Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Flawed #1) by Cassandra Giovanni


Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...

Thank you, Mrs.Cassandra Giovanni 
In Flawed Perfection there is a particular love triangle. What it takes to create, to manoeuvre such a love triangle to obtain a successful story? Are there traps to avoid? 
This love triangle is more about relationships then dueling love interests inside the MC's head. The MC knows exactly who she loves, so there was a need to avoid situations where it may be unclear who she had the romantic relationship with. The love triangle is strongly built around the character's friendships and how their relationships effect one another, along with their decisions. In general, I think love triangles are generally annoying to some (like myself) because there is so much back and forth, and generally we have no understanding of why. I'm reading a novel in which the author created a successful triangle where there were definitely two love interests, but it becomes very clear, very early on who the real love interest is. I think it should be clear even in stories unlike mine where there really is two love interests, otherwise, it can be very frustrating to the reader.

Many are afraid that love could destroy their friendship. What your characters believe about that? 
That's the whole reason that River and Adam had a hard time admitting their feelings for one another. They had been friends for such a long time, that if something went wrong that would all go away. It was even further threatened by the third corner of the triangle--Bobby--because River and Adam's relationship could injure the friendship of River and Bobby, and Bobby and Adam (who are brothers). They have a lot to consider, including their family when they decide to develop their relationship into a romantic one.

Some of the book reviewers said that they have a “book hangover” after they read Flawed Perfection. What “book hangover" means and how a writer in general and you in particular can/should do to obtain it?
I honestly had never heard of that until I read it in one my reviews. It was such a huge compliment! Essentially, it means a book had you drunk on emotions--and the emotional high is like being drunk. Once you're finished with the book it takes a while to digest exactly what just happened, and then the side effect is being hooked to the series. I think to accomplish this, you have to feel the same emotions when you're writing and put them into the novel. I think an essential part of the book hangover cocktail is a powerful ending.

How important is the dialogue in your books?
It's extremely important. My writing style is very reliant on the tenant show not tell. This means my novels are run by the dialogue and conversations that my characters have, and that their development is shown in the dialogue. I try to make dialogue as realistic as possible, because if it wasn't, my books would fall apart.

You are also a photographer. What the visual can do for a story and how important it is for Flawed Perfection?
As a photographer I find solace, because it's the only time when I just forget the words. I don't have to find words--I can do that with the pictures I am taking. It's a break from the complete barrage of dialogue, words and scenes that normally happen in my head. That being said, the visual behind a novel is first driven by the cover. For the cover of Flawed Perfection I knew I needed something that was emotional, had a dark pull to it and a bit of mystery--something that made a person wonder what that guy on the cover was thinking. When I took the picture that became the cover I absolutely knew it was the one. It captured Adam exactly as I saw him, and it was the story. I can feel it every time I look at it, and I'm drawn to it. That's what I hope it does for readers--draws them in and makes them wonder what about Adam makes him look so forlorn that you instantly fall for him. In a story driven by show not tell, the visuals created are usually with actions and words. I don't paint a picture with intense description--I let the reader come to the conclusions they need to paint the story in their mind. This is just the way I want onlookers to feel when they look at my photographs--they see the emotion, they feel it, and then they paint the rest of the picture in their mind. People read to lose themselves in another world--one I help them paint--but I don't paint completely myself.

About the authors:
Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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