I’m so excited to be part of the Lovely and Lethal Blog Tour! The first book in this series is Elegantly Wasted, and I’m LOVING it. The next book in the series, Uncontrollably Wasted, hits shelves July 9th. I asked the author, C. Elizabeth Vescio, to come hang out and answer a few quick questions so you could get to know her (and then go pick up her books!!)
Hi Jen! Cara here. Thank you so much for having Elegantly Wasted on your blog today. I absolutely loved your interview questions. So much fun! So let’s just dive right in!
Give us the scoop on Elegantly Wasted.
Elegantly Wasted is a interesting take on a coming of age tale… It’s about a jerk of a protagonist who leaves her elitist family to become a contract killer- only to later use her cousin’s business as a cover for her profession.
Give us the scoop on you.
I’m a writer and designer living in Las Vegas, NV… no, I don’t live in a hotel. I moved here in 2010 to do multi-media work for Shelby American. I always write on the side. Ultimately, I’d just like to be a writer.
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently in the middle of Blood Money by Doug Richardson… I’m an action novel sort of girl.
I love the idea of using an Etiquette school as a front for contract killers. How did you come up with the idea for Elegantly Wasted?
My mother and her sisters are big on grammar and etiquette. I was raised on it. Elbows off the table, sit like a lady, and watch that posture! It wasn’t as bad as it sounds. I enjoyed getting that little extra bit of finishing. The idea crept into my head in the very early stages of development. What would be an interesting day job for a lady contract killer?
I’m a bit intrigued by your dad’s job as a mortician….what was that like growing up with such an interesting perspective on death?
I’ll tell you, it wasn’t always the best- death is and always will be that top curiosity of mine. I think what might have given me a more cynical outlook on life was watching the people who are left to deal with the death of their loved one… the person who died had it easy. My father was never weird about it… it was just his job. My parents divorced when I was very young so I wasn’t around him all the time. He switched careers at one point and then went BACK to embalming when I was in high school… so it was weird diving back into that realm with him. Thankfully, I don’t have some mortuary to inherit someday… although he did bestow the wisdom on me that ‘”there is always money in death.”
We do a feature here called Real Survival Mamas. What’s a moment in your life that required the utmost courage?
Getting through Naval Boot Camp. Even though my time in the Navy called for some major courage- experiencing that first step was terrifying for me. I was young and had no idea what to expect… I had lived a pretty sheltered life up until that point so dealing with all the craziness is something I’m proud to have survived.
Okay, wow. That’s insanely impressive. Congrats on surviving and being not only a Real Survival Mama, but also a soldier. Much thanks. On the subject of survival and heroism, I’m a huge fan of strong heroines, who’s your favorite?
I’m also a huge fan of them- there are so many that I favor! But I’m going to channel my gamer girl and say Lara Croft. I was a Tomb Raider fan from the very first game and now that I just got done playing the recent one with a detailed back story- I know I am in love with that girl’s spirit. She’s the ultimate badass.
Completely agree. The Original. What’s next for you?
I’m going to be working on Wasted for a while. I have three books solidly planned with a tentative forth depending on how things go. Everyone is stuck with Frankie for now. Book two is called Uncontrollably Wasted and it’s due out at the end of August.
That’s exciting! Where can readers find out more about you?
I’m pretty vocal and approachable on twitter! I love hearing from readers and other authors!
I also have a personal blog:
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms (I’m a chocolate monster)
Guilty pleasure? Really bad horror movies
Ultimate vacation spot? Venice, Italy
Ultimate vacation spot if money were no object? Tokyo, Japan
Hotel or tent? Hotel… preferably at least a three star rating.
Gas or solar? Gas- but I wouldn’t mind switching to solar… I like the planet.
Well, that’s it! Thank you again for participating in the Lovely and Lethal blog tour for my new adult novel Elegantly Wasted. Happy reading!
Thanks for coming, Cara. Super great to have you. Best of luck on the series!
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Elegantly Wasted book blurb: On the eve of her high school graduation, proper socialite Francesca “Frankie” Fairholm rebelled against her elitist and controlling family to pursue the dark lifestyle of a contract killer for the enigmatic Osiris Corporation. Years later, with her training complete, she believes she’s doomed to the life of a sociopathic lone gun until a botched hit brings two unlikely allies, her cousins Addison and Katharine.
Using Katharine’s etiquette school, Elegance, Inc., as a front, the trio weave through Frankie’s dark underworld, carrying out contracts, drinking too much wine, and trying not to get each other killed.
Trouble follows the team home when the death of the cruel Fairholm matriarch reveals more than they ever wanted to know about their family. As the funeral preparations play out, the trio begin to realize there is much more to their employer than meets the eye and their family connections run deeper than they ever imagined.
About the author C. Elizabeth Vescio: Jack of all trades and stereotypical black sheep, Cara has been writing somewhat dark and morbid since that teen angst hit somewhere in the early 90’s- probably because her dad was a mortician. After pursuing a degree in English, she changed gears to photography and design in 2006… although she kept penning stories for fun while reading the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde and Hemingway (whom she adores even though he was a huge douche canoe). In 2009, her life shifted considerably and she found herself writing Elegantly Wasted- helping her sort out a bunch of stupid feelings and other lame stuff.
She enjoys cynical debates, cupcakes, making her mother-in-law sew her aprons that she never wears, zombies, the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider. She gathers her life inspirations from Neil Gaiman, Julia Child and Paul Simon. When she isn’t out photographing her next project, she’s studying color, concept and design or writing stuff down in hopes it makes sense one day… or she’s on Pinterest.
Cara lives in Las Vegas with her husband, John and their three genetically altered dogs all of which have personal vendettas for the guy who cleans the pool.
Cara on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6449013.C_Elizabeth_Vescio
Cara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fictionalchick
Cara contributes to: http://penandmuse.com/
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