Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Interview + Giveaway: Animate Me by Ruth Clampett

Title: Animate Me
Author: Ruth Clampett
Publisher: Clampett Studio (self-pub)
Release date: May 1, 2013
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours


Book Description:

Animate Me is a fun and sexy contemporary romance.

Love struck animator, Nathan, has set his sights on Brooke, the Director of Development at their animation studio. 
He has worshipped her from afar for years and even created a comic book heroine named B-Girl in her likeness. When their paths cross he seizes the opportunity to make a good impression. As they grow closer a serious hindrance looms…her dwindling romance with Arnauld, head of the animation studio.
When Arnauld realizes that Nathan is threatening his relationship with Brooke, he goes after him and it sparks an outrageous uprising at the studio. Havoc ensues from antics only a building full of creative cartoon people can create. In the midst of the drama Brooke has to decide whether to follow her heart or risk her impressive career, while Nathan pulls out all the stops to “woo” his girl.
The conclusion has you cheering for our unlikely hero to capture his B-Girl’s heart…while he wins our hearts as well.

Interview with Author Ruth Clampett
Today, I'm honored to have Ms. Ruth Clampett, author of Animate Me visit Bookshelf Confessions. SIt back and enjoy the interview :)

Q: What was the most difficult part for you when writing ANIMATE ME?

It’s a unique kind of challenge to write a romance novel from a male point of view, so the most difficult part of writing Animate Me was keeping Nathan’s voice authentic to who he is. He is an interesting mix of sweet yet tenacious, shy but unrelenting, a sensitive artist but still very much a guy. It was important that the writing reflect all the different sides to him and it was something I put a lot of thought and effort into.

Q: What was the easiest part?

The most delightful, and thus easiest part of me of writing Animate Me was capturing the love and devotion the characters had for animation and the comic world. I have lived in that world my entire life and I have the greatest admiration for these artists who discovered their passion in their childhood and have devoted their careers to that passion. Having worked around them I also am very aware of their disillusionment with the business and industry animation and comics have become and the frustration that arises with the executives that rule the empire. This conflict created a compelling undertone to the story’s plot and conflict.

Q: What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.

I have two favorites for different reasons. I loved writing when Brooke shows up at Nathan’s angry after he has texted her all day. His reaction to her fury was so Nathan and I just fell in love with him again as he led me through writing that scene. It was special too because it takes us to their huge moment on his bed when she shows him the note of his she found. Swoon.

My other favorite is when Nathan is called into Arnauld’s office for the surprise meeting with the lawyers. I’ve never wrote a scene more quickly or effortlessly. I could physically feel every reaction he had to his entire world suddenly shifting. I love that readers do not see that scene coming at all.

Q: Do you have any superstitions, ‘rituals’ you go through, or food/drink items you ‘have’ to have while writing?

I am happy to report that I have no superstitious rituals, although since I often write late at night I sometimes need a boost of caffeine. The other thing about me that is good and bad, is that I write in fragments: I’ll write a bit, then look at an email, write more, then go on twitter for a few minutes, then back to writing, and so on…The good part of that is that I am flexible and can write anywhere, even with distractions. The bad part is that I’d write a lot faster if I just stayed focused on the task at hand.

Q: What authors or books have influenced you as a reader and/or a writer?

When I was young and first got interested in writing I fell in love with Anne Tyler and her quirky characters. I am drawn to people with really unique personalities in real life, so it makes sense that I am drawn to similar types in my writing. Recently I’ve been very impressed with John Green for his beautiful writing, and taking on some difficult subjects in his stories in such an honest and sincere way. And finally I’ve been inspired by Stephanie Meyers because there’s something very humble in how got started writing and publishing that gave me the courage to put my work out in the world too.

Q: What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?

I’m working on two projects. The first is a novella called Mr. 365 that was inspired by an usual news clip I saw on youtube. I’m already in love with the couple from this story. My second project is a re-write of a story about a complicated, passionate artist. It’s very different than Animate Me but equally close to my heart.

Thank you so much for the terrific questions…I am very excited to be a guest on your terrific blog.

Thank you so much too Ms. Clampett :)

To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here or the tour button below.

About the Author

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.

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Tour Giveaway:

(1) Prize Pack: a Print Copy of Animate Me, an Animate Me Travel Mug, and a print (small poster) of ‘B-Girl’ signed by Ruth Clampett and the artist Juan Ortiz. – US/Canada
(3) Print copies - US/Canada
(5) eBook copies gifted from Amazon - International countries that can accept Amazon gifted books

OR the link to the giveaway here

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