Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blogiversary Day 2 (#1) Spotlight/Author's Interview: BAD BOY VS MILLIONAIRE by CANDY STARR

Title:Bad Boy vs Millionaire 
(Rock Star Bad Boy #2)
Author: Candy Starr
Release Date: March 26th 2014

When fate forced Hannah Sorrento to take on the management of indie rockers, Storm, she managed to survive but, when she found out she'd been played by their mercurial front man, Jack Colt, the betrayal hit her hard.

She flees to Tokyo, where her father orchestrates a deal to save their collapsed financial empire. A deal that involves a gorgeous millionaire.

Tamaki is everything Jack isn't and, with their similar backgrounds, he and Hannah form a bond. He offers her safety and security as well as a return to her luxurious lifestyle. But the passion Jack arouses in Hannah won't be denied.

In the second Bad Boy Rock Star book, Rock Star vs Millionaire, can Hannah forgive Jack or will she take the sanctuary Tamaki offers?

Start off the series right grab your copy of book one:
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When and why did you decide to be a writer?

I don’t know if I really decided – I just had a story I wanted to write and it came from that. I’ve always loved writing and making up stories and find it wonderful that people want to read them.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I’ve had positive and negative reactions to Bad Boy Rock Star but if someone doesn’t like the story or relate to the characters, I can understand that. We all have different tastes. One criticism that does bug me a lot is when someone is dismissive of the genre I write in. I hate book snobs and if you don’t like romance or new adult books, don’t read them. There’s no need to look down on people who do enjoy them.
I always find it a great compliment when readers have a strong reaction to the characters - if they love them, hate them, get angry with them, it means they are getting into the story.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Hot guys on the cover – everyone loves that!
I’m not good at giving advice and there is so much out there. You need to find out what works for you. People say you should write every day but I am always too brain fried after work so prefer to write on weekends.
How many drafts did you have to write for Bad Boy Rock Star? Any scenes that were cut from the original that you want to share?
Actually Bad Boy Rock Star didn’t take too many drafts. I had a strong idea of what I wanted to write and just went with it. But when I started writing the sequel, Bad Boy vs Millionaire, I had about 100 false starts and things going in weird directions. I also had a whole sub-plot that I wanted to add but it got too unwieldy so I’m saving that for a short story.

What inspired the idea for Bad Boy Rock Star?

I worked as a band manager and also produced a music show for community television for a while. The band I managed was really horrible and never did anything I said. They were good musicians but they didn’t understand you need more than that to make it in the music business. You need to have that magic spark that makes people forget their ordinary world.

Filming bands for our TV show was much more fun – especially getting press passes and getting to interview some top indie bands. I met some really fun people but also some real jerks.

The guy in Bad Boy Rock Star who tells Hannah he’ll give the band a gig if she is “nice to him” is based on a real life jerk!

Also, I love bad boys – in fiction, not so much in real life!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write in Bad Boy Rock Star and why?
I loved writing the parts where Hannah had trouble coping with real life stuff because she’d been really sheltered and trying to put myself in the position of someone doing things like catching a train for the first time.

I also loved writing about Eric-Mama because she’s such a crazy character. My sister wants me to write a spin off book with Eric-Mama solving crimes!

What is your favorite snack/treat or drink while writing?

Coffee! I am so addicted to coffee. I drink a minimum of 4 cups a day. I do try to switch to tea at night though so I can sleep. And chocolate, I eat far too much chocolate!

What are you currently reading?
Actually at the moment I’m planning a trip to Europe for later in the year so I’ve been reading a lot of travel books. I’m spending most of my time in Italy so I will probably come home about 5 kilos heavier and with lots of inspiration for hot Italian alpha males  Maybe hot Italian alpha males and really good pizza!
Who is your fictional character crush?
My original fictional crush from way back is Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. So broody and dark and really, he had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Still I think we never get over the books we love as a teenager.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Bad Boy vs Millionaire is the sequel to Bad Boy Rock Star and will be available on 26th March. 

About the author

Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.

Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.

But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.


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