Jen: Today we welcome Genevieve Scholl to Romancing the Book as we continue our It’s Snowing Men holiday event. Genevieve, will you share a short bio with us?
Genevieve: I’m just a small town girl with a heart for the country life. I’m very shy and pretty much a loner, but my writing helps me be more outgoing and talk to various people that I would otherwise have a hard time approaching. I don’t write for the money or the fame, but rather to tell a story that needs to be told; whether that is my story or a character’s story. As a lot of people know, from my various interviews, I started writing to express my anger and hurt over the bullying that I experienced in High School, but eventually I just realized that I loved to tell stories. I was born in Texas, grew up and still live in Upstate New York, and want to retire in Ireland. Some people may say that I’m boring or average, but in my personal opinion I’m unique because I’m me, and no one else can be me.
Jen: Tell us about your newest release.
Genevieve: My newest release is Hired for Christmas. Holli Day had really screwed up her life when she had called her ex-boyfriend crazy and stormed off; never talking to him again, until she came running to the North Pole to beg for him to give her a second chance. When he declared his love for Cindy, Holli thought her heart had shattered into a million pieces at her feet. But, that’s what she got for not believing in him.
Now, he’s marrying Cindy and Holli isn’t invited. Except, Trent’s best friend, Garrett, needs a date to the wedding and he’s desperate; desperate enough to ask Holli and risk the wrath of the groom.
The last thing that she wants to do is see Trent get married, but then Garrett offers her something in return that she can’t refuse; money to get her home for the holidays.
What will happen when she walks into that ceremony on Garrett’s arm?
It is the second in a series. The first book is called Love Claus.
Here’s a short excerpt from Hired for Christmas:
Holli wanted nothing more than to eat the crab cake that was currently searing in the pan of vegetable oil, but she knew that the customer wouldn’t appreciate that. Still, she was extremely hungry, and the savory scent of the butter covered crab meat was making her practically drool. When one side became golden brown, she slipped the spatula underneath the cake and flipped it to the other side. As it sizzled in the oil, she added the honey to the top and stuck a sprig of rosemary into the center.
As her top waitress, Arianna, walked into the kitchen and set down a tray of dirty dishes by the sink, the timer went off, announcing that it was time to pull the roasted baby corn out of the oven. Holli slid on two oven mitts and opened the oven door, grabbing the ceramic roasting dish and sliding it out onto the countertop. After unfolding the aluminum foil that housed the baby corn, she sprinkled a touch of sugar over top of each of the little cobs. Wrapping the foil back up, so the sugar could melt onto the corn, she moved back to the frying pan and checked the underside of the crab cake. It was golden brown to perfection, so she slid it onto the waiting plate, which was sprinkled with ground rosemary. Since it was only an appetizer, she centered the one cake on the plate and placed three small cobs up against it.
“Arianna,” she said, as she slid the finished plate across the island. “Take this to table 3, please.”
“Sure thing, Holli,” she agreed, grabbing the plate, but not leaving.
“Is something wrong?”
“No, no; there’s a gentleman at table 8 that would like to speak to you.”
“Did he say what it was about?”
Arianna shook her head. “No, but he said you knew him.”
Holli sighed. “Ok, thank you, Ari.”
Arianna nodded and walked back out into the dining room with the crab cake appetizer.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Genevieve: I never thought about it before, but yes I do. I always make sure to have a drink and a snack next to me, because I tend to forget to eat meals. lol Also, I find it easier to write if I have my rings on. I don’t know if it’s the weight of them on my fingers or what, but it always helps me.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Genevieve: I have a journal where I keep all of my ideas. Also, I have a few stories started, because they were bothering me so much I just had to write them.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Genevieve: Nancy Drew was the first reason I wanted to write, but since I’ve grown I’ve been greatly influenced by writers like Darynda Jones, Morgan Kearns, etc.
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Genevieve: Don’t tell the others, but Trent Claus (main character in Love Claus– book 1 in the Naughty North Pole Novels) is my favorite. He’s funny, sweet, cute, and just plain swoon worthy.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Genevieve: Everyone tells me that when I write about food, they get hungry. I find that the most flattering thing anyone could ever tell me. I always try to put as much thought and feeling into my words, and someone telling me that my words about food make them hungry just blows me away.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Genevieve: Well, I have a lot of stuff planned for 2014, but nothing’s final so I’d rather not divulge the details lol… Let’s just say I feel that it will be a good year.
Extra note: Portions of the proceeds from all of my books and stories are donated to charities. The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, and Toys for Tots.