Interview & Giveaway With Author Carly Phillips

Today Brianna is interviewing author Carly Phillips. Welcome to The Book Vixen Carly!

Author Interview

Brianna: What would you tell new readers (like myself) about your books? What can readers expect from a Carly Phillips novel?

Carly Phillips: I’d tell new readers that I write sexy, fun, occasionally emotional contemporary romance. My characters are the main part of the story, their lives and the people they connect with in their hometown. My heroes are (I hope) seriously sexy, often flawed (aren’t we all?). My heroines are independent women with lives of their own and secret hopes and dreams just like the rest of us!

Brianna: With both Mike and Cara being in law enforcement in Perfect Fit, what kind of research went into creating these characters? Did you do any research specifically on women in law enforcement?

Carly: During the past year, my dad was sick and unable to drive, and he had local police driving him to and from work on their days off, so I had instant access to law enforcement professionals in a small town. Smile

Brianna: I know this is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child but do you have a favorite Marsden?

Carly: Well, keeping in mind I haven’t written Sam’s story yet, right now I have to say Mike. I’ve said it ever since I finished his story – I thought he was special. Seriously hot, a lot in control, and an inability to see how great he is until Cara. I adore him (Perfect Fit).

Brianna: Do you tap into your family relationships for inspiration when writing the Marsden family?

Carly: I do. My father had lymphoma and that’s how I wrote Mike’s father, Simon’s illness. Personal experience. In Perfect Fling, Cole’s dad has some problems (I don’t want to ruin it) but I also drew on personal family experience. It’s not easy but it makes for more realistic reactions of the characters to the situation.

Brianna: Do you always know how a book is going to end or do you develop it as you write?

Carly: I develop it as I write. Sometimes I have a vision of what will happen, but too often I discover the characters go an entirely different way, and that ending just won’t work. I’m a very organic writer. It makes for a challenging writing process, that I can tell you!

Brianna: What made you decide to set the town of Serendipity in upstate New York?

Carly: It’s a write what you know reason. I live in New York. It’s not a tiny small town, but I understand small town living, and for that reason, I have more to draw from. I’ve also done New England in the past. As long as I feel a familiarity with a setting I can write it.

Brianna: How many more books do you have planned in the Serendipity series? Can you tell us who the hero and heroine are for book 5, Perfect Fling?

Carly: I could tell you but I’d have to kill you. Smile Kidding. The heroine is Erin Marsden, Mike’s sister, and the hero is Cole Sanders, who returns to Serendipity very much an enigma to everyone, even people who knew him. The first chapter was in the end of Perfect Fit, so I wouldn’t be ruining anything by saying, it picks up the morning after Erin and Cole’s one night stand … and of course, the consequences of that a few months later!

Brianna: What genres do you read? Who are some of your favorite authors?

Carly: I love contemporary romance. I also enjoy erotic romance. Paranormal on occasion – shifters especially. My favorite authors? My go to girls – Lauren Dane, Bella Andre, Roni Loren, Eve Berlin/Eden Bradley, Kristen Ashley, Cherie Lynn, Janelle Denison.

Brianna: What are 5 random facts about yourself that readers don't know?


  1. I’m shy.
  2. I hate exercise.
  3. I live on peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat when I’m home.
  4. If left unchecked I’d have too many dogs and would be fined by the city.
  5. I have no self control around milk chocolate.

Brianna: We have a lot in common! What can readers expect next from you?

Carly: Right now I’m still working on the last of Serendipity’s Finest, Perfect Together, Sam’s story. My upcoming release list looks like this:

Carly’s 2013 – 2014 Book Releases

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Anthology – 7/13
(Perfect Stranger, a Serendipity Novella – Alexa’s story)

(A Serendipity’s Finest Novel – Erin & Cole’s story)

(A Serendipity’s Finest Novel – Sam’s story)

About the Author

Author Carly Phillips

Carly Phillips has written over 35 romance novels with contemporary characters and small town settings that today's readers identify with and enjoy.  She's currently focused on the New York Times bestselling Serendipity series set in the small fictional town in upstate, New York.  Carly is a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom to two daughters (16 and 20!) and two crazy dogs (a 1 year old Havanese named Brady and a 5 year old wheaten terrier named Bailey).  In addition, she’s a Twitter, Facebook and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.   Carly lives in Purchase, New York and would love for you to like and follow her on the web.

