Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She’d always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing – this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Yes! I’m an English-to-Portuguese translator during the day, and writer by night. I also moonlight as wife, mother of a vivacious three year old and a terrible housekeeper. I’m owned by three pugs – seriously, they rarely let me out of the house.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, I did. It hit me that I also wanted to be a published writer, so for the last two years I applied myself toward this dream. I took workshops, found critique partners, and started the dreading submission process.
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
I’m a panster. I have a very rough outline of the story and let my characters lead me. It’s vital for me, though, to write everyday so I’ll keep connected to them.
Where do your ideas come from?
From nowhere and everywhere. All of a sudden, they just hit me. And I have to look for the closest notepad or computer.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Revenge is sweet, and hot. Vivian is thirsty for revenge, and Javier is hungry for her. Will he lose his merger deal because of her beliefs?
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love contemporary romance, humor books, and of course category romance.
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I have many, but off the top of my head I really like BlackWolf’s Redemption, by Sandra Marton.
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
The final scenes. I feel so invested, it’s hard to say good-bye to my characters. I feel like I’m cheating on them if I chose new ones.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Any three? If I could time travel, I’d love to have dinner with Oscar Wilde. He was ahead of his time and so brilliant. Back to present time, I’d choose Tina Fey because she’s my idol. And last but not least, I’d share a meal with Susan Elizabeth Phillips and ask her all her secrets to bring her characters to life like that.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m just finishing a book about a feisty heroine who kidnaps the hero to prevent him from expelling a tribe of Brazilian Indians that are illegally occupying his land. Then I’ll get started on a lovely story of a spoiled, broke L.A. socialite and the rough Texan cowboy she gets mixed up with.
Question to readers: Have you ever plotted revenge against someone? Do you hold grudges?
Javier Rivera would never hurt a woman much less kill one. But when he catches a gorgeous corporate spy in his office, he knows he can’t let her go—not when even a hint of scandal could ruin his career. Until the merger is signed, he’ll keep her close, even if he has to shackle her to his wrist. Literally.
But the closer Javier gets to Vivian, the more he wants her, and the more time she spends with him, the less she believes he could ever be a killer. Now Vivian and Javier have to discover the truth...and Vivian has to win the trust of her worst enemy.
Read Chapter One here
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