October 30, 2012

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

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♥ If you had to describe Naturally, Charlie in 5 words, what would they be?

Whimsical. Fun. Love. Friends. Trust.

♥ How did the storyline of your book first come to surface? Do you remember what you were doing?

I do remember exactly what I was doing when the idea of Naturally, Charlie came to me. I was writing my first full-length novel about actors and Hollywood. The lead heroine landed a coveted part in a movie called Naturally, Charlie, which was about a man and a woman both named Charlie. They’ve gone through difficult times and are trying to find their way out – both at different places in that process. They connect in a moment of weakness and a friendship grows from there… The rest would be spoilers so I won’t go there.

I finished writing the Hollywood manuscript, but the Charlies tugged at me. It was only a smallish part in that novel, but the idea stayed with me. I decided to explore it and here we are today. It’s funny since Naturally, Charlie is my first book and yet was developed in the first actually novel I ever wrote. Maybe one day I’ll revisit and polish up that Hollywood story.

♥ What is your favorite scene in Naturally, Charlie and why?

I can’t pick my fave. I’m sure you understand, but I really do love when they’re walking after eating ice cream, they’re talking, and end up at a restaurant. That scene is so visual to me. I really see it as a movie. It’s natural and the conversation flows as the scenery flows by. Well, that’s how it is in my head at least. Lol I really like the funnies they talk about during that part too.

♥ What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest to take is if someone doesn’t like my main characters, especially the females since I relate to them so much. They are flawed, not perfect, and react how we react in real life. They react like they don’t have someone scripting their every word, so sometimes they say the wrong thing or let their emotions override their common sense – much like women do when they are that age… or now even.

With Naturally, Charlie I have two that are HUGE compliments to me. The first is if they say it reads like a movie/rom-com. When I was writing it played out in my head like a movie, so it feels good that others get that. I say Naturally, Charlie is a younger, more modern version of When Harry Met Sally.

Another huge compliment is the word adorable. I’ve heard adorable when Naturally, Charlie was described and I love that. It’s like saying it left you happy and feeling great inside. I love that!

♥ Both Ana and myself are avid bakers and enjoyed Charlies’ (both of them!) love of cupcakes. So we have to ask.. are you a baker and can you tell us your favorite kind of cupcake?

I do love to bake, but hate the mess. I have a really nice Kitchen-Aid I like to break out. It makes me feel more professional. Haha.

Favorite Cupcake – I’m going with the Margarita Cupcake like Charlie bakes in the book. It’s different and unexpected than the norm. Don’t get me wrong though, a great vanilla or chocolate cupcake is quite divine too. I’m also a chocolate and buttercream fanatic so any cupcake with either or even better both of those are total win in my book.

♥ What books are in your TBR pile right now?

I’m trying to keep my Goodreads list to a manageable list, but it’s impossible to do. So many good books to read, so little time. I am sensing a theme of romantic books, but across genres from YA to Contemporary to Supernatural on there. I love a feel good story and I’m in that mode right now. Simply Irresistible by Jill Shavis, A Political Affair by Mary Whitney, Lessons Learned by Sydney Alice, Paris in Love by Eloisa James, My Life Next Door by Huntley FitzPatrick, and Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean are at the top of my list right now (in no particular order).

Thank you so much to S.L. Scott for taking the time to chat with us! Naturally, Charlie will be out on November 1st so be sure to get a copy of this great book! Happy Reading!

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