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A Conversation with Mary Carter, author of THREE MONTHS IN FLORENCE




Mary Carter 2Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist.  Three Months in Florence is her seventh novel. Her other works include:  The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged.  In addition to her novels she has written three novellas: A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home.

Mary is working on two more novellas for winter and summer of 2014, as well as her eighth novel.

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About the Book:

Three Months in FlorenceLena Wallace was supposed to go to Italy on her honeymoon. That was sixteen years ago. Instead, she settles for cooking Spaghetti Bolognese for her two children while her husband, Alex, is on yet another business trip to Florence without her. Lena deals with his absences in the same stoic way she deals with all her responsibilities. And then comes the call that changes everything–the one from Alex’s Italian mistress.

Stunned and heartsick, Lena flies to Florence to confront Alex. The city is every bit as beautiful as she imagined, from its glittering fountains and cafés to the golden sunsets over rolling hills. But the further she goes to salvage her marriage, the less Lena recognizes herself–or the husband she’s trying to win back. Instead, she’s catching glimpses of the person she once hoped to be and the life and family she truly wants. Most of all, she’s wondering if the real journey is only just beginning. . .

In a novel as warm and vibrant as its rich Italian setting, author Mary Carter explores the intricacies of marriage, the ways love can both liberate and confine, and the journey to happiness that begins with one surprising step. . .

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Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Mary.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I am currently working on my 8th soon-to-be published novel.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I went with a traditional publisher. Mostly because they went with me.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

It took four months for my agent to find a publisher, and then it takes about a year for the book to come out.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

It was a thrilling feeling. I was walking along Lake Union in Seattle, looked up and saw a double rainbow. I probably celebrated by making phone calls to family members.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

With my first book I was naïve and didn’t do anything. With my second book, I hired a publicist. It was a lot of money. In retrospect I wouldn’t have spent that much.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

With each book I try to get better at some element of craft. I am better at weeding out backstory, developing the character’s goals, and building conflict.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

They are definitely a business. Their first priority is selling books. It’s good to keep this in mind when it comes to the marketing and the cover.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Practicing your craft.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?



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