I love the town of Serendipity. Is it based on a real town?
CP: Serendipity is a figment of my imagination except that I live in a town that is the same forty minutes outside of New York City. Like most of my books that are set in fictional north east towns, there are elements that are drawn from places I’ve been or things I’ve seen or experienced.
Do you feel like each of the books in the series can be viewed as stand-alone books or do they need to be read in order?
CP: The romance in each of the books can be viewed as stand alone. The conflict and the brothers pasts carry over from book to book but I do my best to give an overview in each story without boring the reader who has already read and experienced the information in prior books. I always recommend readers start with the first book and go in order but if a reader happens to pick up a later book in the series I am sure they can keep up!
I love each of the Barron brothers. Do you have a favorite?
CP: Really? You want me to answer that? Each brother owns a piece of my heart. Seriously. Though currently as I’m writing him, Dare is pretty darn special. Then again, so was Ethan, as was Nash …
Do you see any of the secondary characters from Serendipity getting their own book in the future?
CP: Absolutely! I hope to continue in Serendipity and go forward with characters readers have met and already come to know. No specific plans yet but I hope to have a more definitive answer in the Fall.
Will Tess play a role in both Nash’s and Dare’s stories?
CP: Tess will most certainly play a role in each subsequent brother’s book. Nash and Tess have a lot of work to do in forging a relationship and with Ethan and Faith on their honeymoon as book 2 starts, Kelly is in charge. Which means if Nash wants to spend time with his new sister, he has to also go through Kelly to do it. As for Dare’s story, Tess isn’t as prominent in the beginning although we do see her but by the end, she plays a pivotal role in helping Dare get over his past.
What is up next for you after Destiny (Nash’s book) and Karma (Dare’s book)?
CP: I’m honestly not 100% sure! Karma is due September 1 just a week before Serendipity is released, so I’m sure there will be serious conversations right after I hand in the story. I’d always like to hear what readers would most want to see next, whose story they want, etc. So feel free to let me know!
Carly Phillips is the New York Times Bestselling author of over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and plotlines that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. Carly is a stay at home mom of 2 daughters (now almost old enough to read her books!), one soft coated wheaten terrier and a brand new Havanese puppy. She’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. More information on Carly can be found at www.carlyphillips.com. Around the web you can also find Carly at: