Interview with Chanel Cleeton

Posted May 11, 2016 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Interviews / 6 Comments

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Hi Chanel! So happy to have you here to walk about your new series Wild Aces. But first, let’s get to know you a little better. Tell us five interesting things about yourself that readers wouldn’t know!

I’m so happy to be here! Here goes…

  1. I grew up in the U.S., but I’ve lived in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, and England.
  2. I’m the ultimate Real Housewives fangirl. I’ve watched every episode of every franchise and I probably know way more about each housewife than I should.
  3. I’m Cuban and I learned to speak Spanish before I learned English.
  4. I’ve taxied in an F-16.
  5. My most prized possession is quite possibly my planner. I write EVERYTHING in it and if I ever lost it, my world would probably come to a screeching halt.

The Wild Aces series sounds simply amazing! Where did you get the inspiration for this series?

Thank you! When I was twenty, I went on a summer cruise and met a fighter pilot and immediately fell in love. When I began writing and people found out I was married to a fighter pilot, they always asked why I didn’t write military romance. For a long time, I resisted, the idea of writing about something that hit so close to home a bit daunting. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how badly I wanted to tell the story of the highs and lows of falling in love with a man who lives by a different code, whose job brings danger and thrills.

I began playing around with the idea of writing a military romance and I knew it would be about a squadron of F-16 pilots since they say, “Write what you know.” I wanted the series to accurately portray military life and I drew on a lot of my own experiences and observations. Once I had a general idea, my characters took on a life of their own (as they always do) and I ran with it.

Can you tell us more about the hero Noah Miller?

Noah was one of my favorite heroes to write. He has a strong sense of loyalty and responsibility and he’s dedicated his life to flying and serving his country. He hasn’t had a lot of success in the romance department due to the demands of his job, but he’s definitely not a player, and he really does want to find love someday. He’s confident in the cockpit and on the ground. And because my heroes seem to always turn out this way, I must confess, he’s a bit of a dirty talker 😉

Did you require any research when writing this series? If so, what was the most interesting thing you’ve discovered?

I was really lucky to be able to draw on my experiences for most of the book. I’ve spent a huge chunk of my life surrounded by fighter pilots so I used a lot of those conversations and observations when crafting characters. For some of the flying scenes, I had my husband choreograph what it’s like up in the cockpit which was really fun but also a bit of a challenge as anyone who’s worked with a spouse will attest. He kept spitting out military acronyms and jargon and I kept trying to translate it to something sexy. Hopefully we found a good balance 🙂

What was your favorite scene to write in this book?

I loved writing the banter between Noah and Jordan when they first meet in Vegas. I loved that Jordan didn’t make things easy for him and that she made him work for it. She has such a strong personality and I knew that Noah needed a girl who wouldn’t be blinded by the fact that he was a fighter pilot, but would instead challenge him and take him down a notch or two. She didn’t disappoint!

What can you tell us about the next book in the series, Into the Blue?

When I decided to write this series, I wanted to portray the different aspects of military life. Thor’s story deals with his decision to prioritize his military career over his relationship with his high school sweetheart Becca and the regret he feels over having lost her so many years ago. It’s a second chance romance and I loved getting to put him through the wringer as he fights to win Becca back. There are some humorous moments and some sad ones and the chemistry and heat between them was so much fun to write. The gang from Fly with Me makes an appearance in Into the Blue, and Easy fans will see some developments in his love life.

Do you have a favorite trope you like to read?  If so, why?

I’m a sucker for a great historical romance with a devilish duke. There’s just something so wonderfully escapist about immersing yourself in a different time and place. Plus the wild dukes always have all of the fun. I love the “forbidden” nature of historical romances, when the characters defy societal expectations and give in to love and passion. Some of my favorites include Judith McNaught’s gorgeous historicals, Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase, What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long, The Devilish Pleasures of a Duke by Jillian Hunter, A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James, and The Duke by Gaelen Foley.

What’s the last book you read that kept you up all night reading under the covers?

Sue Grafton’s X. I’m a huge fan of her Kinsey Millhone series and the latest installment was amazing. I’ve been in a huge mystery/suspense/thriller mood lately and I’ve been lucky enough to read some fabulous books that have kept me up late 🙂

What are you working on next?

I have a few projects in the works right now. I’m editing Easy’s book, On Broken Wings, which will be out January 3, 2017. It’s gutting me in the best possible way. I’m also working on a thriller that I’m so excited about and working on proposals for two adult contemporary romances which are really fun and sexy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing with our readers!

Thanks for having me!

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BOOK INFO


Released: May 3rd 2016
Series: Wild Aces #1
Published by Berkley
 

From the author of the Capital Confessions Novels comes the first in the steamy Wild Aces Romance series.

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down.

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…


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About Chanel Cleeton

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

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Great interview!

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I enjoyed the interview, ladies. Thanks for sharing, Chanel!
I really like the way you integrated pilot-speak into your book blurb. I can definitely see you have a lot of writing skills. 🙂 Best of luck with your new series.
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Kathleen Bylsma
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What fun…thank you!

Elizabeth
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OMG those are some of my favorite historical romances about dukes!

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Engaging interview! I enjoyed getting to know Chanel a bit and the background of the book and series.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the post, I’ll be adding this series to my wishlist.