Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post- A Day in the Life of Author Kara Leigh Miller


Have you ever wanted to learn about an author's day without feeling like a stalker? 
Well here's your chance!

As part of the blog tour for the book Georgia Corbins by Kara Leigh Miller, I am so happy to welcome Kara to my blog to share to everyone a snippet into her daily life. This tour is organized by Kara's wonderful publicist Emily Marquart of Entranced Publishing. You can find the full schedule of this fantastic blog tour here!

First a bit about Georgia Corbins by Kara Leigh Miller.

Publication Date: June 10th, 2013

Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends—her only friends—moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she’s resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class. 

Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn’t want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she’s having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin? 

She’s always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she’s with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn’t think was possible and makes her feel things she didn’t think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing–by the time it’s over, she’ll lose one of her best friends.

Kara Leigh Miller's Bio:

Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.

Now, welcome Kara!
Get ready for a humorous and exciting guest post! 

Authors are curious creatures, aren't they? They openly admit to hearing voices in their heads and to interacting with their characters in their dreams. And they are always making up fake people to do pretend stuff in made-up worlds. But, have you ever wondered what a typical day in the life of a writer is really like? Well, fear no more! I'm going to show you exactly what it's like to live a day in my life.

5:30 a.m. -- Hit snooze on the alarm clock.
5:39 a.m. -- Turn the alarm off and get out of bed while grumbling about how early it is.
5:42 a.m. – Wake up my two oldest daughters for school.
5:43 a.m. – Feed the cats and the puppy.
5:45 a.m. – Yell at the puppy for trying to eat the cat food. Ponder if I could comically work this situation into a story.
5:47 a.m. – Wake up my two oldest daughters for school. Again. I threaten them with putting the puppy on their beds and letting him lick their faces.
5:50 a.m. – Pack my husband's lunch for work and unload the dishwasher. Yell at my girls to get out of bed. This is my last warning and then I'm bringing the puppy in!
6:07 a.m. – My girls finally come shuffling out of their rooms complaining: It's cold. I'm hot. My head hurts. I'm tired. It's too early. I respond as I always do: Put on a sweater. Take a cool shower. Take some aspirin. Go to bed earlier. Don't talk to me about early, I've been up half an hour longer than you.
6:30 a.m. – Husband leaves for work.
6:47 a.m. – Girls get on the bus. I smile. The house is quiet and I can hear my characters whispering to me again.
6:55 a.m. – I finally sit down and fire up my laptop. I check emails, Facebook, and Twitter. Check email. Again. (Hey, you never know if I got more during my social media time.)
7:20 a.m. – Start working on one of current projects. I have like 5 of them going all at once.
7:45 a.m. – Wake up my other 3 kids for school. No arguments about getting up. I'm pleased.
8:24 a.m. – The rest of the kids get on the bus. I'm officially kid free for a few hours. I run through the house naked. (Okay, I'm totally kidding. I don't do that. But I could if I wanted to!)   
9:00 a.m. – Take puppy for a walk. All my current WIPs run through my mind faster than I can keep up. I see Tucker and Levi standing in a strange house, bottles of beer in their hands. A strange voice asks Levi, "If you could have any girl, right here, right now, who would it be?" Levi responds without hesitation. "Ali." Tucker glares at his brother. "Fucking knew it," he grumbles under his breath, bringing his beer to his lips. I stop walking and close my eyes for a moment. The scene plays out in my mind. I make a mental note to go home and write it.
10:00 a.m. – Begin writing.
10:45 a.m. – I hit a metaphorical road block, so I stop writing and go check my email. Then, by default, I have to check in on Twitter and Facebook. I spend some time chatting with my critique partners on Facebook. Then I hop over to Twitter and do some #Darksidereseach with my wonderful Entranced Publishing peeps. (Translation: post pics of random, hot, shirtless guys for the purpose of research.)
11:30 a.m. – Mentally chastise myself for goofing off and not writing.
11:31 a.m. – Write! Check word count. Write some more! Check word count. Write a little more! Check word count.
12:02 p.m. – My youngest daughter gets home from preschool. At this point, I know it's going to be difficult to get any real writing done now. I mentally kick myself again for not getting more done that morning.   
12:15 p.m. – Make lunch for my daughter. As I'm making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I'm struck with the most brilliant new idea ever. I'm sure it's going to be a bestseller, the next best thing, bigger than Twilight and The Hunger Games combined.
12:45 p.m. – Sit back down to write. Crap. I totally forgot my awesome new idea.
     Tired yet? Yeah, me too. And it's not even one o'clock. But, as you can see, the life of a writer isn't all about sitting in a café, sipping lattes, and crafting pieces of literary excellence. It's hard work with lots of interruptions and distractions. On that note, I'm amazed at how much I actually write. If I could just stop wasting time I could double my word count every day =)

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  1. This is such a fun post Kara, I love how social media site are distracting us all the time. I normally go to check out my twitter etc for a while but will end up staying on there for ages. Thanks for sharing this post with us Rachel and Kara!

    1. Hi, Jasprit! Social media is such a time sucker for me. It's horrible. And I have the same problem -- a quick check turns into an hour or two.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for stopping by =)

  2. Thank you so much for being a part of my tour, Rachel. It was a lot of fun writing this post for your blog, and I'm glad you found it funny. It's nice to know I can make someone other than myself laugh ;)

  3. Very funny and so true! Thanks for sharing this Kara and Rachel.

  4. Haha. This is very funny! I think all of us suffer on not getting any work done because of the social media sites. Gotta check this book although I think I had my enough fill of love triangles for this year. Great post Rachel and Kara! :)

  5. Gosh, and I thought my day was busy! The thought of being up before 6 makes me want to puke. :P A great guest post idea, and thanks for sharing!

  6. I think we all struggle with time wasting online, it's so hard not to get sucked in once you've logged onto twitter!



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