Hello everyone, Constance Phillips is joining us today with her new release, Fairyproof, a paranormal romance full of …yes…romance and spells and magic, too:) I absolutely love your title. Before we get started on our interview, here’s is a bit 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).
Okay, Constance, I’m dying to hear all about Fairyproof…so let’s get to the questions:)
Please tell us how the idea came to you for Fairyproof. Please include all the fun details.
I was a bit tired of writing dark books. I was in the mood for something fun and quirky. I also wanted to attempt a short story that I could take from first draft to revised manuscript quickly.
The first 20, 000 word version of the story was completely centered on the romance and the internal conflict. At the end of that draft, I’d fallen in love with the characters and I knew they had so much more story in them. So, I went back to the drawing board.
I expanded the story, the conflict and added a subplot. In that process, it lost some of the fun and quirky, but it was a lot closer to my true voice.
Give us some insight into Monique. What’s a bit of her back story?
I love Monique! As the book opens you see she’s on the run from an over-meddlesome brother, but as the story gets deeper you realize it’s so much more than that. She’s coming to terms with the person she is and the life she wants to live and she’s willing to make some tough choices.
You also see that even though she’s in a world of hurt herself, she’s willing to reach out and try to emotionally connect with the hero. She’s selfless in the sense that she wants to help him over his pain.
Who is Monique to Daniel? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?
To Daniel, Monique is like a life preserver. He’s been drowning himself in his work to avoid feeling the pain of break-up that happened a year before.
He sees something in her right away that makes his heart beat a little faster and his palms sweat. In those few seconds he knows he’s ready to move forward. He’s just not quite sure how to take those first steps.
Is Fairyproof included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?
It is my hope to write more stories in the Fairyproof world. I have loose synopsis for three more, and am in the process of writing one now.
This next story focuses on Keiran – Monique’s brother. He went through an emotional growth arc in Fairyproof, but he still has some growing to do. And he deserves a little romance.
I would also like to give Leal and Veronica a shot at happiness before I’m done with this world.
Can you share anything about the Fairies in the story? What’s unique about them?
The fairies in my books are much closer physically to humans than they are in some other books/worlds, the major difference being their powers, which are slightly different from each other and dependent upon their bloodlines.
For example, Monique and Keiran’s family’s powers are strongest in the area of mind control. With a spell they can get a human to think or feel the way they want them to, or compel them to be honest.
The Woodmores – another prominent family in the book – excel in the ability to heal others. They are also empathic.
Oh, the abilities between the families really sound interesting:)
Tell us about the Fairyproof fairy world? Do they live by a hierarchy or some other code/laws of their kind? If so, can you give us a few of their rules?
Their society is patriarchal. They are also very family-oriented. Many generations of the same family live together.
They are – for the most part – vegetarians.
Their ruling body is a six person council, derived from the head of the six oldest fairy families.
Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?
I think my favorite scene in Fairyproof would have to be the scene with Monique and Daniel in the park, when they find the lost puppy. It’s a break-through scene for them where they begin to truly open up to each other.
It’s a quiet scene, leading up to some bigger plot points. And it came to me very fast. From the short story to the final draft that scene has changed very little.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I’m working on a new book in the Fairyproof world centering on Monique’s brother, Keiran. As I said, earlier, I really felt like Keiran has a little more story to tell.
Other characters from Fairyproof show up, but this book is a journey for him.
Where can we find you? List all of your links.
You can buy Fairyproof at Amazon in print or for the kindle and at Barnes and Noble, as well as other bookseller websites.
Getting to know Constance Phillips
2 Things you do to relax: Watch reality television and listen to music, preferably 80s pop music.
Favorite sport to watch: If I’m at one of my kids Pony Club events, Polocrosse. Otherwise, probably hockey.
Cat or Dog: Dogs! Definitely dogs. My two Olde English Bulldogges, the Lab and the Lhasa Apso mix can attest to that.
Favorite places to write: A coffee shop. I can get distracted at home, but in a coffee shop it’s easy to tune out the rest of the world.
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: Greece, Australia.
Breakfast drink: Coffee!
Favorite season ~ why: Autumn. Beautiful colors, crisp breeze, warm sweater weather.
What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing):
When I have the time, I like to sew. I also love reading and listening to music.
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By Constance Phillips
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
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?
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Constance, thank you for sharing so much about your story-stars and world-building, loved it. Fairyproof, sounds like an excellent paranormal fantasy romance. Congratulations on its release and I wish you many more successes:)
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