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Over to Carla now as she answers some questions...
Who is Carla Caruso?
Good question haha! I’m a freelance journalist and author from Adelaide, Australia (though I lived in Sydney recently for three years). I’m also a star sign junkie, fashion lover, semi-health nut, middle child, and wife.
What inspired you to be a writer?
It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be. I’m one of those annoying people! I used to love dictating long stories to my teachers to note down at kindy and would hand-write hundred-page yarns in my school holidays… what a nerd! My mum would always take us to the library to borrow books, too – and I’m still an addict. When I was young, I used to love Enid Blyton, Sweet Valley, The Baby-sitters Club, and Judy Blume.
How did you chose your genre?
It chose me, I think! I’ve always been partial to romantic comedy films and my “comfort books” are humorous, chick-lit-style tales from the likes of Sophie Kinsella and Maggie Alderson. Plus, having worked in magazine and feature writing, my fiction gear tends to have the same lighter, conversational tone.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
I think it was hitting my thirties and looking at where I’ve wound up in life to date. Was it where I expected? Not entirely. Could I have taken some different paths? Probably. But sometimes when things don’t go according to plan, they work out even better – as clichéd as it sounds. In Second Chance, Flora Brunelli is full of regrets on the night of her 36th birthday. The celebrations have turned sour and she wishes she could be 20 again. Then she finds herself zapped back to the summer of 1998. For Flora, this is a chance to change her future: win back the love of her life, stay friends with her former best mate and succeed in landing her dream job.
How did you come up with the title?
I actually had the working title of Back to the Nineties, inspired by the Back to the Future trilogy. My editor came up with the final title, which I think is much catchier and is actually a term that features throughout the book funnily.
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Today Carla would be giving away one eCopy of her Second Chance to one lucky commenter!