Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Tour: Shallow by Georgia Cates Interview


Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the drag strip in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him cars, parties and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways. 

Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes isn’t what scares Payton the’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?


1) Where did you get the idea for the novel?

Shallow is a sequel to Going Under. When readers finished Going Under, they wanted more of Jessie and Claire, but I didn't feel like I could do a lot more with them because they got their happy ending. Readers also fell in love with Payton, Claire's best friend, and started asking for her story so how could I not give them what they want? Although Shallow is essentially Payton's story, I have infused it with lots of Jessie and Claire moments, so everyone gets what they want.

2) Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?

I chose my title with the help of a friend. I wanted to keep the title and cover art consistent with Going Under, yet it needed to show the personality of Payton so the title Shallow was chosen by a two-fold decision. First, Payton is a shallow person. Secondly, she is afraid of leaving the shallow end of the pool where it's safe because of her fear of going under and drowning in love.

3) Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
I have to say meeting other Indie authors. I recently attended an author's conference where I met others doing the exact thing I'm doing. I was shocked to see how supportive they were to a fairly new kid on the block. 

4) Which came first, the title or the novel? 
Definitely title. I had a general idea for the novel, but I like to choose my title and cover art first so I can incorporate details in the novel. I've had an awful experience with writing the book and then trying to find the model for the cover art. Nothing is screwier than reading a book about a blonde that has a brunette on the cover.

5) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
The Wild Ones by M. Leighton. Highly Recommend, by the way.

6) At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
I write a special note to the reader and I'm a total fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal, so I may write something completely random in the book. It's probably going to be the first thing to pop into my head. 

Author Bio:

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent thirteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author. 

Blood of Anteros, Book One in The Vampire Agápe Series, was her first novel and it was released in September 2011. She decided to briefly step away from the paranormal genre to try her hand at a young adult contemporary romance when she wrote Going Under, but returned to the paranormal romance platform to complete the second book in The Vampire Agápe Series, Blood Jewel.

Her current works in progress are Shallow (A Going Under Novel) which will release on September 27th and Blood Doll (The Vampire Agápe Series #3), to be released in January 2013.

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