A Little This…. A Little That….

What does this picture have to do with my love of chick lit?

Hilary, Loretta at Robin's shower

I explained on Chick Lit News and Reviews as part of their 5th anniversary celebration!

I had a unique childhood. I was an only child but I was never treated like a kid.  Instead, I was treated like a mini-adult.  I remember being very small, probably about six years old, going shopping with my mom.  She brought me to a furniture store and to the salesperson’s disbelief pointed at two sofas. She then asked my opinion as to which one a to buy.  I picked one out, and that was the sofa that she bought.

She tried hard not to shelter me.  Instead she tried expose me to everything.  Unlike friends of mine who… TO READ MORE

I was TAGGED by my friend and fellow writer TB Markinson author of A Woman Lost and Marionette to participate in the Writing Process Blog hop…  There are several standard questions….

What am I working on?

Not losing my mind…. which is quite difficult.  When I decided to write Dangled Carat I thought writing the book would be the difficult part. Man, was I wrong!  It is so much harder to try to promote a book then write a book -  especially when there are so many amazing reads out there.  Throw in real life and a stressful job, I don’t know if I am coming or going anymore.  And to make matters worse, I have started writing another book!  This time I am trying my hand at fiction!

Dangled Carat is a mixture of two genres. It is a memoir about my attempt to convert a commitment phobic man into a husband with a lot of help from his friends but it reads like Chick Lit.  I did this on purpose as I wanted my story to be a light and fun read rather than a how to on trying to get that guy down the isle.

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Why do I write what I do?

I wrote Dangled Carat because I knew that my experience, dating a commitment phobic man, was something that many women experience. I wanted to share my story in the hopes that I could help others. Based upon some reviews I have received, my goal has been accomplished.

How does my writing process work?

I wrote Dangled Carat exclusively on weekends over a eight month or so period. From morning to night I sat in front of my laptop and just shared my soul. I didn’t have any outlines.  But I would “pre-write” scenes in my head as I drove to work or showered. In fact, the title came to me while I was stuck in traffic!

And as part of the hop, I get to tag a fellow author.  I am tagging my friend Lisa Arrington author of Quake and soon to be released Aftershock!

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Hilary Grossman

Author of DANGLED CARAT - One girl's attempt to convert the ultimate commitment-phobic man into a doting husband with a lot of help from his family and friends................................... “Fans of Sex and the City - Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big - will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd.” - Kirkus Reviews.

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Comments

  1. That photo is terrific!

  2. My childhood was unique, too. I am an old soul, though. Very different life than yours. I am happy that yours went well. It should for all kids.

  3. Love the photo and I can kinda see you as a little adult from the word go. I would never be able to pick out a couch, then or now. I always need help with design.

    Don’t lose your mind–you’re doing a great job. One day at a time. And it’s the weekend, so relax and have fun.

  4. I’m currently reading your book and loving it! It’s great now to be able to picture you and your mom when you write about your childhood. Such a great photo!

    Peggy

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Lailia & Minchie – Thank you so much! You made my day!!! I am so glad you are enjoying the book!!!

  5. What a wonderful memory! Aren’t photos wonderful!

  6. Karen S. says:

    Oh my gosh I would have snapped that book up instantly! My hubby now, finally, hehehe and we’ve had two children since then, but I met him dated and lived with him for EIGHT long years before we legally married! Yikes where was your book for me then! Ha! Ha! It’s a very cool idea, and I just might have to read it anyway…or wait, do I want to go back to…. :)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Karen – I hope you read Dangled Carat – given your relationship with your husband (8 years wow) I think you would really enjoy / relate!

  7. Wow, that is so awesome that you dedicated 8 months and every weekend to writing, Hilary! STILL haven’t read it but I will tell the truth about something. I sits on my table and I see it probably two dozen times a day. So, there are always good vibes being sent to you in energy and thought. Just a lot going on right now and I want to wait until things settle down then I will read it. LOVE the picture :)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Mike – It is awesome and scary at the same time. I hope you enjoy it when you finally read it, but knowing a copy is in your view each day does make me feel good – I feel the vibes!

  8. Can’t wait to read #2!!
    are you going to give any hints about the story?
    Love the picture.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Rorybore – yep.. I will… hints will start when the dangled carat blog tour begins (starts 3/31)

  9. Great photo! Good luck with your new book! I can’t wait to read it!

  10. William Kendall says:

    Splendid shot of you and your mother!

  11. Hilary, I bought Dangled Carat some little time ago, and it is one of the many books still waiting to be read. Your post is very engaging, and I love your writing style, so I see I must put it on the top of my list!

  12. Glad you made it, Hilary! It takes real commitment. I have no idea how you fit it in with working :)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Johanna – I have no idea how I do it either.. but I guess the old saying is right.. where there is a will there is a way!

  13. That’s a cute photo of you and your mom. You sure look like her a lot! I can only imagine what’s it like trying to promote a book in today’s busy social media environment – it can’t be easy.. And oohhh, tell me more about this new book. :)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Susi – isn’t that picture great! Oh, don’t worry.. I will fill you in… I think you will like it!

  14. Love that picture, Hilary. And we’re looking forward to your next book (when you’re ready, of course). :)

  15. My childhood was unique in that my dad raised me. While I did grow up being read bedtime stories, he also involved me in grown-up decisions. Moreover, I knew a lot of how he felt about his job, relationships, etc. My dad and I are very close.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Allison – Your relationship with your dad sounds like mine with my mom, especially after my dad died. She would always run ideas past me, especially with work…

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