Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Interview & Giveaway - Before He Was Famous by Becky Wicks


Before He Was Famous

by Becky Wicks 



Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton - the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both? 

The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other? 

A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong. 



Noah. Chapter 21 

I study her face; the gashes, the bruises darkening her skin. I reach for her Tinker-Bell necklace, run my fingers over the tiny silver wings. Our eyes meet and I don't look away and neither does Chloe. 

I get another flashback, from out of nowhere, of when we were kids at aunt Madeline's house in The Bronx. A huge thunderstorm kept us up in the middle of the night and I crept into her room to find her lying there, eyes wide open, raindrops thrashing at the huge brown-house windows. I knew she was waiting for me to arrive because without me she was too scared to get out of that bed. That house is so old and creaky. We switched places without speaking and she started trying to capture the lightning with her camera. 

She spent more than an hour in the window, working silently, determined, clicking the camera over and over. Something about her was mesmerizing. I watched her from the bed and wrote a song in my head about how she lit up every time the lightning struck, and when she climbed in beside me she was wriggling under my skin as much as the covers. Chloe became the lightning then, for me at least, lighting up every room. And so began the storm in my head. 


Let's learn a little about Becky Wicks: 
What is your writing environment?
Well, for the past few years I’ve mostly been working from Indonesia. I kind of call Gili Trawangan my second home, which is an island off the coast of Lombok. It’s full of lovely spots to sit and write, like comfy cushions and tree houses, but I also love Ubud in Bali. It’s amazing where you can get WIFI these days, right? Although I try and turn that off and focus as much as possible! Too much Facebook doesn’t make for too many chapters getting written!

Who is your perfect hero and why?
My heroes are people who follow their dreams, who don’t follow the crowd, who march to the beat of their own drum. I think it’s possible to have many heroes but at the end of the day, when we’re talking men, looks and muscly arms (while very, very nice) aren’t as important as having, or being around people with a happy, positive mental outlook. Of course, Ryan Gosling is perfect, too, but that goes without saying, right? (ahem).

What authors have caught your interest lately and why?
I’m a huuuuge John Green fan. I also really admire Colleen Hoover and everything she’s done, not just with her writing, which is always awesome, but with her engagement with fans and her marketing, too. That is all so important these days. Sarah Alderson is pretty fantastic – I read everything she writes. I actually know her as we met in Bali but her dedication to her craft and her sheer talent and persistence never cease to amaze me. I read Hunting Lila several years ago and was hooked, but her new adult romance Come Back To Me (out this summer) is amazing. It made me cry buckets! You must read it.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?
I’ve always loved the idea of friends turning into lovers, so something like Chloe and Noah’s story was always on my agenda to bring to life. I just want to write words that make people feel something – whether that’s happiness, heartache, hope… it’s all emotion, it’s all real and it’s all changing someone’s day. I’d like to write for a bigger cause, to help bring light to important issues someday. I’m always thinking about how I might do that, if I’m lucky enough to gain an audience that will listen!

Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Marriage, kids, and a trip to Antarctica! Maybe not all in the same month.

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
The whole best friends becoming lovers thing was always something I liked, and I was writing scenes from this book for a while before I put it all together. It was when I came up with the fame twist that it really came to life. I wanted to show a behind the scenes take on fame and how it really might affect someone’s relationships. We know too much about people these days, there’s no privacy and that must be a very scary thing for some ‘celebrities’.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
The cabin scene, when they’re shooting the music video in Vail. I think that’s my absolute fave – there’s so much tension and paranoia, and hopefully suspense. I really had to put myself in Chloe’s shoes for that. How would you feel knowing what you’ve always wanted is yours for the taking, but also knowing that having it would put you on the brink of something so totally life changing and terrifying?

What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
Right now I’m writing book two in the HotFlush series, based around Chloe’s friend Alyssa and her own struggles with fame. This one is slightly different – it’s set on an island around a game show very similar to Survivor and it features a brand new, irresistibly gorgeous man with a few secrets of his own. It will hopefully be out in August 2014.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love singing and playing my guitar (although I’m not great at it!), chatting rubbish with my friends and also scuba diving and pilates. I find scuba diving so relaxing, it’s almost like sleeping, but some of my biggest ideas for stories often come when I’m down there with the fish in the sea!

What would you consider a perfect date?
Ooooh, aside from Ryan Gosling building me a house? I think a brilliant chat on the same wavelength about anything and everything – one where time flies and you have no concept of having to be anywhere else. Red wine, a heap of cheese and a movie is also nice, but laughter is the key. If a guy can make me laugh, I’m his.

What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I know all the words to the Wicked musical, and Idina Menzel is probably my favorite singer in the world! 
**Becky’s three travel memoirs about her time in Dubai (Burqalicious), Bali (Balilicious) and South America (Latinalicious) are on Amazon as ebooks now (HarperCollins).


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie! Itchy feet has led her to live and work all over the world since leaving England at age 21, including NYC, Sydney, Bali, South America and Dubai. Right now she’s scribbling the second book in the HotFlush series in Vietnam, and will soon be in Vancouver if any hot Canadian men want to make her a cup of tea?  

Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious - The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.  

Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two... think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it! 

Follow her on twitter at bex_wicks and her blog


Twitter: bex_wicks 

Before He Was Famous is out now:    Amazon
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