Becky Wicks, author of Before He Was Famous, has stopped by The Library to chat with us as part of her virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Becky will be awarding an eCopy of Before He Was Famous to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour, and a Grand Prize of an eCopy of Before He Was Famous , as well as a print copy of Latinalicious, Becky's last travel memoir (HarperCollins) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (International winner) You can see the other stops on the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/05/virtual-book-tour-before-he-was-famous.html.
What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
Wow, so many, but I always remember my mum pulling me away from an approaching bicycle because I had my nose in another Famous Five book by Enid Blyton. I would literally walk down the street reading her books. A big fave was The Wishing Chair series and then Mallory Towers. I always wanted to go to Boarding School because of her!
What is your favorite book today?
I have to say, everything by Neil Gaiman is fantastic, and John Green also. The Fault in Our Stars left such an impression on me when I first read it. There’s a reason it’s so successful – it takes an incredible talent to create characters who can rip your heart into shreds and put it back together again. Hazel and Augustus live on in our memories long after we finish reading, and that is pure magic.
Tel us about your current book in 10 words.
Best friends fall in love, one gets famous, both suffer.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Come Back To Me by Sarah Alderson, which is a hot new adult that’s keeping me awake too late at night! But seeing as I read multiple books at once depending on my mood I’m also reading Savage Tide by Greg Barron, which is very dark and brilliantly written, and Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I love the way he writes – he’s so inspiring. Every word is poetry to me.
E-Reader or print? and why?
I think there’s room for both, especially when you’re sitting in the sun and your iPad’s flashing that yellow hazard sign because it’s too hot and you think it might explode. Seriously, when did a real book look like it might explode in your hands? I love the convenience of my e-reader but books will always have a special place in my heart (and hands!)
Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
Good to know! My friend Paul once threatened to bend my ears forward if I bent another one of his book pages back. I used to bend the entire covers of books back as I read them, until one time I was in India reading New Moon and the sun melted the glue on the spine. The pages flew out and into the swimming pool and I had to wait two weeks to find out what happened to Bella.
Favorite book you've read this year?
Out of Control and Come Back to Me by Sarah Alderson. I always love her books! The Book Thief was fabulous, and I just read Many Lives Many Masters, which is quite different and follows a psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss, as he explores past lives. I was blown away. I love stuff like that!
When do you do most of your reading?
On the beach or on a sun lounger (I live in Bali at the moment) or on public transport! I’ve a habit of missing my tube or bus stop when I’m in London, thanks to locking myself in different worlds! Error.
Romance! I’ll take my loving any way, shape or form (ahem). I prefer stories that build the tension, stories where love is earned and trust is earned and no one rushes into anything silly, but I’ll pretty much read anything with an element of romance. I love it when my heart goes BOOM!
The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious - The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious - The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.
Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two... think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!
Follow her on twitter at bex_wicks and her blog www.beckywicks.com