Tuesday 27 December 2011

Interview and contest; Phillipa Ashley - Carrie goes off the map

Today I have Phillipa Ashley over for an interview and at the end of it there will be a giveaway of her new book, Carrie goes off the map.


1. Now who is Phillipa Ashley?
My PR blurb reads:
Phillipa Ashley loves writing lively, sexy, funny romantic fiction. After studying English Language and Literature at Oxford University, she worked as a copywriter and journalist. Her first novel, Decent Exposure – titled DATING MR DECEMBER for the US – won the Romantic Novelists Association New Writers Award. In 2009, it was filmed as a Lifetime TV movie called 12 Men of Christmas starring Kristin Chenoweth and Josh Hopkins. She lives in an English village with her husband and daughter.
It’s true I do love writing sexy, funny emotional stories but I also love escaping to the great outdoors, swimming, hiking and body boarding. Unfortuinately, I also love biscuits, crisps and wine so you would never know I like to keep active to look at me!

2. Could you tell me about your new book Carrie goes off the map?
Carrie Brownhill, recently dumped by her fiancé, is determined to get away from men forever. Yet she finds herself stuck in a VW camper van careening through the English countryside with the intriguing Matt Landor, MD, and he seems to be just what the doctor ordered for a broken heart...

3. What give you the inspiration to write this road story book?
The idea came time one morning when I was working with the radio on. The DJ played the old Yvonne Fair song, It Should Have Been Me – that’s the song about a jilted woman who stands up and objects in the church at her ex’s wedding. In fact, the book was called It Should Have Been Me in the UK and the story is partly about the characters regrets about what might have happened if events had taken a different turn –and how they can move forward to a new life. I thought a road trip would be the perfect vehicle to get the characters up close and personal – and help them work out their new paths in life.

4. Give me three reasons why readers will fall for your book.
1. Matt – referred to as ‘a Dirty Mr. Darcy’ by one of the characters. He’s gorgeous and infuriating, funny and very very sexy.
2. Carrie – she’s a bit of a drama queen anyway and losing her fiancé, home and livelihood in one fell swoop almost tips her over the edge. I hope her journey back from a very unhappy place will make readers laugh and cry.
3. Dolly. The bright orange vintage campervan which Carrie and Matt use for their road trip. We hired a vintage van (called Bill) for research and let me tell you, they are fun but very quirky vehicles…

5.  Who would play Rowena and Matt if a movie was being made?
Do you mean Carrie? She’s feisty, funny and a bit of a firecracker so I think she’d have to be played by an actress who can do comedy and poignancy – someone like Sophie Winkleman (who is married to a minor royal called Lord Frederick Windsor!) As for Matt, as he was inspired by a photo of Richard Armitage that appeared in the Sunday Times magazine, so I can only say that Richard has to be Matt! I know who’d be perfect for Rowena, Carrie’s best friend – a very funny English comedy actress called Katherine Parkinson.

6. Could you tell me a bit about your other books too since you have published a few?
I’ve had five books published so far. Four of them were previously published in the UK and are now being released by Sourcebooks, including Carrie Goes off the Map. I think the best way of summing up my books is to use a quote from my Sourcebooks editor, Deb Werksman, who sends every one of her authors a Happy Holidays greeting via the Casablanca blog.  My greeting read:
 “Phillipa Ashley - just the right amount of fun, poignancy, snark and British wit”
That makes me smile whenever I see it!

7. Last question, any advice to writers out there?
There is so much conflicting advice that I hesitate to add my own in case I’m sending someone down the wrong path. That’s the whole crux about writing, you have to find your own way in terms of your voice, your genre and creative process. However, it’s a given that you should try to be true to your own personality when you write and work hard at honing your craft. Oh, and never give up (and most writers, even multi-published ones feel like giving up at some point, even if they’d never let on!)

Thanks for inviting me onto your blog and Happy Holidays to you and all of your readers!

1 copy of Carrie goes off the map

1. Open to US and Canada
2. Ends Jan 5
3. Just enter :) There is nothing more to it than that

Good luck!

Carrie Brownhill, recently dumped by her fiancé, is determined to get away from men forever. Yet she finds herself stuck in a VW camper van careening through the English countryside with the intriguing Matt Landor, MD, and he seems to be just what the doctor ordered for a broken heart...


  1. Carrie sounds like a quirky and fun character. I would definitely love a chance at winning, thanks to you and Phillipa for offering it up. Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and best wishes for 2012!


  2. Sounds like such a fun book. I haven't been reading enough romances lately.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  3. this looks delightful..thanks for sharing and the giveaway.

  4. A dirty Mr. Darcy? Now I have to read it! :)

  5. Thank you so much for the interview! I read a few days ago Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley and liked it so much that I decided to also read Wish You Were Here.

    A Dirty Mr. Darcy? OMG, I think this one is a TBR ASAP for me.

    magabygc at gmail.com

  6. Er...I am going off the map right now so maybe later!
    A very nice giveaway and interview, thanks!

  7. Blodeuedd - thank you for the great questions and for all the comments and entries.

    Dirty Mr Darcy - Yes, that's definitely Matt!

  8. Thank you for the interview Phillipa :)

    Hihi, at once when I saw the dirty Darcy comment in the book I was hooked

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read this one.


  10. “Dirty Mr. Darcy” has all kinds of appealing going on in that wicked nickname!

  11. Would love to read this book, sounds like a fun book with some great characters!


  12. This does sound like a fun book. Nice interview ladies :)

  13. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  14. Great interview! Sounds like a fun book. I'm intrigued by a "Dirty Mr. Darcy!" ;)

    diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

  15. Thank you everyone for stopping by and good luck :)

  16. a GREAT REVIEW AND POST. thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. A lovely book which sounds unique and entertaining. thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Sounds like a nice fun read. I know I would really enjoy it. Thanks for having the giveaway. Have a happy new year.


  19. I'd love to enter for this one. I enjoyed her first book.

  20. She's so very cool..I love her books!

  21. Sounds like a good book!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

  22. If Ms. Ashley writes her books as engagingly as she answers interview questions, Carrie Goes Off The Map promises to be a fun read! :)

  23. I feel like a groupie, like I should be holding a lighter up in the air screaming "I love you, Phillipa!!!!" I absolutely adore your books and would love to win a copy of this one! Thanks so much for the fun interview and the chance to get to know you a little bit better :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  24. Lol, glad you stopped by Julie :)

  25. I loved the interview. I look forward to reading the book.

  26. Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  27. Sounds like a funny book! Please enter me in the contest! Kyreadinggirl (at) yahoo (dot) com

  28. Hi - arghh, I am SO late to say thank you a zillion times for all the lovely comments, entries and good wishes.

    As for Julie W - You just made me grin from ear to ear. Thanks. :)
    Have a Happy 2012, every one!

  29. Winners;
    Gaby and Julie W




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