Yup. Call me lucky, cause I got to interview Carly Phillips in honor of her upcoming release, Serendipity, on September 6! I know, you’re jealous. You’ll just have to soothe the green monster by reading on to see what Carly had to say. Some of it’s silly, some of it’s serious. All of it’s interesting. Just another reminder of why Carly is on my keeper shelf…even if she IS a Patriots fan… 😉
Jeanette: If you were the main character of a romance, what genre would you want to be in? (Hey, since it’s romance, at least we know if you’re in a suspense plot, you’re gonna live!)
Carly: If I were the main character of a romance, I’d want it to be paranormal! I love this question! Shape shifter universe, I think. I want an Alpha shape shifter. Yep. That’s what I’d want!
Jeanette: Why Plot Monkeys? Why not Plot Camels, or Plot Armadillos?
Carly: LOL! The four of us were in Disney and we were plotting. We’d gone to buy gifts for our daughters and we bought monkeys. We started talking about blogs … and the idea came from there! Nothing overly deep about it!
Jeanette: I know you recently got a new puppy (Brady). Is your new addition easier or harder than adding in a new (human) baby? (I know mine is harder. I have a Goldendoodle, and he’s worse than my toddler!)
Carly: This is going to sound awful – puppies are easier because you can crate them and walk away. That said, it’s HARD!!!!! I LOVE having a dog. The puppy years? Not so much. Just as awful? I think I was the same way with babies. I was a better mom as they got older!
Jeanette: Not awful at all. I know how you feel…I long for the days when my toddler can have a conversation rather than grunts and pointing! I know you’re a Patriots fan. (Ahem. You named your new puppy Brady.) As a Colts fan myself (raised in Indiana)…do you think we’d survive a Pats/Colts game in the same room?
Carly: We’d survive. As long as we kept my husband out of it, all would be well LOLOL!
Jeanette: I think we’d have to lock both men out of the room. My husband is a total trash talker during games. Okay, last question… What triggered you to write this particular series? Was it the plot(s) that came first, or the characters?
Carly: Since I always tend to write small upstate NY towns, the challenge in this series was bringing the town alive as well as the characters. The characters came first, they always do. For me it was in two parts – the idea of the estranged brothers with an extremely complicated history that isn’t black and white, especially when looked at from each different brother’s perspective; and then the first book, the bad boy turned good hero and the girl who got away – whose situations in life are now reversed (she grew up wealthy, he on the wrong side of the tracks – now he’s wealthy and she’s lost everything). I really love these people. They’ve surpassed being characters to me!
Thank you so much to Carly for coming on the blog to talk with me and share with us a little of herself. I, for one, can’t wait to read Serendipity when it comes out on September 6, 2011. Can you??
Oh, and a bonus for you!!! Carly’s going to pick out three commenters to win some Romance Trading Cards of Serendipity and Destiny!!
Carly Phillips is the New York Times Bestselling author of over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and plotlines that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. Carly is a stay at home mom of 2 daughters (now almost old enough to read her books!), one soft coated wheaten terrier and a brand new Havanese puppy. She’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.
More information on Carly can be found at her website: www.carlyphillips.com.
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