Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Writing Wednesday: Chatting with Charlotte O'Shay, debut author

Today I'm excited to have debut author Charlotte O'Shay as my guest! Her recent release THE MARRIAGE ULTIMATUM is a fun summer read and the start of a new series about life and love in New York City. 

Welcome, Charlotte!

Tell us a little about yourself...

I’m a wife, mom of four, sister to multitudes, daughter, friend, native New Yorker, and lawyer (non practicing). I could also add to that music lover, history buff and obsessive watcher of HGTV, cooking shows and Game of Thrones. I am trying to invent a way of writing while using a stair master.

I read fiction, non-fiction, biography, science, mystery, paranormal, (but nothing graphically violent) history, historical romance (current day authors as well as Georgette Heyer and other greats). But escaping into a good contemporary romance is what got me through some rough times in life.

I want to give that escape to someone who read my books. I want them to be grounded in reality with great characters and just a little bit of the fantastic mixed in.

What's your favorite part of being an author?

I love the feeling of creation from the spark of an idea to a full story and characters. It’s the best fun I’ve ever had and also kind of scary when the time comes to let the world see/read my creation.
What's your approach to writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

I think I’m more of a go with the flow type. I get a skeleton idea or a problem, then characters that come out of that although sometimes the characters come first. In The Marriage Ultimatum, the characters of Vlad and Sabrina came to me first. They are both determined to keep their secrets because their lives will fall apart if they don’t.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I love this question! I would like the power to go back in history to special moments and see, hear and live those moments for a time ~ Ancient Rome, Revolutionary War Era America, the Western prairie.

Ooh, cool use of a superpower! Now, tell us about your new/latest release!

The Marriage Ultimatum is about two people who have nothing in common except a longing for family and a drive to succeed in the not always hospitable Big Apple. They have every reason to distrust each other, but due to circumstances neither anticipated, must marry. It helps that sparks fly from the moment they meet.

Love it! Must say that I so love your cover - and loved the story! Okay, you’re casting the movie version of your novel – who would you choose for the main characters? We’re talking dream cast.

Even though I like a reader to imagine his or her own dream actor or actress I have to say I pictured Eric Bana (with blue eyes) for Vlad and Emma Stone for Sabrina. Lacey, who is the heroine of A Model Engagement, the next book in my series, I have always seen as Zooey Deschanel.

Nice choices, and can totally picture Zooey in that role! I also just watched Black Hawk Down again recently with the kids, and love Eric Bana! here can readers find your book and where can they find you online?

Thanks for asking!
                                   Here are my Links:

Website: (wordpress)     
Facebook: Charlotte O’Shay
Twitter: @charlotte_oshay
Instagram: charlotte_oshay_author

ISBN(s) 978-1-5092-0814-2 Paperback
              978-1-5092-0815-9 Digital


Kobo: ISBN: 10:1509208151
           ISBN: 13: 9781509208159

ISBN-13: 2940158185540

Thanks for being my guest today, Charlotte!  



  1. Great interview, Ladies. I loved getting to know you better, Charlotte. Best of luck with your debut! Sounds like a great read.

  2. Thank you Barbara! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Life and love in New York City--could be my story, as you well know. Good luck with the book!

  4. So True Andi! I see you are across the pond? Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Loved your interview, Charlotte. Bought your book, and it's in my tbr pile. I've gotten hung up on reading a very long anthology and a very long historical memoir about Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, but I WILL get to your book. Good luck with your release and debut.

    1. Thanks Hebby. I love your stories! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Great interview Charlotte! I shared. M. S.

    1. I appreciate it! Thanks for taking the time to visit.

  7. I'm a go with the flow writer, too. Congrats on your debut! Wishing you many sales. Enjoyed the interview.

  8. Enjoyed your interview! I too go with the flow. Best wishes for lots of sales. Good Luck with your debut novel!

  9. Really pretty cover, Charlotte. Sounds like a fun book. Best wishes.


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