The holiday theme continues this Tuesday with guest Genevieve Scholl author of Love Claus. First some questions for Genevieve and then an excerpt.
Did you always want to be an author? If not, what else would you have done?– Actually, no. I’ve gone through a lot of different ideas when it comes to my career- photography, law enforcement, etc- and up until last year I never felt particularly… right, I guess. I was never comfortable where I was, but then I switched my major (current student) to Paralegal. Now, I do three things that I absolutely love to do and will never stop doing; writing, photography, and will soon be a paralegal! I still do other things, like art, crafts, etc, but those are just for fun.
What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?-Well, characters are always difficult, because like us in the real world they come with layers. However, I believe that my greatest weakness is conflict. I never know how to convey conflict, because I haven’t really experienced much in my life.
How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?– As my readers, fans, and friends know I will likely write you into one of my books if you make a big influence in my life. However, if you anger me enough I might also write you in as the victim of a crime. There isn’t much that makes me THAT angry, but it has happened in the recent past.
What would be the last genre you’d ever consider writing in? – That’s easy… Science Fiction.
Tell us a little about your WIP– My current WIP, release date May 22nd, is called Catching a Cardinal (Birds of Paradise series).
The Birds of Paradise are an elite group of operatives who specialize in rescues. They are widely known and are even the go-to group for the FBI, but most importantly they are a family.
Elliot Brown is the Youngest in the group, but he’s also the brains of the operations. With a master’s degree in Science, he knows how to analyze anything.
Morgan Percy was set to marry the man her father had picked her for-even if he was thirty years her senior- but when she catches him using dark magic, she sends out an S.O.S for help and gets lifted into Elliot’s strong arms. Little does she know, Elliot has a strong connection with the man she was supposed to call husband.
What is on the horizon for you? Any interesting news or books we should know about?– In addition to Catching a Cardinal, I have two Christmas books coming out in November and December. They’re sequels to Love Claus and part of the Naughty North Pole Novels.
How do you feel about self-publishing?– Love it! Indie Authors Unite!
Where can we find more information about you and your books?
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– Also, please feel free to follow me on Twitter: @SapphirePen
Do you have any last words?– Thank you so much for having me. I’d just like to take a moment to mention the fact that all of my books, along with In the Shadows by H.R Hyacinth (link below) and the upcoming novel Hunted by Meredith Pratwell, are part of my mission to donate as much as possible to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 10% of all book proceeds, along with proceeds from our product store (http://www.cafepress.com/genevievescholldesigns ), will be donated to the foundation.
Excerpt from Love Claus:
The sound of the doorbell woke her from a fantastic dream. Cindy grumbled as she stretched out her muscles and stood. The fire had died down and, even though the remnants of warmth still remained in the air, she grabbed the blanket off of the back of the couch and wrapped it around her shoulders. Bundled in the snowman throw and dressed in her snowflake pajamas, she shuffled her feet across the hardwood floor and went to answer the door. The clock blazed 11:45PM as she passed it on the way. Who could be ringing the bell at this hour?
Sudden panic set in. Was someone hurt? Did someone die? Forgetting her groggy legs, Cindy ran the rest of the distance to the front door; fear dragging her down. Her family didn’t understand her love of the holiday, but if something happened to any one of them, she would be devastated just the same. Please let everyone be okay, she thought to herself as she turned the gold door knob and swung open the heavy door.
Cindy’s panic vanished, to be replaced with confusion; quickly followed by annoyance. Her first thought when she laid eyes on the man dressed like Santa Claus was, what the hell? Why was there a man standing on her porch, at quarter to midnight, dressed like a Santa Claus? The whole thing was ridiculous! I must be dreaming, she thought as she rubbed a hand across her eyes.
“HO HO HO! Merry Christmas from a secret admirer,” he said as he handed her a small red box, wrapped in a silver bow. She stared at the little box in confusion and didn’t move to open it. The man just continued to smile at her as his hand held an evergreen tree upright. “Evening Ma’am,” he began in an accent she couldn’t place. “I’m here from Candy Cane Confectionery and these gifts were ordered for you and asked to be delivered at this specific time.” He held out the tree in one hand and a box of chocolate truffles in the other. “May I come in?”