Flower By: Elizabeth Craft and Shea Olsen

This book is definitely an indulgent and completely and outrageously entertaining. It is a quick and easy read that ranges from funny to eye-roll worthy drama. I really enjoyed the characters and how light the book was. It was like watching a TV show! So glad I won Shea Olsen's giveaway and have the opportunity to review this book!

Flower is released on January 3, 2017!

EXCLUSIVE AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SHEA OLSEN

A short description of book:

At twelve-years-old, Charlotte made a promise to her grandmother: she wouldn’t fall in love and she wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes as her mother and sister. But at eighteen, when Tate Collins—pop star and heartthrob—walks into the flower shop where Charlotte works, she is thrust into a romance and a Hollywood life she never knew she wanted. Now, her desire for Tate will edge its way into her heart, and she will find herself tumbling into a love that splits her world apart.

What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?

The idea for FLOWER came from Elizabeth Craft, a brilliant TV writer in L.A. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to write the story she created. So I didn’t actually develop this story or these characters, but I fell in love with them along the way.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I prefer to write in the morning, when my dream-brain is still drifting around inside my skull. I usually make a cup of tea and sit down to write first thing—often while still in my pajamas. If I wait until the afternoon, my thoughts are usually too scattered and I’ve missed my chance.

How long does it take to write a book?

Generally it takes me 3-6 months, including time to outline and draft the story. I have a new book titled THE WICKED DEEP that will be published with Simon Pulse in 2018. This book took me about 4 months to write.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32492281-the-wicked-deep

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I enjoy reading (of course), yoga, baking cupcakes, and getting lost in the woods.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write. Even if you’re not working on a full-length novel, write anything and everything. Writing poetry is a great foundation, writing short stories or even just describing a feeling or a moment. It all builds on your creative voice.

Do you have an interesting writing quirk? If so what is it?

If I’m stuck on a scene I like to go for a walk or a drive to help clear my brain. There’s a wonderful bakery about 20 minutes drive from my house, and that has become my go-to driving route when I need to think through a scene or plot point I’m stuck on.

What is the last book you read?

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby.

Who is/are your favorite authors?

Lauren Oliver has a wonderfully poetic writing voice.

April Genevieve Tucholke is a quirky writing genius.

What is/are your favorite books?

WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams. It’s a classic but still captivates me today.

STARDUST by Neil Gaiman. I was riveted by this book from page one. Neil is a master storyteller.

After all of your hard work, what does it feel like to be a published author?

INCREDIBLE! But also daunting, knowing there are so many more stories inside my head I have to find time to write. ☺

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.

Wisconsin