December 2nd, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Debbie Rigaud!

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PERFECT SHOT

London Abram’s first love is volleyball, so why does she enter an online modeling competition? Answer: superhottie Brent St. John. London spots Brent signing in contestants at a store, and she gets in line simply to say hi. But she never dreams she’ll make it into the competition!

London’s now up against fourteen hungry fashionistas willing to do whatever it takes to win. All she wants to win is Brent’s heart…but the money prize couldn’t hurt. If London plays this right, she can win the contest, the boy, and the cash. GAME ON!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines—namely, Seventeen, Twist and CosmoGIRL!. She’s interviewed celebs, politicians and other social figures, but enjoyed interviewing “real” girls the most. A total Jersey girl at heart, Debbie lives in Bermuda with her husband.

Jenn: In my book The Ex Games, Hayden has to overcome her fear of heights to make it as a professional snowboarder. What are your characters afraid of, and how do they conquer their fears?

Debbie: One thing London is afraid of is losing control. She feels her safest when staying focused on her strict game plan: earning tuition money for volleyball camp. London also secretly hopes that sticking to this regimented program will keep her from thinking of a past heartbreak.

Jenn: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?

Debbie: As a writer, the thought of dealing with harsh critics or negative reviews of your work is pretty daunting. But those things are out of my control, and nothing can come from worrying about it. Instead, I just focus on fine-tuning my craft and connecting with my readers.

Jenn: In The Ex Games, Hayden goes head-to-head with her ex-boyfriend in a snowboarding challenge. Are you involved in any sports? How do you think being a woman has affected you as an athlete?

Debbie: I love watching sports--baseball especially--but I don't play. As a little girl, I aspired to be a bat girl at Shea Stadium because I felt that, as a woman, this would be the closest I'd get to being a major league baseball player. That's why characters like Hayden and London (who is a volleyball player in PERFECT SHOT) are significant. I chose to create a volleyball-loving character because women truly dominate this sport, and I'm so proud of that.

Jenn: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours? What's your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?

Debbie: I'm sorry I can't say the same, Jenn. Website design is a skill I often wish I had. My website is designed by a design firm called In Your Budget (more specifically, by the talented Ms. Lydia). Over the past year, I've been getting more visitors to my blog, so my wish is for that growth to continue.

Jenn: What's your favorite gizmo advertising your book?

Debbie: I have to say, I like checking out book trailers. So I'm excited to announce that my very own 15-year-old niece Ana whipped one up for PERFECT SHOT. It was a family affair, actually. That same niece, along with my cousin Maeva, wrote and performed the song "Butterfly" that's featured on the trailer; my goddaughter Amanda makes a cameo as one of the "models"; and that cute boy posing as my protagonist's love interest is my cousin Junior. Hope you like it!

Debbie, thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck to you and PERFECT SHOT!