For today’s interview, we are joined by Genevieve Scholl, author of Catching a Cardinal, Love Claus, and many more short stories. Welcome to Books and Bindings!
Books and Bindings: Hi Genevieve, thank you again for joining us here for an interview. Tell us something about yourself and your background.
Genevieve: Thank you for having me. Well, I’m not just an author; I am a photographer, editor, cover designer, singer, and much more! I even have a blog! Everyone always asks me how I can do so much with my life, and my answer is always “Because, if I didn’t, I’d go crazy.” Though, if I’m being honest, I’m already a little bit crazy, but aren’t we all? I’m a German, Polish, and American woman with a hard head and a weird sense of humor. My passions are writing, photography, and the law; I’m a studying Paralegal. Ok, enough about all my awesomeness. Next question.
Books and Bindings: Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Genevieve: I am an avid reader and I love a lot of different authors, but if I had to play favorites this would be my top ten:
1. Nora Roberts
2. Lora Leigh
3. Debbie MaComber
4. Sherryl Woods
5. Richard Castle
6. James Patterson
7. Joanne Fluke
8. Scarlett Jade
9. Lizzy Ford
10. Robyn DeHart
Not necessarily in that order, but those are my top ten favorites.
Books and Bindings: Do you recall how your interest in writing started?
Genevieve: When I was in High School, I was bullied quite a bit. Writing was my escape. In my writing, I was able to get revenge, become the person I wished I was, or even change the outcome of the bullying. Writing was the way to express myself and, eventually, I just fell in love with storytelling. Now, if I don’t write, I don’t feel whole.
Books and Bindings: When and where do you prefer to do your writing?
Genevieve: I write when the mood strikes, but I tend to have better success at night time with the crickets chirping and the cool breeze coming through the screen door.
Books and Bindings: What inspired you to write your first book?
Genevieve: Like I said, bullying got me started. However, my first published book was written at a time when I wanted to be a police officer, but everyone kept picking it apart. So, I made myself a police officer in the book.
Books and Bindings: Tell us something about Catching a Cardinal, the first book in The Birds of Paradise series.
Genevieve: Catching a Cardinal is the introduction of the Birds of Paradise Rescue Team. They’re a set of heroic and skilled elites who go around rescuing anyone who needs it. In this first book, Morgan needs rescuing from her new husband, because she catches him using dark magic. Elliot Brown, her new son in law, works for The Birds of Paradise and does everything he can to help her and tell his father exactly how he feels about him.
Books and Bindings: How did you come up with the title for your book and the series?
Genevieve: Well, the series came about a while back when I was talking to a friend of mine about my favorite flower; birds of paradise. It just struck me, but I never got to work on it before now. As for the title of the first book, Catching a Cardinal, that was easy, because Morgan’s code name is Cardinal during the rescue mission. Everyone on the team has a code name.
Books and Bindings: Who is your favorite character from the series? Why?
Genevieve: This is going to sound weird, but my favorite character is not one of the main characters in the book. His name is Reed and he’s a hunk of burning love. He’s sexy, mysterious, cocky, and has muscles that are just begging to be squeezed. But, he’s also the sweetest guy ever; he’s like a giant teddy bear with a deadly temper.
Books and Bindings: How about your least favorite and what makes them less appealing to you?
Genevieve: My least favorite is the obvious choice; the villain. He’s an arrogant jerk who only cares about his money and his reputation, but it was so much fun writing his downfall.
Books and Bindings: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing your book and bringing it to life?
Genevieve: This was the first Paranormal full length book that I have written, so the magic elements were a little tricky. Also, I had a serious case of writer’s block, because it was so challenging, so it was late being released. As I’ve told everyone before, it’s probably not perfect, but I’m proud of it.
Books and Bindings: Could you share with us something you’ve learned from writing your book?
Genevieve: I’ve learned not to set release dates until I’m at least close to being finished writing. I get too eager and set a release date ahead of time. From now on, I’m only setting a release date for myself, because without one I would never get anything done; I would keep putting it off.
Books and Bindings: What are your thoughts on receiving book reviews (both the good and the bad)?
Genevieve: I love reviews! Personally, I feel there are no “bad” reviews. All reviews help with my work. The only bad review is an unhelpful review.
