Monday, August 27, 2018

Promo/ Q&A with PETIE MCCARTY on PAR FOR CINDERELLA


1.  Tell us about your latest release.

I would love to, but first I would like to thank you for allowing me to spend time with your wonderful Romance Reviews Today readers.

My July 25 release, Par for Cinderella is Book 3 in my series: The Cinderella Romances...Fall in love with the fairy tale all over again. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but each has returning characters from previous books. You don’t have to know anything about golf to enjoy this story. This is a romance first...and a classic retelling of my favorite fairy tale

Billionaire Aidan Cross longs to escape his life of celebrity and become a regular guy, if only for a brief time. His chance comes when his yacht breaks down near quaint Cypress Key, Florida—the site of his planned five-star golf resort. The golf resort no one in town wants.

Casey Stuart has given up her dream of escaping to the big city. She refuses to desert her uncle, even when he hires the new stranger in town to replace her at their golf course. Casey vows to steer clear of the stranger called Aidan and the danger their inescapable chemistry provokes. Aidan’s stay is temporary, and falling for him promises only heartbreak.

When Casey discovers Cypress Key’s mayor is making underhanded business deals, she ends up on the wrong side of the powerful autocrat. Aidan steps in to rescue her, but secrets from his past threaten to bogey their new-found relationship


2.  Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.

The climactic scenes in a story are always my favorite. You know, the scene where the heroine gets herself in trouble, and you’re left to wonder whether the hero will reach the heroine in time to save her. Par for Cinderella is no different. Casey Stuart gets into big trouble, and you will never guess in a million years how she gets rescued. That scene is my absolute favorite in this story. Had to check with my in-house golf expert and my doctor friend to verify the scheme would work.

3.  What inspired you to become a writer?

I came late to the world of publishing and had never considered writing until about ten years ago. I spent the bulk of my career in the heart of the theme park entertainment industry constantly tweaked my imagination and pushed me to write. What would you expect when I drove by Cinderella’s castle every day on my way to work?

This will sound crazy, but I have always seen movie shorts or scenes running in my head—even as a kid—usually when presented with some lengthy mindless task. [Think lawn mowing, vacuuming, or painting.] Probably stems from a subconscious need to keep myself entertained. Eventually, full-length features appeared instead of just a scene or two. When I decided to commit them to paper, my writing career began, though my first two novels live quite happily sharing a desk drawer in my office.

4. What is a typical writing day like?

Since moving to the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, I now have my very own office to hibernate in when I write. I grab a cup of coffee or soft drink and head there, escorted by my writing buddy—Lily, my English springer spaniel—who thinks the spot under my desk is her den.
Lily


Every week is different. If I have a new release, a book tour, or a book blitz, my marketing effort could briefly soar to 100% of my time. If it's a normal work week, the writing will be about 75% and the remaining 25% will be devoted to marketing, author loop/reader emails, and research. Unless of course, I didn't turn my computer off during the 75% writing time, and then the social media troll crawls out from under his bridge and forces me to peek.

While writing full-time sounds wonderful in theory, dazzling passages are guaranteed to pop in your head at the least opportune moments—in restaurants, in line at Walmart, in bed in the blessed moments before you succumb to much-needed sleep. Never, ever assume those passages will still be hovering in the atmosphere when you return to your computer. They won't. Thus I never go anywhere without a pocket pad in my purse, and yes, there's one on the bedside table, too. My husband glares at it whenever he walks by.  *snicker*

5. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

I write my stories in a combination of longhand and shorthand in steno pads. Yeah, yeah, I know. Antiquated as all heck. I’m too OCD about typos to comfortably create my stories while typing along at the computer. I stop to correct a typo that I can feel as my fingers fly along, and my great thought or piece of witty dialogue dissipates—like the smoke from the Pillsbury rolls I burned when I stopped to send a tweet about my latest interview.

The shorthand is the old Gregg shorthand taught in school once upon a time. Because I see movies running in my head, in technicolor, when the full feature makes its appearance, I’m speedwriting scene bullets as fast as I can to get the whole story down. That’s when I switch from longhand to shorthand, so I don’t miss anything. Each of those scene bullets eventually expands to become my rough draft.

6. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

Years back, when I finished my first novel and was offered a contract, I squealed with joy, sighed, and then marveled over accomplishing my goal. I thought, my work is done. Once my publisher placed my precious release on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I could finally sit back and rest a bit.

