A young Midwestern girl moves to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune only to find success is more than she bargained for.
Callie is a plucky young woman who knows exactly what she wants: fame, fortune, and a fabulous career as a Hollywood actress. A starring role in an unlikely hit movie and a romance with a sexy, chart-topping singer brings her instant notoriety. But in the City of Angels, overnight success is a breeding ground for money-hungry leeches and privacy-robbing paparazzi. She quickly discovers life as an on-the-rise starlet is not as glamorous as she once envisioned
This is the oh-so-cute premise of Shamron Moore’s new chick lit novel, Hollywood Strip, which was just released on June 18. We interviewed Shamron to find out more about her book and her experiences in publishing with a traditional publishing house.
Thank you for this interview, Shamron. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’ve been writing for a little over four years. I originally moved to Los Angeles for the reason most move here–for acting. I did a bit of that for several years, as well as print modeling, but decided to ditch it in favor of writing. Writing suits me much more.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Hollywood Strip is about a Midwest girl, Callie Lambert, who heads to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune as an actress. She encounters some dramatic, scandalous events that make her realize things aren’t quite as they seem. Callie’s a smart cookie and comes to realize it’s the love in her life that counts, versus material factors. It’s a juicy, saucy read, and definitely not for the prudish!
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I didn’t choose chick lit; chick lit chose me. A bulb when off in my head after reading Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls. I was compelled to write a novel inspired by my adventures–and misadventures–in Hollywood.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Writer’s block, but that’s common. The real work came after I wrote Hollywood Strip; I had to find an agent and publisher.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
Traditional. Tor/Forge, a division of MacMillan, is my publisher.
Was it the right choice for you?
Absolutely. I like the fact that someone wants my product, my commodity; it’s a nice feeling.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Guest blogging. Interviews such as this, as well as radio interviews. Whatever my publicist, Charlie, (Charlie Barrett of The Barrett Company) throws at me!
How is that going for you?
So far, so great.
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
I was having drinks with some friends–friends of friends, actually. One of the guys asked how he could find Hollywood Strip, and I said, “It’s available for pre-sale on Amazon. Matter of fact, why don’t you look it up now, since your Android is out?” He ordered it then and there.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Writing is it.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Talk about your book to everyone, don’t be shy–be a shameless self-promoter. No one will work harder at your dream than you.
What’s next for you?
I’ve written a sequel to Hollywood Strip, and it currently remains unchristened. I’ve also penned a children’s book and have begun my third novel.
Thank you for this interview, Shamron. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
My pleasure. You can visit me at ShamronMoore.com, where there are links to my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
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