We're back this week with debut author, D.A. Charles. Her new medical romance, Shattered, released on Valentine's Day and I honestly cannot wait to dive into it later this week! Check out the interview below and then stop back by on Friday to read an excerpt from Shattered.
What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
In my opinion, I’m rather boring.
Do you have your own writing space? If so, what's in it?
The most comfy couch. Ever. A book-shaped coffee table. A two-hundred year old table that my mother gave me, where I write and a collection of vintage china tea cups. And sticky notes, I definitely have no impulse control when shopping for sticky notes.
If you could bring to life any of your characters, which would you choose and why?
I channel so much of myself through Logan and I can imagine him stepping right off the page, but Steven is such an amazing character, that I’d love to experience him in the flesh.
What show would your character(s) binge watch?
Hmmm, they say art imitates life—I think my characters would be reading.
You're stranded on an island. What two books would you bring with you and why?
Debra Anastasia’s Poughkeepsie, because it’s my all time favorite modern romance. A Child’s Garden of Verses, because it’s the first book I remember my mother reading with me.
What's your favorite 90s jam?
Michael Bolton’s How Can We Be Lovers?
Why did you choose to write in the romance genre?
It chose me.
Tell me one unique fact or quirk about one of your characters.
I modeled Abby after my mother.
What inspired your book?
A write what you know contest. I’ve been a direct care worker for individuals with disabilities my entire life, so it’s always come organically.
If you only had three lines to tell readers about your book, what would you want them to know?
Quality of life is more pre-conceived notion than reality. When architectural and attitudinal barriers no longer exist, anything is possible. The Roll Models Saga is a story of hope and diversity and empowerment.
A journey where even the smallest things in life cannot be taken for granted.
Eighteenth birthdays only occur once in one’s lifetime. They are supposed to be life changing— fate had a grim sense of humor when she attended Steven Maxwell’s Party.
Irrevocably shattered when a devastating accident changes every aspect of his family dynamic, Steven Maxwell must salvage what’s left of his life; fitting the pieces into a puzzle that not only leads him through recovery, but to discovery, as well.
Abigail Harris has her life all planned out in perfect compartments. Her job. Her family. Her social life. Abby doesn’t have room in her life for the unexpected. She doesn’t have room in her apartment either— especially when not one, but both of her long-divorced parents end up on her threshold within hours of each other.
Enter Abby’s Christmas Eve nightmare, turned medical mystery— the young educator is shattered when her health takes an unexpected detour.
Cue providence stepping in and sending an ambassador with a disability who welcomes Abby into his world and shows her— a life with physical limitations is still a life with quality.
Shattered is not broken.
Raised by a parent with a disability, author, D. A. Charles grew up in the disability population. For more than thirty years she has been involved in disability rights advocacy and identifies as an individual with a disability, herself. With the aim of furthering disability awareness, she writes about individuals with disabilities with respect and realism, portraying dynamic and realistic characters complete with flaws and vulnerabilities, each navigating to fulfill their dreams and desires.
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