Alison Packard is celebrating the release of her new Carina Press romance, Love in the Afternoon. As a reformed soap junky, I am delighted to be able to chat with her. Please welcome her today.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Alison Packard] Book loving introvert, daughter, sister, aunt and author of contemporary romance.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Love in the Afternoon?
[Alison Packard] Love in the Afternoon is a contemporary romance set in Hollywood where Sean Barrett and Kayla Maxwell, two actors on the country’s most popular daytime drama, fall in love when their characters are paired together on the show. Soon Sean and Kayla are living in their own soap opera, complete with a jealous co-worker, a controlling father, and a mysterious stalker who just might want Kayla dead.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Alison Packard] As a long time viewer of soaps, I’d often wondered if the actors on the shows I watched ever fell for each other in real life. And with that thought, the idea for this novel was born.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kayla?
[Alison Packard] Talented, genuine and humble
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Sean had a theme song, what would it be?
[Alison Packard] Sean loves to surf, so I have to go with Catch a Wave, by the Beach Boys.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kayla won’t leave the house without.
[Alison Packard] Sunglasses. There’s a lot of sunshine in Los Angeles.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Sean’s bedroom?
[Alison Packard] A photograph of his father, a mirror on the ceiling, stuffed animals
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Sean’s greatest regret?
[Alison Packard] Sean’s biggest regret is not carrying out his mother’s last request of him.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Alison Packard] Probably every romance author whose books I’ve ever read! LOL. I’m a huge fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Nora Roberts, Julie James and Rachel Gibson so I’d have to say these marvelous authors have most definitely been an influence.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Alison Packard] My computer, silence, and snacks (preferably chocolate).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Alison Packard] Wow. That’s a tough one. I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I used to, but the last book I literally couldn’t put down was T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton. I’ve read all the previous books in her Kinsey Milhone series and in my opinion this one was, by far, the best.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Alison Packard] I’ve been turned on to reading since I was a kid so there isn’t any one book that I can give you made me think, hey, I want to do more of this reading thing. From the very beginning, reading has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Alison Packard] Besides reading and writing, I enjoy watching movies and sports (San Francisco Giants, 2012 World Champions…just sayin’), shopping and spending time with my friends and family.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Alison Packard] Readers can connect with me at:
My website: www.alisonpackard.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
pKayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image—and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime’s most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend.
Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm’s length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.
But when Kayla receives threatening letters, her past as a scream queen seems to be coming back to haunt her. Succumbing to an attraction neither one of them can deny, Sean and Kayla must face down her stalker and their own personal demons before trusting what they both feel—a love that lasts long after the cameras stop rolling.