Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome Cat Lavoie, author of "Breaking The Rules"

 I recently had the opportunity to do a little interview with Cat Lavoie, author of "BREAKING THE RULES". If you don't find yourself adoring her, I have to ask what is wrong with you!?!?  I think we can even forgive her Justin Bieber confession below.
Without further ado, please welcome Cat Lavoie to my book nook!

1.       Which character do you identify the most with from BREAKING THE RULES?

I can definitely relate to Roxy's love of food and cooking. I share her enthusiasm but, sadly, not her talent.

2.       Who would you cast in the movie version of BREAKING THE RULES?

If Emma Stone gained a few pounds, I think she'd be a great Roxy. Robert Pattinson would be a perfect Ollie. I'd pick Rachel McAdams for older sister Izzie and Jennifer Lawrence for younger sister Steffi.

3.       How did you celebrate the publication of BREAKING THE RULES?

I spent a really lovely day with family and friends and had a nice dinner. My best friend made pink book cupcakes to mark the occasion and I (of course!) ate way too many. There were also a few happy dances during the day—especially when I first saw BREAKING THE RULES listed on Amazon!

4.       If you could be on a reality show, which one would it be?

The Amazing Race. I'm pretty sure I'd get eliminated in the first few episodes because my sense of direction is horrible and I'd get lost somewhere in the middle of Siberia—but, still, it looks like a lot of fun.

5.       You used to want to be a soap star on “All My Children”, what would your character’s storyline have been like? (Michelle's note: I never wanted to be an actor on a soap, but I wanted to be a writer.)

Oh, I would totally be devious and sneaky! But, of course, I'd also have a sweet, caring side so no one would ever suspect that I'm a troublemaker. I'd be the character who goes behind people's backs and creates tons of chaos but who also runs a shelter for abandoned puppies. Of course, I'd have an elaborate backstory to explain why I act the way I do.

6.       What does a day in your writing life entail?

I have a full-time job so most of my writing gets done during lunch breaks and evenings. Since my work-in-progress is always on my mind, I'll send myself emails throughout the day with snippets of dialogue and notes. (It looks a bit more professional than jotting them down in the hot pink notebook I carry with me everywhere—but my inbox is a bit chaotic!)

7.       If you weren’t writing you would be…

I'd like to think I'd either be a lawyer or I would have gone to cooking school and opened a diner.

8.       What is that one song that you are embarrassed to tell people you love, but can’t help but sing it every time you hear it?

'Baby' by Justin Bieber. I pretty much know it by heart. Did I just admit that?

9.       Who is your literary crush?


10.   What genre would you like to try your hand at writing?

I love watching true crime documentaries so—if I ever decide to venture outside my genre—I'd probably try to write a murder mystery. And then I can say that all those hours of TV were research.
Cat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie—who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.
An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she’s an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows—even though she’s not particularly good at either.
Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and—had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night—she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).
Cat is not sure whether she’s a geek or a nerd—and is afraid she might be both. Breaking the Rules is her first novel.
Cat blogs about the writing life and posts adorable pictures of Abbie over at the Catenabi Chronicles. Come say hello at: and follow @Catenabi on Twitter.

Isn't Cat just awesome?  Now that you have met Cat, stay tuned for my review of "Breaking The Rules".
Or if you can't wait, go buy it for yourself:

Barnes & Noble – Nook
Amazon – Kindle
Amazon – Print

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