9 July 2010

Interview with the ANONYMOUS author of WAGS' WORLD + GIVEAWAY!

Some of you may remember that I've recently & enjoyed a series called WAGS' WORLD, which features the infamous Wives and Girlfriends of footballers? Perfect reads for the World Cup season! You can read my review here and here in case you missed them.
Anyway, this fantastic series was written by an anonymous author and I got a chance to interview her - yay, how exciting!
Unfortunately, she still refuses to get personal, but at least she provides some other interesting information - so read on! :)
Oh and if you like the sound of these books, then there's a giveaway in store for you - just scroll down!
Enjooooooy! :)

- You've decided to remain anonymous as an author, but can you please tell us something about yourself?
OK, let's see... I live in the UK (not necessarily in London, though I've read that about myself in some author bios. Let me tell you that those bios are unauthorised! I have never actually said that I live in London... Or that I don't...)
I'm married and I have young children. I like football, swimming and dancing. And I love writing.

- Are you a WAG too? Did you base your books on your own experience?
The WAGs' World series is fiction. That's all I'm saying. :)

- Why do you think so many girls today aspire to be WAGs? Would you encourage that?
I think the coverage we see in papers and mags make being in a relationship with a footballer look like instant glamour: a ticket out of ordinary life, a rags-to-riches fairytale existence. In reality, of course, so-called WAGs are women who happen to date/marry footballers, and are as diverse as women who happen to date/marry men in any other profession. OK, footballing can be a very highly paid profession, but only at a certain level, and even then there's a downside - it's not all about money and glamour, as Amy soon learns in the WAGs' World books. I don't think I'd discourage anyone's hopes and dreams, but I'd like to think that women could pursue their own interests and develop their skills and talents to reach the kind of recognition and satisfaction they dream of in their own right.

- Can you tell us a bit about your writing process?
I do a lot of research, make a rough plan of what my characters need to go through, and then I set about putting the necessary action into writing. I often change direction as I write and sometimes surprise myself by uncovering unplanned juicy facts about characters and their motivation. Rosay and Trina have both surprised me in the past, for example, and I'm never completely sure what our Asha's going to come out with next.

- Can we expect more books in the series?
As far as I know, there are no plans for more WAGs' World books. I hope people continue to enjoy reading them, though! I certainly enjoyed every minute of writing them.

- The covers are gorgeous - would you happen to have any inside scoop on how they were designed?
I'm glad you like them! I don't really know much about their design, but I do have some idea of the cover model's top-secret identity.

- Who do you predict will win the World Cup this year?
Well, at the time of writing this, the world is gearing up for the final and all my previous predictions are out of the window! Maybe I vaguely expected things to unfold in a similar way to the World Cup tournament I made up! World Cup WAGs would be a very different book as things currently stand - can you imagine how exciting it would be to be in Spain right now? And could Johann and Kylie's big day have reached a whole new height of celebration?!

- Lastly, who's your favourite real life WAG and why?
I don't really have a favourite, but I must say that it's hard not to admire Ellie Darby, who normally stays out of the limelight, for her recent appearance on the BBC Three series WAGs, Kids and World Cup Dreams. You can see her talk about what she thinks of the WAG stereotype here.

Thank you very much for interviewing me, Bookalicious Ramblings!
- Not at all, thank YOU for agreeing to do this, Anonymous! :)

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Also, in case you missed it the first time around, I'm also hosting a giveaway for TWO sets of the whole series (i.e. three books) ! The giveaway ends very soon so here are the rules if you'd like to enter:
  • the contest is open INTERNATIONALLY
  • it ends on July 10th at midnight
  • all you have to do is fill out this form
In the form, I also ask you some questions regarding your favourite WAGs and World Cup finalists. I've gotten some interesting replies so far so stay tuned as I post them in my winners announcement post - should be fun! :)


Blueicegal ♥ said...

oh wow fantastic interview girl! the series sounds great!

Emidy said...

Fabulous interview! I find it so cool how the author is anonymous. That's so mysterious... oooh.

Ria- The Beaucoup Review book blog. said...

This was brilliant!
You should enter BBAW under the 'Best Author Interviews' section- you'd go far in that!
I'm so intrigued by this series after your reviews, the Chicklish review, and now this interview.

Ria- The Beaucoup Review book blog. said...

P.S Spain to win!
P.P.S Swimming <3(:

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Ria - haha, thanks, but I'm afraid I don't have the guts to nominate myself for anything in BBAW! There are so many better bloggers out there that I'd get squashed immediately, hehe. But thanks for the compliment anyway! :)

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Great interview!!! The author is VERY mysterious, even more so that J.D. Sallinger.;)

Sasha said...

Great interview! How mysterious lol x

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