Interview & Contest: Carly Phillips

Carly PhillipsJen: We are excited to start the New Year with a visit from best selling author, Carly Phillips. Carly, please share a short bio with us.
Carly: 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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Jen: Please tell us about Perfect Fit and how this spin off series came out.
Carly: 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.

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 and then Sam himself in Perfect Together.

Jen: Do you see the series continuing after this next trilogy?
Carly: I like to say that’s up to the readers! If they still want more of the town, I do have more ideas.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character in Serendipity? Who? Why?
Carly: I do … normally when I’m asked this I say it’s like picking my favorite child, and I can’t do it.  But I have to admit, Mike is it for me.  He’s so amazing and doesn’t see himself that way.  And the chemistry between him and Cara is off the charts – not just sexually but he knows just what to say and what emotional buttons to push.  He’s yummy 🙂

Jen: How do you plot out your ideas for a series? Is it different than for a stand alone book?
Carly: Sadly … not really.  I could save myself a lot of hassle if I could plot way ahead of myself but my brain doesn’t work that way.  I do have plotting partners, and we talk a lot before, during and after a story / series is written, but for me it’s IN THE WRITING that my best ideas come to me.  This usually necessitates going back into earlier parts of the story and rebuilding character and ideas until everything fits and flows.  That’s just how I work.

Jen: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Carly: Oh.  I’m such a homebody! But that said I’d love to see Israel because I do feel a connection there.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Carly: 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 🙂


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61 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Carly Phillips

  1. Kris Dickinson says:

    I havent read this series yet, but I just put it on my Goodreads list. Cant wait! And since I work at a bookstore, I can get started right away 🙂

  2. Gloria Walshver says:

    Their professions alone are dangerous and exciting women find that sexy and irrisistable.

  3. Amy Fowler says:

    I am looking forward to reading this series, on my list for 2013!! I absolutely Love your books!! Thanks!

  4. Jennifer W says:

    Love everything I’ve read of hers so far. I’d love to read more. Congrats on your new book!

  5. Wanda Barefoot says:

    I haven’t read any of Carly’s books yet but I am looking forward to starting this series. I have heard so many good things about it! Thank you for this interview and for a chance to win!

  6. Missy Roth says:

    Carly’s new series is about Serendipity’s police force. Why do you think cops (or firefighters, military folks, etc) make for interesting romance heroes (or heroines)?

    It has to be the uniforms…everyone loves a man in uniform!

  7. Sarah says:

    Due to the danger they face on a regular basis they must be in excellent physical shape and on top of their game mentally. I have lots of respect for all police, firefighters and military servicemen/woman.

  8. Patti P says:

    I love reading about heroes that are heroes in uniform because they seem to have just a little extra in the loyalty department and a steadfast basic moral code they live by. They usually are quite healthy (sexy and strong) at least in books. LOL But also they usually have something that made them choose the profession that gives them the bit of raw emotion that you need to keep it interesting.

  9. JoAnne says:

    I love all Carly’s books and Serendipity has a place in my heart. I think men in uniform are strong characters and most are very down to earth and just good guys doing their job. It’s not hard to fall for them and get engrossed in their lives and love lives.

  10. Chelsea B. says:

    There’s just something sexy about men (and women) putting their life on the line for others 🙂

  11. Barbara Elness says:

    I think cops, etc. make for interesting romance heroes because they’re in demanding jobs that put their lives on the line and most people admire them. I think they need an outlet for all that tension, so when they meet a great woman (or man) it’s always going to be interesting.

  12. LisaILJ says:

    I think they make good romance hero’s because it’s easy to imagine once they get out of training and are young enough, they are in pretty good shape.

  13. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to Carly on the success of her series! I think that anyone in law enforcement, military and firefighters make great heroes b/c they’ve proven by their job choices to be a bit selfless, and strong and the “best”. Plus they have to stay in great shape 🙂

  14. Martha Lawson says:

    Because they are in dangerous jobs and especially military heroes have special skills! I would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance.

  15. pc says:

    Cops and military, etc make great heroes because it’s the defending and protecting at their own risk that gives them such big hearts and really gets our awe and respect!
    This series sounds fantastic…I’ll check it out! Thanks for sharing and for the great interview!
    happy 2013!

  16. Shana S. says:

    They put their lives on the line everyday so it’s good to read hea’s for them. Plus, who doesn’t love a sexy man in a uniform!!

  17. Linda Scarchuk says:

    I haven’t read any of the series yet so I would love to read Seredipity! Thank you for the chance to win…Happy New Year

  18. Emily Kirkpatrick (@emilyk52281) says:

    I love Carly’s books. She’s one of my favorite authors. Looking forward to reading this series!

  19. Allison Motherway says:

    Dangerous and intense jobs make for the character to have amazing skills, adrenaline, and Alpha skills. Then the love they have for another is so pure and raw. I can’t wait to read this series. Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

  20. Lisa says:

    Carly is the Midas of authors everything she writes turns to gold and is a pleasure to read! Carly Phillips rocks!

  21. Crystal Young says:

    They have dicided to be police, firefighter or military etc.and risk thier lifes daily for everyone they protect and serve. Thanks for the chance to win I love Carly Phillips books.

  22. Texas Book Lover says:

    Some of my favorite characters are police or military men. Combine those with small towns and they make for great reads that I usually can’t get enough of!

    I haven’t read any of Carly’s series yet but these sound like a great place to start!

    Thanks so much!

  23. Phyllis Warren says:

    I like firefighters policemen and women and service men and women to me they are the true idols of this world not movie or music stars who people worship. I LOVE A GOOD MOVIE AND MUSIC but they are not heros to me.

  24. Kathleen O says:

    this is on my TBR list for 2013 and you can bet that before the end of this month it will be read…Carly you are always a fav with me.

  25. Karen Barnett says:

    Everyone wants to feel safe, protected, cared for – and who could do it better than a man in uniform!

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  27. Lisa Hutson says:

    Because they are heroes and they are dependable and of course, always have the best calendars. haha

  28. Kim says:

    Honestly, I have no idea. I think it might have something to do with the fact that they’re already heros from their jobs and it just makes them sexy.

  29. Angela Love says:

    1. the Uniforms 2. they have a hard time with emotions 3. they are Alpha Males add all 3 together and it is just HOT!!! 4. they always get the bad guy!!!!

    I would love to win this book and have it added to my TBR list in case I don’t win!!!

  30. Carol L says:

    I loved the Serendipity series first three books.Now I’m looking forward to Perfect Fit.Thanks fr this chance. I think the uniform and their deep code of Honor and loyalty is what makes cops and military come off so sexy.
    Carol L.

  31. Because the work is so very active and mostly something different every daya nd their home life can be mundane like ours, so there is always something exciting going on is there lives…

  32. Diane Sallans says:

    It’s probably because they are usually physically fit, have a mindset to help & protect people.

  33. michelle says:

    They make good heroes because of their passion and dedication and loyalty come off as sexy and exciting and so endearing! Men in uniform in person and on paper are always make great heroes!!

  34. Darla L says:

    I do love a man in uniform. Even my husband’s Scout Master Uniform does something for me. Lol. But really it’s the integrity, loyalty, and putting others before themselves that really makes them the complete package.

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