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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Blog Tour: The Banovic Siblings - Interview

Title: The Banovic Siblings - Friends & Liars (Family Portrait #2)
Author: Gillian Felix

College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.

If you like shows like the original Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210 and Nashville, where the guys and girls are hot and the schemes are hotter, you will like The Banovic Siblings.

Interview with Gillian Felix
  1. Hi Gillian Felix! Welcome to Bookwyrming Thoughts. Feel free to make yourself virtually comfortable. :3
    Thank you for having me. It is always fun to kick back on Bookwyrming’s virtual couch. J Very comfy, love what you’ve done with the place..
  2. Thank you! :D I did change the look recently though. How did you come up with the idea for The Banovic Siblings?
    The Banovic Siblings is the second novel in the Family Portrait series which was originally written as a television series, I have 24 episodes written and parts of episodes 2, 3 and 4 make up The Banovic Siblings.
  3. Ooo, a television series. :D What was the hardest part of writing The Banovic Siblings?
    Sometimes I have to get myself emotionally worked up to get into a scene, sometimes I’m not in the mood to get worked up, but I have to in order to bring forth the emotions to put into the scene/chapter.
  4. Are any of the characters in the book similar to you or someone you know in some way?
    We all have moments when we take a walk on the dark side or straddle the fence of crazy, and that’s how these characters are. I think readers would identify with them and see a bit of themselves in them. I bring a bit of my experiences into each character, I think as a writer you have to kind of be able to do that to make it authentic. Haze I would say is most like me, I suffered financially when I just moved to Los Angeles and couldn’t identify with the culture just like him.
  5. I have to agree with the first sentence. ;) Is there a message in your novel that you hope your readers will take?
    Actions have consequences. In the case of Adriana, she does things that she thinks she’s gotten away with, and gets into trouble. When you do something bad and you think no one’s looking, think again. Adriana is discovering that she is not invincible and that’s a hard thing for her to accept.
  6. What's the hardest part about being an author?
    It feels like everyday there is something new or some change in marketing, it is hard to keep up. These days authors are not just authors, we are entrepreneurs. I’ve been an entrepreneur from a young age, with the business aspect of producing a book and actually writing, sometimes it feels like there are not enough hours in the day.
  7. I get the feeling. I envy Martians since they have about 25 hours in a day. Not much, but it's something! O_o What is one thing that you have learned in your previous novel(s)?
    I am learning how to relax in interviews; I get very nervous because I am a very private person and don’t talk much.
  8. Yay! I'm not the only one who gets nervous, and doesn't talk much (Actually, I can... if I want)! :D No pressure though. :) If you were not a writer, what would you be?
    I’d be a television producer, like the late Aaron Spelling.
  9. *wonders what types of show you would produce* If you could rewrite the ending of any book, what would it be?
    I would re-write the ending of Harmattan by Gavin Weston. It is brilliantly written, but the ending was very sad and I wished the hero would have gone on to have a happier life. It is realistic, not everybody get a happy ending.
  10. Oh no.... I don't think I'll be interested in another Allegiant type ending... assuming it is. Can you tell us what other projects you are currently working on?
    I am working on the 3rd novel in the Family Portrait novel series, I may call it Bastard’s Brew. What do you think? By now people have gotten to know the characters and fans are starting to choose their favorite characters. Book 3 will feature more about the mysterious bad boy Kevin Banovic. It is scheduled to be released in March/April 2014.
  11. Hmm, I don't know to be honest. I never read the first 2 so I'm not exactly eligible... or am I? ;) But it IS an interesting title. :3 Thanks for stopping by! :)
    Thanks for having me!
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