Blog Tour: Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter Guest Post!!!

Posted April 6, 2015 by Nori in Blog Tour/ Blitzes, Guest Posts / 3 Comments

Red Carpet Day Job
Tasha Cotter
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Bookfish Books LLC
Synopsis:

Most residents of New York City don’t have to wrestle their skirts from beneath roosting chickens, or clean egg yolk off their stilettos each day before work. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to the organic egg business her boyfriend Scott runs from their 5th floor walk-up. Though they were high school sweethearts, nothing can make up for Scott’s inattention now. Finally, Sophie works up the courage to send him and his chickens packing.

Then Sophie’s boss introduces her to Nick Jackson, the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. When Nick asks her to go to a red carpet awards show with him, Sophie can’t believe her luck. She never expected to meet Nick, let alone like him. And she certainly never expected him to like her, too.

When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon finds out that being a busy agent to the stars is nothing compared to being Nick Jackson’s new girlfriend. Tabloid tell-alls, Nick’s hectic schedule, persistent leading ladies, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance.

Can Sophie and Nick make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?


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Three Books I Loved

It’s a funny thing, the writing life. Over time, you start to see certain patterns emerging in your work. Certain…themes. I’m starting to think that a theme for me, in my own work, is not the emotional turbulence of an ill-fated romance, forbidden feelings, or questions about the nature of love, but rather, how misunderstandings and misinformation can lead to certain assumptions being made about another person.

The books I’m really moved by often touch upon similar topics: why do we devote ourselves to people (ideas?) that are likely to destroy us? Or, in some cases, what propels us to leave a good life for something we imagine is life itself? To me, these are very good questions. These are questions I think a lot about. These are questions I write about.

I’m interested in this: the cruel ghost walking the halls, the nagging question that spins like a top in the back of our minds, creating its own little storm of energy. I love a good love story (comedic ones, tragic ones). Is there anything better than when caution is cast aside? I love it when someone takes a risk. Call it silly, call it frivolous and sentimental. I think it’s interesting. I think it’s the most interesting thing in the world, love.

That being said, here are three books that had me staying up late, burning through the pages.

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields – Ashley Capps

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On Little Women (Novel)

It’s hard to choose a favorite scene in Little Women. I loved the moment Laurie told Jo he really cared about her. And I loved the moment where, in a storm of dejected rage, he left her, retreating to his home where he began playing Sonata Pathetique on the piano. I loved the exquisite agony of it all! When I read Little Women for the first time, I’d never heard Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique, but I could imagine how it sounded: angry and stormy; full of rage.

I own three editions of Little Women and I even played Jo March on stage in my college days. I loved following the March sisters and watching them grow up before my eyes. (The March sisters were their own love story.) More than anything, I loved Jo March. I loved her wit and spunk. I loved how she wrote at night by candlelight. I still remember the punch in my gut the moment I read that Amy had burned her manuscript. How Jo reached into the flames, hoping to recover some of it, but it was gone. And yet, she went on.

On The Marriage Plot (Novel)

The three main characters that make up The Marriage Plot were all so real to me. You have our heroine: English major Madeline Hanna, the unlikely guy she falls for: Leonard Bankhead, and her college friend Mitchell Grammaticus, who resurfaces later on, certain he Madeline and he are meant to be together. They graduate college and go out into the real world. The title reflects the story, sure, but I also liked learning about Madeline’s ideas on the marriage plot in some of the English language’s great novels (think Jane Austen and George Eliot). As a reader, I’m drawn love triangles. This novel had complexity and emotion, and intimacy in spades. It’s impossible not to see yourself a little bit in these characters.

Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields (Poetry)

I think there are some books you come across that connect with you in some deep way and it’s hard to even articulate why they are so special. I’m a firm believer that some books find us, we don’t find them.  This book, published by the Akron Poetry series in 2006, is one of those beautiful mysteries for me. Capps focuses on the natural world and connects it to all too human experiences: heartbreak, deception, and loss. In reading the book, there are moments of claustrophobia and the feeling of being buried alive. Perhaps Poet Cathy Smith Bowers said it best when, describing this book, she wrote “This book breaks my heart, even as it mends it.” I return to this book all the time. I always feel like it’s teaching me something about grace. About humility.

Are there thematic similarities in these choices? I think so, especially with the novels. I once read that George Eliot explored similar topics in her poetry and fiction, orbiting around the same question, as if working to find a way into the soul. I think writers tend to get obsessed with understanding certain questions. We want answers (but a lot of the time we don’t get answers). We at least want to get close to the answers and writing helps us get there. Finding a book that takes the journey you are most interested in taking is really key. I take something new away from Little Women each time I read it.

For years, I hated that Jo and Laurie didn’t end up together. But as I get older, I see that life isn’t that simple. I’ve come to accept that Laurie and Jo weren’t meant to be, though sometimes I wonder what happened on down the line: maybe Jo and Laurie do get together (a part of me still wants that ending) because sometimes the greatest love stories are not just years in the making, but decades in the making. And what about Madeline, Leonard, and Mitchell in The Marriage Plot? Not to give anything away, but the book made me think about the nature of love and how we choose the person to share our life with. And when it doesn’t work out, we try to get away and separate ourselves from those who haunt us. Why is it that some people are easy to get over, and with others, there’s really no hope. Running away doesn’t always work. Capps explores some of the same ideas in Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields. There’s a feeling of horror at how we live, how we love, and how we treat the planet. But yet, how nobly we fall.


About the Author:
Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.

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