Real Life & Romance Blog
|Posted on 2 December, 2016 at 9:40|
Welcome to Coffee Time with Jen featuring Chloe Flowers!!! Thanks for stopping by Chloe!
What authors have inspired you to write?
Kathleen Woodiwiss, hands down. My favourite historical romance of all time is “A Rose in Winter.” It’s a twist on the Beauty and the Beast tale. The longing and torment, the action and adventure and the sensual romance hooked me as a young girl, and I read every one of her books. She shaped my writing style, although my writing isn’t as flowery or dramatic…
Sherrilyn Kenyon is an inspiration in and of herself. She started with nothing as a single mom and pursued her dream until she achieved it.
What does your writing process look like?
I can’t go on a journey without a general plan and a roadmap. I start with a question, like: “What would compel a nun to kidnap a pirate?” From there, I do nothing but mull it over in my head for a couple of weeks before I write a word. Once I have a movie reel spinning in my mind, I sit down and write an outline. Next, I do a character sketch, which is really fun because I’ll use character archetypes and birthdates. From that point I rip through the first draft pretty fast.
What advice has been the most helpful to you in your career?
Dory always said, “Just keep swimming.” I follow her mantra every day and just keep writing. Love that fish to pieces.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
A grossly underpaid volleyball coach. I have been coaching for almost ten years. I did the math once and discovered that when I divided the total hours into the pay, I was making about $2.37 an hour.
Do you read reviews? How do you celebrate the good, get over the bad?
Occasionally I do read reviews. I think I have one three star and one two star review on my first book. All my books average 4.5 stars on Amazon, so I have to look at it from a business angle. Here’s the thing: I used to own a gourmet cookie company called CookieChix. We made high-end gourmet cookies with the best chocolate, nuts and sugars. We packaged them in gift boxes and tied them with ribbons and bows. Although they tasted and looked awesome, there were some people who wouldn’t buy them because they were too expensive. It worried me at first. Did I price them too high? Would I sell a ton more if I lowered the price? (yes) Could I keep up with the demand? (Probably not) So I had to conclude that those people were not my customers. Same thing goes here. My customers are the readers who enjoy the kind of books I write. Low star reviews come from people who are not my customers.
What type of scene do you find hardest to write? Scary, funny, romantic, sad?
The sensual romantic scenes are hardest for me because I know my mom’s going to read it. My dad called the other day to tell me he’s finished the first two and actually shocked me into silence. When I decided to become a writer, I chose the romance genre because I felt it would be the hardest for me to write. My thought was that if I could write romance, I could write anything…
What is one subject you’d never write about as an author?
Good God, politics.
What is one career goal you’ve yet to achieve that you are striving for?
I want to write a movie script, or have one or more of my books made into a movie. I am outlining a contemporary series of romantic comedies with this goal in mind.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I have a TON, because I’m a klutz. The biggest one is from an experimental surgery on my knee. I tore the ligaments high jumping in a college meet. I had already broken the school record and qualified for Nationals before that jump. I was training for the Olympic trials at the time as well. It was a devastating injury, which threw me onto a completely different life path. Because of it, I chose a different career from writing. Because of it I also met my husband. It’s taken me a while, but I have finally circled back around to the career of my heart: writing. God simply had a different plan for me at the time, and I’m glad that things worked out this way.
Do you have any tattoos? Where & What?
No way. Hate needles. My friend, Michelle did talk me into getting my belly button pierced a few years back, though. I got mine pierced, held her hand while they pierced hers, paid my bill, walked outside and promptly passed out. I have a nice little scar on my forehead as a souvenir. Still have the piercing, though.
What would you like your obituary to say if you could write it?
Flags at the Chateau St Michelle winery in Washington State are flying at half-mast following the passing of Chloe Flowers. The board of directors called an emergency meeting to discuss strategies to soften the anticipated sharp drop in sales. Chloe leaves behind a tall, dark and handsome husband she lovingly called “Woody,” who was responsible for three children, who in turn provided excellent excuses for eating with her fingers, buying a trampoline and watching Disney movies. Cause of death has yet to be determined, but authorities did confirm that large amounts of chocolate pudding and whipped cream were involved. Chloe has requested six players from the Cleveland Browns be her pallbearers so that they can let her down one last time. Her last request was to have her ashes spread over her small ravaged vegetable garden in hopes that the deer choke on them.
Ready for the Lightning Round of ‘Have You Ever?’
-Grab your coffee and take a sip if you have done any of these things.
Have You Ever…
Cup paused halfway to mouth…Not yet. (Is that a thing? Maybe I should try it).
No sip, (never been caught).
-Gotten into a bar fight? No sip. (At least not that I can remember).
-Lied on a resume?
No sip. (The odds work against you on that one).
-Pee’d in public?
Sip and spit? (Does peeing in the woods on a golf course count?)
-Called in sick to work when you weren’t sick?
(Chugging) Well, duh. Who hasn’t?
-Had a crush on a friend or co-worker?
(Choking) Nah. I worked in the fashion industry, and most of the cute guys were gay. I did get excellent advice on accessorizing, however.
-Lied about your age?
Requesting a refill, please. (Consistently. For a long time, my kids did it for me. My college-aged nephew showed me his fake ID at a family party and I asked him if he could get me one that said I was 32).
-Taken candy from a baby?
No, (I always ask politely first).
-Snuck in contraband snacks to a movie?
Sipping inconspicuously. (I have a special purse that can hold 4 bottles of water, 8 boxes of movie candy and a small Pacific seal).
That’s it!! You survived Coffee Time With Jen!
Awesome! Next caramel macchiato is on me!
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