Welcome to Refreshingly Riki’s stop on the Blog Tour for C.C. Dalton’s novel The Dirty Secrets of Markham Savoy! I’m pleased to share with you an exciting look into the book along with a giveaway opportunity and an exclusive interview with the author!
Without further ado, please welcome C.C. Dalton to Refreshingly Riki!
Describe yourself in five words.Curious dabbler. Insomniac. Shoe collector.What is the best piece of advice have you ever received in your writing career?So, the two best pieces of advice I’ve received are closely tied together:
- Don’t give up—believe in yourself
- Learn to think critically about your work and revise, revise, reviseThe thing is, number 1 only works if you also do number 2. And number 1 sometimes makes number 2 especially painful. It’s hard to realize your precious, darling manuscript has some serious flaws. I find I have to put a draft aside for a few weeks, until the honeymoon is over, before I can truly revise. But if you hang in there and keep revising and learning from other writers, you’ll get better and better with practice.What was your favorite part of writing DIRTY SECRETS OF MARKHAM SAVOY?I absolutely love reading YA or NA featuring unattainable boys who finally meet their match. And get bowled over by their leading lady (or . So, writing some of Markham’s lines with his romantic interest was about as much fun as I could have. I also really liked writing the scene where Markham gets roped into babysitting a bunch of kids—and thereby shows that he’s worth redeeming. I like searching for that vein of pure gold in characters who seem like total cads in the beginning.Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from DIRTY SECRETS OF MARKHAM SAVOY?I spent hours poring over photos of hot actors trying to find Markham, and I’ve got to say, no one does him justice. He’s just got his own aesthetic that no one else quite captures.What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about DIRTY SECRETS OF MARKHAM SAVOY?In the first draft, Markham’s name was Herbert. Just kidding. It’s not a exactly a secret if you stop and think about it, but I was pretty amazed at how complicated it is ensuring consistency across a series—especially when they’re written by different authors and from different character’s point of view. I love seeing Markham from everyone else’s eyes.E-Books or Traditional Paper Books?There’s a place in my life for both. I always have a book on my phone in case I’m stuck somewhere with nothing to do, but there’s nothing like curling up with a real, physical book. And when I love a book, I want a pretty hardcover to display—even if I read it electronically at first.What are you working on now?I’m actually taking a break from writing to work on another creative front—I also dabble in photography and painting.Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?I’m so excited to be part of this blog tour! And collaborating on a series with such a talented group of writers. One of my favorite things about this series is how each installment is very different and told from a different character’s point of view.Thank you to C.C. Dalton for stopping by with this awesome interview!
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