Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Writers in their own words-GCC
I don't know about you, but when it's cold and dreary out and heading to a warm beach is not in the cards, often the next best thing is to crawl under the covers and into a book. Carolyn Jewel's Scandal will heat you up!
The earl of Banallt is no stranger to scandal. But when he meets Sophie Evans, the young wife of a fellow libertine, even he is shocked by his reaction. This unconventional and intelligent woman proves to be far more than an amusing distraction-- she threatens to drive him to distraction. Unlike the women who usually fall at Banallt's feet, and into his bed, Sophie refuses to be seduced. And soon Banallt desires her more than ever-- and for more than an illicit affair.
Years later, the widowed Sophie is free, and Banallt is determined to win the woman he still loves. Unfortunately, she doesn't believe his declaration of love and chivalrous offer of marriage-- her heart has already been broken by her scoundrel of a husband. And yet, Sophie is tempted to indulge in the torrid affair she's always fantasized about. Caught between her logical mind and her long-denied desire, Sophie must thwart Banallt's seduction-- or risk being consumed by the one man she should avoid at all costs...
Sherry Thomas, author of Delicious, calls it "An intense, beautiful love story and a most rewarding read." And Kathe Robin of Romantic Times says, "Jewel grabs you at the first word and never lets go."
Now, let's hear from Carolyn in her own words . . .
1.) How did you come up with the idea for this book? Are you more driven by plot or by character?
I came up with a vague idea about two character that eventually turned into this book. I am definitely a character driven writer. There is no point (for me -- many other writers are completely different on this), in spending a lot of time plotting. I have a general notion of what will happen but this changes dramatically as I write and discover my characters.
2.) Who's your favorite character in this book and why?
Banallt, the hero, for having the balls to fundamentally change himself. No wait – Sophie, the heroine for seeing past her prejudices.
3.) What's your writing process/writing environment like?
Chaotic as to both. More than one writer has told me they find my process to be frightening. I am a pantser (A seat of the pants writer) with just enough structure to make me seem normal until I get in there with the machete and cut, rearrange, restructure, rewrite and re-create my mess of a story until, suddenly, it's no longer a mess.
4.) What's your favorite part of writing?
5.) What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten about writing?
Just start over.