Thursday, 18 September 2014

Discussing the Dating Zone with KT Valentine

Today I am delighted to welcome KT Valentine to The Love of a Good Book.

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How would you describe Dispatches from the Dating Zone?
Dispatches from the Dating Zone is primarily a romantic comedy with a side order of raunchiness thrown in for good measure. It's based on Fleur Summers and her trials and tribulations of trying to find true love. In a moment of madness she turns to her family to help arrange a series of dates for her to go on and this is where the story begins. Love, friendship, parenthood and dating are just a few themes running through the book, so there should be something in it that every woman can relate to.
What kind of character is Fleur Summers?
Fleur is  fun, kind, loyal, and a hopeless romantic. However, she's also a tad neurotic, needy, allows her heart to rule her head 100% of the time, has major insecurities and a massive obsession with cake. A number of people who have read the book have described her as a real woman going through real issues and that is exactly how I wanted people to think of her. 

Fleur is on the search for Mr Right, what tips would she give people in the same situation? *grabs notebook and pen*
Firstly, I'm pretty sure she'd say don't got asking your family and friends to set you up on arranged dates! Or if you do, go into it with your eyes wide open and very LOW expectations. Secondly, I think she would advise people to make the extra effort with their appearance. Fleur went through this process herself and it really helped with boosting her own self esteem and showed potential suitors that if she cared enough about herself to make the effort than maybe they'd want to too. Something as simple as a new bra made all the difference to Fleur!

There is a speed dating event, who would be your 5 HOT celebrities to attend?
Only 5!?!  Well after hours of deliberation the 5 that made the cut are; Michael Buble, Damian Lewis, Chris Pine, Pharrell Williams and Michael Fassbender.

At the event there is a cocktail in honour of Dispatches from the Dating Zone, what are the ingredients? 
Vodka, cherry coke, squeeze of lemon, and crushed ice. I'd call it 'Last bite of the cherry'
If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile." I've probably had more downs than ups in my life, but thankfully ,I'm a very positive person with a great sense of humour. 
Please share with us, one random fact about yourself or your book?
I'm an identical twin and I was once in the Royal Air Force. (I think thats two facts for the price of one!)

What can we expect next, any future books in the pipeline?
Yes - I'm currently working on the sequel to Dispatches from the Dating Zone which will be released early next year. So watch this space...

What or who in life inspires you?
That's easy. My son. I've been a single mum to him since the week after he was born and he's pretty much my motivation for everything I do.


Having exhausted all the conventional ways to meet her ‘Mr Right’ (and because now she really is a little bit desperate), Fleur Summers turns to her well-meaning, but eccentric friends and family for help.

From ‘Man Mountain’; an engineer who eats everything in sight and tall dark handsome Tom with big hands but no idea how to use them, to the mysterious and brooding Henry Austin. Follow the trials and tribulations of Fleur’s journey as sheworks her way through a number of eventful blinddates, all in the name of finding true love.

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