1) How long have you been writing?
Hi there! I’m one of those who took a while to realize I could write down all the stuff swirling around in my head. J So, I’ve been writing for four years this November but the stories have been with me for a loooonnnngggg time. J
2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)
Well, I’ve taken notes and listened closely to my writing friends who juggle an amazing amount of balls on a daily basis, far more than I do, and have worked out a pretty good routine for myself. I write full-time from home so let’s just pause here and allow me to pledge my eternal gratitude to hubby and son. They are so supportive and make keeping all my balls in the air a possibility.
3) What can you tell us about your release Sidewalk Flower?
Sure thing. The story of how Sidewalk Flower came to be starts with the heroine, Trista. She’s a girl who I’d been thinking about for many years, way before I ever thought of writing stories down. But I knew her. And I knew she needed to be loved but I could never find her a hero strong enough to do that. So that she wouldn’t think I’d forgotten about her, I would write Trista poems. One of them was how she was like a flower who had fought her way up through the cracks in a sidewalk.
Then, about six years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to spend some time with the security manager for one of my favorite bands. We saw how things worked behind the scenes on a major tour and I could imagine Trista in that world.
A couple years later, I happened to see a contestant on a popular singing show who was being told he lacked the things needed to be successful in the music business. That young man stuck to his guns, did his own thing, and ended up becoming successful. I knew then that Trista’s hero would have to be equally tough and humble. Lucky is a great hero. And thank goodness, Trista agrees ;)
4) What is it about the contemporary genre that you like so much?
In the contemporary genre, I feel like I can write a story that is filled with fantasy but is absolutely plausible. The situations the characters get themselves into and the intimacy might be heightened and extreme at times, but these things could happen to us. I find that exciting.
5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?
I read and enjoy so much paranormal romance that sometimes I wonder why I haven’t written one of my own. I’m drawn to the darkness and tragedy of many of the paranormal characters’ pasts. But I absolutely love writing contemporary. J So I plan to stay here for now. Plus, I’ve got some more stories to tell that are related to Sidewalk Flower characters. J
6) Sweet or sour?
SWEET as in if the recipe calls for one cup of suga, I’m gonna give it the whole bag just for good measure ;) (Yes, spelled just like that. You can’t say “suga” without a smile.)
7) Chocolate or vanilla?
Dark chocolate makes me happy from the inside out but I would never turn down a chocolate/vanilla swirl cone so I think I’m saying BOTH J
Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her travelling family (no favorites there-she loves them all). These things have always inspired her to think up stories and continue to do so. Carlene feels honored to be a member of RWA, WRW, and The Waterworld Mermaids. She currently lives in the D.C. area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights. If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl.
In Sidewalk Flower, a jaded young woman sets out on an intense road trip home to deal with her past when she is asked to allow a relative stranger to tag along.
But, she’s seen too many good guys succumb to the harsh realities of her supposed privileged life in the music business and intends on keeping her distance.
When she picks up Lucky, the southern gentleman cousin of her selfish best friend, she has absolutely no idea of how to accept a perfectly good person with good intentions. Home has never looked so good, or felt so far away.
And there you have her, Carlene Love Flores!