I had the pleasure of interviewing best selling author Carly Phillips about her new book Perfect Fling, her Serendipity series and her writing. Perfect Fling was my first experience with Carly’s books and I was very excited to talk to her. Enjoy!
Jaimie: Hi Carly, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to do this interview. First I just want to say I really enjoyed Perfect Fling. This is my first time reading one of your books and I’ve added the rest of the Serendipity books to my TBR pile!
Carly: Thank you! I’m thrilled to be here and I’m so glad you enjoyed PERFECT FLING and are onto the others.
Jaimie: Did the inspiration for the town of Serendipity come from a place you know or is it purely fictional?
Carly: Serendipity is purely fictional with bits and pieces from places I’ve been that I remember in my mind. Nothing that anyone would recognize if they’d been to the same place too!
Jaimie: Give us a short blurb about what readers can expect from Perfect Fling.
Carly: Perfect Fling tackles the subject of what happens to someone who is raised to believe he’s no good? How can he be convinced otherwise when that voice in his head overrules what his heroine sees? Cole Sanders has spent years under cover and barely knows who HE is. He likes it that way, distant from everyone and not letting anyone close. Until a one night stand with good girl Erin Marsden leaves them with the closest connection of all – a baby! Then Erin is threatened and Cole steps up to protect her forcing them to come to terms with each other. And love.
Jaimie: After Perfect Together will there be any more Serendipity books?
Carly: I’m currently thinking about what comes next so … stay tuned! You can join my newsletter via my website at www.carlyphillips.com so you’ll be first to know. I also post at Facebook: www.facebook.com/carlyphillipsfanpage and on Twitter: www.twitter.com/carlyphillips .
Jaimie: Did you interview any District Attorney’s or undercover officers as part of your research for Perfect Fling?
Carly: I actually interned at the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office in NY two summers while in college! So I had first hand experience with the DA. I also know some police officers, so I turned to them for questions!
Jaimie: I love that your female characters are strong, confident and independent. Do you draw from women you know for your heroines?
Carly: My heroines just are who they are. I was well trained by an editor who taught me about strong women having vulnerabilities every woman can relate to early in my career. I just write from the heart. But thank you so much for saying that about them!
Jaimie: Tell us a bit about yourself in 50 words or less.
Carly: Oh! I’m a homebody, a bookworm, a dog lover, a family girl. I have a tight circle of friends that mean the world to me. I love to write and I write to live – it fulfills me. I’m an Internet junkie and I love hanging with my daughters. I knit on occasion. I love the Fall and hate the humidity … Not sure if I’ve hit 50 words yet. Probably not., LOL. I think that’s it!
Jaimie: Do you have a “day” job or do you write full time?
Carly: I am lucky enough to write full time!
Jaimie: How do you come up with the titles for your books and the character names?
Carly: I’m pretty crazy with character names. I used to rely on soap opera characters and actors and mix and match what sounded good … I also use baby names and Google. Titles? The hardest things ever. I’m not sure HOW I come up with those, LOL!
Jaimie: Did you always want to be an author?
Carly: No! But I did tell stories in my head. I found out later in life that’s the sign of a writer’s mind. I was a lawyer, then a stay at home mom and then a writer!
Jaimie: Do you plot out all the major elements of your stories before you write, or do you see where the characters take you?
Carly: I tend to plot loosely and then write, get to know my characters better and hope they take me where I need to go!
Jaimie: Do you have a specific writing process, like always in one room in the house, music/no music, etc.
Carly: Two rooms – the office with the laptop and the recliner, which I have to say is awesome … TV on just for background noise. I don’t pay attention, or bedroom sitting on the bed when the family’s around because that’s where we hang out and watch TV. We’re not really Den or Family Room people.
Jaimie: What author would you go, or have you gone, “fan-girl” over if you met them?
Carly: I’ve gone fan girl over Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Catherine Coulter. More recently I had breakfast with Kristen Ashley at RWA and we both went fan girl over each other. That was fun!
Jaimie: Do you judge a book by its cover?
Carly: When I had bookstores near me, yes, often I did – at least to get me to pick it up to see what it was about. First look and all that. But now not so much. More word of mouth!
Jaimie: What is your “go to” genre of books? Are there any genres you just cannot get in to?
Carly: Go to genre – Erotic Romance and Contemporary.
Jaimie: Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover for your personal reading?
Carly: Ebooks on my iPad Mini – Kindle app. I’m addicted to it and keep it with me everywhere I go.
Jaimie: Morning person or night owl?
Carly: Morning person. Once I wake up, anyway. I need a good 8 hours.
Jaimie: Favorite quote?
Carly: “It is what it is.” Which can basically be applied to everything and anything that doesn’t go the way you want it to, whether it’s the book I’m writing or something else!
Jaimie: What one piece of advice would you give aspiring writers?
Carly: Never give up, keep learning your craft, and don’t spend your entire life revising and perfecting one book. Oh and make sure you finish a book and move on. More than one piece, actually. My website has a For Authors section and there are articles there I wrote early in my career about things like this.
Jaimie: Where can your fans find you?
Jaimie: Thank you again for taking time to answer these questions. I look forward to reading more of your books.
Carly: Thank you again for having me! It’s been a pleasure answering them and visiting with you!
Be sure to check out my review for Perfect Fling!