Friday, November 26, 2021

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Clipped by Adrienne Alitowski @aalitowski @RABTBookTours @PublishingAcorn


Date Published: November 4th 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Clipped is a quirky memoir about a new mother whose desperation to get her baby to sleep catapulted her into becoming an inventor and a small business owner—just before the world fell apart in 2008.

As a full-time mother and entrepreneur, Adrienne Alitowski rolled out her invention, blankyclip®, to retailers across the country, including over thirty stores in the Buy Buy Baby national chain. LA Parent Expecting and Kids Today both made blankyclip a “Top Pick.” The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded her three utility patents and a trademark. All that fabulous glory aside, Adrienne also learned what it’s like to fly halfway around the world to a Chinese factory and to be pregnant, throwing up on the street just before an investor meeting. These experiences led her down a path to write this memoir about sticking to your vision and being open to finding gold in the muck.

Interview with Adrienne Alitowski

What was the hardest scene from your book to write?

Writing about the meetings I had with lawyers to deal with my line of credit at Bank of America was the hardest part to write about. It brought up all those emotions I had dealt with when I was dismantling my business. I was writing a memoir so I had to be as honest as I could in my writing.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I decided to write a memoir about the experience I went through building a busines during the greatest economic disaster of our time, the Great Recession. I wanted to tell my story, and to make it as authentic as possible. That meant memoir!

If you write in more than one genre, how do you balance them?

I also write Musings on my website, but those are in the same tone as my book, with as much honesty as possible. I really enjoy writing from the heart.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I really enjoyed creating a book out of my experience with my business. It was great to be able to see all that I accomplished during that time, and to understand the forces at work that made it so challenging. It was quite revelatory to learn about what was happening in the financial markets that I had no idea about at the time. I would find an article online and want to shout to the heavens, “So that’s why that happened to me!” I really did enjoy sharing my story and finding the humor in it all as well.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger. I read it just as I finished college and it blew me away. It was the first book that I thought, “I have to read this book once every year.” It felt so important. I didn’t want the feeling I had after finishing it to go away.

Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?

I just wrote a memoir, so a lot is revealed in my book! I will share that I was terribly shy as a child, and I remember my mom asking me to call a neighbor about something and I felt like the earth would swallow me up. It was so terrifying. It is amazing to me that I can now call anyone! Discovering theatre as a child is where I learned I could speak in front of others.

Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?

Although the book is about a very serious topic, building a business during the Great Recession, it is filled with lots of humor. I shared my deepest and darkest but always found ways to find the funny as best I could!

About the Author

Adrienne Alitowski invented, patented, and manufactured blankyclip®, a stroller accessory. She sold blankyclips nationally in Buy Buy Baby as well as in many boutiques across the country and around the world. As an actress, she performed on Broadway and toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf. Her television credits include Will & Grace, Just Shoot Me!, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Beverly Hills, 90210, among others. She produced and co-wrote her one-woman show, Just Tell Them You’re From Scarsdale, which she performed in New York and Los Angeles. She created, produced, and performed in the celebrity benefit Glen Mary Glen Rose: Women Do Men, in Los Angeles, which raised funds for breast cancer research as well as awareness about the lack of diverse roles for women. She is the mother of two and lives in Los Angeles with her family. Clipped is her first book.

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Stormy Vixen said...

Clipped sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful holiday season!