1) Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or
less tagline:

Swallow, Women’s Fiction / Literary Chick Lit
A young Manhattan attorney who’s just landed her first job and
received a marriage proposal from her longtime boyfriend suddenly
becomes stricken with psychosomatic disorder, Globus Hystericus.

2) Who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is probably the protagonist’s friend, Francie.
She has her own hopefully humorous set of flaws but she means well and
she’s genuine and she cares about her friend.

3) If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

There’s a scene where the main character, her fiancé and her gay
friend go to a museum together to view an exhibit on nudes and I might
have them talking a bit too much about art theory in that scene. A
couple of people I know didn’t like that part; they thought it was too
intellectual and it detracted from the narrative. I still need it to
be in the book because it’s necessary for a later plot development,
but maybe I should have tried to make the dialog more
straight-forward.

4) Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series.

I wrote about a serious anxiety disorder and what it’s like to be a
criminal appeals attorney, which is also very serious, but I tried to
write about them in a humorous way. So hopefully people will find the
book thought-provoking but not too weighty, and fun!

5) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

The best place to find out more about the book is its Amazon page:
http://www.amazon.com/Swallow-Tonya-Plank/dp/0615280994/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1278525880&sr=1-1

You can contact me at my website: http://www.tonyaplank.com

6) What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a novel in which a group of characters
witness a shooting, all from varying perspectives.

7) And, now, before you go, how about a snipped from your book that is
meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

   
    It was like something out of a Freudian case study — the result of a
repressed memory of choking on Herr so and so’s semen at six months of
age or something insane. But as a lawyer, I’d always operated in the
realm of logic; never cared much for the repressed memory thing, or
for the idea that everything is sexual. Which is why I was so nervous
about seeing a shrink. They weren’t all Freudians, I tried to reassure
myself – only the psychoanalysts, right? It didn’t matter anyway; I
was rather desperate at that point. Just focus on the “positive,” I
told myself: with a food neurosis and a psychologist, in your measly
nine months here, you’re on your way to becoming the consummate New
York woman
, Sophie Hegel.
    . . .
    Dr. Ames seemed decent. He didn’t mention semen or repressed
memories
, although he did elicit a clarification when I’d told him I
was having problems swallowing: “Food, you mean?” He was fortyish, a
bit pudgy, with a round cherubic face that emanated contentment like a
white beluga whale. And he had an eye like Sartre’s — I always forget
the exact term — lazy eye, deviating eye? I resigned to call it his
“Sartre eye.” At first it threw me a bit because it didn’t seem like
he was looking directly at me when he talked. Then, for that very
reason, it began to make me feel more at ease. Like he wasn’t staring
me down or sizing me up.

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