Interview | Carmen Falcone

So - I read and reviewed A Vengeful Affair 
{ in case you missed my review | click here | you bad little kittens }
And now for you I have a special treat!!  I get to talk with Carmen Falcone, the awesome author, IKR?!  It's exciting!!

FIRST - here's a little background and stalking info on Carmen =) 

You know I am already following her around cyberspace  ... you should join me!

About Carmen Falcone
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.

Blurb from Entangled Publishing:
Rich people get away with murder every day, but Vivian Foster intends to make billionaire Javier Rivera pay for what he did to her best friend—and how better to destroy a money-grubbing bastard than to sabotage the merger that means everything to him.  
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.

oh and so I don't confuse you here's a breakdown of my color coding!

random jendsmit Question

Carmen's Answer
random comment on Carmen's Answer

Now let's get down to bus-i-ness!

Where do you find your inspiration for your stories?  Do you base your characters on people you know or do your characters just show up in your head? 

Everything starts with the characters. I think of a specific character and take it from there. And they aren’t based on people I know.  

 Do you have a specific or special place that you write? 

I usually write in my home office. Sometimes I go to Starbucks or something, but I prefer to write with a big screen in front of me. I really admire people who take their laptop everywhere in the house and can go for it. I like to think writing is my time, not just to write but to enjoy that quietude so I can’t do it if someone next to me is watching TV. Honestly, it’s just my luck every time I go to a coffee shop, I always sit next to the loudest patron :) 

LOL - that'd so be me you are next to... sorry ;) it's the caffeine! 

While you write, do you listen to music?  Do you have playlists you play on repeat while you write?  

Sorry, I’m not that cool. I can’t write and listen to music, otherwise pretty soon I’ll name my hero Frank Sinatra and my heroine Diana Krall. :)  

LOL That makes sense =)

What’s on your current playlist?  Who are your favorite artists?  

I like everything, really. I love Adele (of course!), Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Etta James, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Michael Bubble. When I’m working out, I listen to Rihanna, Katy Perry and Usher (there, I said it!). 

Now this is a lady after my own heart!!  I also love everything - it is so so hard to pull a few names out of the giant pot that holds all your favorites!  I appreciate that Carmen took the time to name just a few of her favorites!!

What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

Figuring things out. The most frustrating part is when I have ideas that aren’t connecting. The hero’s motivations are weak, or the heroine’s conflict isn’t believable. So my favorite thing is to tie everything together. 

dang - that sounds very very difficult - yet another reason I am not an author!!

I absolutely love book covers, they tell so much about the book, the characters, everything!!  So I have to ask, how do you choose your book covers?  

I also love book covers! Entangled has some of the best ones I’ve ever seen. So I trust the marketing team to make this decision. I can recognize a good cover when I see one, but I don’t know how to make one. I think the right cover has to capture the tone of the book and also be marketable. 

Totally agree, 100% 
side note | my thoughts on Carmen's cover

And a few comments on the cover, since I do love book covers and tend to judge them

**don’t judge me – everyone does it, they just don’t tell you about it**

1.  I really do like it, but it doesn't match the picture in my head…  I can’t find anything that does, so I can’t even show you =(  

2. I love the tension you can see and feel through this cover.
3. I love love love the look on the woman’s face!  To me this is so saying WTF – He is touching me and I’m pissed but don’t want to push him away!
4. The guy on here… really good looking and the look in his eyes and face – W-O-W! Javier to a fricking T!  Completely in control and has what he wants in his reach or in hand …

Who are your favorite authors?  What are you reading right now that you love? 

Lynn Raye Harris, Ruthie Knox, Sandra Marton, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, the list goes on and on. I’ve just finished A Night of Southern Comfort by Robin Covington and I absolutely loved it. 

yay!  new authors to check out for me!!  
A Night of Southern Comfort - sigh - I loved it as well!!  
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Is Carmen not just awesome!?!!!!  

She is... you know it =)  

That's all I have for you today my little kittens!



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