Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Welcome Guest Author S.L. Scott! #NaturallyCharlie

Welcome Guest Author
S.L. Scott
to the Blog!

See below for her giveaway!
Welcome!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thank you for hosting me. My name is S. L. Scott and I love writing in the contemporary romance and chick-lit genres. I dabble in some YA too, but am not actively working on that.

I’m a mother to two amazing kids and wife to an incredible husband. I’m a writer, a baker, and love to read. My dreams include publishing a book (check - yay), living on the beach one day, and writing a movie script that is actually made into a movie.

Great! And congrats on your new release! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I’m quoting the summary for Naturally, Charlie, but it’s so true. This is a tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

Both main characters are Charlies and they are coming together at a unique time in each other’s life. They are trying to navigate through the current obstacles in their lives while remaining true to themselves.

Which character is your favorite and why?

Girl Charlie is my favorite though I know most would choose Charlie boy. I like her because she’s flawed and she realizes it. She’s living a very surface existence at this time in her life – not shallow but on the surface of who she truly is. Her life is off kilter and she’s struggling to find balance like she once had and thought she always would. She’s taking a journey in this book and it’s not always leading her down the expected path, but it does lead her to her destiny.

As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How the two Charlies bonded from the beginning. The relationship wasn’t forced and scenes weren’t written to make it convenient for them to hang out together or run into each other. Writing their scenes together just flowed and came naturally. The dialogue is all them and just works for them and how they communicate together. It’s not a secret language, but it felt like that to me, like something special that only they share. They just got each other, understanding what no else did about them.

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

There is a possibility a sequel or series opportunity for two different storylines I’ve thought about, but no plans as of today.

What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

At the time I was writing Naturally, Charlie my kids weren’t both school age so I had limited daylight hours to write. Most of this story was written around the midnight hour.

Time is always such a challenge! What are you working on right now?

I just published a novelette called Morning Glory on Amazon for Kindle readers.

As for my writing, all I can say is I am working on my next novel. I’m gonna keep this one under wraps for awhile.

What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Oddly enough, I just thought about it the other day. I still have it saved on my computer. I thought I lost it with the hard drive crash of 2010, but I had once emailed it and fortunately found it again. I was so relieved. It’s a story that I still may revisit one day, so I’m glad to still have it.

What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I find heavy emotion easier to write than happy times. Sometimes I feel that the smooth sailing times are masked and the true happy times have to be earned through the journey whether it be through self discovery or overcoming obstacles or pain the characters have to survive. The feeling of heartache is solid and strong so easier to describe to me. Happy can be found in simple things, but that feeling itself isn’t always simple to describe.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I think there is always a bit of yourself in the story somewhere whether it be an event or dialogue or a characteristic. I can think of one of the Charlie-isms in the book that is all me, and still makes me giggle. It’s embarrassing so I think I’ll keep that under wraps for now.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I’m a romantic, but I like realism mixed in as well. Maybe it’s because reading about perfect doesn’t hold my attention, so I try to give my characters real emotions and sometimes those emotions don’t always make sense in that moment – they come from something heated inside of them. In the real world we don’t have a team of script writers feeding us the perfect line and sometimes our emotions rule our thoughts and mouths. Sometimes we make mistakes and I like that in my characters. I also like when they learn from those mistakes.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I can write in the middle of chaos. Well… most of the time. LOL I also have a beautiful desk in our home office and yet I write while lounging on the couch in the center of the house. I’ve not written one word while at that beautiful desk to this day.

And, I’ve been an extra in four movies where I’m easily seen – it’s very obvious and even more embarrassing although I loved working on the sets. I love the movie industry. It’s a fascinating world.

How cool! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Bridget Jones’ Diary. I love the concept of the diary entries, her personal struggles with herself, and that series started my love of all things chick lit and romance.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

This changes with my moods, but right now I’d have to say Veronica from Naturally, Charlie because she’s at a point in her life where she is who she is and she likes who she is. She says what she thinks and she’s a positive person that draws the other characters to her light. She’s also a hopeless romantic and I love that.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark. I’m eating a dark chocolate kiss right now.

Salty or sweet? Hmmm…. sweet.

Bed or kitchen table? LOL. Bed.

Beach or mountains? Beach 100% of the time.

Give or receive? Give.
Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the new one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society of circles of his childhood.

This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.
Excerpt:

Fifteen minutes later, we sit down, placing our sodas and order ticket on the table. He bought lunch, claiming it was because he showed up uninvited. I’m thinking he doesn’t see how happy I am to see him again. “So what brings you to this part of town, Charlie?”

He plays with the straw’s wrapper before wadding it between his fingers. When he looks up, he says, “You do.” He shrugs. “I missed you.”

He always makes me smile, but I laugh lightly, too, because I like that he missed me. “You missed me?”

Leaning forward after looking around us, he whispers, “Yeah, I missed you. Is that so strange?”

No. Not strange at all. I’d been thinking about him since we parted after dinner yesterday.

“What?” he asks. “Are you laughing at me because I can admit I missed you?”

“I think it’s great you can admit you missed someone, and I wasn’t laughing.” I giggle.

“That. That right there is laughing.”

“No, that’s giggling.”

“Aren’t we too old to giggle?”

“Speak for yourself, old man,” I tease.

He laughs now, but turns away when our number is called. Tapping the table once with his palm, he says, “I’ll be right back.”

I watch him as he walks toward the back of the small restaurant to claim our order, enjoying the view. Damn it! I look out the window when I’m busted staring at his ass. When I look back, he’s gloating—I mean smiling—all the way back.

I try to tamp the heat I feel that wants to redden my cheeks, giving my guilt away, but I think it’s too late.

“Here.” He sets the food down in front of me. “Eat and maybe that will distract us enough to not talk about the fact that I just caught you ogling my ass.”

“I wasn’t ogling.” I feign annoyance at the accusation, although I totally was ogling.

“You were sooo ogling.”

“I hate you, Charlie.” I laugh, joking with him.

“Yeah, I hate you, too.” He teases with a smug smile set in place.

I seriously love our friendship.


Thanks for coming on the blog!

Thank you for having me on your website. I’ve lost a few hours today surfing around it. It’s really great and this was a lot of fun. Thank you again.

Where can we find you on the web?

Giveaway!
One commenter who leaves their email will win a signed paperback of Naturally, Charlie! Open to U.S. only! Ends midnight EST Sunday October 21! Good luck!
Now, please leave S.L. some new release love! And thanks for reading!

Laura

6 comments:

Laura Kaye said...

Very glad to have you here, S.L.!

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. Naturally, Charlie sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great interview and excerpt.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Susan said...

The book sounds great. Thanks, Laura for introducing new books.

Jyl22075 said...

I have to admit that I love the idea of both of them having the same name. The excerpt you posted was so cute. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jyl22075 at gmail.com

Laura Kaye said...

Yay! Good luck everyone! :)

SLScott said...

Thank you so much for having me and my book featured on your site, Laura. The interview was a lot of fun and I'm honored to be here.

xo,
S.L.