Thursday, January 5, 2012

Book Giveaway and Author Interview: Growing up Wired by David Wallace Fleming

Growing up Wired - Amazon US
Growing up Wired by David Wallace Fleming
How will romantic relationships withstand technology's offer of instant gratification?While on his computer, Victor Hastings admires the provocative pictures of the girl he's dating.Meanwhile, she's posting more and more on Facebook and all the social sites.Now everyone in his cramped fraternity is competing for her.What kind of love is this?The wired kind. 
About David: 
David Wallace Fleming studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. He's worked in aerospace research and development in Indiana and Virginia. He enjoys running, karaoke and sand volleyball. His short stories have appeared in Out of the Gutter's Hard Times Issue and Escape Velocity's anthology.
Here's a link to his site which features short stories and other writing samples:

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
In a world of instant gratification, can traditional relationships survive.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
A girl I went on a date with made a comment that she might start her own “website” to help pay the bills. The next week another girl I was talking to on sent me an email for her own “website.” This was several years ago and it made an impression on me.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
The second female lead, Erin. She’s been a little corrupted with her wealth and beauty, but she’s strong and honest about it.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I’ve found enjoyment in many of the classics. Some favorites include: Lolita, Les Misarables, On The Road and John Barley-corn. I still find time to read and am currently reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. 
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I’m continually adding new short stories to my blog, I’ve begun work on a second novel involving the internet again, however, this time from a postmodern, humorous vantage point (similar to Kurt Vonnegut).

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?

Okay, I’m going to cheat and pick a short story. I want to live inside of “Guy De Maupassant” by Isaac Babel. Those six pages are really magical and they conjure up a world better than many full length novels.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I like to listen to Mozart when I revise. A good deal of this novel was written under the influence of Coca-Cola Classic. I don’t really need anything specific to write and this is mostly because I spread my strategy out over various tricks:  scratch paper (for trying out phrases, sentences and bizarre doodling), a Word Menu with tabs, lots of pacing in circles and something to throw up in the air and catch.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I’ve always wanted to have “The Force” like Luke Skywalker.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I like jogging, sand volleyball and singing karaoke.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
That covers it.

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla
Edward or Jacob? Neither, sorry. I tried.
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Ebook
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Beach
Phone call or email? Phone call
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Messy
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas

And now for the giveaway:

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  1. Thanks for the follow Renee!

  2. Loved the interview questions - and seeing the answers. The book sounds interesting - but ... David picked vanilla over chocolate?! Losing some cool points for that :-)

  3. I assumed the question about vanilla versus chocolate was referring to ice cream. I do enjoy chocolate in my ice cream.

    Now if I had known we were talking about candy bars, of course dark chocolate is the best.

  4. This is funny. My boyfriend doesn't touch computers, so we've never had to deal with this sort of thing. I would love to see how this book deals with techno-love.

  5. Techno-love! That's a great word! Now, I'll have to look for an excuse to work it into conversation.

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