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Christine Presents ~ Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock by Nino Gugunishvili

Please welcome Nino gugunishvili author of Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock.

Nino Gugunishvili will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock

by Nino Gugunishvili

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GENRE: Women’s Fiction, contemporary, romance

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INTERVIEW:

1.What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

From what I remember I always wrote short stories, diaries, novels and even poems sometimes. For me it was and still is an ultimate, most enjoyable process, where I could invent a different reality out of nowhere. Still I never thought that I would write a novel. It was more of an unrealistic dream, something I would be doing in the future, which turned out to be winter of 2013.

It almost began like a game. I just came from a trip to a winter resort with my closest friend where we caught a terrible flu. We both stayed at our homes and she texted me saying, she was working from home, with her Mac in front of her, just like Carry Bradshaw and wouldn’t mind reading something to entertain herself. I jokingly suggested writing something for her, just for fun…that’s how it all started. Every single day I wrote several pages on a certain topic and sent them to her. Then, another friend joined us and we even created a closed group on facebook, where I posted each and every day.

I remember standing on my apartment balcony when a phrase came out of nowhere to my head: “Balthazar Hamish woke up in a grumpy mood that morning” which eventually became the first sentence of my future book. In terms of inspiration, I believe that this book “Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock” was largely influenced by my own personal and professional experiences.

 

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

 

The writing process of “Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock” turned out to be quite spontaneous. Initially I didn’t have a plot, but I had several main characters, Balthazar Hamish – a magazine editor, Tasha – a journalist, Dmitri Lange – a TV reporter and Liz Foster – a deputy editor of the magazine. After a while, it became obvious that those characters should be connected to each other and the main plot of the book was slowly built around them. I knew that I wanted to write a contemporary fiction focused on women, their problems, challenges, carrier paths, their love life and friendship. I tried to have strong, lively protagonists each with their unique story and adventure. I always liked the idea of exploring individuals in times of a change, spiritually, physically or metaphorically. Nearly every character in Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock is facing change either in a career or in a personal life.

I believe that my writing got an impulse from great many things, books I’ve read, films I’ve watched, places I’ve visited. Those impressions and memories transformed into writing that ended up in my debut novel.

 

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

 

I’m now working on my second book and from what I’ve written so far, it’s totally different from Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock considering its style, plot, and structure. I wanted to explore the theme of psychological violence within a family, a group of individuals living together, having a strong bond with each other. All the events in the book are seen and told through different characters, their unique point of view. The whole plot develops through character monologues.

It’s a story of two sisters, Tessa and Cecilia. The elder one – Cecilia is handicapped after a terrible car accident.

I’ve only written 100 pages so I’m on a very early stage of writing but I hope that readers will be hooked till the end.

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Probably Liz Foster – deputy editor of the magazine, where Tasha – a freelance journalist starts working after she gets an unexpected offer and relocates to Paris, France. Why? Because I think she’s quite complex as a character. She’s smart, talented, stylish, very ambitious and vulnerable at the same time, or at least that’s how I wanted her to be seen by readers. But the funny thing is that people who read the book and know me personally, often tell me that I have many similarities with Tasha. Actually I may very well be Tasha!

 

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

George Clooney, James Franco, Robin Wright, Drew Barrymore, Til Schweiger

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

 

From the moment I decided that the book would be in English I knew I would submit it. I believed in it, and deep down I hoped that Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock would find its way to the readers. I did an extensive research, read many blogs from writers and agents, surfed hundreds of sites with an extremely useful resources and links that helped me to pursue my self-publishing journey.

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

 

I didn’t have an outline when I worked on “Friday Evening, Eight O’ Clock.”The characters of Tasha, Balthazar, Liz, Dmitri and Darren came first and once I saw them in a great detail then the story went on. With the book I’m now working on it is slightly different, even though I still don’t have an outline, I know where and how the story is going to end.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

I love to travel. I think that Paris is one of the most beautiful, fascinating cities in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to live and study there in my 20ies. That’s the reason why I chose Paris to be as one of the major setting in the book. My characters also do travel excessively back and forth from Paris to London…

Inarguably without any of my own experiences, funny, often hilarious encounters and adventures I myself got into, this book would be different.

