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Christine Presents ~ Up and In by Deborah Disney

Please welcome Deborah Disney author of Up and In.

Deborah will be awarding an eCopy of Up and In to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and choice of 5 digital books from the Impulse line to a randomly drawn host.

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Up and In

by Deborah Disney

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GENRE: Women’s Fiction

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INTERVIEW:

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I am glad you asked this. Because my book is about a school mum with two daughters who play netball, and I am a school mum with two daughters who play netball, I have had SO many people think that this is just my own story. And that is of course without them having actually read it. One of my friends even described it as ‘Deb’s diary that she calls a book.’ It is so insulting – not just because I don’t want to be thought of as my main character who is a bit of a nutter, but because it makes it sound so easy. Coming up with characters and storylines that are fictional but believable is actually quite a challenge, and so I really think that kind of comment takes away from what I (and what many other authors) have achieved.

Another friend came up to me recently and said she had thought of something ‘else’ in my book that was true. From the outset, I have openly acknowledged that two scenes were based on actual events, but this friend felt certain there were more. She pointed to there having been a reference to custom made Christmas cards and said that was ‘about’ a family at our school who do custom made Christmas cards. Okay … so along with a few other families I have encountered in my life who send out custom made Christmas cards, yes I had to agree that this school family also did so. But that doesn’t mean the story is about them. And that is what I find so frustrating. Using some of your human experience in observational style writing does not a memoir make!!! And it certainly doesn’t make your characters real people.

So, back to your question, my ideas come from 45 years of life, and from being very observant and interested in other human beings. Add to that too much time in front of the television and a vivid imagination, as well as a mind that likes making connections, and that is where my ideas come from. Often they come not when I am writing, but when I am doing something completely mindless, and then I have to rush off to my laptop and make myself some notes for later.

  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Spelling. Other than that, I didn’t really have any ‘expertise’ as such. I had not studied creative writing other than at high school, so I started out kind of ‘blind’.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have a few more novels for which I have done outlines, and I am also working on some non-fiction. Write, write and write some more is pretty much the plan. It makes me happy.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

Not really. For Up and In, the only people who read it before publication other than me were the editors at HarperCollins. For my next book, I will probably get some more people to look at it before publication. I have become very friendly with a number of the other authors whose books are published under the same imprint, and I will probably run it past a couple of them as a minimum.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I showed one of my childhood friends the first chapter (which I had typed out on my iPhone) over lunch one day. She loved it and told me I should submit it to a publisher. Until she said that, I don’t even remember what I really planned to do with it. I guess I started writing it with the idea that ‘there was a book in it’ but I didn’t start out thinking that I would write a book and get it published. I just started writing and it kind of took on a life of its own.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

Best advice was to give my readers more credit and realise that I do not have to explain so much – letting them work things out for themselves makes for better writing and a more enjoyable and satisfying read. The worst advice … hmmm … this is tough because as a new author, all advice is useful.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

I do an outline, but in my experience so far, sometimes the book writes itself in patches, and it is far less likely to stick to my outline when it gets going.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I have. Once again it is about challenging female relationships.

 

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I am a bit of a sucker for The Bachelor and Bachelorette series. I almost always cry at the end … my kids think I am a loon for crying at The Bachelor. I am probably crying tears of shame for getting so involved in a show that is so degrading to women (The Bachelor). The whole notion of women standing there trying to look their pretty best and hoping they receive a rose is pretty woeful.

Thanks for hosting me today J

BLURB:

Distinctly middle-class parents, Maria and Joe have committed every bit of available income to giving their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria finds herself thrust into a high society of champagne-swilling mother-istas she hasn’t budgeted for. Saturday morning netball is no longer a fun mother-daughter outing, but a minefield of social politics.

While the increasingly neurotic Maria struggles to negotiate the school mum hierarchy, Joe quietly battles a midlife crisis and Kate attempts to grow up as gracefully as possible (without having her life ruined by embarrassing parents).

For every woman who has ever felt she may be wearing the wrong shoes, this is a book that will remind you – you’re not alone.

Fans of Liane Moriarty and Fiona Higgins are sure to enjoy this debut offering from new Australian author, Deborah Disney.

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EXCERPT:

There it was again. That damned full stop. How does so much passive aggression fit itself into such a tiny punctuation mark?

Fine with me.

‘Fine with me, full stop.’

‘Fine with me full stop, no x.’

