BY CHARLI WEBB
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Blurb ~ The first time Skylar and Rowdy give themselves to each other completely--heart, mind, body and soul--is also the night Skylar disappears without a trace. Rowdy promised to love her forever. But forever is a long time when you’re only seventeen.
After years of waiting, Rowdy gives up on Skylar and tries to purge her from his memory with cheap tequila and one night stands.
When Skylar finally returns, Rowdy is no longer the shy, sweet boy she fell in love with. He’s bitter, angry and determined to protect what remains of his shattered heart. She’s determined to reclaim it, but first she has to put it back together.
Set in the eclectic town of Eldorado Springs, Colorado and Eldorado Canyon State Park, a rock climber’s paradise, “Naked Edge” is a new adult contemporary romance about perseverance, second chances and the healing power of love.
INTERVIEW WITH CHARLI WEBB
Q: Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Charli: Usually I just get up, walk across the hall to my office and start writing. Sometimes I’ll eat breakfast first, but Naked Edge kept me so excited that it negatively impacted my personal hygiene, diet and exercise routine.
My husband often came home to a dark house, no evidence of supper and me still in my pajamas.
If I need inspiration, I listen to music. I also write lyrics. Distilling a story into a few stanzas can help me focus on what’s essential.
Q: Where did you get the idea or inspiration for NAKED EDGE?
Charli: I wasn’t inspired to write Naked Edge. I was forced. ;-)
Rowdy made his first appearance in my head while I was working on River’s Remorse, the overdue, second book of my current YA paranormal romance series. Skylar quickly followed.
I tried to ignore the hot wilderness EMT with washboard abs, hiding a broken heart behind a bad attitude, and the sexy, stubborn, adrenaline junkie rock climber that refuses to give up on him. I had a deadline to meet. But Rowdy and Skylar refused to let me work. I tried to bribe them with promises of writing their story as soon as I finished River’s Remorse. They not-so-politely declined. I threatened to never write their story at all if they didn't shut the hell up.
They responded by kidnapping my muse.
As the deadline for River’s Remorse drew near, I started having panic attacks.
After lots of soul searching and tearful phone calls with my editor, we decided the best way to finish River’s Remorse was to put it aside temporarily and write the story that wants to be written.
So that's what I did. The first draft of Naked Edge only took three months.
Skylar and Rowdy forced me to write their story, but I was inspired to set it in Eldorado Canyon. Climbers from all over the world come to “Eldo” to tackle its unique and challenging routes but it’s literally ten minutes from my front door. I can’t imagine a better setting for a wilderness EMT and an adrenaline junkie.
“The Naked Edge” is one of the most famous climbing routes in the park. It also makes a great title for a contemporary romance novel ;-)
Q: What was your favorite part writing this novel?
Charli: I loved writing all of Rowdy’s POV scenes. You’d think writing from a female perspective would be easier for a woman, but I always fall in love with my male protagonists.
I had the most fun writing the lyrics for “Where You Are,” the song that Rowdy sings to Skylar in his bedroom. The lyrics aren’t even in the book, but I hired a musician to write the music and perform it. I cried the first time I heard it. The song will be available on iTunes soon, but it’s on YouTube right now. Check it out “Where You Are.”
Q: What was the most difficult part writing this novel?
Charli: The climbing scenes. I’m not a rock climber so I had to do a lot of research to figure out how to stage the action. I enjoy research, but it definitely impacts daily word count goals.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Charli: I love to hang out and hike in Eldorado Canyon, explore local bike trails and ski.
Q: Any future writing news you would like to share?
Charli: I have to finish River’s Remorse but the next Rocky Mountain Romance book is begging to be written. I’m not sure which couple I’ll focus on, but a large part of the story will be set in a tropical rain forest when Rowdy, Skylar and the gang travel to Costa Rica for spring break.