Today we are lucky to have one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, Carly Phillips, back at The Book Pushers to talk to us about her newest release in the Serendipity series – Perfect Fit. Take it away Carly!
PERFECT FIT and Visual Stimulation
I admit it – picturing my characters helps me write my books. If I can “see” who they are, it’s so much easier for me to fall in love with them and (hopefully) get readers to do the same. It’s hard because not everyone visualizes characters the same way – or even finds the same people attractive. Still, I’m going to go out on a limb and show you Mike and Cara … the way I see them.
Mike, his dark hair, brooding eyes, and muscled physique. Dillon McDermott. Looking like he looks right here. (Minus the baseball bat, but can’t really complain about this photo!)
Cara Hartley – well her looks actually tie to her name … which ties to ::ahem:: my obsession with ABC soap operas, past and present. In this case, an actress named Lindsay Hartley came to All My Children when it was still on the air, to play a character named Cara Castillo. If you’ve been following me since my Chandler Brother (The Bachelor) days, you know I use soap opera characters and actors/actresses to name my characters. I love to mix their real names with their character’s names in order to come up with the perfect name. Hence, Lindsay Hartley’s Cara became my Cara Hartley. Not to mention, she’s a PERFECT FIT (no pun intended – not really!).
So what do you think of my choice for Mike and Cara? If you’ve already read the story, did you have a different vision? If so, who?
Bio and Internet Links:
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.
Carly’s Website – www.carlyphillips.com
Carly on Twitter – www.twitter.com/carlyphillips
Carly on Facebook – www.facebook.com/carlyphillipsfanpage
Carly on Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10000.Carly_Phillips
Thanks to the folks at Penguin, I have one copy of Carly’s previous Serendipity books (Serendipity, Destiny or Karma) to giveaway. Just answer Carly’s question from above to be entered to win. Giveaway is open to US only and ends on January 17th. Good luck!