Monday, September 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Stan Crowe & The Cinderella Project

Today I am happy to participate in a Blog Tour for a wonderful new romance author, Stan Crowe.  His romance book, The Cinderella Project, is one I'm looking forward to on my list to read and I was excited to get to know the author a little better with this interview.  Enjoy learning about Stan, and check out his book!

Committed to saving his marriage before it starts, doctoral student Nick Cairn embarks on a project aimed at finding the secrets of everlasting love. But when Moire DeLanthe, a smart and sassy research assistant, enters the picture, his Happily Ever After is put to the ultimate test.

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I popped into this world in northern Utah, and had twelve years of a great childhood. Things changed when my mom packed up the family and took us all to Sin City after accepting a job as a schoolteacher there. I eventually recovered from the culture shock, and actually enjoyed my time in high school.

I returned to Utah for college, graduating with a degree in civil engineering. I met my wife at school, and we traveled to, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington (the state) for summer internships before returning to Las Vegas to work for an old friend.

We’ve since returned to Utah and carry on our lives in a nice little home nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

That’s us in a nutshell.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

The bookshelf in my bedroom is populated with some non-fiction works (Mircea Eliade, Hugh Nibley, and C.S. Lewis), and a small cornucopia of fiction. Among the fiction are some old books from my teen years (back when I read novels based on games), novels by friends, and a few instruction manuals. The other bookshelf has my anthologies, works by David Eddings (love the guy!), and several compilations of Calvin and Hobbes.

As for “must reads,” I have several works by Margaret Barker and Hugh Nibley on that list. I also have the rest of the Stormlight Archives (the series hasn’t gotten to book 2 yet, but I’m anxiously waiting for the rest), the other two John Cleaver books, and the fourth book in the BeSwitched series.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

That’s a tough choice. I’d really love to visit the UK. It would be a blast to tour the place and do some research for, perhaps, a historical novel.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Actually, science fiction is my first love for writing. I’ve the most practice in that genre, which makes it the most familiar and comfortable. That said, I find that the romance genre is generally more fun (as in “skip down the lane with a smile on my face” fun), and I’m continuing in that genre with great pleasure. It stands to edge sci-fi out of its hallowed “first place” spot.

What got you started on your writing journey?

At age five, I won a local writing contest held by my library. The little tome about my adventures on my family ranch with a big, brown dog, turned me into a published author overnight.

I didn’t get very serious about writing again until the eighth grade when I (literally) saved my semester grade in English class by writing a novella (oddly enough, it was a historical romance) that somehow managed a perfect score (really, I still have no idea how that happened—I was a lousy writer as a 13 year old).

By the time I finished high school, I was angsting out stories all over my notebooks as I dealt with the throes of my early dating life. That morphed into science fiction in college, and finally stumbled back into romance a few years back when I entered a small, online writing contest (I believe I won… they never announced the winners). The result of that contest was the first draft of my novel “The Cinderella Project.”

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

If by “steamy” you mean “hot and heavy scenes that have or strongly hint at sex,” no, I haven’t written any of that, and probably will not. The reason for that answers your first question, “Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?”

I choose to write clean because I personally know at least some of the people who will be reading it—that includes my lovely wife, my mom, sisters, and even my daughter. Frankly, I’d rather not embarrass myself in front of them with steamy, sweaty smut.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2012?

I’m currently working on my next novel, while gathering ideas for future novels. The upcoming work is about a guy whose flat-lining love life is saved when he is granted a wish. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for—you might just get it.”

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Honestly, it’s the feeling of satisfaction that comes with knowing that I created something new and enjoyable. A corollary to that is the satisfaction from seeing other people also enjoy my work.

I spent way too much time in college writing short stories for web forums. However, people kept reading them, and I was having too much fun to want to stop.

Please share about your book

We tend to accept the idea of Cinderella as an oppressed young orphan girl who deserved the handsome prince as her just desserts for living through her little nightmare. However, history is written by the victors—everyone is biased.

The Cinderella Project is a contemporary view of the “happily ever after” that follows on the heels of that magical first kiss. Nicholas Cairn has been raised to believe that the true mark of a man is his integrity. Consequently, when he gets engaged to the beautiful Ella Abel, he’s determined to see it through no matter what.

Ella wasn’t raised the same way.

Complications are bound to occur when a lovely and spunky new research assistant joins Nick’s efforts to probe the depths of human love and find out how we really tick. All this while the time before saying “I do” is quickly winding down.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Hands down, Moiré De Lanthe has proven to be my favorite character that I’ve written. Fun, energetic, and the kind of girl I would have loved to have dated in college (she reminds me of my wife, oddly enough). I think Moiré makes this book the way Jack Sparrow made Pirates of the Caribbean. And she did it without the ratty beard.

Well, that's all for now.  Check out Stan's book, The Cinderella Project, and check out his other stops on the tour!  

Tour Stops:

Get Your Read On, 8/30, Review, Giveaway
LDS Women's Book Review, 8/30, Review
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, 8/30, Review,Giveaway

Deborah's Books, 8/31, Review, Giveaway

Clean Romance Reviews, 9/3, Interview
Reviews By Molly 9/3, Review

Tifferz Book Review 9/4, Review

Bookworm Lisa, 9/5 Review
That Smiling Blog, 9/5, Interview, Review

LDS Readers, Interview, tbd

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