(A Slay Series Novella)
by Laurelin Paige
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laurelin Paige comes a new story in her Slay series…
Camilla Fasbender has a secret.
Underneath her posh accent and designer clothes lies the evidence of her pain.
Every heartbreak, every bad day, every setback has left a scar.
From behind her camera, she shows the world what to see. And it isn’t her.
He sees right through her carefully constructed facade.
And he’s going to slash it all to pieces.
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An Exclusive Interview With Laurelin Paige:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I simply adored Camilla and Hendrix *swoon*. How did you choose them for this novella?
Thank you! I’m really flattered. I had planned to write about Camilla clear back before I wrote book one of the Slay series (there are four books in total) but I didn’t know what her story was going to be. So the whole time I was writing those books, every time she was featured, I got to wonder about it. I knew she was a broken woman, and I knew that the man that loved her had to be strong in that Sheryl Crow “Are you strong enough to be my man?” kind of way, but I didn’t have a sense of the shape of the story yet. When it came time to write it, the pandemic was already here, and this sad broken woman looking for a happy ending felt representative of what so many of us were going through on a personal level. I leaned into that and let it go where it wanted to go.
I also LOVED Hendrix’s name. How do you find your character names?
Usually I do some baby name searching, but this time I got the name from a reader. She was one of my Top Fans on my Facebook page and won the opportunity to name a character. She chose Hendrix, which is her husband’s name, and damn, what a great name, right?
This story had me missing London and dying to go back. Are there any locations you would love to set a story in that you haven’t yet?
I loved, loved, loved Italy, and I’ve fantasized writing about both Italy and England more, but truthfully, it’s hard for me to write about a place I haven’t lived in myself. There’s an intimacy that comes from living in a spot that I can only capture from experience. On the other hand, I’m such an indoors person, I probably wouldn’t see much difference living in Anchorage, Alaska or Cancun. And environment is not one of the most crucial elements in my books, so who knows? Maybe I’ll write about some place new.
What is something not many people know about you?
Hmm. Good question. Maybe—when I published my first book, I chose a pen name because I didn’t want the people at my day job to know what I’d written. I was the Director of Music and Liturgy at a Catholic church and yeah, writing smut was not something those Catholics looked too fondly on. Eventually I did tell them, and some people were cool with it (my priest was proud), but in the end I was removed from all positions of leadership, even those I held as a volunteer. I still have the religion bug, though, and I’m going back to school (virtually) this fall very part time at Chicago Theological Seminary in the Masters of Theology program.
Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?
I’m writing Man in Love, book two in the Man in Charge duet. It’s a billionaire duet loosely based on the movie Working Girl, and I am really digging this new world I’ve created. It’s swoony and fun and also serious and touches on some issues that are really important to me personally, but mostly it’s just a sexy good love story. Book one comes out October 27th.
USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.
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