Monday, May 6, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: After Math by Denise Grover Swank

Book Description:
Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling withher social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, hercarefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class.With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

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Interview with Author Denise Grover Swank

What was the most difficult part for you when writing After Math?
The hardest part of writing After Math was making sure Scarlett and  Tucker found a deeper relationship based on trust, respect and friendship before they allowed the sexual side to evolve.  It took writing, rewriting and lots of tweaking to get it to where it is now.

What was the easiest part?
The easiest part of writing After Math was the romantic scenes with Scarlett and Tucker. Their relationship was almost a holy thing at that point and each experience was truly a union of their souls. It was a beautiful thing to write.

What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why
Wow, my favorite scene.  Probably the scene when Scarlett finds Tucker drunk outside the party they are at (separately) and she realizes there’s so much more to him than he portrays. She’d suspected before, but his pain escapes and she feels a tug on her heart to risk herself and reach out to him. This was definitely outside of Scarlett’s norm and comfort zone. For someone who based her life on routine and order, she was truly testing herself.

Is there anything in After Math you hope readers take away after reading, or something you want to point out you don’t want readers to miss?
I think there’s a bit of Scarlett and Tucker in each of us. We’re never who we portray to the world. There’s a deeper self, usually hurt and damaged. I think we all hope we can find the one person to not only recognize that part of us, but love us and help us heal. 

What authors or books have influenced you as a reader and/or a writer?
I’ve been influenced by many authors. The first was Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was a kid. Reading The Little House on the Prairie series made me consider writing my own stories and books. In the new adult genre, I’ve been influenced by Abbi Glines, Jasinda Wilder, and Colleen Hoover. 

What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?
I’m currently wrapping up REDESIGNED, the second book in the Off the Subject series. REDESIGNED is about Caroline, Scarlett’s roommate.

About the Author
Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She’s a gypsy who can’t live in oneplace too long or stay in one genre. She writes contemporary romance, urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, young adult science fiction, and romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.
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  1. Great review and interview! Thanks for the giveaway i hope i win

  2. After Math looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

  4. LOVE the author interview, especially her favorite scene. Sounds so good:)

    I"d love to read it because of what she said, that there's a little of the characters in all of us:))

    Thank you:)

  5. A very clever title!! I'm going to enjoy this book.

  6. Great interview. I really enjoyed it. :-)

  7. I really agree with Denise's point that there's a deeper self to people that they don't always portray. I think that if you're lucky to find a person who can help you grow and heal that the darker side can help you learn a lot about yourself, and once it's healed it becomes more about that learning experience than the hurt.

  8. I love the author interviews. This is a great interview. The book sounds great as well. Thanks for the giveaway!


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