Monday, August 14, 2017

Virtual Book Tour: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson #interview

Chick Lit/ Women’s Fiction 
*(contains language)*
Date Published: June 6, 2017

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Elle Martin has it all.

Handsome and successful husband. Check.
Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check.
Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story.

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s façade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years.

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are UnderRated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.

Praise for Grannie Panties Are Under Rated

"...a highly entertaining and thought provoking book!"
"Gayle Erickson is brilliantly gifted in telling this engaging, sometimes disturbing, yet compulsively addicting story of a woman in crisis due to the bonds of the guilt-filled lens of her past"
"It is visually rich and culturally expansive,"
"You will fall in love with each of these honest, imperfect characters and identify with their struggles, demons, and challenges. Exposing the raw truths we often try to mask..."
"Loved this book, could not put it down"
"A great retrospective of how we come to be who we are and where we are, often without intention or a road map. Like "Grannie's" characters, we all find moments of clarity or awareness, which give rise to change. All this and an accompanying playlist! A song for every chapter...what brilliant context!

Spotify Playlist by Author to compliment the Novel:


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The most frustrating part of writing for me is my inability to write in a stream of consciousness for an extended time. I tend to overanalyze each sentence and paragraph to a point which can stifle the creative process. I need to be better at just getting the ideas down and worrying about the structure later in the editing process.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Like the main character in my book, Elle, I love music. Depending on my mood, I can chill to classical or jazz, rock out to Metal; or sing along with country music. I’m even a fan of some of the rap music my teenagers listen to! That said, I’m always up for some good eighties New Wave music and U2 is my go-to band.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I had several early readers of the novel who gave me important and valuable feedback on the storyline.

What book are you reading now?

I like to switch between modern fiction and the classics. I am currently reading Crazy Ritch Asians by Kevin Kwan, and The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

How did you start your writing career?

I have always loved to write and was active in my both my high school and college newspapers. This continued after graduation, where I was required to do a lot of writing in my professional life. Writing fiction for a living has been a life-long dream.

I am currently working on another fiction book titled Double Fault which is about a former professional tennis player who is accused of sexual assault against a high school player he coaches. It is told from the point of view of the coach, the player, and the player’s mom. Part satire of the culture of competitive youth sports in America, the book explores just how far parents are willing to go to ensure success for their children.

About the Author

Gayle Erickson is a Colorado native and graduate of The Colorado College. She lived in Tokyo, Japan and taught English for several years after graduation. Upon her return to the United States she worked in the non-profit sector. Gayle currently lives in suburban Denver with her husband, twin teen-age children, and two dogs. Grannie Panties Are Underrated is her debut novel.

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