Interview with Charly Manlove

What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind Color Me Plaid is that I was very much in my creative mode, inspired by children's television shows, so I sat at the computer and I wrote whatever came to mind. I am a fan of art, and it was just interesting to view high school from an artist's point of view.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To accomplish what I have set out to accomplish, it would be difficult to break into the industry the conventional way. My ultimate goal is to write for television and being a self-published author is, I believe, the best way to achieve that goal the way that I want to.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I haven't really seen that much success, at least not yet. Smashwords has though, thank God, pushed me to press forward with hope that one day I could be where I want to be. I'm much better at making deadlines and keeping the faith that as long as I finish what I've started I will accomplish my dreams.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is inspiring my readers, especially when it comes to pursuing their own dreams. That's what my stories are all about, giving that hope that anything is possible. I also take joy in making my readers laugh and seeing them bond with a favorite character.
What do your fans mean to you?
Love. My love for them and their love for me. What I do is for my fans, present and future. I just want to bring light into their lives. Light, love, and laughs.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a new junior novel that will star three rivaling brothers. I'm super excited to share it with everyone, especially since it touches on the issue of family, which is very important to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really know. May favorites change all of the time according to what I'm interested in at the moment. I think Nicholas Sparks is a constant though, as well as E.B White. Right now, I am reading Meg Haston and Lisi Harrison to strengthen my YA writing. My ultimate favorite Author is my Father God. He is the Creative Genius behind all of my work and the reason why I have hundreds of awesome ideas waiting to be completed.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God and Jesus. Family. Music. Writing. Creativity. And the hope that I am always one day closer to achieving my dreams.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing and/or listening to music, writing music, reading, hanging out, laughing. I also watch a lot of TV, which is a great place to find new ideas and plot twists, so basically I'm doing research while watching TV. Writing also comes in spurts. An idea came pop up out of nowhere, so even when I wasn't initially writing, I end up writing anyway.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Aside from Smashwords, the majority of the ebooks I find our on Amazon.com. I like to browse through the Teens section and see what I can find that looks interesting. Sometimes I discover really great novels there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One of the first stories I ever wrote was a picture book. My parents had bought me a blue notepad with a bird on it and I decided that he was going to be the main character of my story. I don't really remember what it was about, I just know that they were talking birds.

The first story that I wrote when I was really serious about writing, was a probably PG-13 thriller, at age fourteen. It's really funny because when I was younger, I gravitated toward writing more adults, but when I got older I fell in love with Young Adult and Children stories.

My first YA novel was gifted through a dream I had. I just couldn't get the idea out of my head, so I wrote down some scenes until it became a full story. After that, this whole big fictional world sprang to life. That one story was the start of every story I have produced or will produce in the near future.
Published 2013-11-08.
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Books by This Author

Complaint Box of Doom
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Series: Cinemen, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Overwhelmed by an overflow of complaints, the Cinemen put out a Complaint Box to help them fix the Royal Cinema's problems. But when an anonymous complainer suggests that Daisy is fired for her rude behavior, the McDowell brothers do whatever it takes to keep Daisy's customers happy.
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Series: Color Me Plaid, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
On their way to a concert, Nelson’s car breaks down and the Plaids take interest in a strange object in the nearby woods. Meanwhile, Wynter and Dru run into problems in their front row seats.
Out of the Box
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Series: Color Me Plaid, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Halley struggles to create the ultimate, original art project. Meanwhile, Nelson busies himself with his own secret project and entrusts Travis with a mysterious key.
Secrets of the Royal Cinema
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Series: Cinemen, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Suspicions rise as Craig and Derek witness strange behavior at the Royal Cinema, and they work together to solve the mysteries. Meanwhile, Luke gets a little too competitive at the arcade.
TSN's Jr. Novel Collection
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Price: Free! Words: 28,100. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Charly Manlove presents 3 Jr. Novels for YA readers. FABRIELLA STARR Teen fashionista, Ariella Clarke, must strut out of her parents’ astronomer footsteps to claim her own star as a “hall” couture designer. COLOR ME PLAID Creative friends form an art club and make a splash in their high school. CINEMEN Three rivaling brothers are forced to work out their issues while working at a cinema.
Cinemen
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Series: Cinemen, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,990. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Three rivaling brothers are forced to work out their issues while working at a movie cinema.
Color Me Plaid
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Series: Color Me Plaid, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Zealous new student joins forces with her fellow artists to protect their creative rights and make a colorful splash.
Fabriella Starr: Guidance Consultant
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Series: Fabriella Star, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Ariella’s aptitude scores send her to the guidance office to test out her counseling skills. But instead of resolving the students’ academic issues, she solves their unbeknownst fashion problems. Meanwhile, Mae and Torin team up to fight crime in the hallways.
Fabriella Starr: Ariella For Real
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Series: Fabriella Star, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
As the new trending topic at Crestview High, Ariella gives Mae an all access pass into her everyday life for a cover story on the school blog. But when Ariella questions if her life is glamorous enough to keep her fans interested, she stops being real and starts being real phony. Meanwhile, Caleb helps Danny get through his acting hiatus by getting him a job at the Swirly Go Round.
Fabriella Starr
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Series: Fabriella Star, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
High school fashionista, Ariella Clarke, must strut out of her parents’ astronomer footsteps to claim her own star as a “hall” couture designer.
TSN Junior Novel Series Sampler 2013
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Price: Free! Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Fabriella Starr: High school fashionista, Ariella Clark, must strut out of her parents’ astronomer footsteps to claim her own star as a “hall” couture designer. Color Me Plaid: Halley Shields hated being the new girl at Duplex High and used her art classes to fit in, but when the school cuts its art programs she bonds with her artsy friends to fight for their right of creativity.