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Tonight’s Author Interview focuses on sassy author Miranda Oh and her romantic comedy books that are sure to go down well, along with any drinks you care to pair them with 🙂
Enjoy yourselves folks and have a very chilled time however you chose to spend it, preferably curled up in bed with a good book 😉
Hi there Miranda, thank you for joining us to discuss your romantic comedy books, along with your passions, inspirations and writing experiences.
Let’s start with your novels themselves – “Remember, no matter what; Chin Up, Tits Out” and “When All Else Fails: Chin Up, Tits Out (Volume 2)”. Please tell us more about the plots/themes of these books, along with what kind of crazy situations your lead protagonist Hadley is going to find herself in over the course of her romantic mishaps and adventures.
In book one, you meet Hadley when she is young, vibrant, and a passionate go getter. She is heading to college, owns her own business, and has a close supportive family. She is the kinda gal that we all strived to believe we were at 18 years old. She miraculously bumps into this man with an exotic accent, and beach boy vibes; which girl can resist a cute boy with an accent, am I right?! Hadley runs into every problem imaginable that could come from a long distance relationship, the twists and corruption of immigration, and the remnants of the apartheid in South Africa. Whenever Hadley gets knocked down by life, she finds a twisted way to find humour, drink wine and keeps pushing forward with her Chin Up Tits Out attitude on life. To sum this book up you’ll be right in the middle of Hadley’s personal experiences of sex, drugs, African bushes and carnival rides.
In book two, we meet Hadley as she prepares for her South African partner to finally move up to Canada. The universe wasn’t done testing Hadley and her perseverance, because as soon as her partner lands in Canada things start to unravel almost immediately. As the ground is falling out from underneath Hadley, she is grasping at anything and anyone for help. She and her partner are faced with a very difficult diagnosis that sets her partner off on a tailspin of negative repercussions. Through her twisted way at finding humour in the darkest of corners, always finding an excuse to pour a glass of wine, her sheer determination to never give up, and to always carry her Chin Up Tits Out attitude, this second book will knock your socks off. To prepare you for this one, tissues, vino, and time; because once you start with this one, you won’t want to put it down.
If your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
My ultimate dream come true; would be to have my series made into film or TV of some sort. Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone would be an amazing fit for Hadley. They both carry this independence and fierceness, and they both are a bit twisted, humorous and completely unapologetic for their uniqueness.
What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?
I actually had to reach out to some of my readers to help me answer this question. The general consensus, which I totally agree with, is that one should never fear to love or to be loved. Don’t let anything stand in your way of what you want most in life. Our happiness is our choice. Each and every day we open our eyes is a blessing, and the moment we move out of bed, we choose to be happy or we choose otherwise, plain and simple, the choice is ours.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
Editing is by far my least favourite thing about writing. Doesn’t matter what I do and how many times I read it over, I still sometimes can’t move past something without editing it each and every time. It becomes very annoying, and I get grumpy with it.
On the other hand, my favourite part of writing is when it is over and we get to celebrate. I love sharing the stories, and keeping my readers entertained, but the launch, and the signings are so much fun. I get the opportunity to connect with my readers, they get to know me, and I get to know them. That changes the entire reading experience; to actually hear the author’s voice tell the story while you read. It is like those BBC Planet Earth shows, they wouldn’t be as amazing without David Attenborough’s soothing voice explaining how the Sperm Whales mate. Getting to know my readers and my readers getting to know me, is like a win/win for both of us.
Who are some of the authors, musicians, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?
My biggest inspiration for this whole journey as an author, and as an independent fierce female would be Chelsea Handler. Her books always inspired me to write about wacky things we all do, but are too ashamed about to say it out loud, ever. She wrote about it, lived it and shouted it out loud for the world to hear, judge and make assumptions. I thought it was brave, and amazing. She changes lives daily, and I hope that the message of confidence, and perseverance within my writing changes people’s lives too.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
Personal Life experiences. Either from the shenanigans that happen in my daily, or the amazing females around me. A lot of the stories that I write about have a stem of truth within them. Reading about something crazy that ACTUALLY happened gives us a sense of connection. I love being able to connect with my readers through their personal experiences that match Hadley’s.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I had a crazy story and promised myself I was going to write it out one day. I am a firm believer that you can speak or think anything into existence. I have always loved telling people stories about the crazy things that happen to me, and I am a die-hard positive thinker. I always strive to find humour or a positive spin to anything in my life. Through years of sharing stories and experiences I learned that I was in fact, positively impacting people’s lives and helping them become more positive within their thinking, and more confident in the way they feel on the inside. Writing a book and sharing my stories was a natural path to take in my mind to help spread the love.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
Drink wine, step away, shake it off and then go back to it. I am an emotional writer, and for some reason, the more the wine there is, the more emotional I get, the better my writing becomes. Although, it does send my editor into over drive.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Absolutely nothing. Younger me wouldn’t listen then, and now me, would tell you, that I will figure it out in my own way, in my own time. I am a bit stubborn that way. Although I think it is an asset to be confident in your choices, and to most of all believe in yourself. You may be wrong at the time, but that’s okay, life is all about making mistakes, that is how we learn. I say; bring on all the mistakes, I will make every mistake in every way, just so I can figure it out how ever I am going to figure it out. It is messier, but messy is always more fun.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
I love being active, and I love being still. So if I am not writing, I am at the gym, doing yoga, and obviously sipping wine. I do tend to book myself quite busy, it gives me less time to get into trouble that way. I may live off of a planner and scheduler, but that way I can book in family time, friends’ time, and also; most importantly time to go out on really ridiculous Tinder dates; it makes for good book material.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
Currently I am working on getting the Chin Up Tits Out Movement rolling. These books have changed lives of people who read them, and the only way to get these into more hands is by talking about it. So I talk about it every chance I get. It is not the last time you will see my work out there, Chin Up Tits Out will have one more book in the series before we see the end of Hadley’s twisted story. That launch will be sometime in late 2019.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
No matter what happens, no matter how hard something may be. Regardless of how impossible it seems to be; if you keep the simple words in your head; Chin Up Tits Out, and push forward. Those small physical changes, make a huge difference in the way we carry ourselves, we look more confident in our step, we present ourselves more confidently, and when we continuously do that, eventually the inside will match the outside.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for your time Miranda and sharing your writing experiences with us, along with putting a little more welcome romance into our lives 🙂
Author Miranda Oh is your typical girl: She loves the sunset, loves long walks on the beach, world travels, and when not playing the corporate part she can be found sipping wine and spending all her hard-earned money on nice shoes.
Among her friends and family, Miranda Oh is known to be the storyteller of the group, always recapping crazy life stories and situations. Her personal experiences, emotions and fantasies are the inspiration for most of her books, so there is a little bit of her in every story.
You can connect with Miranda via the following Social Media channels:-
Facebook:- Author Miranda Oh – Chin Up Tits Out (FB)
Twitter:- @ohmirandaoh (Twitter)
Website:- The Website of Author Miranda Oh
You can buy her books here:-
Buy Miranda Oh’s books in the UK/Europe
Buy Miranda Oh’s books in the US/Rest of the World
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