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Five Things about Carla Swafford

Always fun to meet new authors, especially brand new authors. And Carla Swafford comes to publishing via the Avon Impulse line, which is a digital imprint that was launched last year. So I thought it would be fun to invite Carla over and let her meet all of you.

1. Did you have a nickname growing up?
Yes. My granddaddy was hard of hearing, and we believed he misunderstood my name. He called me Polly.

2. Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been? My husband and I fell in love…with Denali, Alaska.

EB: I think we could be twins–I love Denali. So gorgeous. Have been twice now.

3. Do you celebrate when you finish a book and what you do? Yes. Eat chocolate and watch one of my favorite DVDs (A Knight’s Tale, Live Free or Die Hard, Pride and Prejudice, Fargo, etc.) and then start writing another book.

4. If you could go on a date with any superhero, who would you choose and why? Batman (played by Val Kilmer); he’s the bad boy hero, and Kilmer had the sexiest lips.

EB: No arguments there. I’ve always had that same crush on Val.

5. Most embarrassing song on your iPod. Ricky Martin’s Livin’ la Vida Loca. Really I’m not embarrassed, but my kids are every time I played it when we cleaned house. Talk about energizing!

6. If you were going to an island for a long time, name 5 things you would bring. Romance Book, romance book, Pen, paper, and chocolate.

Carla’s first book, Circle of Desire, has been garnering all kinds of praise and is available now in E-format and paperback. You can learn more about Carla at her website.

25 comments to “Five Things about Carla Swafford”

  1. Beth
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:51 pm · Link

    loves Livin’ la Vida Loca:D hehe

  2. Carla Swafford
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:54 pm · Link

    See, Beth, before you know it, you’ll know all my secrets. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Carla Swafford
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:55 pm · Link

    And thank you, Elizabeth, for having me on your blog!

  4. Beth
    January 26th, 2012 at 12:57 pm · Link

    which Pride and Prejudice? 😉 Die hard!:D

  5. Carla Swafford
    January 26th, 2012 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Pride and Prejudice: I love the newer one, but I still love Colin as Mr. Darcy best.

    Oh, yeah. I love Die Hard too. The last one with Justin Long. I have a thing for nerds too.

    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 1:36 pm · Link

      LOL! I had forgotten that I mentioned Die Hard in my answers to Elizabeth.

    • Beth
      January 26th, 2012 at 3:12 pm · Link

      Colin is the man! 🙂

  6. Anya
    January 26th, 2012 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Great interview! I loved the Die Hard series but my fave was the one Justin Long too. 🙂

    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 1:26 pm · Link

      (I’m learning to click on reply…always forget.) 🙂

      Anya, there’s just something about his shaggy hair that’s so endearing, would you say?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. JoAnn Weatherly
    January 26th, 2012 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Chocolate: Dark, Milk, or White?


    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 1:28 pm · Link

      Hey, girlfriend (JoAnn)!

      I’m a milk girl. The only time I’ll each white is on Zero bars and dark on Mounds. 🙂

      Thank you, Ms. Food Editor at Southern Living!

  8. Maria from 'gaelikaa's diary'
    January 26th, 2012 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Hi Elizabeth! Hi Carla! Carla, I love chocokate too. I also adore Ricky Martin’s ‘Maria’ for obvious reasons!

    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 2:09 pm · Link

      Hey, Maria. I understand completely. Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl was always a favorite of mine. And yes, I have brown eyes. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

  9. Suzanne Johnson
    January 26th, 2012 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Fun interview, Carla! ….*Running off to look at Val Kilmer’s Batman lips now–how did I miss them?*

    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 2:23 pm · Link

      Oh, yes. He’s a little plus size now, but I don’t mind a little meat on my man’s bones. Ooops! That sounds a little naughty, doesn’t it? LOL!

      Thank you, Suzanne, for running by! 🙂 (I love happy faces. Can anyone tell?

  10. Grace Burrowes
    January 26th, 2012 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Carla, what’s next? If you finish celebrating by starting another book, then…?

    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 5:37 pm · Link

      Hi there, Grace! Yes. The next book in The Circle series is completed and now in edits. AND I’ve already started on book #3. LOL!

      Thanks for visiting! 😀

  11. Shanon Grey
    January 26th, 2012 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Val Kilmer–yum. I love A Knight’s Tale. I haven’t tried a movie after I finish writing. I might. I always want to go shopping. A movie’s cheaper.

    • Carla Swafford
      January 26th, 2012 at 5:40 pm · Link

      Hello, Shanon!

      You’re so right about being cheaper. Plus you can stare at the screen without having to think as hard as we do when we write. 😀

      Thank you for coming by.

  12. Christine Glover
    January 26th, 2012 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I had no idea you fell in love in Alaska!! I lived in Northern Manitoba. We could be sisters!! And I LOVE Batman with Val Kilmer and the movie A Knight’s Tale.

    Cool background, Carla. We must share more in person!


  13. Carla Swafford
    January 26th, 2012 at 8:29 pm · Link

    Thanks, Christine. I remembered you’re from Canada, but I had no idea from that neck of the north. Cool!


    And thank you for hanging out with me.

  14. infinitieh
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:13 am · Link

    Ooh, loved Val Kilmer since “Real Genius”! Must go stare at his lips now…

    • Carla Swafford
      January 27th, 2012 at 4:28 am · Link

      LOL! Keep a tall glass of cold water next to you for safety measure, infinitieh.

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  15. Neecy
    January 27th, 2012 at 6:09 am · Link

    Great interview ladies!
    Polly- (how cute) One of my favorite movies is Knights Tale. Watch it all the time.
    I read Circle of Desire, it was great read! I love strong heroines that have a soft heart, Olivia is both and you displayed her character well.

  16. Carla Swafford
    January 27th, 2012 at 8:27 am · Link

    Aww! Neecy, you made my day and didn’t even have to pay to say that…not that I would. LOL!

    I’m the same way. I love strong heroines and sometimes they don’t even have to kick butt. In my next book, CIRCLE OF DANGER, Marie is strong, and she wants to be deadly like Olivia, but she learns there are other ways to take on the evil people in the world and win.

    Thank you for stopping by. 😀

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