Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sidelined Blog Tour - Bree Collinson Interview

Today I interrupt our normal programming to hand over to the States for a very special, exclusive interview with Bree Collinson, star of Kyra Lennon's latest novel, Sidelined. As you'd expect from Kyra, it's a very sweet read with some added grit and an excellent addition to the Game On series. So without further ado, let's hand over to our friends at Westberg One.

Hello and welcome to Word on Westberg, your local syndicated cable TV chat show with your host, Wilbur Wintersby. We've got a great show tonight and we're starting by finding out about the glamorous life of a top soccer player's wife. Our first guest's husband Jude is the goalkeeper for Westberg Warriors. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to the fabulous Bree Collinson.

- Good evening, Bree, you're looking beautiful. Can you tell us about a typical day as a footballer's wife? Some say you have everything a girl could ever want, is that true?  

*tilts head* Well, it’s pretty awesome to be a footballer’s wife, and my husband is soooo handsome! Jude has to work a lot, so I get lots of time to hang out with my friends and go shopping! I love to shop, and yeah, I do have a lot of stuff. Sometimes I think I have a little too much, actually. Maybe I should donate some of my shoes to, like, a charity or something…

- Now, you've gone through some troubles in the past year which have inspired you to tell your story in this book as an inspiration to others. Without giving anything away to those who haven't read it yet, why should people read your book?

Because, as a footballer’s wife, people have the impression that I’m… stupid. Sure, I know how to dress, and I know more about fashion than… well, anything else, I guess. But I’ve been through a lot of stuff, stuff most people would never be able to guess. I get excited about little things like celebrity weddings, and the latest movie releases, and nights out with friends, but it’s only because I never used to have any of those things in my life. I couldn’t afford a gossip magazine, and I sure couldn’t afford to go the movies. I didn’t have any friends, either. Not real ones like I have now. So, yeah. I guess I want people to read my book to show them that I’m not all about the latest trends. There’s more to me.

 - It seems like you're in a pretty good place with your life and marriage. Could we be hearing the patter of tiny football boots in the Collinson household in future?

*laughs* Oh, I love babies! But, you know, Jude and I have been through a lot in the last few months, and right now we just need to focus on us. There will definitely be babies in our future, but not for a while.

- You come across in the book as a bit ditzy, but with a heart of gold and ready to help anyone. Apart from Jude, do you have anyone in your life like that?  Tell our viewers why they're so great.

I’m a lucky girl. I sure don’t know anyone as ditzy as me, but I have the best friends in the world. And I know everyone thinks that about their own friends, but seriously, mine really are the best. If you guys have ever seen us out on the town, you know that Leah Walker and Freya Phillips are my best friends, and also, Jesse Shaw. *audience wolf whistles and Bree giggles* Right, ladies? He’s a sweetheart, a real gentleman who has been there for me when things got rough.

- In the early part of your book you seem dissatisfied with your lot and yearn for something more.  Have you found that and is there any news on that hamster?

*laughs out loud* No hamsters for me! Things are getting better now, but I wasn’t dissatisfied with what I had. I was dissatisfied with myself, but I didn’t really realise why for a while. All it took was an idea from Leah to help me see what the problem was and I’m much happier now I have something to work for.

Thanks so much for joining us tonight, Bree and I hope you'll stick around, we have some awesome guests still to come.
Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed
of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than
Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything
handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life. When an idea to
better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

Buy Links: Amazon UK/ Amazon US/B&N/iBookstore

About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels.

Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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Kyra Lennon said...

Thanks for having Bree over today! :D

Nick Wilford said...

No problem, Kyra! It was a lot of fun. I had hoped to create some sort of logo or graphic for the chat show, but time was not on my side. Maybe on the next tour?! :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I love character interviews. I did one recently for the first time and it's hard work, so I completely appreciate the awesome job Kyra did with this!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What about the hamster?
Kyra, you did say ditzy. Yeah, she is.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Great interview. I almost started to think Bree was real :-)

Loni Townsend said...

That was cute and fun. :)

Michelle Wallace said...

What a great character!
Such a fun interview.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

So...there are babies in the future, which means more books to come! Woo hoo.

DMS said...

What a fun interview! I feel like I know Bree now. :)

I have been seeing Kyra's book all over the blogosphere. Wishing her the best of luck!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Bree is such a great character! I like her ditzy-ness and her depth. Sidelined is such a great book! :)

Kyra Lennon said...

@Nick For sure!
@Stephanie Faris – I love character interviews, too. Bree has such a strong voice, this one was much easier than some of them have been!
@Alex – LOL you have to read the book to understand the hamster!
@Annalisa Thank you!
@Loni Townsend Thanks!
@Elizabeth – The distant future lol
@DMS Thank you!
@Krista Thanks so much! <3

cleemckenzie said...

I've seen Sidelined a lot of places today. Congrats on the successful blog tour.

Sherry Ellis said...

Fun character interview! The premise of the book sounds compelling.

Christine Rains said...

Wonderful interview! Bree might be ditzy, but she's lovable. :)

Kristin Smith said...

Great interview! Kyra did such a great job of making Bree come to life. Loved it! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

That was fun! Sounds like a great addition to the series!! :)

Cortney Pearson said...

Such a fun interview!

Meradeth Houston said...

Congrats to Kyra! Sounds like a very fun read!

Unknown said...

Congrats Kyra! Thanks for paying me a visit Nick. I hope all is going well for you.

Cherie Reich said...

Love the interview! Congrats, Kyra! And I have to say Wilbur Wintersby is an awesome name for a TV host.

M Pax said...

Yay for Kyra! Major congrats on the new book!

Waves to Nick.

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks for stopping by to support Kyra, everyone!

Nicki Elson said...

Oh yay, it was nice to get to know Bree a bit deeper. Thanks for the fun interview. I find the word "footballer" to be adorable, btw.

Nicki Elson said...

Oh yay, it was nice to get to know Bree a bit deeper. Thanks for the fun interview. I find the word "footballer" to be adorable, btw.

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I heard about the stereotypes of footballer's wives, but it looks like Bree is breaking them.

TBM said...

Character interviews are fun and a great way to promote a book.