Q&A with Author of Accidental Makeovers - Carol Maloney Scott
1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
Accidental Makeovers, Book 4 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series, wasn’t inspired by real life events, as much as it was an offshoot of the existing storyline and world I have created. However, I do LOVE makeup, and I did experience an ectopic pregnancy. It’s hard not to touch on my real life experiences when writing about strong, funny women navigating career, love, friendship and motherhood.
2. When did you take up writing?
I started writing as soon as I learned about words, and how to put them together to give life to the thoughts in my head. I wrote a tremendous amount as a child, but gave it up around the time puberty hit. I picked it up again a few years ago. After a thirty year break, I have a lot of story backlog in my brain.
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
My books are much more dialogue/character driven, and setting/place only matter just enough to set the stage for the scene. However, I do enjoy fictionalizing many real spots in my town of Richmond, VA. Local residents can guess the inspiration for places like Lorenzo’s, Midtown Lanes, Platinum Billiards, and The Wild Banshee.
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
I really love Max. He’s had to fight for everything he has, and he is a misunderstood man. He loves Bianca and his son, and has a strong sense of right and wrong, which he only tweaks in order to prove himself. He may be a bit misguided, but his heart is in the right place. Plus if you take a stroll over to my Accidental Makeovers Pinterest board, you’ll see that he is a wall of muscle and…heavy sigh…
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
You can’t edit a blank page.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
Since I have a day job and lots of other activities and responsibilities, I really don’t. I strive for one, but I find I write best when I feel it, not when I schedule it.
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
I am a plotter, but my outlines are very fluid. I usually have several epiphanies while in mid-story, and make changes accordingly.
8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
I don’t have the time to read that I once had before I started writing again, but I still manage to read about a book a week. These are not super current, but within the past few years – Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Room, The Rosie Project, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
Oh boy. I just finished outlining all SIX of my current projects. Since I will go crazy if I don’t work on one at a time, I am going with the prequel novella. It is set about a year before There Are No Men, the first novel in my series, and chronicles Claire’s earlier divorced time period, to include the aftermath of her relationship with Ron, the acquisition of Dixie, and her first steps out into the dating world.
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on
I would tell them to be very open to information. Read and study all you can, join writer’s groups, and don’t be afraid to try different things to see what works. And persist. This is a tough business, but if you have stories to share, your readers are out there.
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Twenty-something, single mom Bianca yearns for more. The cosmetology license she worked so hard to get is collecting dust while she waitresses for her mother’s catering business, but she has no clue how to turn her dreams of being a makeup artist into reality. Adding to her unhappiness is her dead-end relationship with her immature, video game-obsessed baby daddy, Max. Although he runs a successful business and Bianca still gets a thrill whenever she sees him play the drums in his cover band, Chain, she can’t deny that he’s starting to feel like her big, tattooed second child.
In desperate need of a life makeover, her fortune takes a positive turn when she crosses paths with an impulsive, runaway bride who has the connections to help Bianca achieve her goals. Suddenly, doors are being opened for her and she has a fabulous, new job that’s reigniting her zest for life. Too bad Max isn’t on board with these changes, and he starts acting like a jealous jerk, which brings their faltering relationship to a boiling point just about the time Bianca meets Eric, a sexy and charming financial manager. Eric comes from a different world, but one Bianca is increasingly eager to join.
Bianca expects her friends and family to be supportive of her budding romance with Eric, but to her surprise, they’re all on Team Max and they rally behind him when he launches a campaign to win her back. Nothing wrong with bar fights, fake girlfriends, and strategically placed rodents when they're all in the name of true love, right?
Will she be lured back to her familiar life, or will a successful career makeover beautify her love life?
Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.
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