Books and Bindings: What can we except from you in the future?
Genevieve: Well, I just had a short story- Showering with a Ghost- release and I will have three Christmas books coming out this holiday season; three! Books 2 and 3- Hired for Christmas and Father Christmas- in the Naughty North Pole Novels (Love Claus was book 1) will be out in November and December. Also, sometime in December, I will be working with another author to write Silent Knight- a book about a female Santa Claus and her twin sister.
Books and Bindings: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers out there trying?
Genevieve: Write. Don’t stop, no matter what any says or what those voices in your head might say. Keep writing, because you love to write.
Books and Bindings: And before you go, is there anything else you’d like to say to your readers?
Genevieve: My readers are some of the best fans in the world. Because of them, I’ve been able to donate to two different charities and will continue to. Portions of the proceeds from ALL of my books get donated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Breast Cancer Research). Also, in 2014, I will be adding the LymeLight Foundation to my list of charities. But, wait, I’m not finished yet! The book that I will be writing with another author? ALL the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. These charities mean so much to me and it gives me such a wonderful feeling to donate as often as possible. Without my readers I would never have this opportunity. Thank you.
Would You Rather…?
Go deaf or go blind (if you really have to choose between the two)?
Deaf. I’m learning sign language and it amazes me how much can be conveyed by a simple lift of the eyebrow or a flick of the wrist. Also, it amazes me how much deaf people “hear” without actually having the ability to hear.
Read an e-book or a solid book?
I prefer paperbacks and hardcovers, but I’m willing to read e-books too. I’m not very picky, but there are some books that just have to be in physical form.
Go skydiving or bungee jumping?
Neither. I’m a chicken.
Text or call?
Text, it’s more private.
Go back in time or go way into the future?
Back in time for sure. I don’t want to know what’s in my future, because it’s mine to make.
Get a dream vacation for two weeks or spend five days with anyone you want in your hometown?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. Couldn’t I have the dream vacation with that someone? Ireland here I come!
Have a cat or a dog for a pet?
I used to have a dog named Grizzly; she was part German Shepard but Black Lab. Now, unfortunately, I live in an apartment so no pets, but that’s ok, because my brother and my bestie have pets for me to spoil. lol
Be fluent in all languages or a master of every musical instrument?
Languages. I like music, but have no desire to play musical instruments.
Be underdressed or overdressed?
Have a rewind button or a pause button in your life?
Pause for sure.
See the beach or the mountains from your backyard?
Mountains, I’m not a beach person.
Go swimming at night or during the day?
I don’t swim, but if I have to chose, I’d say day, because there are too many bugs at night.
Have an ordinary home at an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home at an ordinary place?
I can’t really answer that one. I’ve always dreamed of living in a small cottage in Ireland.
Find true love or one billion dollars?
True love. What’s money if you have no one to share it with?
Talk like Yoda or breathe like Darth Vader?
Yoda rules, he does.
Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to do this interview and would you rather with us, it was fun!
About the Author:
I’m just a small town girl with a heart for the country life. I’m very shy and pretty much a loner, but my writing helps me be more outgoing and talk to various people that I would otherwise have a hard time approaching. I don’t write for the money or the fame, but rather to tell a story that needs to be told; whether that is my story or a character’s story. As a lot of people know, from my various interviews, I started writing to express my anger and hurt over the bullying that I experienced in High School, but eventually I just realized that I loved to tell stories. I was born in Texas, grew up and still live in Upstate New York, and want to retire in Ireland.
Title: Catching a Cardinal
Series: The Birds of Paradise, #1
Author: Genevieve Scholl
Morgan Percy would do anything for her father; including marrying a man she didn’t love. But, when she sees her new husband doing something unexplainable, she runs… Right into Elliot Brown’s house and arms. Then, after finding out that it was dark magic she had witnessed, she enlists the help of The Birds of Paradise Rescue Team. Except, they decide that she has to go undercover to gain more information on her husband and who he truly is so they can take him down. The only problem is, during the course of the investigation, Morgan and Elliot start to have feelings for each other, but have to keep it secret from her husband; who also happens to be Elliot’s father.