Genre: Adult (Women’s Fiction/Romantic Comedy)
Date Published: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
It’s been a year since an eccentric billionaire summoned seven strangers to the dilapidated, postage stamp-sized town of Fat Chance, Texas. To win a cash bequest, each was required to spend six months in the ghost town to see if they could transform it—and themselves—into something extraordinary. But by the time pastry chef Fernando Cruz arrives, several members of the original gang have already skedaddled…
Fernando’s hopes of starting a new life in Fat Chance are dashed when the town’s handful of ragtag residents—and a mysterious low-flying plane—show him just how weird the place actually is. His hopes of making over the town’s sole café into a BBQ restaurant for nearby ranchers threaten to turn to dust as a string of bizarre secrets are revealed. But just when the pickins’ couldn’t get any slimmer, the citizens of Fat Chance realize they might be able to build exactly the kind of hometown they all need—but never knew they wanted…
1. How long have you been writing?
My parents were both professional writers, so growing up, there was always an insistence on using words effectively. Both my mother and father instilled a love of writing, so it was always something I knew I would one day pursue. About six years ago, I thought I might take a stab at writing fiction. Even with a background of seeing professional writers at work, I was still vary naïve about how much blood, sweat and tears went into the process of getting a book out there!
2. What inspired you to write Slim Pickins’ in Fat Chance, Texas ?
SLIM PICKINS’ IN FAT CHANCE, TEXAS is a continuation of WELCOME TO FAT CHANCE, TEXAS. In the first book, I explored the concept of a group of eccentrics forced to live together in a ghost town in Texas in order to meet the objectives of a billionaire benefactor. At the end of their six-months commitment, a bunch of them decide to stay in the town to see if they can make something of it – and themselves. I threw a favorite character from the VENICE BEACH ROMANCE series into the mix. Fernando just seemed like he belonged with this crazy gang of oddballs.
3. Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
Wow. That’s a tough one. I think I relate to “Pappy” the most. He’s a guy who meets life head on and on his own terms, even if he’s shooting himself in the foot.
4. What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
I could tell you…but I’d have to kill you in my next novel.
5. What book have you read too many times to count?
The TALES IN THE CITY novels by Armistead Maupin are THE standard for intricate plot twists as far as I’m concerned! I reread the early books every time I need a kick in the pants. They are just amazing. Easy reading but so complexly structured!
6. What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Go sit down at the computer.
7. If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I’m really drawn to Elphaba in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I love how the writer, Gregory Maguire took a story – and a character – we all thought we knew, and tossed it on its ear! Even though poor Elphaba ends up a tragic figure even in her own story, the fact that she becomes a rebel who pushes back at the repression in Oz really seems heroic. If I could hop into her life, I’d hope I could temper her hot-headedness a little bit – if only for self-preservations sake!
8. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
They say that writers fall into two categories – the plotters and the pantsers. I had always been a plotter and tried to have the entire story locked down before getting into the actual writing. But as my novel takes shape, my characters take on a life of their own – and often seem to have their own ideas. I’ve learned to stop fighting them and see where they want to go. They aren’t always right, but when they are… it’s like solving a mystery. Here was a hidden clue to the story and the character seemed to have known it all along. It’s mind-boggling.
9. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I have an amazing full-time job – I’m a field producer on HGTV’s House Hunters. I travel all over the country, so between that and writing, I have very little free time. What down-time I do have is spent with my husband, my mom, nieces and nephews (and their parents) and friends. I also like to quilt, read, dance, do Pilates (well, I don’t LIKE to do Pilates, but it’s a life-saver) and discover new restaurants and museums in my travels.
10. Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Since I’ve never been lived in a ghost town in Texas, most of the Fat Chance, Texas trilogy is from my imagination. There are many, many similarities to my life in the VENICE BEACH ROMANCE series, though (except the scene in COMEDY OF ERINN, where the lead character has sex in a log cabin in Valley Forge during a snow storm– that was my first cousin!!!)
An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. She is the author of the Venice Beach Romances, including The Merchant of Venice Beach, A Comedy of Erinn, and Much Ado About Mother. Her dream continues with a brand new series called Fat Chance, Texas. Book one, Welcome to Fat Chance, Texas, is available now! The series continues with book two, Slim Pickins’ in Fat Chance, Texas, on January 5th, 2016.
To learn more about Celia Bonaduce and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.