Change the Word: How would you describe your book in fewer than 25 words?
Carol Maloney Scott: The Juggling Act is the story of a couple who have forgotten how to communicate, with disastrous but hilarious consequences, at least for the reader.
CTW: What was your inspiration for this story?
CMS: My original inspiration for Claire’s story in There Are No Men, the first book in the Rom-Com on the Edge series, was my own experiences as a mid-thirties divorced woman with very little dating experience. However, my life is very different than Claire’s, and her story took off in different directions.
CTW: What do you like most about your main character?
CMS: Her growth in The Juggling Act makes me happy. In There Are No Men, she was neurotic and behaving in self-destructive ways. Her decision making has improved, as has her confidence. Watching Claire learn and develop as a woman is a fun part of writing this series.
CMS: One of the most challenging things about writing a series is ensuring that each novel can be read as a standalone, but without boring the pants off readers who have read the other books, and don’t need as much backstory. I made sure some of my early beta readers had read the first two books in the series, There Are No Men and Afraid of Her Shadow, and some were new to the Ron-Com on the Edge world. Having both perspectives was helpful in making sure that I had struck a balance.
CTW: What are your three favorite books?
CMS: Tell The Wolves I’m Home, I Know This Much is True, and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
CTW: Where would you hold your dream writing retreat?
CMS: I am not sure exactly where geographically, but the setting would be in the mountains, in a log cabin, near a lake. But a fancy log cabin with a Jacuzzi and someone delivering gourmet meals. I like to dream big.
CTW: If you were holding a dinner party, what three people would you most want to invite (living or dead)?
CMS: Bradley Cooper. Bruce Springsteen. Billy Idol. All the ‘B’ men.
CTW: What is one goal you have for yourself in the coming year?
CMS: In addition to writing my socks off, my main goal is to embrace myself as I am. I am a super high energy person, and I have a hard time relaxing. But I have decided to embrace it, keep busy and enjoy my productivity – instead of trying to be calmer or more like others who are more laid back.
My husband helps by forcing me to sit still and watch TV shows – but they have to be extremely engaging! We just finished Breaking Bad. Wow, is all I can say!
CTW: What is one piece of advice you would offer to someone just beginning his or her professional career?
CMS: Do your research! Read books on the craft of writing, ask questions, join writing groups in your area, and engage other writes on social media. Take advantage of the wealth of information available to you, but take your time in the beginning.There is SO much to learn if you want to do it right.
CTW: What’s next for you and your writing career?
CMS: I am releasing a Valentine’s Day-themed short story collection in early February – three stories set at Valentine’s Day and narrated by three different Rom-Com on the Edge supporting characters. It’s called Valentines on the Edge.
This week I am in Chicago bringing my son to art school, and crying. A lot! No, really I’ll be okay. When I get home I am going to get back to writing Book 4 in my series, Accidental Makeovers. This is a fun one and about a third of the way completed. I’m excited to share Bianca’s story, and to continue to develop the cast of the Rom-Com on the Edge world.
About the Book
Now that her dating days are finally behind her, Claire is enjoying a blissful life with her new husband and baby boy. Gone are the drunken nights in impractical shoes, and Internet dates with men who lose their hair…and their pants.
Unfortunately, she’s discovering that life as a married, working mom isn’t turning out to be the perfect happily ever after she dreamed about. She adores her little boy, but her husband’s behavior is about to make him eligible for the Most Disappointing Spouse of the Year Award.
His unwillingness to help around the house and his slacker work ethic are frustrating enough, but the constant parade of beautiful, single women in his life has Claire in a constant state of distress. Didn’t she realize that the cute front man of a popular cover band would attract hot, young women with perfect cellulite-free legs? And whose idea was it to hire the curvy nanny with the sexy accent?
When an unexpected business trip pops up – with a super-hot, much-too-young former love interest, Claire’s own loyalty is put to the test. A publishing conference in Key West may be the ideal escape from her troubles, but will she be tempted by the forbidden in a town full of swingers and breakfast alcohol consumption? And why does everyone they meet think the business colleagues are on their honeymoon?
Scrambling to cover up innocent, but suspicious circumstances, the couple struggles with honesty, loyalty and what to share with each other. As they sink deeper into their marital gloom, will they find their way back to wedded bliss, or finally succumb to the enticement of new…and uncomplicated romance?
THE JUGGLING ACT is Book 3 in the Rom-Com on the Edge series. All books are standalone novels, however read in order for maximum fun!
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