Today is my stop on The Regulars blog tour and today I have for you an interview with the lovely Georgia Clark.
First though, here’s some information on the book.
About the Book
Best friends Evie, Krista and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls with typical quarter life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well …gorgeous. Like, supermodelgorgeous. With a single drop, each young woman gets the gift of jaw-dropping beauty for one week, presenting them with unimaginable opportunities to make their biggest fantasies come true.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left: What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
The premise of your book sounds really interesting, where did the idea come from?
The wild wanderings of my brain. The idea of three young women taking a potion that turned them Pretty came to my while I was watching The West Wing. Seriously.
What would you sacrifice to be pretty?
My first instinct is: not much. I’m happy with who I am. But when I think about it, I do sacrifice quite a lot to adhere to beauty standards: I sacrifice money when I by products, I sacrifice comfort when I get a wax, I sacrifice time when I put on make-up. Even though I consider myself pretty low maintenance, like most women, I do sacrifice a lot for beauty.
How has it felt to become a published author?
Amazing! This is my third novel but my first BIG novel: one where I think my friends are actually excited to read it, and it’s not just people I know tweeting me about it. It’s very legitimizing and thrilling. I feel so lucky.
When it comes to writing, do you plan or do you just go where the “pen” takes you?
I plan. Big on planning. Love an outline as much as I love a to-do list. For me, I save myself time if I know where the story is going, so I can iron out any structural problems early on. I love the brainstorming and outlining part because it’s freeing and fun, then when I start drafting, I feel like I’m in better hands (my own, just more capable and forward-thinking). That’s not to say crazy things don’t happen when I’m drafting… Characters tend to have a mind of their own…
Are any of the characters based on someone you know?
Yes: one is based on an old roommate, and the others are amalgamations of people I’ve been close to. I really wanted to characters to not only be funny, but feel very real. It’s my hope they’re familiar and relatable, as well as entertaining.
What is your favourite thing about New York?
So many! I love the energy; the ‘anything can happen’ vibe. I love the four seasons (well, two: insanely hot and insanely cold) — they define the year and give the city depth and personality. I love the food, the streets, I love being in the center of things. I felt at home here immediately. It was love at first sight.
How long did it take you to write The Regulars?
About 2 years to write and then after we sold it, another 1.5 years to edit and publish.
Where is your favourite place to write?
Either from my home office, where I am right now, or the New York Writers Room, a members’ only space for professional writers. Sometimes I’m cheeky and work from bed, but only if I had a big night the night before!
What is your favourite beverage to drink while writing?
Tea in the winter and iced coffee in the summer.
How would you describe your book in a tweet? (140 characters!)
Funny, feminist, contemporary fiction about three young women who get the chance to turn pretty… like, super f*cking hot. Would you?
About the Author
Georgia Clark is an author, screenwriter and journalist who is widely published in women’s and lifestyle magazines, and writes for TV. She is enthusiastically vegetarian, proudly queer, definitely a city-dweller, a long-time lover and supporter of the arts and an advocate for the empowerment of young women.