Noelle Paling


I am a lawyer by trade. However, if you are familiar with the field, then I'm sure you know that it is anything but satisfying to a creative mind, and so by night, I write. A lover of all things written, spoken and harmonized, my home has always been found in words. My home is in Columbia, SC and my work is in Charlotte, NC. Hello to my fellow light rail commuters! My chihuahua, Lady, is ridiculously friendly for her breed, and so if you ever see us out and about at the pet stores, be sure to say, "Hi!" Most of my spare time is spent hanging out with friends and family and updating my stories.

My debut novel, Amended Hearts, arose out of my frustration with one simple question: "What's it like to date outside your race?" I would explain that "It's like dating a human." Their race or culture never made them any less inclined to watch the American football game, or the rest of the world's football game, rather than going to a museum or antiquing with me.

For some reason, the questioner would look at me with skepticism, as though I held some magic formula to dating Klingons and Werewolves, and so I wrote a story. In the book, the central character, Aaliyah, has to pick between two good men, Gabriel and Lucas. They happen to be from a different background, but they all have a great deal in common. She must choose to follow her newest crush to Gabriel, or amend her heart for her best friend, Lucas. What about you? Are you Team Gabriel or Team Lucas?

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Judith McNaught is definitely high on the list, as is Jayne Ann Krentz. However, Shakespeare has always been my hands down favorite writer. He just showed such fearlessness, and such imagination. He wasn't afraid to push the limits. In fact, that is my favorite characteristic in all writers. The ability to build a world, and relationships around characters is of vital importance. For instance, in my first completed novel, Amended Hearts, I was careful to show the audience the people who shaped her. Now, I have people asking about the individual tales that will accompany her family and friends. I already know their stories, and simply cannot wait to commit them to paper.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired by my dreams. Dreams are all about possibility, and as long as you hang onto them, you have a goal upon which to focus. My ultimate dream is to be in a position to talk about what I used to do when I had to support my habit of compulsive writing. It's not at all unusual for me to dream an entire book or screenplay, and have to write it immediately upon waking, lest I lose track of the story. That's what inspires me to get out of bed.
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Amended Hearts
Series: Chiming Hearts, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,520. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
These characters have baggage that's just like yours: Crazy family members, bosses stuck on stupid, pushy friends and trying to figure out this love thing. Check out this tale about a woman with a few self confidence issues and the men who seek her heart as she decides whether to take a chance and pursue her new crush on her neighbor Gabriel, or to amend her heart with her best friend, Lucas.

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