I know it’s not that much about hobbies, but some of my bad habit-addictions were also transmitted to the characters in the book. Smoking and coffee- drinking! Also, I’m a huge dog lover, so Tasha’s dog Labrador-retriever became an integral part of the story too and lastly, as a gourmand, I created the character of Fabien Blanchard – a famous French chef, who’s for me personally, is the most loyal, adorable man in this novel.

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

 

Oh, there are so many, I don’t even know from where to start… Ernest Hemingway’s “The sun also rises” “A moveable Feast”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita”…

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey.

 

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

When little autistic girl Ciara O’Keefe – daughter of a media mogul – Darren O’ Keefe fells from the stairs….

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

I love television. I’ve been working in the television industry for almost twelve years as programming manager and producer, acquiring films and TV shows for local, very popular television stations in Georgia but nevertheless, I have to say I’m not a big fan of reality.

On the other hand I can’t imagine my life without “Friends” “Sex and the City” “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal” or “Newsroom”.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

I would like to thank Christine, for giving me this outstanding opportunity to be a guest on her blog! THANK YOU! Christine!!!!
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BLURB:

 

Tasha is a dreamer in search of a new dream.

 

She’s bored with Pilates. She’s never tried yoga. She doesn’t even have a driver’s license. She lives a pretty ordinary life as a freelance writer who battles the occasional flow of melancholy with the regular flow of martinis. Nestled into her couch, her television remote in one hand and a cold adult beverage in the other, she’s found a favorite way to pass the hours on a Friday evening. It’s comfortable and familiar, but it’s not exactly an exciting way to live. With two of her closest friends, a bossy mother, an eighty-two year old grandmother, and Griffin, her fat yellow Labrador at her side, she knows that there has to be something better out there.

But where?

 

When she gets an unexpected offer to relocate to France to write a magazine column, she thinks her circumstances are improving. But life in a new country isn’t all pêches et la crème. Now far away from her comfort zone, Tasha must find the inner strength to start a new career and navigate the bizarre and unknown world of professional jealousy, intrigue, and conflicting personalities in a very foreign land.

 

It’s enough to make a girl yearn for those quiet nights on the couch.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Balthazar Hamish woke up in a grumpy mood that morning. He had a terrible headache. His nervous young assistant, Clarissa, and a fashion editor, Chloe, were looking down at the magazine layout, spread out in huge sheets on his office desk. Clarissa always seemed to be a little afraid of him and his fat old cat, Baltimore.

 

Where did she get that awful velvety coat and ankle boots? She apparently is not at all a fashion addict, or a shopaholic, he thought. Still, she worked in a fashion magazine. What the hell is that? He looked down at one of the headlines printed in bold.

 

“A True Tale from an Unromantic Goddess”! Balthazar felt suddenly irritated. It’s a sophisticated magazine, for god’s sake. I don’t need more sentimental or feminist crap out here. That title sounded artificial and kitschy to him, as did the whole idea of aspiring foreign authors working for a magazine on a regular basis. It was Liz’s brilliant hunch, of course.

 

Liz Foster, his deputy! Stubborn and selfish! The whole damn thing about this magazine project was a total waste of time and possibly money. Shark heads in the top management of the publishing house were longing for Balthazar’s blood. He knew it from the very beginning of it all.

 

“Clarissa, could you please send reminders to all for our meeting later?” Balthazar tried to say it louder word by word. Clarissa looked at him and blinked. She was terrified by his presence and wanted to leave the room—the sooner the better.

 

“Tea maybe?” she asked, grabbing an opportunity to leave this uncomfortable place. She had to make tea for her new boss, make notes, organize staff meetings, and be optimistic about her new life and brand new dream job as a secretary at this damn, hellish magazine!

