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September 11, 2012

My Official Introduction at Ladies in Red

 

 

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

 

Today it’s my official introduction at Ladies in Red, the unofficial gathering of Crimson Romance authors.

Please come visit and stay a while with my fellow authors.

My paranormal Romance, Immortal Love, will be released on September 17.

Check it out at Amazon.com,both in English and Spanish.

August 14, 2012

Interview Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

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As I promised to my fellow writer and friend, Sandra Carey Cody, here is the translation into English of my interview published in El Progreso, my hometown newspaper.

Have questions? Please ask.

Why Bécquer?

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is the most romantic of the Spanish writers, maybe the only one among them who was a real romantic.

Bécquer was a dreamer who lived two lives, his everyday life and the one he imagined peopled with beautiful faeries and doomed lovers.

His real life was rather sad. He lost both parents when he was a child, he acquired a chronic illness in his youth, he was rejected by his great love and all his life, he fought and failed to be recognized as a poet.

The only existing manuscript containing the poems he had written throughout his life was lost in 1868 during the Revolution that overthrew Queen Isabel II, and although he rewrote the poems from memory, the collection was only published after his death.

In all the biographies I read about Bécquer, he was portrayed as gentle and simple, honest and brave. He seemed the kind of person I would have very much liked to meet. That’s why I chose him as the protagonist of my novel.

Apart from the work of the eternal poet and writer, what was the inspiration for your novel Immortal Love?

The answer that first come to my mind is Lorca because Federico García Lorca is another character in my story. Why did I choose him? Because his death was a tragedy I would have liked to prevent not only because he was a most remarkable human being but also because he was killed when he was at the height of his creativity.

Lorca, for what I could gather from his biographies and the testimonies of those who met him, was a happy, enthusiastic person, full of life who was always the center of attention. Who wouldn’t have wanted to meet him?

The inspiration for the setting in Immortal Love was Bucks County, PA where I live.

In Spanish, the title of your book is Bécquer Eternal, would you like Bécquer to be immortal?

Absolutely. And I am not the only one.

When this past June, I visited in Sevilla the Exhibit about Bécquer, Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte (http://youtu.be/73wEJDhKONo), I met Pilar Alcalá (the literary director of the exhibit) and some of the talented artists whose works were in the exhibit. I am certain all of them share my wish that the immortal Bécquer I created in my novel were real.

Was it easy for you to combine these two so different times, the time of the nineteenth century author and the present?

Immortal Love takes place in our time. Although to create the character of Bécquer I also had to imagine his past. Thus, I do have in my mind his whole story and know how he became an immortal. I included only a small part of this story in Immortal love. I hope one day I have the time to write down his complete story.

Bécquer died on December 22, and on the same day there was a solar eclipse, do you believe in coincidences?

Even more interesting is the fact that Bécquer died in Madrid and the solar eclipse was in Sevilla, the city where he was born. As for your question, no, I don’t believe in coincidences. I don’t believe in witches either, but they exist regardless.

Bécquer was a romantic, and you?
Totally. Like Bécquer, I live in two worlds, the everyday world and the one I create in my stories. Without this second life that takes place in my mind, I would find it very hard to live.

You were born in Lugo, how did you end up in the United States?

My ex-husband was from the States. I met him in California during my postdoctoral stay there. Although we lived in Spain for a while and considered staying for good we returned to the States after three years. My marriage ended in divorce, but we had two children by then and that forced me to remain in the States.

What do you most miss from Galicia?

My family, my friends, the food, the land, the language, even the rain. Everything, I guess. This longing that is an intrinsic characteristic in all of us born in Galicia and that Rosalía de Castro described so well in her poems and Gonzalo Torrente Ballester in his novels, is always with me.

Maybe it’s for this reason that my YA story, Two Moon Princess, takes place in a medieval world whose geography, and even names, I took directly from Galicia.

You were in Lugo this past June, are are you going to spend your summer vacation?

My stay in Spain was my summer vacation. I first went to Sevilla to see the Exhibit about Bécquer (Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte) and then I visited family and friends in Vigo and Lugo.

Which books do you recommend this summer?

Rhymes and Legends by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer and Poet in New York by Federico García Lorca.

I believe everybody who went to school in a Spanish speaking country remembers Bécquer’s Rhymes and Legends for they were obligatory reading. But, at least in my case, a reading from an adult perspective, unveiled a magnificence in his use of words and a deeper meaning I had missed then.

Bécquer was also a good painter. Even as a writer, he uses words as a painter would ink and colors, leaving, with his descriptions a most complete picture in our minds.

Here is an example. A description of the Madrid he knew when, without money or support from family, he arrived in the Spanish capital looking for fortune. He does not only paint a picture in our minds with his words, but transmits a feeling of profound despair as well.

“Madrid wrapped in a light mist, through whose broken shreds chimneys, attics, bell towers and the naked branches of the trees raise their dark crests. Madrid dirty, black, ugly like a gaunt skeleton shivering under an immense shroud of snow.” G.A. Bécquer. Review of the La Soledad by Augusto Ferrán, El Contemporáneo, Madrid January 20, 1861.

