Today we are sitting down with Carmen Faclone, author of A Vengeful Affair. Let’s see what she has to say!
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- What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I really enjoyed writing Vivian and Javier’s first kiss. It had tons of buildup, and at that point he wasn’t sure who she really was, and she was slowly changing her mind about him. But the hot kiss – and the discussion that followed – added tension and deepened their inner conflicts.
- How did you come up with the title? It was a lovely suggestion from my editor. I had a different one initially, but we wanted something that would tell the reader right away what the book was about. We brainstormed, and came up with A Vengeful Affair.
- What project are you working on 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.
- Will you have a new book coming out soon? No, but I might have good news soon. J
- Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with? I don’t know if I would go back to my characters… I feel they have a lovely ending and I don’t want to spoil that. I love all kinds of different tropes. I think the important thing is to have likeable and strong characters.
- What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? On an earlier draft of A Vengeful Affair, someone said Vivian Foster, my heroine, was weak. That was incredibly hard to hear, but I was glad someone told me because the heroine I had in mind wasn’t the one on paper. So I had to make revisions to make sure the readers saw what I saw: Vivian is resourceful, strong, compassionate, and intelligent. She has turned into a hell of a heroine, if I may say so myself. J The best compliment? It has to be people taking time to read my book, and emailing me about it, writing reviews and recommending it to their friends. It’s such an extraordinary experience to have people enjoy your work.
- Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Everyone says to write, and guess what? They are right. Write as much as you can, and try to hone your craft and push yourself. Share your work with critique partners and learn as much as you can. Be humble, and be open to listen to people’s ideas and feedback. If being published is your dream, don’t give up! Ever. J
- Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? Thank you so much for your support and loyalty, and for allowing me to share with you Vivian and Javier’s story. I can’t wait to share other sizzling stories in the future.
- Tell me about your experience with Entangled. All I have to say is “WOW.” They are a force to be reckoned with. I met some Entangled editors and authors in Chicago at the RT convention, as well as at a lovely Entangled retreat last week in Vegas. Everyone is talented, super nice and willing to work with you. They want to give the reader the best book possible, and what else can an author ask for?
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