Working with Balthazar made her feel dizzy. She tried hard to overcome her nervousness and pretend to be confident, but her hands were almost always shaking.

 

“Tea would be great, thank you!” he responded quickly.

 

Clarissa walked out the door, leaving Chloe and Balthazar alone. Chloe, stylish and cute, looked at Clarissa, amazed but silent. A while later Chloe left, too.

 

Balthazar’s headache was getting intense. He opened the locker and took out a painkiller, swallowing it without water. Baltimore sat in his lap lazily. All Balthazar wanted was a cup of a dark tea, but his eyes were already glued to the printed text.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Nino Gugunishvili holds an MA in arts and has worked in film and television industries. Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock is her first published work of fiction. She lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

Links to the book:

 

http://bookstore.archwaypublishing.com/Products/SKU-000986264/Friday-Evening-Eight-OClock.aspx

 

http://www.amazon.com/Friday-Evening-Eight-OClock-Gugunishvili/dp/1480818240/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/friday-evening-eight-oclock-nino-gugunishvili/1122443435?ean=9781480818248

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26311030-friday-evening-eight-o-clock

https://books.google.ge/books?id=rkhQCgAAQBAJ&pg=PP1&dq=Friday+Evening,+Eight+O%27Clock&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Friday%20Evening%2C%20Eight%20O’Clock&f=false

 

Book Page on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/FridayEveningEightOclock/

 

Nino’s twitter account profile:

https://twitter.com/NinoGuguni

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Nino Gugunishvili will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1532

 

 

 

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15 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock by Nino Gugunishvili

  1. Nino Gugunishvili
    February 11, 2016

    Hello Everybody! I’m so excited to be on christine’s blog today!
    Thank you! I’m looking forward to answer any of your questions, and share some more stories!

  2. Goddess Fish Promotions
    February 11, 2016

    Thank you for hosting

  3. Nino Gugunishvili
    February 11, 2016

    Thank you so much Christine for hosting me on your blog! I’m very much looking forward to hearing reader’s comments and thoughts!

  4. Macaco Kvaratskhelia
    February 11, 2016

    Have you thought about writing a sequel of this novel? How would the characters look like in about 10 or 15 years?

    • Nino Gugunishvili
      February 11, 2016

      Thank you Macaco for stopping by! I’ve been thinking of writing another, new part of the story lately, it was hard to say goodbye to the characters and something’s telling me, there are lots of adventures they still have to experience:)

  5. Macaco Kvaratskhelia
    February 11, 2016

    Have you thought of writing a sequel to this novel? Aren’t you interested in the characters lives let’s say in 10 or 15 years?

  6. achristay
    February 11, 2016

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

  7. Maia Agiashvil
    February 11, 2016

    Hi everyone!
    Dear Nino,
    I think this book might be made in a nice, fast paced, romantic movie, have you ever thought of writing a screenplay to it?

    • Nino Gugunishvili
      February 11, 2016

      Thank you so much Maia!
      That’s what I’ve been thinking about lately! Who knows, maybe one very fine day we’ll all attend a movie premier in Hollywood!
      On a serious side, I might not be allowed to say it as an author, but I hope, this book has a lot of potential for a film adaptation and I have to confess,I’ve been dreaming about it ever since it came out.

  8. Nino Gugunishvili
    February 11, 2016

    Thank you so much for giving me a chance to guest post on your blog!

  9. bn100
    February 11, 2016

    fun interview

  10. Nino Gugunishvili
    February 11, 2016

    bn 100 Thank you! I’m very glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Nino Gugunishvili
    February 11, 2016

    I would like to thank all of you for being with me on this tour and especially the host – Christine Young for giving me this fantastic chance to present my debut book!

  12. Ree Dee
    February 13, 2016

    I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nino Gugunishvili
      February 13, 2016

      Thank you so much Ree Dee, knowing this makes me feel happy! Happy Valentine’s day to all!

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