Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview + Review: Carol Tibaldi

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today's feature is part of a tour through Chick Lit Plus, and it features author Carol Tibaldi. I've been able to interview Carol, so let's go ahead and get the fun started! 

Hi Carol, welcome to Storm Goddess Book Reviews!

tell me about yourself, and your writing.
I worked as a crime reporter for several years until I decided I wanted to try writing novels. I live in New York and am divorced.
How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?
I wrote my first short story when I was eight or nine years old. Willow Pond is my first published novel, though I have a couple of others that are just collecting dust. Maybe I’ll take them out some day and see if they’re worth salvaging.
Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?
My favorite genre is historical fiction or historical mystery, but the novel I’m working on now is a contemporary romance so obviously I write in different genres
Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?
I’m a plotter. I like to have the plot thought out and developed pretty well and I like to know who the characters are and what their part in the novel is going to be. That doesn’t mean there might not be changes, though not to the basic plot.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
I’m a night person so I write at night. I know a lot of writers write in the morning, but I’m not a morning person.
Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?
My favorite books are the Great Gatsby and the Lovely Bones. Right now I’m reading Carry the One by Carol Anshaw and enjoying it very much. I have pretty eclectic taste and just get  into a story without paying much attention to genres.
What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?
I would like each successive novel to be more successful that the one before and maybe one day one of them will be a best seller.
If you could have one  paranormal ability, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to time travel. It’s always been something that fascinated me.

Tell us a little about your latest release.
Willow Pond is set during prohibition and is about the kidnapping of a little boy and how his family struggles to bring him home.
What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members)
I couldn’t live without great books and movies. Love and sunshine and the water. Good friends too and traveling to new places.
Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?
I don’t think I could.
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?
That’s a hard question because I really can’t just pick one person. Maybe I would have wanted to be in the Texas School book depository to see if Oswald really assassinated President Kennedy.
What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?
I love to travel, but don’t get to do nearly as much of it as I would like to. I also like to shop and hang out with friends.
If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?
I’d pick my novel Willow Pond. Yes, it would be my dream to see it made into a movie. If not that then
What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
I wish I could be a professional dancer.
Favorite color?
Weather: Hot or cold?
Neither. My favorite season is autumn.
Favorite place to read?
On my terrace.
Favorite meal
Anything involving pasta and seafood.
Favorite non-alcoholic drink.
I don’t really have one.
If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?
There isn’t any place on earth I wouldn’t like to see, but if I were to pick one place it might be Japan.

Carol Tibaldi was born and raised in Bayside, New York and attended Queens College of the City University of New York. She loves to travel and has lived in London and Los Angeles. For twenty five years she worked as a newspaper reporter and covered the crime beat. She is a history buff and loves to research different time periods having a special affinity of the prohibition era and the Civil War. Willow Pond is her first novel and she is hard at work on the sequel.

Connect with Carol!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/AthqHg
Amazon paperback: http://amzn.to/KOfH3w
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/cat5149
FB: http://on.fb.me/H9e2VW
Website: www.caroltibaldi.com
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/H595Aj

Willow Pond Blurb: The Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression. Bootlegging is flourishing. Virginia Kingsley, New York's most successful speakeasy owner, is queen of that castle. Rudy Strauss wants to help with her business. Virginia, wisely suspicious, refuses. He shifts his trademark toothpicks to the other side of his mouth and asks about her niece, Laura, and Laura’s nineteen-month-old son, Todd. Virginia warns him off, but Rudy is intrigued. Laura is movie star beautiful but it is her ex-husband, Phillip, who is an actor. Laura, a writer, is devastated when Todd’s nanny calls, hysterical, saying Laura’s son has been kidnapped.

1 comment:

  1. Willow Pond sounds like a very interesting story, not many books are set during the period of prohibition which I find an interesting time period. Good interview too.