As for the book Poet in New York, I only want to mention that Lorca wrote it after witnessing the collapse of the stock market, during his stay in New York in 1929. His reaction at seeing the consequences of the extreme greed of a capitalistic society at his worse could not be more current.

This book also include the poem Take this Waltz, that Leonard Cohen translated into English and sang as a beautiful ballad. (http://goo.gl/dcpGj)

To finish our interview, could you tell us about the best summer of your life?

As the inveterate romantic that I am, I believe the best summer of my life is still to come.

June 14, 2012

My Road to Publication: Rionna Morgan

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Interview by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

 

Today I am thrilled to introduce Rionna Morgan to my followers. Rionna is not only a talented writer but also my fellow author at Crimson Romance. Her novel, The Wanting Heart will be available on July 9th.

As one reviewer writes, The Wanting Heart has “drama, suspense and romance.” Who needs more?

This is what Rionna has to say about her book and her road to publication.

Hi Rionna, welcome to Dare to Read and congratulations on your upcoming book.

Q. First of all, could you tell us where did you get the idea for The Wanting Heart?

A. I think that, like is the case with all stories, this one was inside me, just needing to be told.

Q. What genre is it?

A. Romantic Suspense

Q. Who is the expected audience?

A. Readers who enjoy the sweet surrender of romance laced with the terror of suspense!

Q. Who designed your cover?

A. Crimson Romance art department.

Q. How does the cover reflect your story?

A. The book is about a barrel racer who gets swept off her feet by a serial killer.  On the cover there is a barrel racer holding a single red rose…the rose is an important element in the story.

Q. In which formats is your book available?

A. e-book, hardcover, paperback?  E-book and paperback.

Q. What could you tell us about your road to publication?

A. After about 200 rejections, I put the book away.  Decided the market wasn’t ready, that was a few years ago.  A few months ago, I saw a Call for Submission from Crimson Romance, and I immediately thought of The Wanting Heart.

Q. What is your marketing plan?

A. Besides blog tours and author interviews, I plan to market to rodeo sites and rodeo retail sites.  The Wanting Heart is a novel with a broad audience, but because of the main character being a barrel racer, I thought marketing to those locations would be a good idea as well.

Q. Any advice you want to share with our readers who have a manuscript ready?

A. I would send a query to Jennifer at Crimson Romance.  She is an amazing editor.  She works with writers who she feels has a knack or talent.  Feel free to visit Crimson Romance at the following site.  Submission Guidelines are available there.

http://www.crimsonromance.com/

Rionna Morgan

Growing up out West, Rionna Morgan followed her love of horses to the rodeo arena and her love of English to the classroom and to writing.  She has been looking forward to sharing her stories with you her whole life.  Rionna is a founding member of Montana Romance Writers; she reads as much as she can possibly hold, and she loves most of all combing the chilling edge of a knife with the sweet surrender of romance. Rionna shares her home in Missoula, Montana with her husband, her four children and the mountains outside her window. Please be invited to stop by at http://rionnamorgan.com –she loves the company.

March 8, 2012

My Road to PUblication : Alison Ashley Fomento

Today I’m excited to introduce Alison Fomento to my readers.

Alison is a special guest because she is the first picture book author I’ve ever interviewed.

Please join us to welcome Alison as she tells us how her new book THESE BEES COUNT! came to be.

Here is what Alison has to say:

 

 

interview by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

•               Good morning, Alison, could you tell us, first of all, why did you write this book?

A honey-vanilla ice cream cone inspired my new picture book THESE BEES COUNT! Our family was vacationing in Florida and what’s a vacation without daily ice cream stops? This particular ice cream shop had signs posted about the disappearing honeybees and colony collapse disorder and how important bees are for pollinating crops.

I had a light bulb moment of how bees count in our world. My first picture book, THIS TREE COUNTS!, had only been out a few months at that time, and the phrase “Bees Count!” stuck with me and I started writing a draft right away.

•               I know THESE BEES COUNT is a picture book. But do you consider it to be fiction or non fiction?

THESE BEES COUNT! is a fictional and non-fiction counting picture book suitable for kids from kindergarten to fourth grade. There are talking bees in my book and a fictional group of school children visiting a bee farm, but every bee fact mentioned in the book and the “The Buzz on Bees” end notes are fully researched and fact-checked with several apiarists (bee experts).

•               Who is your illustrator?

Sarah Snow is the fabulous illustrator for THESE BEES COUNT! She’s done a great job capturing the beauty of the bee farm and you can almost hear the buzzing when you turn the pages of the book. She uses collage and paint so the art has texture and seems to pop in each scene. Sarah illustrated THIS TREE COUNTS! and will illustrate my next book out in 2013, THESE SEAS COUNT!

•               Which formats is it available?