That thought lasted until I dug around Amazon and discovered—this was back in 2014—23 million paperbacks were waiting to be purchased and 1.2 million kindle books like mine. "Well, how many of those could be contemporary romances like mine?" I muttered as I continued my search. Only 300,000.

Today over 5 million ebooks are for sale on Amazon. Yikes!! My most surprising thing I learned? There's no sitting back or resting—ever—in publishing.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Two people have been an inspiration to me, and I have never met either one—Stephen King and Suzanne Brockmann. Suzanne is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I've read all of her books. Those were the stories that taught me a romance novel can be more than just a straight boy-meets-girl-boy-loses-girl-boy-gets-girl-back love story. You can throw your hero and heroine into the middle of something scary or suspenseful, and that's what I do.

Stephen King's book On Writing is part autobiography and part fabulous writing text. He said the only difference between published and unpublished writers is the published writers never gave up. So, I didn't. No matter what happened. And I did get published.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family is proud of me, of course. Out of my six brothers and sisters, only one sister and one brother-in-law are real readers—books all the time. The rest are just happy for me.

My sister, Katy, prodded me to keep writing from the very beginning, especially the half-dozen times early on I tried to quit. She’s the one I bounce off scene ideas as she is a voracious reader and very creative. My wonderful brother-in-law Tom has read every one of my books. Even the “girly ones” as he calls my Cinderella stories. Who could ask for a better brother-in-law than that?

9. What are hobbies or interests do you have?

I love to play golf, and I play with my husband every chance I get. Golf, that is. I stink at the game, but who cares? Golf is a cutie-patootie sport.

Did I lose you there? Think about this . . . a round of golf takes up to four hours to finish, and you spend that four hours with a handsome guy snuggled side-by-side for some quality time in a small golf cart. (The colder, the better!) And there you have a cutie-patootie sport! Just be picky picking your cutie.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

What's next? I'm presently writing Earl Away—a Regency time-travel and Book 2 in my Lords in Time series. The Earl of Dexter begged for his own story, and characters from Duke du Jour will make appearances as well. Scene bullets have unexpectedly piled up for Cinderella on the Rocks—Laird Ian MacVicar’s story and Book 4 in my Cinderella Romances series—because I can’t seem to get Ian’s movie out of my head. You'll have to wait and see which story finishes first.

Lastly, Book 1 of my Mystery Angel Romances series, No Cowboys No Angels, will be released by Soul Mate in November, updated and with a sexy new look. Books 2 and 3 will release late spring 2019.

All my series stories can be read as standalones. On the Books page on my website, you can read reviews and sample the first two chapters of each of my releases. I hope you'll try one of my stories, and when you're finished, drop me an email at petiemccarty@gmail.com and let me know what you think. I love hearing from readers!

11. How can readers connect with you online?

First, I want to thank your Romance Reviews Today readers for taking the time to check out my interview! If you find time to read, please give one of my books or series a try. Here are my other social media links. I’d love to hear from you!
https://www.pinterest.com/petiemccarty

About PAR FOR CINDERELLA:



 Billionaire Aidan Cross longs to escape his life of celebrity and become a regular guy, if only for a brief time. His chance comes when his yacht breaks down near quaint Cypress Key, Florida—the site of his planned five-star golf resort. The golf resort no one in town wants.

Casey Stuart has given up her dream of escaping to the big city. She refuses to desert her uncle, even when he hires the new stranger in town to replace her at their golf course. Casey vows to steer clear of the stranger called Aidan and the danger their inescapable chemistry provokes. Aidan’s stay is temporary, and falling for him promises only heartbreak.

When Casey discovers Cypress Key’s mayor is making underhanded business deals, she ends up on the wrong side of the powerful autocrat. Aidan steps in to rescue her, but secrets from his past threaten to bogey their new-found relationship

Petie McCarty
About Petie McCarty
Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-elements-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue

Visit Petie's website online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

Social Media:
https://www.pinterest.com/petiemccarty


3 comments:

Patoct said...

I love billionaire books. Thanks for lmk about this author.

Martha Lawson said...

This one sounds great! I'll have to put it on the to buy list.

Susan J Berger said...

Great interview. I read the first book in your Cinderella series and enjoyed it very much.