Open Book with Janna King

The follow-up to Janna King’s The Seasonaires, Malibu Bluff,  takes readers back to the fashionable and scandalous world of Lyndon Wyld’s clothing line with a new group of seasonaires.  If you love Gossip Girl or The OC, then you will fall in love with this world that King has created.  I am thrilled she joins me again to talk all things Open Book.  I have to say her dream book club is one of my all time favorites and her bookish lipstick should be a reality in a perfect world 🙂  Malibu Buff is the perfect segue into sunny weather and beachy reads.

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A fresh crew of seasonaires hit the California coast and make Malibu their playground in the sizzling and suspenseful follow-up to last summer’s must-read debut.

Every summer is designed as a dream for six twenty-something seasonaires chosen by Lyndon Wyld, the founder of her namesake clothing line. This summer takes these influential brand ambassadors to the West Coast, led by last season’s Mia, who has been roped back in after her mother’s death by a sweeter deal and the hope to leave her grief behind for the California sun.

Mia is thankful that she won’t have to live with another former seasonaire, Presley, who is now handling Lyndon Wyld’s public relations in Los Angeles. In Malibu, Mia will share a stunning modern manse with Eve, an outspoken activist; Alex, a gorgeous boundary pusher; Chase, a professional surfer; Oliver, a preppy charmer; and Brandon, the son of Lyndon’s business partner, and the young producer of the brand’s new digital channel, which will up the seasonaires’ social media game.

Lyndon still pays well for her flock to loll on Malibu’s beaches, hobnob at Hollywood parties, and live the “planned casual” SoCal lifestyle. Their antics are juicy entertainment for their throngs of fans and followers. But detractors from Mia’s past come back to haunt her. And when the line between what’s real and what’s staged gets blurred, the results could be deadly.

 

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  1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?

Jonathan Van Ness, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo

 

  1. Current binge series?

I recently binged “Russian Doll” on Netflix. It’s an intriguing and compelling series on so many levels, and it really resonated with me. I also got through all four seasons of “Outlander” in record time. I’ve never had to catch up like that on a series, but it was worth it!

 

  1. Last favorite book?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh – a unique and fearless work that mesmerized me from Page One.

 

  1. What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it?

My iPhone with earbuds so I can listen to music, my Kindle so I can read my growing TBR pile, and my laptop so I can write. Ugh – I’m hopelessly plugged in. I would return to Scotland, because I traveled there with my son last year and it was magical.

 

  1. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?

Sunday NYT online.

 

  1. Last person you sent a text message to?

My daughter, and it was “I just took a sip of coffee and burped at the same time. Not a good combo.” To which I got a facepalm emoji.

 

  1. Book you read that you wished you wrote?

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Really, anything by Joan Didion.

 

  1. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?

I had two teachers in high school who motivated me to become a writer. Miss O’Brien was kind of scary and very strict, but instilled a work ethic that I still follow today. She told us to always get dressed and sit at a desk when we write. I can count the times on one hand that I’ve worked in bed in my pajamas. Rose Gilbert, (aka “Mama G” to all who knew and loved her) was the most enthusiastic English teacher ever. She was so passionate about literature and had a very memorable way of discussing themes and characters. Crazy props were often used. Plus, she rewarded us with Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies – still my favorites.

 

  1. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?

No. I can’t. I love it too much and I concentrate on the lyrics. If a song is happy or angry, I sing, bounce around and throw my arms in the air (which makes it difficult to type). If it’s sad, I cry.

 

  1. Describe your writing space?

Right now, I write at a hutch desk in my den that I’m supposed to close when I’m not working. However, I’m always writing so it’s never closed. I have been toying with the idea of turning my daughter’s bedroom into an office since she’s now out of the house. That way, I can create a healthy separation between my work space and my “relax” space, but I can’t bring myself to commandeer her room yet (or relax).

 

  1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee. I want to love tea, but I’m stuck on my two latte a day habit. Almond milk, lots of sugar.

 

  1. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?

I like to gift blank books and journals so that the recipients can write their own stories.

 

  1. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?

Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life by Bernadette Murphy. It’s a spirited memoir about transformation after challenges. Bernadette is badass.

 

  1. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?

“Dream On” by Aerosmith. Even though it’s a rock song, it’s about the fragility of life and how we need to make the most out of every day.

 

  1. What/Who inspires you?

My two kids are my inspiration. My 22-year-old daughter is a strong, opinionated, self-assured young woman. My 19-year-old son is a warm-hearted, funny, good guy. Both are thoughtful and creative. I’m in awe of them.

 

  1. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?

I’ve been watching “Project Runway” since the first season (including its shift to Lifetime for a bit). I can’t believe the looks that these talented designers create in such little time.

 

  1. Favorite Instagram account?

I love any account with cute dogs – boopmynose is a favorite.

 

  1. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? 

Malibu Blush. It would be a rosy lip balm with SPF, worn with zero other makeup – just a natural summer glow.

 

  1. Current #TBR pile?

A Matter of Chance by Julie Maloney, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray, Shrill by Lindy West (I also binged the Hulu series starring Aidy Bryant, who is amazing). I’m looking forward to The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.

 

  1. Best advice you’ve ever received?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I have been absolutely unable to follow that advice, but it’s still the best.

 

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