Please welcome Kim Carmichael to the StudioBlog. She’s amazing and lovely, and we’re really pleased she’s here. Join us in a marv interview with an exceptionally nice person!

Studioenp: Pepsi or Coke—or something else?

Kim Carmichael: Used to be Diet Coke but is now Tejava Iced Tea

Studioenp: Oooh, yum. Partial to a sip or two of iced tea. Reminds us of summer days, ice chinking, birds yakking and all that jazz. Which season do you like best and why?

Kim Carmichael: Winter. The clothes are much better, and you have an excuse to wear Ugg Boots with everything.

Studioenp: Gotta love Uggs! Like slippers for outside. Wish they’d been around when we were kids. Gawd, showing the age there. Moving on… What’s your fondest childhood memory?

Kim Carmichael: Probably waking up in the middle of the night and having breakfast with my mom for no reason when it was still dark out.

Studioenp: Aww, that’s lovely! Do you have a best friend—who is it?

Kim Carmichael: I have a best friend from my work who is my definite female soul mate, and I have my editor who is more than a best friend, I consider her my sister.

Studioenp: That’s beautiful! So nice that you have people like that around you. The best of best friends accepts you and your quirks. Do you have any?

Kim Carmichael: I have too many quirks. I have to sleep with my puppies in the bed; I have a specific cup I like my coffee out of; I have to get my editor’s approval on every scene I write.

Studioenp: LOL. We all seek approval, don’t we? Bless us. So, random one here: Post-It notes or notebook?

Kim Carmichael: Absolutely a notebook.

Studioenp: Fab. Em used to love new school books as a kid. That first fresh page when you did your best handwriting. Then, as the book went on, it didn’t seem to matter so much. Ha! What do you do to relax?

Kim Carmichael: Write.

Studioenp: The perfect de-stress activity! Which leads us to another kind of perfect: Perfect three-course meal?

Kim Carmichael: Salad with blue cheese dressing, steak, and chocolate cake.

Studioenp: Yummers! Now that steak seems to want to be on our menu for tonight. What type of music do you enjoy?

Kim Carmichael: The 1980’s were radical.

Studioenp: Ooh, Wham! Culture Club! Do you dance like no one’s watching when you’re listening to it?

Kim Carmichael: No, but I sing in the car like Taylor Swift!

Studioenp: LOL! Em quite likes her. Is that something she should be admitting? Shrug. Who cares! Thank you so much for being with us today. Here’s to another interview in the future!

Dear readers, please be dears and read Kim’s excerpt from her book, Façade. Today’s virtual food offering is flapjacks and shortbread biscuits. Mind the crumbs don’t go on the floor, though, eh? Thanks.

Blurb for Façade:

The world is nothing but one big façade. You have to be special to see the man behind the mask.

Erik Renevant once lived in the spotlight. As lead singer for the wildly successful group, Specter the world revered him. When an accident destroyed his band and his face, he chose to live his life in the darkness, hiding away from the shadows of his former self and refusing to be seen again.

Christine Day longs to have her chance in the spotlight. Living her life flitting from one thing to the other and currently without a permanent residence, she sees her big break in becoming the backup singer for an unknown band and entering the Stage of Stars, the latest hit reality competition.

When Christine wanders into Erik’s perfectly controlled world and he hears her voice, he knows she is destined for super stardom. However, he never dreamed she would be the one to help him shatter his own façade and lead him into the light.

Façade is inspired by the beloved story of the Phantom of the Opera and is a combination of all the different incarnations.

Excerpt for Façade:

Ten years ago…

THE STANDING OVATION.

Erik Renevant and the rest of his band, Spectre, stood off stage watching the standing ovation. The clapping continued until it took on a chant-like rhythm. Everyone there was waiting for one thing, the final song, the one that came after the standing ovation.

He glanced at his band mates. There was an exact moment when one gave in, returned to the stage and performed the song the fans came to hear. The time was now, and Upton, their drummer, grabbed his sticks and went first.

The crowd roared with excitement as Upton took the throne. Once seated, Phil, their bassist, went next. Though rock music seemed chaotic and random, there was a definite ritual to everything.

Nash, Erik’s best friend and Spectre’s lead guitarist, saluted him, and instrument in hand, jogged out to the stage.

Erik waited a minute more. Everyone waited for the lead singer, and when the exact right frenzy took over the audience and the band began to play the beginning notes of their penultimate song, Shadow Light, he came out, taking his time to let the crowd relax, take them in and let them take him in.

Perfectly timed pyrotechnics shot flames with each one of his footsteps and he made his way center stage.

The music he wrote throbbed in time with his heartbeat and at last he sang the rock ballad that made him a superstar.

His song spoke of love, loss and of saying goodbye. Every person in that stadium felt they owned those words.

At last, the song ended, leaving the thousands of people in silent awe. He and his bandmates took one final bow. Now they would disappear in a wall of fire, a perfect end for a band named after a ghost, a stunt he personally designed.

Erik never made it to his mark before his world exploded. The flames shot him in the face, heat raged through him, burning and melting him, and his bandmates screamed as the stage collapsed.

About Kim Carmichael:

Kim Carmichael began writing nine years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.

A Southern California native, Kim's contemporary romance combines Hollywood magic with pop culture to create quirky characters set against some of most unique and colorful settings in the world. With a weakness for designer purses, bad boys and techno geeks, Kim married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running and finally admitted handbags were an investment.

 

A multi-published author, Kim is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as some small specialty chapters.

When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.

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