My guest this week is multi-genre bestselling author P.C. Zick who shares the inspiration behind her popular Crandall Family Series and what we can look forward to later this year.
About P.C. Zick
Bestselling author P.C. Zick describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and creative nonfiction. She’s won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction.
The three novels in her Florida Fiction Series contain stories of Florida and its people and environment, which she credits as giving her a rich base for her storytelling. She says her, “Florida’s quirky and abundant wildlife–both human and animal–supply my fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.”
P.C. writes both sweet and steamy romances. The sweet contemporary romances in her Smoky Mountain Romances, are set in southwest North Carolina. Another sweet romance series, Rivals in Love, contains two books with four more in the works. All six follow the Crandall family of Chicago as the siblings find love despite their focus on successful careers.
Her steamy romances go from Florida to Long Island. The Behind the Love series, set in a small fictional town in Florida, feature a community of people who form bonds as they learn to overcome the challenges of their youth. Her Montauk Romances are set in and around Long Island and feature simple, yet sophisticated beach houses designed with romance in mind. The two books in this set are filled with steamy scenes as love grows and thrives.
No matter the genre of novel, they all contain elements of romance with strong female characters, handsome heroes, and descriptive settings. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion, and through her fiction, she imparts this philosophy in an entertaining manner with an obvious love for her characters, plot, and themes.
Welcome to the Sunday Interview Patricia and perhaps you can tell us how long have you been an author, and how has your writing changed between your first and most recent book?
I have been a writer my whole life or so I’ve been told by my family. But it wasn’t until twenty years ago I had the courage to say the words, “I’m a writer” out loud. Then it took a few more years to claim the author title. As with most novice writers, my first novels were autobiographical disguised as fiction with added elements more shocking than the real events. But now I delve deeper into the creation of fictional characters, and I believe my writing shows more depth in creating interesting characters and compelling settings. At least, that is what I strive to do and hope it comes across that way to my readers.
Are your books indie or mainstream published and please tell us about your publishing process and the pitfalls you may have encountered?
I’ve gone both routes – traditional and indie. My first novel was picked up by a small press as were the next two books. I even had an agent for a few years, but I found the process stifling and unfulfilling. Even though I continued writing both in my day job as a reporter and editor, I quit pursuing publishing my books. Then in 2010, I began to explore the world of Indie Publishing, which was just gaining momentum. My first indie book came out in 2012, and I haven’t regretted it. I love the control over my work from deciding on covers and titles. In my career as a reporter, editor, and publisher, I learned formatting and enjoy doing that part of the process as well. The one pitfall–which is true no matter how an author publishes–is the promoting and marketing of the books. I always feel the more I learn, the less I know!
Where did the inspiration for your featured book come from?
I wanted to write about a large family with plenty of siblings with stories to tell. I’ve set previous books in Florida, where I lived for thirty years; in Michigan, where I grew up; in North Carolina, where I have a cabin; in Pittsburgh, where I lived for five years; and on Montauk Point, the first place I ever saw the ocean when I was ten. With the Rivals in Love series, I wanted to try a new place. Then I remembered Chicago, my favorite large city. I visited there often over the years after my oldest brother moved there. We spent some lovely times walking along Lake Michigan both in the city and in Evanston. That’s where I plopped down the Crandall family. The father is a senator and the mother a heiress to a meat-packing company. The six siblings have all become successful in their careers, but they forgot about love. Each of the siblings have their own story of finding romance despite their single-minded focus on work. The final book in the series, Love on Holiday, is the story of the parents and how they rekindle their romance after forty years of marriage.
Do you belong to a writing group and if so what benefits do you feel it offers an author?
I belong to the North Carolina Writers Network, the Florida Writers Association, and the Tallahassee Writers Association. I find networking to be invaluable, and I take advantage of all the workshops offered. I even conduct a few of my own. It’s refreshing to be around other writers who understand the crazy people living in my head. Not everyone understands what it’s like to be compelled to tell stories.
Please tell us about your next project and when we can expect to see the book.
The first two books in the Rivals in Love series have been published for more than a year. Then my muse decided to take a vacation without telling me. I remained patient because writing has always been with me. When she returned to me, I knew it was time to finish this series, so I began writing again several months ago. I’ve managed to write one book a month since then. Love on Track, Book Three, releases on September 17 and takes place mostly at the Indy 500 where the main character, Stone Crandall, hopes to win the big race but romance almost forces him to take a detour. Love on Air, Book Four, releases October 1, and Diamond Crandall, a cable news anchor, finds love with his new colleague. Love on Course, Book Five, releases October 22, and in this one the baby of the family travels to Italy and Ireland only to discover that what he needs is right back in Chicago. Love on Stage, Book Six, releases November 19, and the final sibling opens a community theater where a local fireman lights a fire in her heart. Love on Holiday, Book Seven, releases on December 3 just in time for the holidays.
The featured book is Love on Course which is Book Five in the series and was released on October 22nd.
About the book
A chef and a public relations director share interests but the relationship stagnates from a lack of commitment. She moves from Chicago to Florida, and he takes off for Tuscany and then Ireland. In different countries and on different courses, they each seek something better.
Turq Crandall, the baby of the clan, is bored with his job as chef at a French restaurant in Chicago. He yearns to do something different out of the stuffy environment of fine dining. Cindy Crosby seeks fulfillment in her job as a public relations director, but when she and Turq hit an impasse in their relationship, she decides to take a job with a medical corporation in Florida.
The two attempt a long-distance relationship, but distrust of each other’s motives haunt the time apart. He’s certain Cindy loves his family more than him, and Cindy assumes Turq’s priorities don’t include her.
Turq finally decides to quit his job and heads for Tuscany to seek out his mother’s Italian roots and learn about rustic Italian cooking. When that doesn’t satisfy him, he heads to Ireland to explore his father’s roots and the cuisine of his other half. Cindy’s job becomes unbearable, so she begins volunteering to take her mind off Turq.
Both of them decide it’s done between them and they go out on dates with other people only to discover no one can fill the other’s shoes. Cindy is finally forced to make a decision on her job when she’s asked to do something unethical, and Turq discovers what it is he needs lead a fulfilling life.
The road to love is bumpy but filled with scrumptious tastes of local cuisines. Their two discoveries collide when both return to Chicago for Crandall family concerns. If they can smooth over the course of their love and realize how to work together, love might deserve a second chance.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Turq, the next Crandall brother to be bitten by the love bug, isn’t sure what it feels like. He has a and woman he is comfortable with but there are no fireworks like his siblings have experienced. Reader gets to see if love can grow without flames or sparks felt with another woman may be the real deal. Who will Turq and up with? The comfortable girlfriend, the Italian widow, the fellow tourist in Ireland? Sometimes you don’t know what you want until it’s gone, but also people often talk about the one who got away. Love love love this story.
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