Spotlight Author Interview ~ Charlotte O’Shay


Please make welcome the lovely Charlotte O’Shay! We’re celebrating her new release, The Marriage Ultimatum! I’ve already added this book to my ever growing TBR list.

I’m serving peach champagne and apple cider, along with cream scones. So get comfy and let’s meet Charlotte…

MM: Congratulations on your new release, Charlotte! Thrilled you could be here today. Describe a typical writing day. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night-owl writer?

CO: My writing starts in the morning after the coffee kicks in. That being said I often have to put it down during the day due to pesky non-writing interruptions like making dinner. Then I pick it all up again later and often write into the wee hours if things are going well.

MM: I so wish I could write into the “wee” hours. Sadly, I can’t. I turn into a pumpkin after 6pm. Can you tell us about your current work-in-progress?

CO: The next book in my series (although all three stories stand quite well on their own two feet) tells the story of Sabrina’s best friend Lacey. Lacey once had the world by the tail financially but when the story begins she’s desperately in need of money. Our hero, Connor proposes a solution that should solve his problem and hers but of course the best laid plans always go awry. Lacey needs to find her voice and believe she’s worthy of love. Somehow she keeps our sexy and sweet hero super frustrated and at arms length as complications ensue and she tries to figure things out for herself.

MM: Sounds great! I love when the secondary characters get their stories. What inspires you when you’re writing?

CO: Most definitely, without any hesitation New York City. The energy and the 8 million stories, all begging to be told. A place where you can go from the bottom to the top then back down to the bottom again in a heartbeat. The city of dreams where my characters are born or where they come to find their happily every afters.

MM: Wonderful! New York City is a place I’ve longed to visit. What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?

CO: A photo of my husband and kids taken at the beach.

MM: Aww…precious. Now for the fun questions. Do you prefer…

Champagne or Beer? Beer makes me puffy unless it’s 100 degrees out.

Southern drawl or Scottish burr? That’s a tough one. I do love a Texas drawl and I had the devil of a time understanding the lovely Scots people we met on a recent trip to Glasgow.

Kilt or Leather pants? KILT!

Print book or e-reader? I love the printed word but living in the city, storage is at a premium. Favorite books I may read first in e format and later buy in paperback and of course, I treasure some favorite paperbooks I’ve had since before the days of e-readers.

Thanks so much for visiting, Charlotte! Wishing you all the best with your new book!



Dead-end job? Dreary apartment? Disastrous love life? Check, check, and check. Toddler who makes it all worthwhile? Absolutely. Juggling work, college, and the care of young Alex was never Sabrina’s plan.

But Sabrina’s dreams are bigger than any curve ball life can throw at her. Her top priority is keeping her small family together, no matter what the cost.

Vladimir Grigory doesn’t believe in dreams. He earned his position at the top of New York’s corporate ladder with his own sweat. His empire is his baby, and he’ll destroy anyone who threatens it. Even the sexy employee who challenges him on every level.

When the New York tabloids and the world call him the baby daddy of Sabrina’s son, Vlad believes Sabrina is part of a plot to expose the secrets of his past. He threatens to destroy her future. But since Sabrina has secrets of her own, she has no choice but to agree to Vlad’s marriage ultimatum.


“What’re you doing creeping up on me like that? Who are you?” Her gaze narrowed in on him even as she took a step back.

He stared right back, sinking into eyes so mercurially gray then green, then gray again, it was like he’d fallen into the turbulent depths of the Atlantic. With her wild eyes, untamed hair, and skintight clothes, she was a mermaid and absolutely the answer to this sailor’s prayers.

She shoved an unruly swath of hair back over her shoulder, all attitude. One hand was on her hip and the other fiddled with the hem of her sweater. His gaze tracked her every move.

Her chin angled up. “Seen enough? You know what they say: Take a picture, it’ll last longer.”


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More about the Author: 

Charlotte O’Shay was born in New York City into big family and then married into another big family all of which provided her with enough drama, noise and inspiration for a lifetime of stories.

Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte gladly traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters in the City of Dreams.


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  1. Good luck with the book, Charlotte. As a fellow NYer, it’ll be on my TBR list for sure.

  2. Thank you Mary for having me today. How did you know I love scones? I guess everybody does. I’ve been trying to learn how to make them. Thanks Andi ! A pleasure to get to know you both.

    • Ahh…but I didn’t, Charlotte. Yet, so happy you do! I’ve been baking scones for decades. They’re really easy to make and my family loves them. They sounded perfect for a summer day.

      You’re welcome back anytime! 🙂

  3. Fun interview, ladies! Loved this book and totally looking forward to reading Lacey’s story.
    Happy release month and Many happy sales!

  4. Hi Charlotte!
    Loved your blurb and excerpt. The Marriage Ultimatum is already on my TBR, LOL Lots of reading during camping trips, scheduled around all the hiking.
    I must be the only person on the planet that is scone challenged. Can’t get them to turn out for nothing. I am a good cook too, except… scones!!! Darn it. Need your recipe Mary! lOL
    Charlotte best wishes for lots of sales on your new book!

  5. Barbara Bettis

    Lovely interview, ladies! Charlotte, really enjoyed our excerpt. Best of luck with the release. As for scones, I have to buy them someone; I can’t make them worth anything. One of my favorite tea rooms featured scones and clotted cream–but unfortunately it close 🙁 My friends and I still mourn that!

  6. Hi Charlotte! Loved your interview and blurb. Looks like a fun read. Best wishes for many sales!

  7. Donna Simonetta

    Fun interview Charlotte! I always like hearing how writers work. And your book sounds like a fun read–I’ll have to get it to read this summer!

  8. Loved the interview, ladies! Your premise is fun, Charlotte. I love the idea of a fake marriage that turns into a love match, & of course love two wounded souls coming together to heal each other. Good luck with your release!
    Kimberly Keyes

  9. Thank you all for your kind words. And Mary thank you for having me to your beautiful blog. I have a theory about me and scones. Baking = plotter. Cooking = Pantser. Does anybody agree ? I think baking takes a lot of precision and that’s what makes it difficult for me because I’m more of a Pantser.

  10. I had to drive unexpectedly today. That’s why I’m so late to reply to your comments. And city driving is the worst.

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