THESE BEES COUNT! is now available in hardback, and I hope that it will be available in other formats (paperback/e-book) and languages soon, as has happened with THIS TREE COUNTS!

•               Can you tell us a little about your road to publication

I had experience writing for various magazines and newspapers such as The Writer, Parenting, and The New York Times, but I really wanted to get my fiction in print. In 2008, I attended an SCBWI conference where an editor from Albert Whitman & Company spoke on a panel about writing picture book. I submitted two stories which were rejected, but in each letter, the editor gave me promising feedback and mentioned that they were seeking nature stories. I had a very short 200 word story ready about a tree and the third submission time was the charm in this case. THIS TREE COUNTS! became my first published picture book.

•               Do you have a marketing plan?

As any author knows your publishing house can only do so much for your book. I’m part of the KidLit Authors Club, a regional promotion group, and I actively seek out libraries, bookstores, and festivals to share my book. And schools! My book is geared for the school market, so one of my favorite activities is visiting schools and sharing my books.

•               Any advice you want to share with our readers who have a manuscript ready?

Don’t rush. Sure, it’s possible to write a book in a week, but revise, revise, revise, as long as it takes to get your story in great publishing shape. And always think before you submit a query. Do your research to find the agent or editor that might be most interested in your type of writing.

 

 

 

Alison Formento grew up in Arkansas and now writes and lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, a dog, and a few fish. Learn more about Alison at alisonashleyformento.com.

September 21, 2011

Rae Carson Interview by Leah Cypess

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For an inspiring interview with Rae Carson, author of Girl of Fire and Thorns, please, go to http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/102704.html

September 14, 2011

Interview with Ellen Jensen Abbott

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

Today I interviewed YA fantasy author Ellen Jensen Abbott at the Enchanted Inkpot blog site.

The Centaur’s Daughter, Ellen’s sequel to her debut novel Watersmeet, came out this September.

Both novels take place in a fantasy world where centaurs and other mythological creatures live not so harmoniously, side by side with humans.

During the interview, Ellen discusses how she came to create this fascinating world.

A hint: Her inspiration? Narnia, Tolkien and spiced Latte!

Hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did.

Click here to read the interview: http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/102269.html

April 24, 2011

Two Moon Princess Blog Tour – 4

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

In this, the final week of the TWO MOON PRINCESS blog tour, please visit the following websites.

Monday, April 25: Nicole at Books Complete Me (Character Tweets)
Tuesday, April 26: Kate at The Neverending Shelf (Author Interview)
Wednesday, April 27: Diana at Books By Their Story (Review)
Thursday, April 28: Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (Tens List)
Friday, April 29: Emily at Emily’s Reading Room (This or That List: Julian)
Saturday, April 30: Amy at Reading Teen (Review)

Thank you for all the wonderful bloggers that had me over and special thanks to Kari for organizing this awesome tour.


April 10, 2011

Two Moon Princess Book Blog Tour

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Welcome to the second week in the Two Moon Princess book blog tour.

Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/

Sunday, April 10: Diana at Books By Their Story (When I’m Not Writing) http://booksbytheirstory.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 11: Michelle at See Michelle Read (Author Interview) http://seemichelleread.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, April 12: Page at One Book At A Time (Review) http://onebooktime.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, April 13: Gail at Ticket To Anywhere (This or That List: Carmen) http://www.tickettoanywhere.net
Thursday, April 14: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Tens List) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/
Friday, April 15: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Review) http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com
Saturday, April 16: Page at One Book At A Time (Cover Interview) http://onebooktime.blogspot.com/

April 2, 2011

Welcome to Two Moon Princess Blog Tour

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For an author, Virtual Book Tours have the best of both worlds. You get to meet lots of interesting people and talk about your book, yet you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.

Thanks to Kari, the blog tour for my YA fantasy TWO MOON PRINCESS (Tanglewood Press) starts this Monday April 4 with Amber Clark’s pageturnersblog.com and continued daily until April 30.

The schedule for this first week is as follow:

Monday, April 4: Amber Clark (Teenage Garage Sale)          www.pageturnersblog.com

Tuesday, April 5: Lexie (Character Interview: Andrea)     http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 6: Melissa(Review)                                    http://bookgirl-mel.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 7: Britta (Tens List)                                           www.ilikethesebooks.blogspot.com

Friday, April 8: Amy-RT (Author Interview)                           http://ReadingTeen.net/

Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/

As specified above, each blogger will post either a review of Two Moon Princess, a guest post about a specific subject she requested from me, or an interview with the author (that would be me).

I was amazed at the imagination displayed by these wonderful bloggers in their choice of questions and blog subject matters. I hope my answers do them justice.

Please stop by at any time, and leave your comments.

March 6, 2011

Favorite books

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

Tired of authors talking about themselves?

You may like, then, Joyce DiPastena’s interviews. They center on the books the authors have read and loved. A refreshing approach.

See at http://jdp-news.blogspot.com/2011/03/get-to-know-author-carmen-ferreiro.html

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