Tuesday, October 1, 2019

FEATURED AUTHOR: BARBARA PLUM



ABOUT THE BOOK


Hop off the fast track. Buy a boat. Write the Great American Novel.

Forty-four-year-old Susanna Walker knows the importance of taking risks and dreaming big.
Mother of two grown kids. Former CEO of a Silicon Valley PR firm. Ex-wife of a still-present, former compulsive gambler. Susanna ignores the objections to her new life and the whispers she's perimenopausal. 

As with all well-laid plans, hers quickly derail when the hunk from the boat next door drops by and invites her to supper on his vessel Camelot. The boat's name, his boyish appearance, and the medieval armor he sports leave her a bit dazed.

Yet against all reason, Susanna agrees to inspect the armor more closely while he puts the finishing touches on fresh pasta, shrimp, and a cheeky Chardonnay.

The next morning she wakes up in her own bed. Naked.

And mad. He suckered her in with his knight-in-shining-armor disguise. But does he think he can steal her underwear without consequences?

He sure does and issues a whole set of sexy consequences more mind boggling that she ever imagined.

Fans of Tracy Brogan will love Crazy Daze and a Knight.



Book Details:


Title: Crazy Daze and a Knight 


Author’s name: Barbara Plum        


Genre: romantic comedy


Publish date: August 21, 2019


Print length: 351 pages








LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT WITH BARBARA PLUM


A few of your favorite things: a ratty old red coat that belonged to my mother; a book of butterflies from the Metropolitan Museum of  Art; my curated list of children's illustrated books; a pencil drawing of a basket of flowers by my seven-year-old daughter; a clay handprint made by my five-year-old son in summer camp.
Things you need to throw out: four pairs of "dead" walking shoes; the dress pattern for my wedding dress; a wet suit I've never worn; old printed and outdated versions of at least four manuscripts long since published.  


Things you love about writing: creating a story that entertains readers from a word, phrase, thread of an idea, a snatch of a overheard conversation.
Things you hate about writing: marketing because of the time involved.

Hardest thing about being a writer: convincing people I have a real job and can't run off to play or take on another volunteer task.

Easiest thing about being a writer: sitting down and getting the words from my mind to my blank screen.


Things you love about where you live: the familiarity of the location where I've lived for more than thirty years and the near perfect weather that allows me to walk 5 miles daily.
Things that make you want to move: The god-awful traffic at all hours with drivers always driving too fast.

Things you never want to run out of:
water (I drink 8+ glasses daily); good walking shoes (for my daily 5-mile treks);  goat milk soap; Skyr plain yogurt.
Things you wish you’d never bought: my touch-screen laptop; my office chair; the wet suit I've never used. 


Words that describe you: compulsive about writing; curious to the point of nosiness; funny; a good conversationalist.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: bossy (aka controlling); too talkative; pathologically loyal.

Favorite foods: fresh fish (Chilean seabass) and fresh green beans; Danish Koldskold.
Things that make you want to throw up: okra; raisins; cooking liver.

Favorite beverage: water.

Something that gives you a pickle face: most red wines no matter how expensive.

Favorite smell: fresh lilacs—especially after a rain.

Something that makes you hold your nose: liver cooking.

Something you’re really good at: extemporaneous speaking and walking fast.

Something you’re really bad at: drawing or painting or making pottery or sewing.


Something you wish you could do: dance Zumba (which I used to do but my knees now protest).
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: "armchair" analyze people.

Something you like to do: aerobic dance (3x a week).

Something you wish you’d never done: downhill ski.

People you consider as heroes: my mother who instilled in me a love of reading and belief in myself despite little education and five other kids to care for.

People with a big L on their foreheads: lying people—especially politicians—test my optimism even though much of what I write involves lies characters tell themselves and others.



Last best thing you ate: a grilled cheese sandwich on really good Danish rye bread.

Last thing you regret eating: a medium ice cream cone at the beach because a small cone would have been just right.

Things you always put in your books:
themes about family.

Things you never put in your books: gratuitous sex or violence.

Things to say to an author: much of what other authors do/say won't work for you; you have to find your own way.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: you have to plot every chapter before you write word one.

People you'd invite to dinner: Elizabeth Warren; Edith Wharton; Lisa Unger; Elmore Leonard; the current pope; my husband.

People you’d cancel dinner on: Donald Trump; Mitch McConnell; the governors of Florida, Missouri, and Alabama; Betsy Voss.

Favorite things to do: cook (when I feel no pressure and have time).

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: going to the dentist to have a tooth pulled.

Things that make you happy: seeing/visiting with my kids and daughter-in-law; cooking a special meal for my husband.
Things that drive you crazy: computer problems.
Most embarrassing moment: Wearing a pair of ratty underwear that fell off while I stood at a stoplight at a corner in my university town.
Proudest moment: delivering both my kids without anesthesia.

Biggest lie you’ve ever told: I told a man who was crazy about me that I loved him.

A lie you wish you’d told: I wish I'd said I was independently wealthy and planned to live in Europe before settling down to think about marriage.

Best thing you’ve ever done: decided having two kids was enough.
Biggest mistake: getting married too young the first time (barely 20).
Most daring thing you’ve ever done: move to South America with an infant daughter.
Something you chickened out from doing: living longer than a year in South America.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Barbara Plum grew up in Southern Missouri. She spent endless hours wading the creeks, searching the "hollers" for the cows, and reading the "Monkey Ward's" catalogues.  She now lives and writes in Silicon Valley with her first-reader husband.

Barbara also writes dark psychological suspense and mysteries as AB Plum, who grew up in a huge extended family. Gossip helped pass the long, hot summer days and nights. The revelations she eavesdropped on fuel the mysteries and thrillers she writes living in sunny Silicon Valley with her husband.



Connect with Barbara:
Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

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