Interview with Claudia Y Burgoa, Author of Getting By


[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Claudia!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Claudia Y Burgoa] Imaginative, intense, quirky, obsessive, loyal.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Getting By?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] This book is about Emma and Jake, two people who are afraid of loving and being loved. They both have a past that’s hard to overcome.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your favorite scene?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] Mitch couldn’t hold his tongue any longer, and spoke up, saying, “What was that about?” I glared at him. “Mom being too quiet is scary, right? You want to throw her at her own game? Am I next to be extremely nice with Emma, as if she was my girl?” I grinned, he got me. “Pointers for it to work. Try to change your concerned look, stop drooling and perhaps Mom might believe you.” I narrowed my eyes. “Yeah, it was that obvious since we hit the hotel restaurant at eight this morning, Jay. You were too couple-like. Let’s run you through the breakfast highlights.

“You spotted the girl and ran to her whispering in her ear, giving her a stupid smile I’ve never seen you wear before.” I smirked, remembering the fork, and snorted. Ignoring me, he continued, “At breakfast you two were sitting too close for comfort. Not even Mom and Dad were that close. The best part wasn’t the medicine errand you ran for her. No.” No? I put a hand on the back of my neck and continued listening to the play by play that made me look like a moron in love. “The freaky part, where everyone dropped their jaw at the table, was when Emma reached toward your plate and grabbed strips of your bacon.” I shrugged, what was wrong with it? “Not once, but several times. No one is allowed to touch your food, Jake. Ever since we were little, you hated it. Yet, Emma touched your food, and while she was doing it, you were a millimeter from kissing her. You two are too comfortable with each other, and the daunting part, Jake, is that the two of you fit so well that you don’t realize how wrong everything looked for the ones that don’t know about your relationship.”

[Manga Maniac Café] What gave you the most trouble with the story?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] I guess trying to write a male POV, it was my first time.

[Manga Maniac Café] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] My iPad

[Manga Maniac Café] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Claudia Y Burgoa] Bottle of water, books and laptop.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] Any person that has complete access to the Smithsonian museum.

[Manga Maniac Café] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] Telepathic manipulation, I’ll have everyone following my orders without having to say anything. Clean house, the opportunity of driving an Aston Martin for a day, walking anywhere I want without having to ask for permission—museums, English castles…the possibilities. World Domination for one day.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Claudia Y Burgoa] Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and Dash of Peril by Lori Foster

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

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About the book:

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By. 

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

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