Monday, November 4, 2013

Stranded on a Desert Island... with Renee Swindle

Please welcome Renee Swindle, author of Shake Down the Stars, as she braves our Desert Island Interview. Would she survive?

First, a bit about Renee:

Her first novel, Please Please Please, was published by the Dial Press/Dell. Please Please Please was also published in Germany as Mehr Mehr Mehr and published in Japan.  Please Please Please was an Essence Magazine bestseller.

Renee Swindle earned her BA from UC Irvine and MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. She lives in Oakland, California with her two dogs and three cats–meow!

Renee Swindle Stranded on a Desert Island!

1.   If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

War and Peace.  I’ve never read it before and I figure as long as I’ll be on that island, I’m going to need a nice long book.

2.  What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with? 

My bed.  I plan to build a cabin and would like to have my bed shipped in.

3.  What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

My laptop.  The island I’m stranded on has electricity and WiFi :-)

4.  Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

I would definitely enjoy the solitude.  I’m an introvert who meditates.  I can take it! 

5.  If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

Just one?  Hmmm… The Dalai Lama.

6.  What modern technology would you miss the most?

Well, since I’m sneaking in my laptop I can’t say I’d miss anything.  (Am I cheating??!)

7.  What food or beverage would you miss the most?

I’m a tea-aholic so I’d miss tea.

8.  How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

I think I could last three months.

9.  What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Give my dogs big hugs.  Say goodbye to the Dalai Lama.

10. What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

Desert Island: not so bad!

Check out Renee Swindle's debut novel, Shake Down the Stars,
5 STAR review from Novel Escapes!

Piper Nelson is stuck. She can’t quite stay away from the husband she divorced. She isn't always attentive to the high school students she teaches. And even she admits that she’s been drinking too much and seeking out unsuitable men. Piper’s mother, married to a celebrity evangelist, and her sister, immersed in plans to wed a professional football player and star in a reality TV show, are both too self-absorbed to sympathize with Piper’s angst. They tell her to get a grip. But how can Piper ever really recover from the blow she suffered five years ago, when a car accident took the life of her young daughter?

When Piper's ex-husband announces his new girlfriend is pregnant, Piper is forced to take stock. Realizing that it’s time for a change is one step, but actually making it happen is quite another. And despite what she thinks, Piper can’t do it alone Lucky for her, a couple of crazy, funny new friends are ready to step in when she needs them most…and show her how to live and laugh again.

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