I've Got Your Number Blog Tour! Author Interview with... Sophie Kinsella

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I'm very excited to be taking part in the Canadian blog tour for Sophie Kinsella's latest novel, I've Got Your Number, which is officially out in stores today! I've Got Your Number is a hilarious romantic comedy of a novel filled plenty of laughs and moments where I was giggling uncontrollably. I stayed up until the middle of the night reading the book because I was loving it so much!

Thanks to Random House Canada, I was able to ask Sophie some questions... 

I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
 

Hello! Happy Valentine's Day and thank you for having me! 

1) Who was your favourite character to write about in I've Got Your Number? 

Oh, that's hard! I loved writing all the characters. I think my favourite 'minor' character was Wanda. As for major characters, I couldn't really choose between Poppy and Sam. My favourite scenes were the ones where they were sparring with each other. There was such a connection between them (not just their phone line!) 

2) Technology plays an important part in your latest novel with the texting and emailing between Poppy and Sam. How much does it affect your own life? 

I am addicted to technology! It's a love-hate relationship. I can't function without my phone and get panicky if I mislay it. I text and message all day. But sometimes it feels overwhelming and I feel bombarded. What I find amazing is how quickly our entire lives have transferred into technological devices. Most people's phones contain an entire world of information about them, from emails to texts to voicemails to embarrassing photos. That's why it's a good idea not to lose them! 

3) I've Got Your Number is your newest novel since the release of Mini Shopaholic in 2010. What was the writing process like for this book? 

Writing this book was a lot of fun. I love writing stand-alone novels because I have such freedom in them to explore new ideas and develop new characters. I was excited to be tackling a whole new world and creating Poppy and Sam. I spent a long time planning the plot and only started writing when I felt the story was practically bursting out of me. 

4) Was there a deleted scene from the novel that you wish had made it into the final version? 

I would have loved to write Poppy and Sam at the dentist :) 

5) What is it about the contemporary genre that you enjoy writing the most? 

I love reflecting the world and writing about aspects of modern life that intrigue me. My writing changes as society changes. I wouldn't have written this book fifteen years ago, because technology wasn't nearly the force it is today. It's exciting to feel that what you're doing is evolving with the world. 

6) What is a day in the life of Sophie Kinsella like? 

My days are different depending on whether I'm writing, promoting or on holiday. When I'm writing, I like to start first thing, with a cup of coffee and some loud music. I aim to complete 1,000 words and then I'm 'done' for the day. But writing is very unpredictable so I never know how long this will take. Sometimes an hour or two. Sometimes all day. Sometimes I have to give up for the day! If I get really stuck I go out with my husband for cocktails. We discuss the plot and usually iron out the glitches. He has the same sense of humour as me, which really helps. Then it's home and into the mayhem of family life with five kids. I get them all into bed and then maybe go back to the book and look at what I did that morning. It's quite addictive.

Thank you - great questions!

Sophie x  

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Thanks so much to Sophie Kinsella for answering my questions! Don't forget, I've Got Your Number is out in stores today and I'd wholeheartedly recommend you read it! It's the perfect choice for both YA and adult readers alike looking to read a fun contemporary novel!

If you'd like to learn more about Sophie Kinsella and her novels (which includes the Shopaholic series, Can You Keep a Secret? and Twenties Girl), you can check out her author website
 

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8 comments

  1. I adore Sophie Kinsella! Great interview and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on this book!

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  2. Great interview, I've already got a plan to go get this book tomorrow. Thanks!

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  3. I'm so very excited to read this book. I usually either love or hate Kinsella's heroines but I think I'll like Poppy.

    Great interview! can't wait to read this one.

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  4. Just got out of the bath while reading 'I've Got Your Number' only on page 51 and love it, Like all of Sophie Kinsella's books, I'm hooked:)

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  5. I loved I've Got Your Number, finished reading it this afternoon, and would love to see a series of books centered around Poppy and her footnotes.

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  6. I totally loved I've got your number...I couldn't put it down! I loved Sam :) this book is crying out to be made into a movie.....it would be a fantastic flick :)

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