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Carla Caruso talks about Second Chance and Giveaway!

We have author Carla Caruso Under The Spotlight and she will be giving away one eCopy of her SECOND CHANCE to one commenter!

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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.
 
Today Carla would be giving away one eCopy of her Second Chance to one lucky commenter!

21 comments:

  1. I think we've all wondered what we'd do differently or the same if given a second chance. Sounds like a fun read!

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  2. I love stories, especially romantic comedies, that take a character back in time to give her another opportunity to "get things right" and put things into perspective. "Second Chances" sounds like a real winner. Good luck to Carla.

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    1. Ta Susan! Glad you like rom-coms too

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  3. Great interview. Thank goodness for editors who can create catchy titles, right?

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    1. Yes, all hail the editors, Kelly :)

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  4. Congratulations on the release of 'Second Chance', Carla. I can't wait to read it! The idea of going back in time is so enticing. How would we change things?
    PS Don't out me in the draw. I've already got it in my TBR pile.

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    1. Thanks Louise! Lovely to hear from you

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  5. Congratulations on the release of "Second Chance" Carla. I think it's the first thing we do when we hit our 30's... wonder what it would be like if we could turn back time. You've answered the question perfectly in your fantabulous story, loved it!

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    1. Fantabulous back at you, TashNZ! :)

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  6. Oh, fun! The things we'd do differently if we could go back in time!

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    1. I know, Jennifer - makes you wonder hehe :)

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  7. I was a huge Judy Blume reader too.

    I think about going back in time. What would I change? I'm fearful I'll lose important things to get others. This premise resonates with me.

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    1. Another Judy Blume fan! Nice to hear from you, Theresa

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  8. I love BSC and Judy Blume!
    Also the idea of a second chance at adult life, just to see how it turns out... I started university in 1998!

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    1. I think I had deferred uni in '98! Seems so long ago, hey? :)

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  9. Funny that Carla wrote stories to her teachers. That's a dedicated writer. Since I just won one of your contests, let someone else win this one.

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  10. I practically lived at the library when I was young, too. My mom used to drop me off, go do all her errands, come back about 6 hours later, and I'd still protest I didn't want to go home yet!
    Great interview! :-)

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  11. Cool story. I'm in my thirties and think back to my twenties. I would do things differently, yet I know things happen for a reason.

    Great cover.

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  12. The book sounds fun, Carla! Great answers!

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