Monday, March 8, 2010

Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter: Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

About The Book:

With glue guns, glitter, twigs, or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary . . . especially at La Pachanga. Owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family, the restaurant has a rep for two things: good food and great art. La Pachanga brings people together-even when it looks like they couldn't be further apart.

One ill-fated evening, Star jeopardizes her family's business, her relationship with her boyfriend, and her future career. To redeem herself, she agrees to participate in a national craft competition, teaming up with her best friend, Ofelia-a secretly troubled mother whose love for crafting borders on obsession-and local celebrity Chloe Chavez-a determined television personality with more than one skeleton in her professional closet. If these unlikely allies can set aside their differences, they'll find strength they never knew they had, and learn that friendship, like crafting, is truly an art form.






About The Author:


Kathy Cano-Murillo is a lifelong writer and artist. Her crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers including Bloomingdales, Target, and Hallmark. She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored seven books including Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing. She is the founder of CraftyChica.com, a wildly popular web site to inspire women to brighten their lives with clever craft ideas. She has a web series on LifetimeTV.com, and can be seen on HGTV and DIY Network.
   
Author Q&A  


1. You are known for writing instructional craft books. How did the novel come about? 

My two favorite pastimes have always been crafting and writing. I dreamed of writing a novel that combined the two, but the task seemed too huge to even consider. All along, I had been blogging about living an artful life. I had two editors from publishing houses write me and ask if I ever considered writing a novel based on my adventures. On the outside, I said, “Yeah, right.” But inside I knew I wanted to try it! I wrote an outline, but still couldn’t write that first page. But then I learned about National Novel Writing Month. I signed up and wrote the first draft! It was quite a journey to reach this point, but I never gave up faith. 

2. Is being crafty really as drama-filled as it is portrayed in the book? 

Yes, it can be. Especially if you are very passionate about it. Crafting isn’t just a hobby to many people, it is a lifestyle. And there is not just one type of crafter. Everyone has a different motivation. Some people, like Star, separate art from craft; others, like Chloe, only see the monetary value of a career in the industry. And then there are those like Ofie, who are addicted to making things as an expression of love. When I developed the plot, I wondered what it would be like to force these three types of crafters together in a group. I knew the glitter would fly! 

3. Are your characters based on real people? 

Chloe, Star, and Ofie—all of them have a little bit of me from different phases in my life. At the same time, Al, Gustavo, and Larry are all inspired by my husband, Patrick. As for the other characters, in my first draft, I did have specific people in mind, but as I went through dozens of rewrites, the characters bloomed in their own way. They didn’t want to reenact my experiences; they had their own stories to tell. As soon as I gave in to that, everything clicked into place. 

4. How does fiction writing compare to crafting? 

They are very much alike! With crafting, I have to decide on a concept, make a sketch, and choose colors. With fiction writing, I nail down a plot, develop characters, and draft an outline. With writing, the words and sentences are the paints and glitter. 

5. What is the deal with glitter, and why did you give it such an important role in the book? 

To me, glitter is a metaphor for life. It catches your eye and the sparkle makes you forget all your worries because it is so beautiful. I love it because it is so shiny and indulgent, yet calorie-free! 

6. Have you ever had Star, Ofie, or Chloe moments? 

Oh sure! My Star moment: Once when I worked at the newspaper, I thought I could multitask on making my crafts. I went outside to the smoking lounge to spray varnish on my project. All the smokers got mad because I stunk up their area and they kicked me out! My Chloe moment: One time, just a few minutes before my live-TV segment, one of the news anchors came to my craft table and took a bite out of my demo project! (It was a Rice Krispies chocolate tree.) And I have Ofie moments every day of my life! 

7. Years later, what do you want people to remember about this book? 

I want them to feel like there is always hope. Even when you hit rock bottom, as long as you have a good heart, and a strong spirit, you can overcome. I also want them to try to express themselves through some sort of art form. I hope it inspires people to meet with their friends and get crafty! 

8. How do you fit writing into your busy schedule? 

When I love something, I will find time to do it. For this book, I wrote every night after my family went to sleep. I had zero interruptions — it was perfect. During editing, I swore off all TV shows for three months. I tell myself, “No one will make this happen except you — so do it!” 

9. Is Phoenix really as artful as it sounds? 

Yes, it sure is! We have First Fridays that bring out thousands of art lovers. It is very much how it is described in the book. There are many fun coffee houses and bars, dance clubs and concert venues. It’s very active!

My Review:

This was just a fun book to read!  It was an easy to read, quick read (took about a day) and I loved all the characters and the easy to follow plot. After doing a lot of serious reading lately, I really needed something that would lift my spirits and be a fun read! Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter was definitely a book that met that criteria! If you enjoy the crafting world, and fun reading, you will definitely enjoy this book! I also love that although a fun book, it still tackled topics like being loyal and loving to family and friends!

I highly recommend this book and give a thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.

WIN IT: Three (3) Readers will win a copy of Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter!!!


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GIVEAWAY ENDS MARCH 31, 2010


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

***Thank you to Miriam at Hachette Book Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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