Please give a warm welcome to Ainslie Paton, who is visiting the virtual offices to chat about her rock n’ roll romance, Getting Real.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Ainslie Paton] Oh Mom, do I have to? Okay. I like to watch. That’s it, that’s the key plot point. That tells you both too little and too much. And has the side benefit of making me sound way more interesting than I actually am.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Getting Real?
[Ainslie Paton] This is not your classic rock star romance.
In the classic rock star romance the hero is the musician and the leading lady is in some ways subservient or dependent on him as either a groupie, a fan, a journalist or an ex-girlfriend from his pre-fame days. Oh sure, the heroine eventually puts the dude on his knees, but I wondered what would happen when it was the other way around.
I wanted my heroine on top and in control. I wanted her powerful and independent. And then I wanted to screw with her and put all the things she’d rejected in her life in a different perspective, particularly men.
Getting Real is a story about how tragedy shapes people and how forgiveness is the only way forward. It’s also about fear, both rational and irrational, change and learning to be true.
It’s the story of a badass rock chick and a boy next door roadie and what happens when they challenge each other.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Ainslie Paton] You do not want to be in my dreams. I had a waking vision where I saw a singer suspended above her raging, screaming audience. She was performing her heart out, fearless and fabulous. But with her was a man who was terrified – meltdown point terrified. He was holding on to her as if she was the only thing that would keep him from falling.
Of course I had to find a story to go with that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rielle?
[Ainslie Paton] Hard shell, soft interior, brave. Have I mentioned I do words not numbers?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jake had a theme song, what would it be?
[Ainslie Paton] Old AC/DC. “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Rielle is never without.
[Ainslie Paton] Her tough girl rock chick disguise.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jake’s bedroom?
[Ainslie Paton] Primarily Jake! As a professional touring roadie he’s rarely at home. Also clean sheets and stray women. He’s a nice boy!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Rielle’s greatest regret?
[Ainslie Paton] Ah – now that would be a huge spoiler. HUGE. I reserve the right to totally fudge this question. It’s not the tattoos, or the scar.
But ok if you read the free prequel you’ll get the picture: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/gettingrealprequel
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Ainslie Paton] Okay, you’re going to think I’m a lunatic and oh, oh so, so boring. There are two key ones: Butt in seat—meaning I have to sweat it and sleep—meaning stuff comes to me in dreams and waking moments. And then there’s brilliant TV, other clever writers and what happens inside my brain at the gym when I’m on the deadly boring elliptical and simply trying to breath. Oh and sometimes migraine medication is a blast! But maybe don’t tell anyone that.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Ainslie Paton] I can write in my head and frequently do. But I do need to scratch it down eventually. So keyboard and screen, pen and pad, pencil and scrap paper, finger and steamed up mirror. They all work. But they work way better with coffee!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Ainslie Paton] Gone Girl. I squealed! And I’m not a squealer. I like to watch remember. Squealing would just give me away! If you’re a watcher you have to be quiet.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Ainslie Paton] Not a book, a person. My grandfather. He used to tell stories. They always had chocolate cake and fire engines in them. A storybook was the next best thing to a grandfather story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Ainslie Paton] Oh gawd I’m so boring. Read!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Ainslie Paton] They can read my blog – although I wouldn’t read my blog. It’s random! I have a facebook page I occasionally remember to feed and I twitter when I should be doing something more valuable.
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About the author
Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising. She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high?speed data networks and hamburgers.
She writes cracking, hyper?real romances about strong women and the exciting men who love them. She’s the author of Grease Monkey Jive and other stories. And she dances when no one is looking.