Archive | May 6, 2013

Mesmerizing Monday ~ Interview with Charlotte Howard

Paige holmesBeverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Charlotte. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Charlotte Howard, I’m a housewife and mother of two young children, and a writer! I live in Somerset and my first full-length novel ‘Seven Dirty Words’ has just been published.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

A cup of tea. In a big mug!

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. A poem I wrote when I was 10, was published in an anthology, and I’ve had chapters and articles published in anthologies and on the internet since 2008.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

I think the hero has to be brave, but not necessarily aware of their bravery. They could be overcoming a personal issue and have battled that demon, or physically brave. They also have to be loveable and endearing.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

I don’t know that I have a favourite character as such, although I did love Lucky from Lucky’s Lady by Tami Hoag. He was the loveable bad boy! My characters are an amalgamation of people I know or have met, with a bit of fantasy thrown in. I take traits and jumble them up. I’ve even used computer games like Sims 3 to create a basis for a character and played it out to see where it goes. Yes, I need to get a life.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Erm… definitely not sex. That’s easy! I wrote a crime/murder mystery once, and found suspense quite difficult – all the twists and turns that come with it were hard to keep track of.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

My grandma is a writer and works for an am-dram company, so I guess it was her who influenced me really. She’s the one who sent my poem off to be published, and that encouraged me to keep going.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Lucky from Lucky’s Lady by Tami Hoag.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

Lol!! There was a whipped cream incident once… It ended badly though and I came to the conclusion that food does not belong in the bedroom. To be honest, I think my husband and I would just like one night where we’re not paranoid about the kids waking up!!

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

A mixture of both. Paige Holmes, my character from Seven Dirty Words is a mix. She does need saving, but she is also experienced in martial arts. There is one scene where she does kick a guy’s ass, but then goes running to the man she needs to save her. I don’t like the whole damsel in distress act – it’s been done, it’s boring, and I often find that the character comes across as whiney. Obviously that’s not always the case, but most of the time it is.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Short version: Got drunk, was rescued by a man who appeared to be tall, gorgeous and sexy. Swapped numbers, agreed to go out on a date with him (perhaps the fact that I’m drunk and this happened should have been a warning!) He turned out to be only a couple of inches taller than me (I’m 5 foot!), not all that attractive, highest pitched voice you’ve ever heard and was still living with his Mum at 30 years old with a gambling problem… and yet somehow I dated him for six months before realizing this… (Boy I hope he doesn’t read this!!)

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Tea – lots of it. Can I put makeup as just one? (Eyeliner and mascara are a must!) just in case I’m rescued by some gorgeous hunk! And a notepad and pen (that counts as one right?) so that I can jot down all my adventures, creating a best-selling novel after I’ve been rescued by said hunk.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

I have several. When nobody’s around I listen to a lot of Olly Murs and read quick lust-in-the-dust type books (Silhouette, Mills & Boon etc.)

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Hit the NYT best-sellers list.

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

Which one?! Probably being admitted into hospital with suspected appendicitis when I was a teenager for it turn out to be trapped wind. (I did later have my appendix removed, but it was about 10 years later…)

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Can I be three? No? Black then. Because it’s slimming and hides a multitude of sins.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

My husband. Before him I fell in love very easily, and thought that boys (and they were boys) were allowed to treat you like crap, cheat etc. My husband changed that. He made me realize that being in love means finding someone who is your best-friend, who you can share every secret with, and who will always be there for you, no matter what.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

My husband, my kids, my dog, and I’m hoping my best-friends and family do too! Not convinced my cats do though…

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome
Hairy chest or smooth? Oooh… tricky… depends? Husband is hairy, so I guess I’ll say that!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? Depends on the mood. Kinky??
Fast or slow? Fast.
Public or private? Private
Top or bottom?Top

Seven dirty words
Book blurb:

Paige Holmes hides herself in a masculine world in a desperate attempt to remain safe. Just as she is ready to face her fears and her past, she finds herself torn between Matt Jackson and Vance Ellery: handsome, rich, and safe – or handsome, rich, and dangerous? Which will she choose? The one who appears to be the most perfect, or the one who makes her use all Seven Dirty Words?

Buy links:
RHP – Store (booksellers discount) -(Paperback & Kindle) (Paperback & Kindle)
Barnes & Noble


Born in Oman, Charlotte moved to the UK in 1989, settling in Somerset in 2008. She lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets, and works as a makeup artist and a freelance writer. She loves learning new skills and keeping fit, always looking for ways to keep her brain and body active. Her career as a writer started at an early age when she began writing poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. “Seven Dirty Words” is her first published full-length novel.

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