Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm Shelf-ish interviews Mary Carter, author of THREE MONTHS IN FLORENCE

Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist.  Three Months in Florence is her seventh novel. Her other works include:  The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written three novellas: A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home.

Mary is working on two more novellas for winter and summer of 2014, as well as her eighth novel.

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About the Book:

Lena Wallace was supposed to go to Italy on her honeymoon. That was sixteen years ago. Instead, she settles for cooking Spaghetti Bolognese for her two children while her husband, Alex, is on yet another business trip to Florence without her. Lena deals with his absences in the same stoic way she deals with all her responsibilities. And then comes the call that changes everything–the one from Alex’s Italian mistress.
Stunned and heartsick, Lena flies to Florence to confront Alex. The city is every bit as beautiful as she imagined, from its glittering fountains and cafés to the golden sunsets over rolling hills. But the further she goes to salvage her marriage, the less Lena recognizes herself–or the husband she’s trying to win back. Instead, she’s catching glimpses of the person she once hoped to be and the life and family she truly wants. Most of all, she’s wondering if the real journey is only just beginning. . .
In a novel as warm and vibrant as its rich Italian setting, author Mary Carter explores the intricacies of marriage, the ways love can both liberate and confine, and the journey to happiness that begins with one surprising step. . .

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I teach writing. I walk my dog. I watch way too much television. I read. I go to pubs, plays, parks, movies.

When did you start writing?

When I was four-years-old. The Boy and the Mouse.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

When an agent wanted to represent me.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would spend a year in Florence. I wanted to do that while writing Three Months in Florence and didn’t get the chance. Just walking around the city makes me happy.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Pack. I’m moving.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?


Back to your present book, Three Months in Florence, how did you publish it?

It is published by Kensington Books.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?


Why was writing Three Months in Florence so important to you?

Each novel I write is important because it’s my creative expression and you are trying to portray an honest journey of a character in crisis.

Is the book always better than the movie?

Not always!

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

They all come from wondering….. “What if?” The mind is a mysterious place.

Any final words?

Thank you for reading this interview. I hope you check out Three Months in Florence.

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