January 26, 2010

Blog Tour: Advice from Claire Voyante of DREAM LIFE

As I said in a "Waiting On" Wednesday, I'm looking forward to reading Lauren Mechling's DREAM LIFE, despite my reservations about DREAM GIRL. Here to help me decide is main character Clair Voyante, a girl detective aided by her psychic powers. But she's not just here to promote Lauren's book - she also has some Twitter advice.

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Greetings and salutations, book lovers! I’m Claire Voyante, the main character of DREAM LIFE, Lauren Mechling’s rip-roaring detective novel (and no, it is not immodest to say that about a book you didn’t write but in which you star—I checked in one of my grandmother Kiki’s etiquette books).


DREAM LIFE is all about what happened after I found out my best friend Becca had just joined a super-exclusive, centuries-old secret society called the Blue Moons. I figured out how to wiggle my way into the club, and, of course, much drama ensued. I warmly invite you to check DREAM LIFE out—it’s available at select bookstores or an Internet site near you.

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When DREAM GIRL, the first book in the series, came out, my creator Lauren fielded questions from bloggers and journalists. Lauren is currently underground working on a secret project so I offered to step in and relief pitch. I’m taking a page from Ann Landers's book and writing an advice column. The questions came from fans of the series. The answers came from the heart.

(Warning: I don't have a degree in psychotherapy--use at your own risk!)



Dear Claire,

I’m having this weird problem. I joined Twitter a little while ago and not to brag, but I’m pretty good at coming up with amusing tweets. There’s this girl in my grade—we’ll call her “Tweety Bird”—and she isn’t officially “following” me but every time I update my account, she changes hers to say pretty much the same thing I just wrote.

I know they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but I’m seriously irked. And simce she’s a million times more popular than I am, she’s getting all the credit. What can I do to stop her?

Sincerely,

Winnie The Wit Who Hates Being Retweeted Without Due Credit



Dear WTWWHBRWDC,

Wow—under any other circumstances I’d say let her copy you all she wants and that just knowing that her brain is empty should be satisfaction enough. But this situation seems totally unfair. This is intellectual property theft at its ugliest and I think the only proper response is a full-on reclamation campaign.

I am happy to help out. Why not enlist me to “follow” her and you can update me every time she copies your tweets. I will then happily retweet her updates, with “INSPIRED BY THE GENIUS TWEET OF @WINNIE (THE ORIGINAL) WIT” at the end. Should get Tweety Bird to stop chirping in no time.

L’amour toujours!

Claire



Dream Life by Lauren Mechling -- Trailer from Richie Williams on Vimeo.

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