Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Interview and Giveaway with David Salnave

The fire is crackling merrily and the smell of freshly baked cookies fills the house. The room is large but cozy, and filled with happy friends and family. Everyone is smiling and a few people have eggnog mustaches. There's a big tree in the corner with presents piled high underneath. I think the elf on the shelf just winked at you.

Come on in and take a seat by the fire. I want to introduce you to an old friend of mine. Someone who would always make me laugh in the mornings so I could get through the cold winter days. Please welcome David Salnave, comedian and author of To Kids From One to Ninety Two.

Put on your favorite Christmas album and grab a cup of hot cocoa, To Kids From One to Ninety Two is just what you need to get into the spirit of the season. A collection of Christmas cheer with just the right amount of cheese, these stories are a reminder to ADULTS of all ages that we should never get too old, or busy, or cool to enjoy the holidays with childlike wonder. 

Christine: I'm excited to have you here. I'm even more excited that you've published a wonderful book that makes me giggle, and feel warm and fuzzy too. What inspired you to write this book?

David: There were many inspirations behind this book. From my family and friends, to the fond Christmas memories and great Christmas stories I grew up on. I have a lot of Christmas Spirit that has been passed on to me, and I have always been eager to share it with others.

C: Publishing the book was a great way to share your cheer with others. What's your favorite thing about the holidays?

D: My favorite thing about the holidays is that it gives people an excuse to set everything else aside and enjoy the things that matter most to them. Family, friends, charity, taking a break from the grind. Sometimes we lose sight of what we need most in life.

C: That's so true. I've heard a lot of stories about your family. What do they think about the book?

D: Well, once they figured out that it wasn't a joke, they were very happy for me. That reminds me, I need to give out some guilt trips to those who have not yet bought their copy!

C: I've already bought mine!  What's your favorite part of the book?

D: I think I had the most fun writing the introduction. That is where I really spoke person to person with the reader the most. The intro really gives the reader a clear picture of what the thought process behind this book was. 

C: What affected your decision to self publish? And do you have any advice for writers wanting to do so?

D: I think time and inexperience were the biggest factors. I do not regret self publishing, but there is a lot that you have to be careful of. As for advice, check and recheck your work. Trust me, there will be something you missed. Better you catch it then someone else.

C: And there always seems like something we miss. Do you have any projects in the works?

D: I will be writing a new Christmas story for next year called the Christmas Consultant. Its about a man who makes a living making Christmas dreams come true for others, but never really took the time to focus on his own happiness. It's sort of like Hitch meets White Christmas.

C: Awesome! I can't wait to read it. Thank you so much for stopping by. Feel free to mingle and help yourself to the cookies.

David has some fantastic gifts for all of you. He's giving away a signed paperback copy of his book, an e-copy of his book, and three video Christmas cards. To enter, leave a comment below along with your email address. In one week, the winners will be chosen by Random.org.

Bio: David Salnave is a born and bred New Yorker who has been writing and doing standup comedy for the past four years. He prides himself on being a pretty tough guy, but has always had a big soft spot in his heart for the Christmas season. It's the only time of year when he allows himself to be as sappy and childlike as he can be. He's a firm believer that we all need to make time in our lives to just focus on being happy, and that Christmas provides us with the perfect opportunity to do so. David hopes his writing helps people to remember this, and to maintain perspective on what is most important in life.

Check out David's spotlight here!

You can buy a copy of To Kids From One To Ninety Two on Lulu.

14 comments:

  1. Not entering to win, but thought it was funny his family thought it was a joke at first!

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  2. Enter me to win or not.Keep in mind I'm'out of the country'. That seems to freak most people out,when it comes to contests. Fun interview, a Christmas read might help get me in the mood. It's hard in the tropics.

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  3. Great interview David! Sign me up for the giveaway, I love holiday reads! :)

    alunderman16(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  4. Love the title and cover art for the book. It sounds like a great fun read that is also sentimental too.

    I'd like to be entered to win, and you know my email address. ;)

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  5. Great interview. I'm not entering to win due to scheduling right now. I like to give the author reviews as soon as possible if I read something. I'm afraid that isn't possible right now. I'm a new follower. Thanks so much for checking out my trailer over at Alex's blog.

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  6. I hand out the guilt trips, too, Dave. :) Congrats on the release. mpaxauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Awesome interview! Coming from a retail perspective, it's easy to see how people can put aside those little things that can make the holidays enjoyable. I sure know I do >.<

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  8. I'm glad everyone is loving the interview. David is a hilarious guy. I also love the message he's sending.

    Ciara, welcome to my blog! Your book sounds fascinating. It's now on my TBR list. :)

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  9. Loved the interview... so much fun and the book sounds delightful.

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  10. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I am very glad Christine made this happen. She asked just the right questions, and has given me great tips all along the way.

    If anyone has any questions for me, please don't hesitate to ask.

    Merry Christmas,

    David Salnave
    DSalnave@hotmail.com

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  11. Another "out of the country" commenter here :).

    Isn't it funny how families refuse to take you seriously until you place an actual book in their hands ;) ?

    Great choice of title! It instantly has me thinking Christmassy thoughts, and humming that song.

    Thanks for the interview.

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  12. David is willing to send his signed copy to anyone in the US or Canada, but international entries only qualify for the e-book and video cards.

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  13. Awesome! Congrats David! Sounds like a fun book! best of luck!! :)

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  14. Interesting interview and good advice! Your book sounds like good fun. I'd love to enter the contest. thewarriormuse(at)gmail(dot)com.

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