her true love.
– Carli Palmer shined in her debut novel. I really hopes she continues on with Megan and her cast of characters.