Thursday, 14 May 2020

Blog Tour: Interview with Chris Waddington Author of Coffee Shop Girl @Lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours


Today is my stop on the tour for Coffee Shop Girl by Chris Waddington. I have an interview with the author today and if you like the sound of what he has to say, you can click here to order the book now. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content and reviews.

Here's what it's all about...

Coffee Shop Girl is a majestic portrayal that captures beautifully the glorious spontaneity and hedonistic wonder of falling in love.

At the point my creativity is building up to a crescendo, a sound breaks free from the plethora of background noise which captures my attention. The very distinctive clink of stiletto on stone in perfect symmetry proves wholly irresistible. Woefully unprepared for the enchanting portrayal that’s about to transfix me, I glance towards the counter. It would be the first time that I’d see the coffee shop girl.This striking woman exudes elegance and moves with the grace and majesty of an evergreen Federer serenely floating around Wimbledon’s fabled centre court. She possesses a level of exterior beauty that has no right to be bestowed on a solitary mortal being. It’s reassuringly natural and layered with an entrancing freshness. Picture a radiant Anna Friel at her delectably alluring best and you’re in the right ballpark. Her long black hair is far from pristine; appearing raw and silky as the winter sun catches it. With perfect poise, she flicks it away from her eyes and surveys the shop before ordering. It’s extremely busy, perhaps this will dictate if her coffee is to go. I watch intently as she orders and waits patiently. What comes next will be crucial to the longevity of the gorgeous moment I’m so hopelessly lost in. Will it be crockery laid on a tray or a paper cup? The suspense is delicious but barely palatable. I quickly scan the shop and shit, the only spare seats are wrapped around my table! Abruptly my golden moment shatters into shards of panic as I sit on the precipice of despair; all that remains is the fear of impending humiliation. My blood runs cold with the realization that I’m not confident enough to survive in the presence of such ferocious beauty. My one strand of hope lies fragilely in the fact that this goddess seems blissfully unaware of just how beautiful she really is. This refreshing observation temporarily rejuvenates my soul but there is scant hope that her humility will make up for my dilapidated stock of self-confidence. My heart is now beating vigorously amidst a sea of fretful anticipation. Drink in or takeaway, surely my destiny hasn’t come down to this? She’s Barcelona and I’m Dagenham & Redbridge, so probably not. But here I still sit on tenterhooks like a petrified defendant waiting for the jury to deliver their potentially damming verdict. I feel compelled to stand but that would look ridiculous. Finally, the result is in! Here comes the order….


And here's that interview for you...
First question-bit of a cliche-how did you get into writing?
I started by writing poetry in the nineties. This led to children’s books and now my first novel.
Do you write full time & if so, have you always done this?
No. I write in my spare time alongside two jobs.
Do you have a particular writing style or genre that you prefer to write?
My first novel is in the contemporary romance genre and my latest project is of a sentimental nature. There is a bit of comedy too in my first book.
How do you develop your characters as you write, are any of them based on real people?
I like to think my characters develop naturally as a result of their experiences and associations formed through the story. There are a few in my novel Coffee Shop Girl based on people who I’ve known in the past.
What was the inspiration behind your book?
My inspiration was the ecstatic feeling I felt when falling in love for the first time and the agony associated with finding it in a hopeless place.
What is your writing process-do you plan it out first? Write a bit at a time?
I write the title first on having an idea and plan all the chapter headings. I then make notes for each chapter before I start writing.
How much of you is reflected in your writing?
In my first novel an awful lot and it’s brutally honest. I think friends and family see me now in a different light!
What kind of research did you have to do before/during writing behind your book?
With the book being semiautobiographical research wasn’t really required. It all came from my past experiences with love and life.
How much attention do you pay to the reviews that you get?
A great deal. I’m always appreciative when somebody takes the time to review my work and it’s important to take their views onboard and improve.
Are friends and family supportive of your writing?
They are hugely encouraging and supportive. I’m extremely fortunate
How do you feel leading up to your publication day?
Excited and eager to hear peoples opinions.
Which other authors inspire you or are there any you particularly enjoy reading?
I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to but I am really enjoying the Japanese author Haruki Murakami
Finally...what are you working on right now?
 My second novel, 24 hours to the slab. It tells the story of a man who has one day left to live and how he spends it.

Author Bio

My name is Chris, I'm a father, grandfather, avid Liverpool fan and hopeless romantic. I believe passionately in the power of words. They can bring hope to those in distress, relief to the downtrodden and inspiration to the disillusioned. They're capable of melting the coldest of hearts. After publishing 12 children's stories I've just released my maiden novel. My one hope (besides a third Wayne's World movie) is that people enjoy reading it just as much as I did writing it.
Thanks to Chris for stopping by the blog today!

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