Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Tour with Author Interview and Giveaway: Chasing Swells by A.L. Goulden

An absorbing journey about riding the waves of life, overcoming childhood loss, and letting go of the mistakes that barricade us from our potential.
Chasing Swells
A.L. Goulden
Genre:  Sports Romance
Publisher: Smashwords
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
A professional surfer struggles to reclaim the Championship when a travel writer is assigned to observe his journey between events. What seems like a dangerous diversion, both in and out of the water, forces him to accept that there's more missing from his life than another trophy.
When he won his first World Title at eighteen, they said he'd be the greatest professional surfer to ever compete. Fourteen years later, Dean "DeBaz" Bazner is inching towards retirement having never clinched another Title. This year he's pushing limits to prove his beginning wasn't a fluke, and it's working. Until she comes along.
You don't have to know anything about surfing for it to change your life. Travel writer Azure Thomas can attest to that. She was navigating the changing world of freelance journalism when she took this gig. She wasn't prepared for a man that connects to her profound loss and sacrifices everything, except his soul, to live his dream. He's more than a hot magazine cover, and surfing is more than a hobby. The dangerous diversion, in and out of the water, forces Dean to accept there's more missing from his life than another trophy.
Amongst tropical breezes, in the most beautiful locations on earth, CHASING SWELLS is an absorbing journey about riding the waves of life, overcoming childhood loss, and letting go of the mistakes that barricade us from our potential.
Loved it! A. L. Goulden knows how to keep you turning pages. The characters are fully developed and don't fall flat.
- aclaremont, Amazon Reviewer
Catching waves has never been sexier! This story is beautiful because you have a woman that is not confident doing a job where confidence is key to getting what you want and a guy who has all the confidence for both of them.
- The Book Fairy Reviews, Amazon Reviewer

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Author Interview:

1.     What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc?

My whole writing process has evolved dramatically since I started writing four years ago. I am without a doubt a planner and a plotter, but I don’t believe in restricting myself too rigidly. I’ve tried everything you can think of; index cards, pre-made outline forms, questionnaires. I experimented a lot on my first book series to see what worked for me. I know by now the story in my first draft or my initial notes may be vastly different than what ends up in the final pages. And I’m good with that.

I start with a new composition book and a concept, usually a female facing a crossroads in her life. I like to write my ideas out by hand, finding it’s the best way for me to get as many ideas on paper without editing. Even a good concept isn’t enough for a great story, so I do the “What If” game. I list every possible scenario my characters could experience, even if it lead to a different outcome than I plan to achieve. This is when I hold nothing back and come up with the extreme. Sometimes ideas come that seem ridiculous, implausible, or even fit under a different genre. But I write them all down. Usually, the longer the list, the better the idea. Then I think about what I want the book to accomplish or how I want it to end and begin to work out a timeline.

For me, the timeline is my guide. My plan. Sometimes it takes the form of a calendar if the novel happens in a compressed amount of time. Other times I use a plot point timeline to map out the major moments of my story. Once I have that map, I begin. I write my first draft like it’s a NaNoWriMo challenge. Every day I write. It’s hard for me to stay in a story if I only write on weekends, especially when I’m working full time at my day job. So I don’t let myself break from the book for more than a day until the first draft is out. Some days I write for an hour, others more.

2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

As a filmmaker, I’m always thinking about stories. Some ideas come from talking with friends, or moments I experience in my own life, while others come from reading headlines in the news or a concept that I want to explore. Books help too. So many of my recent ideas came while I was listening to audio books. I’m not sure why it happens more with audio books than when I read, but it’s been an outlet for me. I write ideas down all the time, excited to come back later to pluck one out for the next project.

3. How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing seriously for four years, but I have written short stories and scripts sporadically since I was ten. I never thought about it as a full-time career until a few years ago when I realized how addicted I am to it.

4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

1. Take your time. It can be easy to feel pressured to get a novel done and out with the rapid rate that books are published these days, but when you’re starting out it’s vital to take the time to edit and re-edit to make the book the best it can be.
2. The best way to get good at writing is to write. A lot. Skipping the process of making mistakes and honing your voice is a disservice to your craft. The more you write, the easier it is to see those crutch words or passive voice sentences that tend to bleed onto the page in the early career of a writer. It’s not enough to sell books, you want to put out a story you’re proud of.
3. Be original. It sounds like a given, but in the last ten years the volume of books released through self-publishing and larger publishing houses has increased considerably. That’s made it harder for readers to find their next book and pickier about what they want. It’s more important than ever to make a story that they haven’t seen before.

5. Some favorites:

I prefer thrillers and suspense that may or may not include a great romantic element. I love Michael Robotham, Anne Stuart, Kendra Elliot, Gillian Flynn, Allen Eskens, and even Nora Roberts. Depends on my mood whether I grab a psychological or political story vs a procedural or series. Lately I’ve been hooked on the Robotham’s Joseph O’Loughlin series.

Movies/TV Shows:
I loved The Fall from the BBC and The Night Of from HBO. This is the best time in TV history as far as I’m concerned. There are more original stories on the small screen than the big one. It feels like every bestseller is optioned into a movie but rarely so we get those original gems in cinema anymore like Michael Clayton.


My favorite music ranges from Radiohead to Kings of Leon to Island Reggae. When I’m writing I build a playlist before my first draft because music is a huge part of my process. Currently I listen to film scores to keep my pace and wording in suspense mode.

Food/Writing Snack:

For me, it’s lots of liquids. Flavored sparkling waters and Ice tea. It keeps me alert and forces me to get up and take breaks when I have to pee. Ha! I try not to snack much or else I’ll end up eating all day. Since writing is so sedentary, I try to also go for a walk during the day with my dogs at least once.

Social Media Site: 

I feel the most connected to readers on Facebook. I’ve made some amazing friends over the years that have been a great source of inspiration over the years. I use Twitter to share and find inspiration and whereas Instagram is more of an account of funny or interesting things I experience. All in all, I still find it an effort to use social media in balance with my career since it’s easy to overdo all of it.


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Contest runs from July 25 - August 7, 2017.

About A.L. Goulden

A.L. Goulden
A. L. Goulden has a BFA in Film Production from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of a good story came way before college, but when numerous instructors and peers praised her dialogue she realized her creative writing hobby was a skill worth honing. Her 18 year career in interior design, production design and art direction for film and television have spun a unique perspective on visually emotional tales of relationships and the thread that ties all things together.
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