As this week on The Red Carpet with The Debutante Class of 2010 winds down, the energy level is about to rise up a notch or two when we greet Maria Garcia-Kalb (101 Ways to Torture Your Husband coming January 18, 2009).
TDW: Hello, Maria, how elegant you look on The Red Carpet.
Maria: It’s the black, I always wear black, unless there’s an appropriate animal print.
TDW: Well you make a statement as does your book. Although it’s your first to be published, have you’ve written others.
Maria: Believe it or not, the first book I wrote is titled “Ethan’s First Words” after dealing with my son’s speech delay. Now he makes me dizzy, barely taking a breath between sentences! I’ve written several children’s books I’d like to get out there, as well as a fun tome titled “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Fabulous Clothes that Fit,” but we’ll deal with torturing husbands first. 😉
TDW: So whose reaction was the most surprising when you announced that you were being published?
Maria: My husband’s. He was THRILLED (and apparently hasn’t realized this is a man-torturing manual).
TDW: Does that mean the character examples are based on someone you know?
Maria: All the male references are based on men who have come through my life in one way or another.
Many of them are my friend’s husbands… you know who you are!
TDW: Did you need any food or drink item to help get you through the book or was it all sweet revenge?
Maria: I am addicted to “Mike and Ike’s” chewy fruity candy. I probably plowed through 50 boxes to get the manuscript completed.
TDW: You are into big numbers, aren’t you? What is it that you promised your publisher? 😉
TDW: While writing the book, what did you have on in the background?
Maria: I can’t live without my iTunes playlist. My favorite jams at the time were “Shake It” by Metro Station, Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The SNL skit with Justin Timberlake in those tights and heels is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
TDW: It’s been delightful, Maria, and there’s no doubt that Thursdays at The Debutante Ball will never be the same. Enjoy and have fun with it all!
And, remember, Deb Maria will be the first to be presented when 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband becomes available on January 18, 2010!