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22-year-old Beryl doesn’t know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief.
When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse?
New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.
Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.
About the author:
Heidi Joy lives in Happy Valley off Sunnyside Road. She swears she did not make that up.
Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.
You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.
She loves to hear from readers via messages at facebook.com/author.heidi.
1.Hello, Heidi! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you, please?
Thanks for having me! I’m an Oregon native, a mom, and a marketing director. Something most people don’t know is that I met my husband because of a book: I was intrigued by Bringing Down the House, a nonfiction story of a blackjack card-counting team, and he played on a team connected to the book. Even though I’d gone on nine bad dates and swore to my girlfriends I was done dating, I had to hear his story.
2.Would you tell something to us about your book?
Tattoo Thief is a story of second chances. In the book, Beryl leaves her sleepy hometown to become a house sitter for New York’s elite, including Gavin Slater, front man for the rock band Tattoo Thief. He trashed his apartment, abandoned his dog and fled the country—leaving Beryl to clean up the wreckage and find out why.
3.How did you come up with the story?
The seed idea was to write about a house sitter and her drive to uncover the mystery of her client, especially what it takes to bring him home. I chose to make the client a rock star because when I was a journalist, I got media passes to rock concerts—Courtney Love’s band Hole, Cake, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Garbage are some of the most memorable. Behind-the-scenes experiences helped me form a close-up view of Gavin.
I chose New York as a setting because I wanted Beryl to get completely out of her comfort zone as she sees the city for the first time. I did the same—I booked my first-ever trip to New York and soaked it in as Beryl would. Within six weeks, I finished my first draft of Tattoo Thief.
4.When did you start writing?
There has never been a time since adolescence when I didn’t write literally thousands of words each week. I started with journals, letters and poetry, and then made it a career with news articles, food columns, business features and marketing copy.
Writing a novel is its own special brand of insanity, though. It’s like running a marathon: it takes forever and there are precious few people to cheer you on through 26.2 miles, never mind all the training runs. I’ve been writing novels for eight years now but began publishing last year. Tattoo Thief is my second novel and my third published book (I also wrote a fairy tale for my daughter).
5. Who or what inspires you?
I gather inspiration everywhere, not only from my research trip to New York, but also from silly things like a snarky article on stupid baby names, which inspired a name in the book, and from pop culture. Remember when ultra-low-rise jeans were big and you’d often catch a peek of cheek or thong? In Tattoo Thief, Stella (Beryl’s best friend) declares butt cracks are so over, but nipples are in. Yikes!
6. Which is your favourite book series or book? Why?
Picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite star in the sky. I will say there’s only one book I’ve ever finished and then turned around and read the whole thing over again, immediately. That was Jessica Park’s Flat-Out Love. My favorite nonfiction book is Beryl Markham’s West With the Night, which inspired my heroine’s name.
9. Which is your favorite movie?
I can watch When Harry Met Sally, the Shawshank Redemption and Sneakers over and over. I love heist movie plots and great dialogue.
10. What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
First, finish. The world rewards finishers. Not, “I’ve always wanted to write a book,” or, “I’m working on a book,” or even, “I’m almost finished with a book.” You have to finish. And then write another. And another. Also, build a team. Choose encouragers, ass-kickers, editors, critics, passionate readers and other writers. Get ready for tough feedback, and use it.
11. What kind of music do you like?
I am not cool. I get all self-conscious at work when it’s my turn topick the music, so this is a tough question.Judge for yourself on my Tattoo Thief playlist, which includes many genres.
12. Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
I think being a plain old housecat is the best gig possible. If I were a mystical creature, I’d want to be a helper-sprite who children can see and who adults dismiss as an imaginary friend.
13. How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?
Several author friends and especially NYT bestselling author Denise Grover Swank showed me that independent publishing is fantastic for people who want to control their process, rights, royalties, and promotions. My marketing background helps immensely with the business side of publishing. I’ve hired a team—developmental editor, copy editor, proofreaders, cover designer, ebook formatter, blog tour coordinator—so the non-writing part is like running a small business.
14. Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?
There is no greater compliment you can give an author than to leave an honest review. It helps readers separate polished stories with great writing and characters from books littered by mistakes and plot holes. I’ve seen scary-bad editing in bestselling books and read unknown books that were absolute gems, so I take the time to review those gems in hopes of shifting the tide.
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6920129.Heidi_Joy_Tretheway
Tattoo Thief Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18463818-tattoo-thief?from_search=true
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