24 February 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Guest Post by GVR Corcillo, Author of She Likes It Rough

How did you come up with your book’s title?

The first title for my novel She Likes It Rough was Between a Rock and a Hard Place, but as I wrote, the book became less and less about a dilemma. Then the title became Into the Wild, but I learned that a very different book with that title already existed. I had gotten the title from a line in the movie The Fellowship of the Ring. When the Hobbits ask Strider where he is taking them, Strider responds, “Into the wild,” a line I thought just reverberated with excitement. And it was sexy, too, since Viggo Mortensen was the one delivering the line! Next, the title became Girl Gone Wild, but so many people despised that title because of the videos that I changed it yet again. When I hit upon She Likes It Rough, I knew I’d nailed it. My heroine Lisa Flyte makes it rough on herself, doing so many things in the book that terrify her, but on a deeper level, she has been making it rough on herself her whole life because she has always been too scared to live her life to the fullest and go after what she really wants.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Viggo Mortensen, again! Kind of. Years ago, I was flipping channels and came across the Sylvester Stallone movie Daylight, written by Leslie Bohem. Viggo Mortensen was in it, so I stopped to watch for a bit. Viggo plays an outdoor extremist who is also a businessman. That sparked the idea for my hero Jack, a an adrenaline junkie who designs gear for outdoor sporting adventures. The rest of the story evolved from there. The inspiration for Lisa? Well, I have this, uh, friend, yeah, a friend, and she’s afraid of so many things. Heights, big animals, loud noises, wearing the wrong thing, what her mother thinks of her…

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Mandy Moore and James Marsden. Mandy Moore plays down-to-earth better than any other actress I’ve seen in her age range. Her performances in Dedication and How to Deal convince me that she would be perfect as Lisa. And James Marsden – this guy is such a good actor that the depths and nuances of his characterizations actually overshadow his amazing looks. That is my hero Jack to a T – he is so hot that he seems daunting from afar, but once Lisa sees him up close and gets to know him, she realizes he is a guy with issues, attitudes, and opinions that keep her on her toes and knock her for a loop.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary. The playful irreverence of the story as a woman tries to become the hero of her own life echoes throughout my book. With one big difference – my heroine Lisa’s goal is never to get a guy or get married. Her prime directive is to make her life count for something, to become more significant. Her interaction with the hero Jack is a big part of that journey, but Lisa never focuses on her ‘single’ status as something she needs to remedy. Because of this shift, She Likes It Rough reminds me of Lisa Lutz’s Izzy Spellman Series. Though my book is not a mystery, it uses wacky situations to explore not only romance, but also relationships with family, career angst, and ways and means of getting along with the rest of the populated world.

What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?

When I clicked the button on Createspace that made my novel go live, I changed my life. I self-published my chick lit novel She Likes It Rough. Now, anyone can buy my book. I can buy my book! The vibrant, substantial proof was in my hand. I wrote a book! I published a book! I am an author. Gone are the desultory writing habits slogging through my life and constantly reminding me what I am not doing and have not done. Such craven negligence is but a sad memory. Now, I wake up every day eager to get started building my life as AN AUTHOR. The author GVR Corcillo. I do not fret over things I should have been doing for years, such as building up a social network or writing the ten other books in my head. No time for regrets. I start from here and go. I would tell emerging writers who are battling the demons holding them back to just do it. To take a little time every day to sit and work. To write. Because that’s what a writer does.

About the Author:
GVR-CorcilloWith her Ivy League education, white trash sensibility, and pop culture savvy, GVR Corcillo delights in writing chick lit about characters who try not to trip as they valiantly march to their own bongo beat.Corcillo hit the New York Times Best Sellers List with her short story, “Jane Austen Meets the New York Giants,” in the Marlo Thomas anthology The Right Words at the Right Time: Volume 2. Her short story “All Summer on a Date” was chosen as the lead story in the 2012 anthology Romancing the Pages. She Likes It Rough is her debut novel soon to be followed by Queen of the Universe.Originally from Scranton, PA, she lives with her husband Ron Corcillo in North Hollywood, CA, where she delves into all things Los Angeles: she’s co-hosted a syndicated radio show, acted in an award-winning short film, written a screenplay for Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures, picketed during the 2007 Hollywood writers strike, and taught high school in Watts and South Central. And while she loves her life on the west coast, she’s still a die-hard New York Giants fan.

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About the Book: Can daring adventures with an outdoor extremist give a daydreaming pushover the courage she needs in order to make her life count for something?

After a humiliating freak fast-food accident, discombobulated scaredy-cat Lisa Flyte finally gets fed up with letting life walk all over her. Time to get a backbone and really start living! But how is a shrinking violet like Lisa supposed to get tough all of a sudden after a lifetime of watching from the couch?

Jack Hawkins, that’s how. When Lisa finds out that the adrenaline junkie from her MBA classes needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of beginner adventure gear, she gets the most daring idea of her life: she will be his undercover test dummy if he helps her to become brave on their adventures in the wild.

They strike a deal. But can Lisa use her outdoor moxie in the real world? Will she be bold enough to pursue a career she really wants or stand up to her bullying family?

And will she get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He’s a man who’s not afraid of anything…except maybe of falling for Lisa.

One Response to “Guest Post by GVR Corcillo, Author of She Likes It Rough”

  1. GVR Corcillo 24 February 2014 at 1:43 pm Permalink

    What a great interview, Candy! Thanks for this opportunity to talk about my journey as an indie author and about my debut novel. Awesome site you’ve got here!

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