Find the author online: website | blog | twitter | facebook

About the Book

Perfect Fit by Carly PhillipsTitle: Perfect Fit
Series: Serendipity, Book 4
Author: Carly Phillips
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 2012 by Berkley

Always feeling like the odd man out in his family, Michael Marsden wanted to make it on his own. So he escaped Serendipity to become an undercover cop in Manhattan, where the Marsden name wasn't known. But Michael's independence is compromised when he returns home to replace his sick father as chief of police. Back in the shadow of his family, he's as lost and restless as ever, until he's challenged by someone he never anticipated.

Cara Hartley is the Serendipity cop with whom Mike had a one night stand three months earlier. Neither expected anything more but fate has other things in store. When Mike returns as Cara's boss, the sexual tension between them is impossible to ignore - and the unexpected emotional connection continues to grow. But Cara's a small town girl while Mike has a wanderer's blood in his veins.

Together their chemistry explodes but ...
Both are convinced a future together is impossible. Until Mike's real father's secrets come back to haunt him and he realizes there are some things worth staying and fighting for. Including Cara.

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Serendipity by Carly PhillipsDestiny by Carly PhillipsKarma by Carly Phillips

Thanks to Berkley Books, one lucky winner will receive a mass market copy of one of Carly’s previous three books: Serendipity, Destiny, or Karma (winner’s choice). Good luck to all who enter!

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About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. You love comments, I love interviews such as this one...and I love Carly's writing! I come from a small town myself, I hate exercise (the only kind I do is walk walk walk), and I love milk chocolate (thank goodness it doesn't like me...I break out in mouth sores) and small dogs (I have a cute imp...a Yorkie named Maggie).

  2. I love all of Karen's/Carly's book....pretty hard to pick just one, so I won't! just know that you can't go wrong with a book that has Carly's name on the cover!

  3. I just love the Serendipity series. I think I like Mike best, also.

  4. I've read and enjoyed Karma.

  5. Serendipity is my favorite from this series so far. I've only read Serendipity and Kismet, while the rest from these series are on my TBR list.

  6. I haven't read the Serendipity series yet, but I have read the others. My favorite series is the Corwin Curse series.

  7. I actually haven't read the series but I've read so many good things about Carly Phillips! I'd love to give her books a try!

  8. Thanks for the fun interview and congrats to Carly on her new release! I'm dying to read her series!!!

  9. I have not read any of Carly Phillips books, but have seen them. Like the covers. Would love to have the chance to give them a read.

  10. I haven't read any of her books yet. I've only recently heard a lot of buzz about them, so I'm definitely interested in starting at the beginning. Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. I haven't read any of the books but I've heard great things about them.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I"m just starting this series.... can't wait.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway. I havent read any of her books yet.

  14. I haven't read the Serendipity series yet. I have read the Hot Zones series. Love this series with those hot athletics. I also read the Corwin Curse series.

  15. Love Carly! Haven't read the Serendipty series but they are on my list to read!

  16. Haven't read the Serendipity series yet, but I have read the Corwin Curse series and loved it.

  17. I have not read this series yet but would love too!

  18. Great interview. looking forward to read.

  19. I new to this series, what a fun interview. I love peanut butter on whole wheat, it is my breakfast almost daily!

  20. I have not read any books by Carly Phillips :)

  21. Great interview and love this series!

  22. Reading Serendipity now, can't wait to read more as I am enjoying it very much. Loved the interview

  23. I haven't read any of her books yet.

  24. I haven't had a chance to read any of her books yet but I hope to start on this series soon. Thanks for the great giveaway and interview!

  25. Great interview! I haven't read all of Carly's books yet. But after the ones I have read so far she is definitely one of my favorite authors. Can't wait to read the Serendipity series & all of Carly's other books too!