Young adult author Shelley Coriell is a six-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. She lives in Arizona with her family and the world’s neediest rescue Weimaraner. You can find her online at www.shelleycoriell.com.
Have you ever based a character on someone you know?
Chloe, the main character in my YA debut, is based on my little brother and youngest daughter. Chloe is a classic "baby" of the family. She has this big, bold personality, loves people and performing, hates conflict, and wears her heart on her sleeve.
What genre are most of your stories?
Currently I’m writing “smart, funny” young adult fiction, which is a BIG change for me as I started out writing dark, edgy romantic thrillers with serial killers and bodies buried alive. A few years ago when the stock market crashed and people started losing jobs and houses, I needed light. I needed stories with a heaping dose of hope and love and a little laughter. Enter Chloe, my YA heroine and her closet full of great vintage shoes and big radio dreams.
What do the people in your “real life” think of your writing?I’m blessed with a great “tribe” who gets me and realizes that when I’m staring at a blank wall for an hour, I’m actually working. My husband is my biggest cheerleader, and he’s convinced CHLOE is going to make a huge splash in the YA book world. He designed CHLOE postcards to send to bookstores and libraries. Note that he is an electrical engineer, not a designer. At a recent book festival he walked through the crowd handing out CHLOE bookmarks. And he keeps bugging me to put a car wrap of the CHLOE cover on my car. Um…no. But still…what a guy.
What was the most challenging book you’ve written?The one I’ve been working on for two years, a YA novel about Venice and dark arts and fire and star-crossed lovers. It’s bloody brutal. But I’m still battling.
Bake. I’m a former food retailing magazine editor and restaurant reviewer, and I love everything about food, especially desserts. My YA debut, WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, even features a recipe for Tamales de Dulce (sweet tamales with cinnamon, walnuts and raisins). My fave dessert: Buttermilk-Crusted Blackberry Cobbler.
What books do you have coming soon?
My debut novel, WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, will be released May 1, 2012 by Amulet Books/Abrams.
Now, a question for you readers. I'd love to know about your favorite sweet treat?
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