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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Special Interview with Carly Phillips

In advance of the release of New York Times best-selling author Carly Phillips' newest release Serendipity--the first in a brand new series coming out this month--the publisher has re-issued her first three books, Solitary Man, The Right Choice, and Perfect Partner, in ebook format.

We invited Carly to answer a few questions for us:

Since you write in the contemporary genre, what genre other than contemporary do you read for fun and have you considered writing any other genre?

I am a true believer in writers doing what they do best. I am doing what I love, and I hope that shows to the reader. I read in other genres (paranormal, erotica, etc.), but that is my enjoyment, my reach into other worlds that gets me away from the contemporary writer I am. Right now I don’t want to write another genre. There are too many others who do it well – paranormal requires a world building that is so foreign to me, I’d rather get lost as a reader than write it and try to keep track. Historical means I’d have to research (blech!) and true suspense would mean my brain would have to work differently! So, I’m a happy contemporary romance writer and a very happy all-genre romance reader.

What's the craziest thing you’ve ever had to do for research?

I’m not a huge researcher – THANK YOU GOOGLE! Seriously. And I belong to enough writer loops with awesome people who’ve held so many various occupations I can always shoot someone a question!

What’s the craziest question you’ve asked someone for a research question?

See above, LOL.

You’ve written so many different books that are remarkably unique. How do you manage to create so many diverse characters without duplicating their personality traits and quirks (and how do you keep them straight)?

Thank you! Honestly I don’t know how I do it. It’s something that comes naturally to me, creating characters that fit, that are made for each other … I don’t worry about duplicating unless something screams it’s familiar or I’ve done it before. If it feels fresh, I assume I’m okay. And the truth is my memory is horrendous even within a book and I can’t keep things straight! LOL. I have my critique partner who reads and the publisher and editors and myself … I hope for the best and pray everyone has patience with me!

What is your favorite part of writing a series? Why does it work for you? What are the challenges/ joys?

Every series offers something different! For example the humor in the Bachelor Blog series, Kiss Me If You Can and Love Me If You Dare were the most fun to write. In the Serendipity series, I went in a brand new direction. In Serendipity, it’s the depth and the way so many threads wind together throughout all three books. I love these brothers and how hurt they are, how much they need the right person to understand them. To me that’s what makes them special. So each series gives me a different challenge and results in a different joy once it’s completed!

Series works for me because I’m never ready to leave characters after one book, but three seems to be the magic number for me. Then I feel I’ve completed something and ready to move on. In Serendipity, I hope to stay in the town and do 3 book ARCS/stories.


You’re a funny lady! Do you find it easy to write romantic comedy? Do you just think funny thoughts? Have you ever laughed in her sleep from a dream and it woke you up? Are any of the goofy moments in your books based on your life?

Thank you! I don’t think I’m funny. And I think the books you mean are more … filled with slapstick moments than romantic comedy, or quirky secondary characters to fill out the canvas, and because I enjoy writing them and they aren’t main hero/heroines, I feel I have more leeway in their behavior and dialogue. Kiss Me If You Can and Uncle Yank in the Hot Zone series are closer to real life – in ways nobody except me would know. Little family quirks or “haha” things I brought to life!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us!


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 www.CarlyPhillips.com. Around the web you can also find Carly at:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carlyphillips
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carlyphillipsfanpage
Blog: www.PlotMonkeys.com

2 comments:

Pat Dale said...

Carly, I always love your books. Keep 'em coming!
Pat Dale

Mysti Holiday said...

Little family quirks or “haha” things I brought to life!

Okay ... now I'm going to have to go back and re-read Kiss Me If You Can and pay much closer attention!