The Author Spotlight Questions and Answers is back with a new addition - this time we have a post from Micky O’Brady, who is talking about her new book THE PRESIDANT’S DAUGHTER, and life in Los Angeles, California.
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
Hi there! My name is Micky O’Brady. I live in beautiful dry, hot California. Los Angeles, to be exact. Pretty cool city—pretty busy, too!
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
That question sounds like I should have a very thought-through and presentable answer ready to go—something profound.
Well, I don’t.
Inspirations for my books happen anywhere, and anytime. An article I read could give me the idea for a theme. Or a poster. Does anybody remember the billboards for “The Americans”? I think it was about two years ago that I saw one of those and thought I wanted to write a story, where the main characters ended up looking at each other exactly like that. So I did (and it’s coming out next year, if all goes smoothly.). ;o)
In regards to THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER, the idea came when President Obama came into office and brought his two daughters with him. (Duh. Obviously.) So thank you, Mr. President, for being an inspiration on many levels!
Difficult challenges—gah! Well, finding a good age for Ian and Sam that doesn’t make either relationship creepy or their storyline hard to believe.
What I love about it? Like, it—my book? Or it, writing? I’m going to answer as if you wanted to know what I love about writing (because it feels weird answering what I love about my book, I’m totally biased!).
It says in my bio somewhere that I write YA romantic thrillers because I wished my life had been such an awesome mix of action and cute guys, and that still nails it.
PS: In case you’re wondering—Ian. I totally love Ian in the book. [Insert blush-emoji here]
What are a few of your hobbies?
Martial Arts. Despite taking a kid-related break or work-related break here and there, martial arts have always been part of my life in one way or another. I’m a second-degree black belt in Judo, blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and a brown belt in Krav Maga. Besides that I’d say, well, the regular: Cooking. Baking. (Oh—cake pops! Awesome stuff!) Skiing. Photography.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Hah! Awesome question. Hmm… for sure the cake pops I mentioned before. Can you do a pulled-pork sandwich truck that also carries cake pops?
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
Not having to ask Mr. Thesaurus all the time? Not overuse “awesome”? Learn when to capitalize president?
What TV series are you into right now and why?
Surprisingly (or not), Netflix’ TROLLHUNTERS, by Guillermo del Toro. Awesome show, really! The whole family has a lot of fun watching it. For the glory of Merlin, daylight is mine to command!
What movie do you quote the most?
Jeez, that’s gonna date me.
I’ll have to give the honor and title of most-quoted movie to three series, actually: Back to the Future, Austin Powers, and Star Trek.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Right now Target’s TROLLHUNTERS mystery figures. They’re super-detailed and fun. Don’t tell Target, but we’re taking a kitchen scale to weigh the boxes, so we can find the figures we don’t have yet. Hint: Trollhunter-Jim is 42 grams. Blinkie 75 grams. ;o)
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Something (anything!) that has action and romance combined. YA, NA, Adult… bring it on!
What do you like to do on vacation?
Visit family. Scuba. Oh, that’s a hobby I forgot.
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
I’ve dabbed into YA sci-fi, so that’s coming up soon (times two, hopefully), so I’d say I’m on it.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
Unusual object… huh. Like, for whom? Wherever I drive I have a full paramedic-style first aid bag with me. Never know when you might have to intubate somebody. ;o)
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Yeah, sorry, my pigeon is actually an exchange-pigeon from Germany:
Name: Klaus-Dieter von Taubenhausen.
Tagline: Von Norddeich bis nach Oberhausen, am schnellsten kann nur Dieter sausen!
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Well, I mentioned TROLLHUNTERS already, definitely give that one a try. I can also recommend the old series of TOP GEAR, produced by the BBC, or Amazon’s THE GRAND TOUR, with the same presenters. Not much is better than Jeremy, James, and Hammond on crazy excursions.
About The President’s Daughter
When her father is elected President, seventeen-year-old brainiac Alix Forrester is recruited into a covert branch of the Secret Service. They expect geeky, socially awkward Alix to be their inside girl, keeping an additional eye on her father without his knowledge—even though she and the President barely get along after a car accident that left her on crutches and kept her out of Harvard. If it wasn’t for Sam, Alix’s long-term crush and her father’s young personal assistant, her life would suck at an epic level—at least until she starts training with twenty-one-year-old Secret Service-genius Ian.
Their geeky connection over all things science has Alix crushing hard. As her injuries heal, Ian molds Alix into an elite spy. Their attraction grows, while the relationship with her father is going down hill: he even throws her out of the Oval Office in front of everyone. No matter what, when a series of assassination attempts threatens the President’s life, Alix and Ian get activated.
Rejected by the man she’s trying to save Alix hunts for the assassin, inadvertently handing Ian evidence pointing to Sam as the perpetrator. Despite her protests and pleas Ian has Sam arrested, ordering Alix to drop the case. Hurt by Ian’s actions Alix goes rogue to prove it can’t have been Sam. The boy who kissed her for the very first time cannot be out to kill her father. Racing against time Alix must overcome her own inadequacies and find the true assassin before Sam gets convicted for something he didn’t do—or before the President gets killed.
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