Hi Romance Lovers! I’m so happy to visit this cool space where romance lovers hang out.
How have you and you loved ones been during this Covid-19 time?
Thanks for asking. We’ve been mostly okay. We’ve followed all the health recommendations. It’s been so hard not to see family. There’s a lot of us! My mom had a mild Covid-related stroke and she’s recovering. I don’t want to complain. So many others have it so much worse.
Tell us about you and what you write.
I grew up in New York City and now live within a couple of subway stops of my childhood home. I’m the middle child of a large family and married into a large family. I mainly write steamy contemporary romance, though my most recent novella is a sweet romance set in the WWII era.
What makes me, me? I’m a bunch of contradictions. I’m a city dweller who also loves a quiet beach at sunset, an introvert who adores spending time with her enormous family, a lawyer who believes in romance and happily ever afters.
Please share a little of your author journey with us.
After I survived a health crisis I realized life is too short not to do what I’d always wanted: write romance. I’m thrilled to be in this world and I’ve never looked back.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’m busy. I’m working on an indie project which is a seven book romance series about a large family in NYC. Sound familiar? >wink<
The Wild Rose Press, my publisher, just released my short, sweet WWII era novella, ALWAYS ALMOND FUDGE. It’s part of their One Scoop or Two series. All of the standalone stories are set in beach towns and involve ice cream. Personally, the way the world is right now, I think this series couldn’t have come along at a better time.
Early fall, I will have another release, a contemporary second chance romance called HOME IN YOUR ARMS, part of my publisher’s Deerbourne Inn series.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Protecting my writing time. I have to be ruthless about claiming time and staying focused. I deal with this by writing in sprints of thirty minutes to an hour which helps.
Marketing is also a huge challenge because writing a beautiful story takes enormous effort but is a labor of love. Getting the word out to the public about new books in a crowded marketplace is even tougher.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I research setting, the careers of my main characters and write their biographies including core events (often traumatic) in their lives that have made them the people they are, with the beliefs they have. A lot of this information doesn’t make it onto the page but I think it makes for a richer, more real story. When the reader meets my characters I hope they seem like actual people with relatable but not cookie cutter personalities. When something happens in the plot I know exactly how my main characters will react based on who they are, which is not necessarily how I would react.
If you could live in any other time in history, when and where would it be?
This is a great question and part of the reason I became an author. Writing fiction is about living other lives, sometimes in other places and other times. I wish it could have lived in New York during Revolutionary War era, Italy during the Renaissance, the American West traveling by wagon train. These were not easy times to be a woman. I imagine just getting through the day, mere survival, would be challenge enough.
Which of your books or characters is your favorite?
That’s like asking if I have a favorite child. I don’t. I love them all. Each story and character is unique and completely consumes me while I’m writing. I love hearing from readers about how they loved or hated some of characters I’ve written. I hope that means my characters are real, flawed people—and if not likeable in the beginning then redeemable. In other words I try to make them human with moments of weakness as well as bravery. And because I write romance, I need to show the reader how each main character fits with that someone who they ultimately recognize as their puzzle piece—their perfect romantic partner.
As a child what did you do to keep busy during vacation time?
I had chores which I did double quick so I could go outside to roller skate, ride my bike or jump rope, or play hopscotch, or stick ball in the street. We went to my aunt and uncle’s in Long Beach (Long Island) for a week for one summer which was a lot of fun. For a few years we went to a camp for three weeks which was a kind of fresh air fund operation. We stayed at a farm in New Jersey. I loved the nature walks although I was a total magnet for bees, hornets and poison ivy. And I read and read and read progressing quickly from Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables to my aunt’s collection of Georgette Heyers and Harlequins.
City, Suburb, small town?
New York City or if a small town it has to have a Main Street with a consignment shop and a cozy coffee place.
Wine, Whiskey or Punch?
Italian or Californian wines. I’ve had two regrettable experiences with whiskey and now I’ve (mostly) grown up, whiskey is off the menu. One of my goals is to learn how to make a punch I really like. Do you have a good recipe?
Hot dogs, hamburgers or tacos?
Shrimp, chicken or fish tacos with mango salsa
Leather, lace or silk?
silk or linen
Top, bottom or against the wall?
Whatever gets you there.
Abs, Biceps or Buns?
Don’t make me choose. And what about shoulders? My husband has the broadest.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime?
Netflix although a good book always takes first place.
This was so much fun. I hope I can visit again.
Check out my Website and my Instagram in the links.
Stay safe. Virtual xxx’s and ooo’s
Always, Almond Fudge
On a lengthy car ride to their annual seaside vacation, a mother recounts the true story of a sweet family tradition.
It's the summer of 1941 in the seaside town of Langford, Rhode Island, and seventeen-year-old Meredith Franklin works as a server at Seymore's Ice Cream Shoppe.
When aspiring baseball player Anthony Fanelli strolls into the ice cream shop, his teasing banter leads to romantic sparks and dreams of forever love.
Their whirlwind courtship comes to an abrupt halt on December 7, 1941, when America enters World War Two, forcing the couple to put their future on hold.
Decades later, a treasure trove of wartime letters details the romance of Merry and Anthony and the sacrifices of a generation.
More About Charlotte
Recovering lawyer Charlotte and her suit and tie wearing corporate warrior live in Manhattan with their last child, a black dog who thinks he's a bear. When Charlotte isn't reading or writing, she's dreaming of the beach.