Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson #interview

Chick Lit/ Women’s Fiction 
*(contains language)*
Date Published: June 6, 2017

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Elle Martin has it all.

Handsome and successful husband. Check.
Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check.
Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story.

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s façade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years.

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.

Praise for Grannie Panties Are Under Rated

"...a highly entertaining and thought provoking book!"
"Gayle Erickson is brilliantly gifted in telling this engaging, sometimes disturbing, yet compulsively addicting story of a woman in crisis due to the bonds of the guilt-filled lens of her past"
"It is visually rich and culturally expansive,"
"You will fall in love with each of these honest, imperfect characters and identify with their struggles, demons, and challenges. Exposing the raw truths we often try to mask..."
"Loved this book, could not put it down"
"A great retrospective of how we come to be who we are and where we are, often without intention or a road map. Like "Grannie's" characters, we all find moments of clarity or awareness, which give rise to change. All this and an accompanying playlist! A song for every chapter...what brilliant context!

Spotify Playlist by Author to compliment the Novel:


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Redemption is the main theme of the book. It is valuable, I think, to remember that our worst mistakes and poorest decisions do not define us. We teach our children this, but often demand more of ourselves. Elle’s story is a reminder that, if we so chose, we control the ability to live our lives as the best version of ourselves.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The most frustrating part of writing for me is my inability to write in a stream of consciousness for an extended time. I tend to overanalyze each sentence and paragraph to a point which can stifle the creative process. I need to be better at just getting the ideas down and worrying about the structure later in the editing process.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Grannie Pantie Are Underrated is my debut novel

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Sarah Jessica Parker as she can be funny and confident, yet also introspective and vulnerable. I can also picture her with Elle’s early nineties hair and fashion sense as well as Elle’s conservative middle-aged housewife look.

When did you begin writing?

I have always loved to write and was active in my both my high school and college newspapers. This continued after graduation, where I was required to do a lot of writing in my professional life. Writing fiction for a living has been a life-long dream.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
I began working on it when my children were in eighth grade, so nearly four years!

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

I love Jane Austen. Not only was she was a brilliant writer who captured the zeitgeist of her time with perfect insight and wit. (And just enough romance!) but her courage in pursuing a writing career at a time when women were not considered equal in ability in writing to that of men was inspiring and gave me the confidence to chase my dream. 

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

I enjoy developing the characters in the story and beginning to feel as though I really know what motivates them and why they choose to act in the ways they do

Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Fast-paced, suspenseful, thought-provoking, entertaining,

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

 I am currently working on another fiction book titled Double Fault which is about a former professional tennis player who is accused of sexual assault against a high school player he coaches. It is told from the point of view of the coach, the player, and the player’s mom. Part satire of the culture of competitive youth sports in America, the book explores just how far parents are willing to go to ensure success for their children.

About the Author

Gayle Erickson is a Colorado native and graduate of The Colorado College. She lived in Tokyo, Japan and taught English for several years after graduation. Upon her return to the United States she worked in the non-profit sector. Gayle currently lives in suburban Denver with her husband, twin teen-age children, and two dogs. Grannie Panties Are Underrated is her debut novel.

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1 comment:

Emily H said...

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