1) What are the top three reasons in your opinion that people should check out Naturally, Charlie the next time they see it online?
#1 – it’s a feel good story. I love when I finish a book and I’m smiling.
#2 – It has a swoony man in it, and I mean S-W-O-O-N-Y.
#3 – The relationship between the Charlies is realistic and not forced for storyline. It has a natural flow to it.
2) Naturally, Charlie tells the story of Charlie Adams and Charlie Barrow. Will you share a little about each with us? In addition, if you could offer them any advice, what would you say?
Charlie girl – She’s clever, quick with the comebacks, funny, and a bit quirky. As for advice – she needs to trust her heart more. She’s caught up in her head and thoughts a lot.
Boy Charlie – He’s patient, thoughtful, giving, loving, and has a dry sense of humor. He can deadpan which I love. For him, he needs to go after what he wants when it comes to love. He’s in a wait and see stage.
3) One of things I enjoyed most about the book was the NYC background, so what inspired you to choose that city as the setting?
New York, especially Manhattan has everything – culture, diversity, and action. You can meet all kinds of people there from different backgrounds that make NYC so vibrant. Rachel has an Italian background and she’s from New Jersey. Charlie Barrow is from Chicago, Charlie Adams is from posh Manhattan society, and Justin is from somewhere in the mid-west. I love that you can bring these characters together and nobody in the story questions where they’re from, but accept them as a part of the New York scene easily. That’s why NYC is so exciting. You can go from neighborhood to neighborhood and though they may look the same by the architecture, the people make it what it is and that’s a fascinating setting to me. That allows me to play with personalities that can be found there instead of inventing crazy stuff just to make a storyline work.
Naturally, Charlie needed to be set here. A smaller city, say in the south, wouldn’t have provided the back drop necessary for these characters to be developed how they were.
4) What is your favorite line or scene from the book? No spoilers please!
I love the part where the two Charlies have finished their ice cream and are walking down the street to a restaurant. They are talking and teasing each other. The scene plays out very visually for me, movie-like. I also think the dialogue between them is funny.
5) How did the title Naturally, Charlie come to be? Was it always the title or did it come later on in the game?
I was writing my first novel about actors in Hollywood. The lead female got a role in a movie called Naturally, Charlie. This was about two characters – one woman and one man – both sharing the same name and both experiencing difficult times in their lives.
I finished that first novel, but that small scene I had written out stayed on my mind. One day while talking to my friend who had read the novel, we both said, that story needs to be explored.
I did just that and here we are with Naturally, Charlie – which by the way was always the name. It came to me the second the idea came to me.
6) What’s your favorite part about being an author so far? Least?
I love the interaction with readers. LOVE love love that! It’s fun to hear what parts touch them or meant something to them, or even that someone smiled. That’s so rewarding as an author.
Least favorite part – Sometimes I’m too busy to read other books. When I’m in editing I like to stay focused on my characters, but I start to miss reading.
7) Name three things you readers would be surprised to know about you.
I have a day named after me in my hometown with a certificate and all. I’d rather fly than drive, especially on vacation. I just want to get that vacation started, the sooner, the better. I can be seen in the movie The Ringer with Johnny Knoxville and Katherine Heigl over 8 times as an extra.
8) What’s up next for you book wise?
I am currently editing a manuscript – very early stages. I have two other stories on the back burner for now because I want to focus on Naturally, Charlie. And, quite honestly, because the two Charlies make me smile.
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