Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Interview & Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Welcome to author, Cora Carmack.  She joins us today with an interview as she promoted her new book, Losing It

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date of publication: October 2012

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theater professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

My thoughts:
 I really enjoyed Losing It and found myself not wanting to put it down. It is well written and a pretty quick read. The attraction between Bliss and Garrick was instant and compelling. Their romance was very sweet. The book deals with her "first time" and all of the anxiety and questions that goes along with it. I loved that Bliss followed her gut feeling and waited until it was truly right for her, not because her best friend thought it was a scandal that it hadn't happened yet.  I think that was a great message to send. Along with Bliss' first time, the book deals with a lot of the drama that surround college age adults such as navigating friendships, unrequited love, and what comes after graduation.  

Losing It falls under the new category "New Adult".  Given the fact that the characters are around 21-24years old, I would say this qualifies.  I would keep it to at least upper high school as it deals with sex and drinking. The next book, Faking It comes out this summer.  It's Cade's story.  I felt so badly for him in Losing it, that I am glad he is getting his own book.

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Cora: I’m an insatiable reader. I read a lot when I was younger, but especially my last year in high school, I was averaging close to a book a day. Anytime you’re reading that much, I think it’s a natural progression. I got to the point where these ideas were popping into my head for stories I was desperate to read. But they didn’t exist, so I had to write them for myself.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Cora:  From just about everywhere. I might get a little spark of something from real life or from a conversation or a dream, and then I just keep picking at it until it grows into a full story.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Cora: Well, in June, my second book titled FAKING IT releases. It’s a companion novel to losing it that follows Cade. As the resident nice guy, he gets swept up into a crazy plot wherein he pretends to be a girl’s boyfriend to please her parents. But since he’s awesome in human form, he impresses them a little too much, and they have to keep faking. Craziness ensues.

I’m also working on a companion novel about Kelsey set after they graduate. Kelsey’s backpacking through Europe having all kinds of crazy adventures. I can’t say much more than that except that I’m LOVING writing this book. And the guy… *swoon*. 

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Cora: Hermione Granger. Hands down. I grew up on Harry Potter, and I identified with her so much. I, too, was a know-it-all, insatiable reader, and victim of incredibly fuzzy hair. More than that, though, she was strong and brave and beautiful, and I pretty much just want to be her, okay?

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Cora: Dolphin. I’ve always wanted to swim with one, so why not take it a step further and just be one. Plus, all you have to do is do a little jump and people love you. Now, that’s a life I want. 

About the author:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. 

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