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Interview: Libby Floyd, Author of Sparkelicious

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Libby Floyd has been a national on-air television personality for over 15 years with appearances on ShopNBC, Shop-At-Home and The Food Network.

Following the release of her poetry book A Winning Heart, Ms. Floyd was the youngest nominee for the prestigious position of Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

Libby Floyd is a graduate from the University of South Carolina.  In addition to writing and television appearances, she  has also been a contestant in the Miss America and Miss USA programs.

Ms. Floyd’s latest novel is a contemporary romance titled Sparkelicious.

Readers can learn more about Libby Floyd and her work by visiting the following links:

Facebook ~ Website ~ Twitter ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Barnes and Noble Author Page

Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?

Sparkelicious is best summarized as a modern day Sex and the City meets a contemporary Steel Magnolias. The story is set in my charming hometown of Greenville, S.C. and my spiritual home of Los Angeles—fashion designer Laney Montgomery is at a crossroads in her life, on the heels of turning 40. On a much-needed vacation back home to South Carolina to visit her family, Laney realizes that her mom and sister’s lives are in disarray. While trying to fix them, Laney learns that her own marriage is in serious trouble back in California and her fashion business is on the verge of collapse. The affections of a handsome younger man doesn’t help matters either, as Laney must fix everyone else before she can find true happiness for herself.

The characters in Sparkelicious ooze Southern charm and are extremely colorful and real.

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

I worked as a television shopping host for the last 15 years, selling diamonds, gemstones and gold.  My “libbyism” was “Sparkelicious,” so I thought it was the perfect title for my book and also the appropriate name for Laney’s clothing line in the book.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?

There are several but this is one of my favorites…..

“Missy looked like a contestant on the show What Not To Wear, proudly decked out in her brand new indigo denim jeans and white Adidas tennis shoes from Costco.”

What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?

On my Facebook page, Twitter page, Linkedin page, chardonnaypress.com, libbyfloyd.com and word of mouth. Coming from a sales background, I tell everyone I meet about my book. I can’t help myself!! I’m also promoting my book through my author video on You Tube, Vimeo and the Amazon.com author page.  I am doing a virtual publicity tour through Pump up your Book and just released a nationwide press release through PRWeb. I also plan to do author luncheons and more. I love doing interviews for newspapers, radio and television and of course, for you and others online!

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I like to start writing at my laptop at around noon. I work for a few hours and then take a long walk to stretch my legs and clear my head.  Then I come back and write for a few more hours. I also like to write at night and just whenever the creative urge strikes. I’ve realized that you’ve got to strike while the creative juices are flowing no matter what time of day it is!

What are some ways that you like to relax?

I take long walks and work out at the gym.

What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?

I think authors without a large publishing house behind them are still overlooked. However, the publishing world is definitely changing with E.L. James and Amanda Hocking, due to their success as self-published authors; but it’s a very competitive world when it comes to books and tough to get recognized, no matter who’s behind you.

What author would you most like to meet and why?

I’d like to meet Danielle Steel because I think our writing style is similar, in that we like to write about three books at a time. I also admire her body of work and the fact that she has sustained a long and successful career as a writer.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?

Yes, I have another book coming out soon called Prime Time Divas about the home shopping network industry that I was a part of for the last 15 years.

What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?

I’m also a singer. I released a country/pop album in 1999.

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