Interview with author of Playing With Trouble, Chanel Cleeton

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The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…


The daughter of one of the Senate’s most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.


Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest “Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.


When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?


Praise for the work of Chanel cleeton:


Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton has it all. A sexy hero, strong heroine, delicious romance, sizzling tension, and plenty of breathtaking scandal.

I loved this book!

  • New York Timesbestselling author Monica Murphy

Scorching hot and wicked smart, Flirting with Scandal had me hooked from page one! Sizzling with sexual tension and political intrigue, Cleeton weaves a story that is as complex as it is sexy. Thank God this is a series because I need more!!

  • New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris


Sexy, intelligent, and intriguing. Chanel Cleeton makes politics scandal-icious. 

  • USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King





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Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.


Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.


Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.











Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m originally from Florida, but I’ve lived all over the U.S. and spent some time living in England, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic. I love to travel and when I can’t get on a plane, books are a great way to take a trip without leaving the comfort of my home. I’ve always loved to read and that love for books inspired me to start writing. I write contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. When I’m not reading or writing, I enjoy spending time with my three dogs and hanging out with my family.


Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

When I began planning the Capital Confessions series, I knew I wanted to focus on the political side of life in Washington D.C. The series would revolve around three sisters who were the daughters of a powerful senator. Blair, the heroine in Playing with Trouble, is the eldest daughter and is coming off of a broken engagement. She’s going through a major transition in her life and trying to figure out what she wants now that the life she thought she was meant to have isn’t so perfect after all. She decides to enroll in law school in D.C. and I drew from my own experiences attending law school to portray her evolution and struggles. When I was drafting Blair’s story, I knew she would need a hero who would challenge her, and her law professor Gray was born.


How do you create your characters?

My characters typically come to me before the plot and they often live in my head before I begin drafting. I usually have a clear image of a dominant facet of their personality, and then I tug on threads and develop that personality, getting an overall sketch of who they are. I develop their physical appearance, clothing styles, etc. until they feel like real people. Once I start writing, individual character quirks and traits emerge based on the shape of the story.


What inspires and what got your started in writing?

I started writing because I love books and love to read. That passion carries me through in my writing. There’s no better feeling that getting excited about my characters and story to motivate me to write.


Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I usually write in my office or sometimes if I’m feeling stuck and need a change of scenery, I’ll head to a coffee shop. I tend to be more productive in public, but really it depends on the book and where I am in the story. If I go to a coffee shop, then I’m always a fan of baked sweets to help me draft.


How do you get your ideas for writing?

It really varies by project. Sometimes it’ll be a line for a song, or a TV show, or something around me. I’m a big pantser, so I’ll take that idea and run with it.



What do you like to read?

I read a pretty wide range of genres, but my absolute favorite is probably romance. Some of my favorite authors include Judith McNaught, Brenda Joyce, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julie Anne Long, Jennifer Crusie, Kristen Ashley, and Joanna Wylde.


What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Never give up. This industry can be tough and you will face a lot of setbacks and rejection in your career, but you have to keep writing, keep growing, keeping working at your craft and business skills to make your dreams a reality.


Anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for having me!

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