Friday, November 14, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Girlfriend Visiting

You've heard of it, I'm sure--the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit-- a virtual tour for female authors...some romance, some suspense, some mystery, some ya--all eager to share their latest with new friends.

The GCC has been in existence for four years and had been featured in the Village Voice and New York Time's style section. Membership is invitation only--and I'm so honored to be part of it.

Watch this space for new girlfriends! And today, in case you haven't read the acclaimed Graffiti Girl (optioned by Hollywood--so watch for the film!) grab a cup of tea...and hear The Latest from girlfriend Kelly Parra.

Do you believe in fate?
Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father's life when she was eleven years old. She's buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage with her father and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be -- compliant and dressed in pink, and certainly not acting out like her older brother Jason. Not even Danielle, her best friend at Valdez High, has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know
the deepest secrets of the Sign Seer.
Because Kara has a gift -- one that often feels like a curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person's fate, if she can put together the pieces of the puzzle in time. So far, she's been able to solve the clues and avert disaster for those she's been warned about -- until she sees the flash of a gun on a fellow classmate, and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Kara does her best to follow the signs, but it's her heart that wanders into new territory when she falls for a mysterious guy from the wrong side of town, taking her closer to answers she may not be able to handle. Will her forbidden romance help her solve the deadly puzzle before it's too late...or lead her even further into danger?

Hey Kelly--welcome to The Latest! As always--a few questions....

HANK: You and I get into an elevator on the first floor. We're both going to 22! Oh, I say, you're the famous author. What's your new book about? You say:
KELLY: Invisible Touch is Tru Calling meets an edgier Nancy Drew, where a teenage girl sees signs on individuals' torsos and must piece the signs together in order stop unfortunate fates.

HANK:. Do you remember the moment you had the idea for the book? How and when did that happen?
KELLY: I don't, but I remember writing the proposal and there was a moment when I zoned out and just wrote as if I was really seeing the book unfold in my mind. Sounds weird, I know!

HANK: Your main character--is she you?
KELLY: I think I manage to give my characters characteristics of myself but no, Kara isn't me.

HANK: So--movie time. Tell us who you envision playing your main character? The love interest? A bad guy?
And you can be in the movie too--what part would you play? And why?
KELLY: My characters are teens so it is hard to pick a movie star I know, but Kara would possibly be Vanessa Hudgens.
Anthony would be a younger Milo Ventimiglia. And as for me, I could be an innocent bystander in the hamburger restaurant? :)

HANK: Do you read other people books while you're in the writing process? How does that affect you?
KELLY: I do, because I read every night to unwind. Sometimes I am inspired when I read another writer's work.

HANK: What's the very best line of the very best review you've gotten? So far, of course.
KELLY: "Invisible Touch is Visionary". Love that line!

HANK: What was your favorite book as a child? Do you still love it?
KELLY: I loved the original V.C. Andrews's series Flowers in the Attic. I haven't read it in years but I loved the dark suspense of her writing and I'm still a fan.

HANK: What's your secret indulgence? A certain food? A particular movie? What would you buy on a day of shopping?
KELLY: I have so many! LOL. The works at Starbucks is a splurge, and I love watching movies from the 1980s. Some of them were just so good and memorable. During a day of shopping would be new outfits just for me. I'm a mom and I'm always buying for everyone else.

HANK: What's one thing no one knows about you?
KELLY: I'm actually a homebody and not much of a conversationalist. I'm so outgoing on-line that people think I'm like that in person, but the truth is I'm a little shy.
HANK: Do you remember when you typed "The End?" What happened next?
KELLY: I have never typed the THE END. And I'm not sure why.

Because maybe--it was just the beginning? Visit Kelly Parra

at her website to learn even more about Invisible Touch...and watch the fabulous trailer here!

Come back soon..for more of the Latest...


Kelly Parra said...

Hank! Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

SO nice to have you here..very exciting to host my first girlfriend!
See you all around the circuit..and I hope you're getting tons of new readers. They're in for a treat!

Oh--my word verification word is "spunco." Isn't that a great name for a pet??