Thursday, September 6, 2012

Meet Author Constance Phillips!

Hey, gang! It's my pleasure to introduce you to Constance Phillips today on the blog. I've known Constance for a couple of years now - we belong to the same RWA chapter, where we're as likely to laugh, cut-up and joke as we are to talk about Serious Issues. Constance is celebrating the release of her debut book, Fairyproof, today by answering 5 Simple Questions with me...and she's also got a fun book trailer to share. So, on with the interview!

Kristina: M&Ms, Chips 'n Dip, Jell-O Shots…what's your snack of choice when you're on deadline?

Constance: Am I editing or writing? If it's writing, definitely chocolate: peanut butter M&Ms or recess pieces. If I'm editing or fine tuning: Cruchy and salty like pretzels...No, I can't explain it either.

Kristina: What most surprised you about the publishing process?

Constance: As an unpublished author, I spent a lot of time studying the industry and talking to friends who were already published, so, I was pretty prepared for the process. I guess, the most surprising part for me was that I was able to jump in and adapt.

Kristina: When the writing gets tough, who do you lean on?

Constance: This one is easy, my dear friends in MVRWA. As you know, we have such a supportive group. If I need a question answered or a shoulder to lean on, I know I can get either there.

Kristina: What are you listening to right now and does your listening choice influence your writing?

Constance: The hum of the air conditioner and the snoring bulldogges. (I'm in the office of our company right now). I do listen to music when I write, and I always pick songs that put me in my characters mind and viewpoint.

Kristina: Tell us one interesting thing about this book or its characters that didn't make in 'between the covers'?

Constance: There wasn't really much cutting in Fairyproof. In fact, it was quite the opposite. My first version of this book was a 15,000 word short story. After I had finished that draft, I was encouraged by a friend to expand and make it a full length novel. So, the surprising twist was the addition of the subplot: the fairy murders.

All about Fairyproof:

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? 

All about Constance: 

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 You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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