Jen: 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.
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 🙂