‘Fine with me full stop no x, no way am I ever going to let you think you are in any way deserving of the lathered-up, flattery-filled, signed-off-with-a-kiss kind of email I always send to everyone else on this email list.’

And there you have it. That is what she was able to say to me with one little full stop.

Of course, if any of the obsessively-stroking-and-simultaneously-self-aggrandising netball mums on this email list ever decided just to hit ‘Reply’ instead of ‘Reply all’ to the coach’s weekly email, I probably wouldn’t know that this little full stop means that I am absolutely, categorically, no longer in the fold. Unfortunately, because I am still on the email list, every week my inbox fills with messages ending with ‘x’ – not emails addressed specifically to me, just a plethora of inappropriately ‘Reply all’ emails sent to every woman with a daughter in the Red Rockets Under 10 Division 1 netball team. Every ‘x-ending’ email I have read over this netball season has served to reinforce the knowledge that if I were the object of Bea’s contrived affections her response to my offer to organise a group gift for our daughters’ netball coach would instead have gone more like this:

(Reply all)

Oh Maria, you are always so thoughtful. Of course I had been planning to find Linney the perfect gift – she has done such a stellar job with the girls this season! Sadly, I am just run off my feet this week. With putting the finishing touches on the gala, and having the nanny taking time off for her final exams, I just haven’t had a chance to even think! You are a life saver! Truly. I can’t wait to see what you choose – you have such impeccable taste! By the way, where did you get those absolutely to-die-for wellies you were wearing last week? I absolutely covet them. I just have to have some. Anyway, I must press on, I have a hundred emails to get through. I see another one just popped up from the Governor’s Office. Did I mention that the Governor and his wife will be joining us at the gala? I have known him forever, of course. Just adored his Christmas card last year! Remind me to tell you about it. Thanks again for organising the gift. You are an absolute gem! Bea x

I guess, in a way, ‘Fine with me full stop’ is in fact a lot easier than the alternative. Back when I actually gave a damn what Bea thought of me, the alternative would have filled me with insecurity. What kind of ‘perfect’ gift would she have chosen for Linney? Did she really like my wellies? Would she ever choose them over her Louboutin ballet flats to go to an Under 10’s netball game – even when the grounds were covered in mud like when I wore mine the previous week – or did she really just plan to sit them on the porch by way of decor at her thousand-acre ‘hobby’ farm up the coast? How would I confess that I actually bought them at Kmart? And shit, shit, shit, the Governor is coming to the gala? It was bad enough that I had to hide from Joe that it was costing us $500 a head just to be at the gala, but now I would have to somehow convince him to pay a grand for a decent new dinner suit as well?

I have to wonder, though, if it was really such a relief to open up her fine-with-me-full-stop email, instead of receiving one of the phoney rambling prop-ups she sends to all the other netball mums – the ‘lower-case beas’ – then why did it feel like I had just had my face slapped?

Admittedly, I cared a hell of a lot less than I once would have. Before I realised that my name had been wiped off the Bea-list, ‘Fine with me full stop’ would have spiralled me into days of tortured analysis. What did I say that I shouldn’t have? Is she upset that I invited Lauren’s daughter for a play with Kate instead of asking Mirabella? What is it? What did I do? Did she wave to me in traffic and I missed it? Did Kate do something to upset Mirabella? Is it because Kate got a better score than Mirabella at the eisteddfod?

After being off the Bea-list for almost six months now, though, I have started training myself to see things differently. When I think about what got me wiped off the Bea-list in the first place, my reaction to her flagrant snubbery is now more a mixture of amusement and incredulity, rather than feeling any sense of self-recrimination.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Australian author, Deborah Disney, grew up in the regional city of Toowoomba and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and two school-aged daughters. Deborah has a BA/LLB from the University of Queensland and practised as a solicitor for a number of years prior to having children. She chose to specialise in litigation law as that seemed like the best preparation for what is now her looming battle – mothering her daughters through the teenage years. Deborah’s first novel, Up and In, is a satirical look at the interactions of school and sporting mums.

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Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Up-Deborah-Disney-ebook/dp/B00LZB9FFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441052511&sr=8-1&keywords=deborah+disney&pebp=1441052515110&perid=1PJ28AN5QKKZ4JVYT6PA

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Deborah will be awarding an eCopy of Up and In to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and choice of 5 digital books from the Impulse line to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1298

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2 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Up and In by Deborah Disney

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 30, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. achristay
    October 30, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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