Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Tour: Naturally, Charlie by S L Scott

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas Hill Country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

She welcomes your notes at
sl@slscottauthor.com.

Naturally, Charlie

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life, and the one she is beginning to build, when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

Is there an art to the Charlies? Let me rephrase. I’ve been asked how I keep my characters straight when writing when they share the same name.

A little background: My debut novel Naturally, Charlie is about two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their destiny. Yes, that’s right – two lead characters with the same name.

The simple answer is – it’s their name, but it doesn’t define who they are on the inside. Let’s get into the key factors that came into play while I wrote their story.

There are obvious differences such as gender:

Charlie “Charlotte” Barrow – I like to call her Charlie girl.

Charlie “Charles” Adams – I call him boy Charlie.

Their backgrounds:

Charlie girl is originally from Chicago from a middle class family. She headed east to attend university and settled in New York City after graduation. She works at a boutique auction house on Madison Avenue and bakes in her spare time for comfort. Her favorite goodie to bake is the cupcake. She has a knack for mishaps and a recent event puts her in a place to rethink what she thought to be true.

Boy Charlie is from New York City from the well-heeled side of Manhattan. He’s a private school graduate who partied too hard and had the world at his disposal. Something in college made him change his views in life and he’s spent years rethinking his own values and direction.

So although they have different backgrounds and lives, they meet while in a similar mindset which makes them bond on a deeper level.

Their personalities:

I just loved writing Charlie Barrow. She’s smart and pretty, but has this awkward almost quirky side to her that keeps her grounded. She’s flawed and real, a girl next door type than a socialite party girl. She appreciates people for who they are and strives to be a good person and friend.

Charlie Adams is a dream come true. He’s a man who knows who he is at this stage in his life. He’s worked hard to become the person he wants to be and enjoys hanging out with his friends. Not only is he handsome, a writer with a romantic side, but he’s clever and generous.

These two characters were easy to write and keep straight although they have similarities that are discovered through a deepening friendship and an appreciation for simpler things in life. They have this gentleness about them that kept my heart tangled in their story as it developed and grew like their bond. Reflecting on them now makes me want to spend more time with them. Something I’ll definitely consider in the future.

I think the art of the Charlies is that I know them so well that they never got confusing to me. The name is a mere side-feature of their great story. I stuck to one of my cardinal rules when writing Naturally, Charlie: Know your characters inside and out. I know their favorite foods and the music they listen to. I know what books they like to read and what movies make them cry. This is the information that will allow you to turn your characters into people and your story will be better for it. And just for an added bonus, I added the male and female symbol to each chapter heading so you know whose perspective you are reading. I just think the symbols are adorable and love that additional fun touch to the book.

I hope you’ll come meet the two Charlies in my new book Naturally, Charlie which is out now.

This was a lot of fun. Thank you for featuring me on your site.

XO,

S.L.

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