Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: September 4, 2012
Number of pages: 262
Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: Taria Reed
Book Description:When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.
Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.
A year ago, Daniel's fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He's ready to move forward with his life, but his mother's obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.
Daniel and Monique can't deny their attraction, but will the reason he's Fairyproof be too much to overcome?
I really enjoyed this book. I love how we are not told why she ran away until later in the book. It adds mystery and suspense. I thought that Daniel was great. He was sweet and understanding. Another great thing about this book was that we got to see some parts from Monique, some from Daniel and some from Keiran. We got to see how each character looked to the other. Like we knew what was going on with Monique but when we saw her from Daniel's point of view, you would never know all the craziness in her life. We also got introduced to more characters this way. There is so much conflict within Monique. Right from the beginning you know that she doesn't want to lie about her name or who she is. She wants to talk to and trust her brother but doesn't feel like she can forgive him for what he did.
Thanks, Alisa, for having me on your blog today and allowing me to talk to you about Fairyproof and my writing. It’s such a thrill for me!
1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I had actually written two manuscripts (Not romance) in a row that were very dark. The stories were pretty depressing and as I started the revision process of going through those scenes over and over again, I really felt my whole outlook on life growing negatively.
I felt like I needed a break and I wanted to write something fun and light hearted. The original draft of Fairyproof was a 20,000 words short story which was all about the romance. However, when I started revising that, I came to the conclusion that I loved these characters and they needed more of a story.
In subsequent rewrites, I wrote the subplot of the fairy murders and the tone migrated. It wasn’t as dark as those other books, but more to my true voice.
2. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
“Fairyproof” was suggested to me by a dear friend who had read that rough draft short story. From the moment I heard it, I loved it, and it’s never been changed.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The rough draft of the short story, which served as a light outline for the novel came first.
4. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Honestly, even though I just sold my first novel this year, I’ve been writing – and consider myself a writer – for more than twenty years. So, I would have to say the sale was the most exciting thing.
5. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I’ve been so busy with Fairyproof’s release that I haven’t had a lot of time for reading. I’m currently working on two books from fellow Crescent Moon Press Authors, The Never Prayer by Aaron Ritchey and Medusa, A Love Story by Sasha Summers.
As for books I’ve finished, I just critiqued the upcoming How to Save a Life for my critique partner, Sloan Parker. The book will be released by Loose ID.
6. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
At its heart, it was a romance. In fact, it was a friends-to-lovers story. It had all the dreadful characteristics of a first novel, and I was forced to shove it under my bed, never see the light of day again. I will say, the characters were well developed, and maybe one day I’ll resurrect them and give them a better story to star in.
7. What is your writing process?
For the most part, I’m a pantser. Before I begin writing, I know the beginning, end and three turning points. Everything else comes on the fly.
- Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward (Don’t make me pick one. Please!)
9. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I haven’t held a book signing yet, but I have signed books for dear friends who have asked. In all of them I’ve written a short note. It was easy to decide what to write, I just spoke from the heart about what their support means to me.
10. How do you react to a bad review?
So far, I’ve been very lucky. Fairyproof has been well received. There have been a mediocre review or two and that’s okay. I remind myself that reading is subjective. Not every book appeals to every reader and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
I really am okay with that. It’s part of the animal.
11. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
A very nice dinner with my family and some close friends. It was a wonderful night.
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Author Bio:Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com.
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