Monday, 11 April 2016

Author Interview: Portia MacIntosh

Today is exciting because not only is it publication day for the new book 'Truth or Dare' by the wonderful Portia MacIntosh, but I have been lucky enough to have an interview with the lady herself. So grab yourself a brew, take a seat and happy reading.
Hello Portia, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am so very excited to have you here.
Hello! It’s very nice to be here.

So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you write?
My name is Portia and, having travelled around a lot during my teens/twenties, I feel like I’m from a bit of everywhere really. Contemporary romance is my thing; my books are kind of funny, kind of dramatic, kind of cheeky – kind of like me really haha.
Your main focus seems to be Romanic fiction, would you ever like to write in any other genre?
Yes! Every time I read/watch an amazing thriller, it makes me want to have a go at something a little darker. Of course, I soon remember my inability to take anything too seriously for too long. One day though!

Where do you find your inspiration for your wonderful books?
Thank you! Oh, from real life. If not what I get up to, then what those around me are going through. I can be like a vulture sometimes, listening to people telling me all about their woes, all the time wondering how subtly I can make notes in my phone… haha. It’s mostly my own adventures that I fictionalise though. Truth or Date was inspired by the few months I spent in the crazy world of online dating.

What can you tell me about your typical writing day and what your process is?
Much to my delight, I don’t really have typical writing days. Very few days play out the same for me. I’m either in a different place, or sometimes I’ll be using my laptop, others I’ll be using an actual pen and paper. I like to listen to music when I write. I also like to write at really antisocial times – I get all my best ideas at 4am.

Do you have your own special Writer's Room?
As much as I fantasise about a huge, corner dress and massive prints of my book covers on the wall… I don’t. I’m like a stray cat of an author, writing wherever I am – or wherever I can. I’ve written on tour buses, in hotel rooms, at boyfriend’s houses, in coffee shops – sometimes, even in my own bed! When I settle, I’ll have the ultimate office.
Can you tell me about your journey to publication? How did that all happen?
It all feels like a blur, like it never really happened haha. I’d been writing books for fun, really. I had two full-length novels and a novelette. I sent them to Carina to ‘see what happened’, fully expecting a rejection, and they said they wanted all three. And I was like: ‘COOL GET ME A PEN SO I CAN SIGN SOMETHING’ before they changed their minds haha.

What can you tell me about your publisher Carina, and what are they like to work with?
I love them. Every single member of the team is amazing, and they all work so hard. They make me a better writer, for sure, and they’re always there to offer support when I need it. They also served the best brownies I’ve ever tasted in my life at their Christmas party, so I’m never leaving them. Ever.
So what’s next for Portia MacIntosh? Can you tell us a little about what you may be working on next?
Truth or Dare is out today (11th April)! I’d like to say I’m taking some time off, but I’ll be straight to work on my sixth book – which just feels unreal. I can’t say too much at this stage…mostly because I’m still undecided on a few aspects.
Maybe it will be a seasonal book… Maybe...

The Fun Stuff:

What is your favourite TV show right now?
Oooh! It’s got to be Girls, I love it. I grew up watching things like Sex and the City, where everyone was rich, and obsessed with shoes, and bachelors were eligible. I just love Girls because it’s nothing like that. It’s cringey, it’s ugly, it’s hilarious – it’s real. We all make bad choices and do stuff we’re not proud of or can’t explain. We’re not all rich. And as for always being able to assemble our group of friends to hang out all the time – come on, that’s the most unbelievable aspect of Sex and the City. Still love it though haha.

Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?
Henry Cavill. My life goal is to become Mrs. Portia Cavill – watch this space.

Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite book in the world is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, she makes my list for that alone. More in line with my genre… I think Paige Toon is awesome. Carole Matthews is another great one, her books never disappoint. I think Scarlett Bailey is brilliant too.

What are you reading right now?
Right now, showing my dark side a little, I’m about to start American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. I love the movie, so someone recommended the book – they did precede it with quite the warning though, so we’ll see how it goes…

Which book from another author do you wish you had written?
Ooh! That’s a wonderful question. I imagine this is a question that I’d answer differently every time it was asked, but right now: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I absolutely love it.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Portia.
You’re very welcome. Thanks for having me.

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About The Author

PORTIA MACINTOSH has been 'making stuff up' for as long as she can remember - or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it's really like for women who don't find this life stuff as easy as it seems.