Caralyn Sharp has a demanding job and a love life that just walked out the door. She barely has time to be her best friend’s Maid of Honor. Right when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she brakes hard to avoid a turtle and is rear-ended by Alex Garrison. He’s a military officer with an attitude and the owner of the most amazing pair of blue eyes she’s ever encountered. As they continue to cross paths, she can’t decide what she wants more: to scream at him or stare into his dreamy eyes.
Q: Tell us a little more about Pride and Butterflies, which was just released last month.
A: Pride and Butterflies borrows a theme from Pride and Prejudice, although it is definitely not a full Austen retelling. It’s based around a woman, Caralyn Sharp, who meets a man, Alex Garrison, on the worst day of her life. Their first impressions of each other are horrible. It turns out, however, that Caralyn is the Maid of Honor and Alex is the Best Man in the same wedding. Rather funny things happen as they must continue to deal with each other. It’s a humorous love story about changing your mind about someone.
Q: You and I met on Clean Indie Reads, a community of authors who write “flinch-free” books in all genres. “Flinch-free” means that any sex, violence, or bad language takes place mostly offstage. How did you find CIR and why did you join?
A: CIR was a group Facebook suggested to me. I’m so glad I found it. I joined because I was looking for a supportive author community. They have taught me so much about indie publishing/marketing and encouraged me to keep writing.
Q: You write short stories for USC’s literary magazine, Sandhills. How did that come about?
A: I was an English student at USC and it was something I did while I was in college. It was an English professor who encouraged me to submit my first story.
Not this USC.
A: It is difficult. My first book, Julia the Secret Keeper, was inspired by some life experiences I’ve had. The dialog came naturally to me and most of that book felt like it just poured out onto the computer screen. Pride and Butterflies was the hardest to write. I try to create the most realistic characters I can. They aren’t perfect people, they have flaws and problems. Some of the problems we experience in life are funny (though not always at the moment we are experiencing them). And some of the things that go through our minds is a little crazy.
Q: Pride and Butterflies opens on a funny and frustrating collision with a handsome stranger, and right away the reader gets a classic romantic comedy vibe. I was laughing at how the heroine imagined her intemperate remarks showing up in the newspaper the next day. Who are your favorite funny chick lit authors to read?
Q: What has surprised you about being an author?
A: How many people don’t care. Honestly, my true friends are very supportive and encouraging. It bothers me though, how often I find myself in a group of women who don’t find it the slightest bit interesting to know that I’ve written three books. I suppose I think it’s weird because if I meet someone who writes books I am super excited!
Q: Sitting in front of a computer and typing all day is probably not the most healthful lifestyle. How do you keep yourself sane and fit?
A: Sitting in front of the computer all day would be like a vacation. I have a toddler and my writing time is naptime/bedtime. Not sure if I can say that I keep sane. He, he…During naptimes, I like to do a cardio workout video or an exercise routine from YouTube before I get into my writing.
Q: That sounds like good advice! Speaking of which, if you were starting out today as an author, what would you do differently?
A: Write more!
About The Author
Franky A. Brown has always called the South home and loves to write about it. She holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina and can’t seem to stop reading. She is the author of women’s fiction and chick lit about life, love, and Southern women.
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