Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Interview with Serena Clarke - The Same But Different

The Same But Different by Serena Clarke

What They Say:

The new you could be someone unexpected…

Stunned by a life-changing secret and an unexpected inheritance, Cady Morrow leaves her responsible London life behind and hits the California flash mob trail. With her wild twin sister Shelby in tow, she’s determined to make every day of her new start count. So when they’re invited to travel on the flash mob team’s luxury tour bus—in close company with Reid, a man who sets her dangerously, deliciously off-kilter—Cady grabs the chance to be a different version of herself.

But she soon discovers that not everyone she encounters is who they seem to be. A complicated new family, unwelcome surprises, and secrets past and present test her faith in her reinvented self, as well as in those around her. And when Shelby goes missing, Cady has to rely on the enigmatic Reid for help, even as she doubts his motives—and her resistance to his teasing charm.

With the flash mob facing disaster, her sister in jeopardy, and things with Reid heating up, Cady realizes that what started as ‘fake it ’til you make it’ has become her reality. And when she finds herself in a life-threatening confrontation, she learns just how different she can really be…and exactly what she’ll do for the sake of a new start.

Hi Serena

Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed by Cometbabesbooks.

Thank you for having me to visit! J

Can you tell us about your book?

Most of us have made a new start at some time, or wished we could—and Cady could be any one of us. After years of being the sensible sister, she leaves London and hits the road in California, carrying a huge secret, and determined to reinvent herself. She finds adventure and challenges, faces triumph and disaster, and triumph and disaster again...and finally finds her happy ending. With a totally hot guy, of course. ;-)

Readers have called it "a feel-good book about life and taking chances". The flash mob makes a fun storyline, but at the same time there are deeper themes—like the challenges of sisterhood, the true meaning of family, and whether a new start can really make you someone different. And there are some mysteries to solve along the way too.

Oh, and there's the love story of course, with a sigh-worthy happily ever after. I'm a HUGE believer in a really romantic ending!

How old were you when you started writing?
Old enough to have plenty of life experience under my belt! Not that everything in my books actually happened to me. Not that it didn’t, eitherI’ll leave it to you to guess which is which… ;-)

Do you have a favourite place you like to write and why?
I wish I had something glamorous to tell you, but the true answer is, sitting on my bed, with a lovely view over the treetops, and a tabby cat to snuggle with. I think beds are equally good for night-time and daytime dreaming.

What inspired you to take up writing?
It was a looming birthday, with a big enough roundy number that it got me thinking—when exactly was I going to to write this book? You know how you always think you’ll do that special thing ‘one day’? It suddenly seemed like one day was NOW. Two books later, it’s still now!

Can you share a sneak peek at what you're working on at the moment?
Talking about work in progress feels a bit dangerous—like youlet the magic dissipate somehow, by giving it too much air. ButI can say that my next book will continue the international flavour…and it might be just a little more steamy. Still with a happily ever after though!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Um…think about writing, mostly! Reading, of course.Travelling. Hanging out with my boys, or my best girlfriends, or my sisters. And baking—if anyone out there is looking forthe easiest, most delicious chocolate slice recipe, let me know!

Do you like it quiet when you're writing or do you need background noise?(music or TV)
I actually use a website called Coffitivity, which plays the background noise of a coffee shop. It works really well—it’s like writing in a cafĂ©, without having to worry about the state of your hair. (Writers can tend to be a bit rumpled…)

If one of your books was made into a film/TV series, who would you like as the leading lady/man?
It’s really hard to choose! But for The Same But Different, I can imagine someone like Felicity Jones as Cady, the heroine. And for Reidhonestly, feel free to choose your own favourite piece of tall-dark-and-handsome. But if you get stuck, take Chris Hemsworth, give him dark hair and brown eyes, and call him yours!

Thank you for your time.

Thanks so much for having me Jo—the questions were a lot of fun!

Jo xx

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