Books-n-Kisses is super excited to have first time guest Carly Phillips on the blog today… We are chatting about life, her new book PERFECT FIT and page 89!!!!
I’m a stay at home mom who used to be a lawyer, who turned into a romance writer and never looked back! I have 2 daughters, age (almost) 21 and 16, a husband, and two dogs (Wheaten Terrier and Havanese). I love love love to read, I’m always online, I occasionally knit, and enjoy shopping and being with close friends!
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Not always. I was a lawyer for a (short) time, and always a huge reader. Once I found the Romance genre as a reader, I knew what was missing from my life, somehow I decided to try my hand at writing, and from that day forward, I KNEW that was what I was meant to do! Looking back, I did make up stories in my head when I was younger, so the tendencies were there all along. I just didn’t know it!
Can you share with us your typical writing day. Is there anything you have to have while writing?
I wake up at 6 and my youngest leaves for high school at 7. I try to get on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then shower and sit down to write … errands after 11/11:30, a boring lunch at home, usually peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat, unless I go out with a friend for lunch, then home to try and write some more. My schedule has been really messed up lately because my dad passed away and I’m having trouble getting my mind back on work. But my daughter drives now, so I don’t have to run around for school pickup, so dinner, and hanging out w/my husband …we watch TV, DVR’s of shows we missed, then when he falls asleep I like to hang out with my daughter for a little before she goes to bed. I need to be asleep between 10 and 11 or I’m nasty the next day. All that’s an ideal schedule for me but like I said, life can get in the way and all bets are off. I’m looking to find my routine and mojo again.
I’m usually on the computer all the time, so always working in one way or another! I love my Macbook Air and I really can only write on that but luckily that means I can work anywhere!
Most challenging or rewarding part of writing?
When a story clicks and I finally nail something I’ve been struggling with, then all the angst is worth it! That’s really rewarding. The most challenging for me is usually the first half of the book. I find getting all the elements together the hardest.
Perfect Fit is a part of the town of Serendipity. It’s the first book where you meet Mike, but you’ve met his brother Sam in Karma, along with Mike’s heroine, Cara Hartley. Cara spoke to me and needed a hero. In Perfect Fit, you’re introduced to the entire Marsden Clan, the “cops of Serendipity” hence the subtitle Serendipity’s Finest. Mike feels like the odd man in his family, the only one who doesn’t fit in because he’s been adopted by the man who raised him and never felt good enough because his own dad abandoned him. Despite his feelings, he’s close with his parents and siblings and though he left home to make his own way as a cop, he returns when his adoptive father needs him, never expecting to stay long. But Mike didn’t count on Cara. She’s a Serendipity cop with whom he had a one night stand, and she’s his brother’s best friend. She’s also a small town girl and Mike’s a wanderer, or so he thinks. But when they can’t ignore the sexual tension between them, they figure an affair is the answer – until an unexpected emotional connection continues to grow. Then Mike’s real father’s secrets come back to haunt him and he has to confront who he really is – and wants to be – or lose Cara for good.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
Luckily for me, readers really seemed to like the town of Serendipity, where I set the first three books about the Barron Brothers in Serendipity, Destiny and Karma, so I got to write Mike and Cara’s story! Next we’ll get Mike and Sam’s sister Erin in Perfect Fling (8/2013) and then Sam himself in Perfect Together (2/2014).
Can you share with us your current work in progress?
I’m currently writing Perfect Fling, which is the story of Erin Marsden and her hero, Cole Sanders. There’s an excerpt in the back of Perfect Fit for this story which is out in August 2013 and I can say it’s another one night stand, this one with far reaching consequences! Then I write Perfect Together, Sam’s story. After that, we’ll see! I’m as curious as you
Who are some of your favorite authors?
My current fav author is Kristen Ashley – I’ve read everything she’s written and would devour anything she writes in the future! I also have my staple authors, my plotmonkey partners – Janelle Denison, Leslie Kelly, Julie Leto. And I’ve been on an erotic romance kick – so Raine Miller and Cheri Lynn.
Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style?
Wow. Good question! “Growing up” I really aspired to write along the lines of authors I admired in the contemporary romance genre. These days, I think I’ve found my voice and do what I do – however I do find my heroes like to be a little more dominating lately … could be my reading influencing things? J
Open your book to a random page and tell us what’s happening.
I opened to page 89 -
Cara was coming out of her skin, every exposed body part needing something more. But the further she writhed beneath him, the harder he held her down in one place, pressing into her with his taut, hard body. The man did like his control, she thought, twisting her hips against him in search of relief.
Ummm … I think the passage speaks for itself
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
Hmmmm …. I have to say you stumped me. I’m currently not finding much to read, waiting (im)patiently for something I’ve preordered and probably forgotten to pop onto my iPad Kindle app! LOL. I have a bad memory J But on Saturdays on my Facebook Fan Page, I ask people what they’re reading and we share books – I can get upwards of 200 ideas that way! So I urge people who love to read romance to join us there! www.facebook.com/carlyphillipsfanpage
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for having me! I really enjoyed your questions!
Carly Phillips has written over 35 romance novels with contemporary characters and small town settings that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. She’s currently focused on the New York Times bestselling Serendipity series set in the small fictional town in upstate, New York. Carly is a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom to two daughters (16 and 20!) and two crazy dogs (a 1 year old Havanese named Brady and a 5 year old wheaten terrier named Bailey). In addition, she’s a Twitter, Facebook and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. Carly lives in Purchase, New York and would love for you to like and follow her on the web.
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