Dec 2, 2014

Great Interview with Carol Maloney Scott!

1) Could you tell a bit more about yourself?

I am 46, divorced, and soon to be married to a wonderful man. I have a 20 year old son and a 5 year old wiener dog named Daisy. I live in Richmond, VA and I moved here from New York 15 years ago. I hold a fun and challenging day job in corporate HR and training.

Here’s my official “author bio”:

My name is Carol, and I'm addicted to Romance. I grew up in the Hudson Valley area of New York, surrounded by "city folk," like my Manhattanite mom and Bronx-native Dad, who taught me to be sweet on the outside, yet tough on the inside. As a result, I'm often gifted sassy labels like "firecracker" or "feisty," which I choose to take as a compliment, due to my Irish/Eastern European heritage.My romantic history is as real (and complicated) as that of the heroines in my novels. I've been divorced, relocated, plunged fearlessly into the turbulent waters of online dating--only to retreat, yelping, at the occasionally shocking climate before bravely renewing my efforts--until finally, I grabbed hold of happiness and refused to let go.While I did eventually find my "HEA" in the form of a real life relationship, I also fell in love with writing, and it's a romance I can't get enough of.That's why I can't help chasing after that thrill of first love, of never-ending passion, of self-discovery, of romance--even if that chase leads me to (and sometimes over) the edge.

2) How long did it take you to write this novel and what is it about?

I wrote and released my first book in 11 months, which was quite a feat since it was my first book and I have a full time job and I moved into my fiancĂ©’s house, combining our two homes into one. I try very hard to carve out 1-2 hours at least 5 times a week to write. Sometimes I do better and sometimes life gets in the way. I remain flexible and forward thinking. Plus I love it, so it never feels like work. “There Are No Men” is about finding love after divorce and loss, and how rocky that road can be.

3) Have you used any of your own past experiences as an inspiration for your novel? What has inspired
you to write it?

“There Are No Men” is loosely based on some of my own life experiences as a divorced woman trying to find love after being with one man since my high school years. Claire and I also share pregnancy loss and hysterectomy, although I am blessed with one healthy and hilarious child, a soon to be 20 year old son. I wanted to capture the pain of infertility and the fear of dating after divorce, with the hope of new love and learning that there are different ways to reach our goals. These messages are carefully hidden in the midst of crazy antics and hilarious misadventures. Just like in real life.

4) How would you describe your main character?

On a good day, Claire is funny, articulate and full of energy. On a bad day she is clumsy, judgmental, confused and out of control. But mainly she’s afraid. Fear rules her every decision and she has not yet figured out that she has the power to overcome her fears and look at life through a new lens.I thoroughly enjoyed putting her in all the challenging, sometimes preposterous, and often hilarious situations that pushed her to grow beyond her fear.

5) Your book is self-published, do you have any advice for beginning authors who would like to do the same?

When I discovered self-publishing was an option to get my work out into the world, I was ecstatic! I am not a patient girl – if I had to wait for the traditional publishing world to find me I would have blown up in my writing chair. The indie route also gives total control of a writer’s work – to the writer. I don’t like being told what to do. but, I can see the benefit of traditional publishing and of course I would consider it. I’m a little stubborn, but not that stubborn.My best advice is to do a lot of research on the craft of writing, as well as the process of publishing. Whether you are planning on going the indie or traditional route, it is a steep learning curve. No matter what there will be mistakes, and you will learn from them. I could write a book about all that I have learned…wait, there’s an idea!

6) On your amazon page you write about your complicated love life and that you are happy now. Do you think everyone can experience real love? And what's your advice for women who are in the complicated stage at the moment?

Have faith. Don’t settle. Learn to enjoy your own company. Cultivate your own interests and really live them. Be clear about what you want. Don’t give up hope and become jaded. I do believe real love is available to everyone, just maybe not exactly the way we want, when we demand it.Don’t wait for a man to live, and the one you are meant to live with for the rest of your life will appear.

7) Where and when do you write?

I write in my office, which is a small bedroom converted into an office space in my home. I carve out time in the mornings, at lunchtime and in the evenings – around my day job and life.

8) What are your three favorite books? And which author is a great example to you?
In no particular order I would say:

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

I am inspired by all authors who have completed their work and pushed it out into the world. Neither of these things are easy for anyone.

9) Why should my readers read your book?

It’s a story of hope and second chances. Overcoming disappointments and learning from them. Plus I am told it is hilarious and heartwarming. Sounds like a good book to check out :).

1 comment:

  1. Suzanne I love how much research you out into the authors and the books before these meet the authors. I like the sound if this book. I hope it does well.


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