Interview1. What flavor is your writing?
I write what I read. Books that mix genres, with plenty of humor hits.
2. If Guarded was made into a movie, who would you cast to play the characters?
Ivy, my main character, would be played by someone with the comic timing of Drew Barrymore, the intensity and sass of Jessica Alba, and the sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit. Florian, her charming side-kick, already lives inside Matt Bomer. Waylon would be done proud by Colin Farrell or Hugh Jackman, Parker would look good on Chris O'Donnell, and I can see Jonny Lee Miller or Jesse Williams giving us an excellent Greg.
As an aside, this started off as a difficult question. Now I'm kind of bummed that this movie is never going to happen.
3. What is your favorite scene in Guarded?
My writing partner would pick a funny scene, but the exchange that resonates most with me happens almost at the end, when Ivy leaves. A single look says so much more than words can.
4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?
I recently compiled a collection of first chapters by nearly a dozen great authors of the paranormal genre. Many of these books have made it onto my tbr pile, with the awesomely witty Margo Bond Collins leading the pack.
5. What are you working on now?
My next project is the sequel to Guarded. Florian (Matt Bomer) takes the lead this time, and he's a complicated character. He's all charm and wit on the outside, but inside he's scared of not being accepted for who he truly is. What makes writing him so challenging is that he's not an alpha male, at least not at first. Some might see this book as a departure from Guarded, but his and Ivy's stories are not dissimilar.
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For help, she must put her faith in others. A human, who might just be the one. A demon, who will, for a price, open the doors to her heritage. And a werewolf, who wants to protect her from herself.
Torn between these men, Ivy must tread carefully, because one wants her heart, one wants her body, and one wants her dead.
Guarded is available at Amazon.
ExcerptParker placed both elbows on the table, rested his chin on one hand and regarded me for a moment. “So, Ivy. A P.I., eh?” He smacked his lips. “Don’t take this the wrong way, but you don’t exactly look like Philip Marlowe.”
“Your point being?” I squinted.
“You’re tiny. I mean, I’m sure you can take care of yourself. What if you need to overpower a 200-pound man, though? Do you at least know how to shoot your gun?”
“Shoot?” I scrunched my nose. “Yes. Aim and hit the target? Not so much. The last guy who made fun of my size still walks with a limp.”
“See, you hit one target right.” His eyes glinted.
I lifted my gaze. “I was aiming for his groin.” I squished my cupcake and shook my head. “No, I don’t carry a gun. And believe it or not, my size is an advantage. If you were an unfaithful husband and I followed you to a bar, trust me, I’d go unnoticed among the usual throng of people.”
Parker’s grin turned mischievous. “Well, Veronica Mars, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I’d notice you.” He sipped his coffee. “If I was an unfaithful husband, that is.”
About the Author
Carmen lives in the south of England with her beloved tea maker and a stuffed sheep called Fergus. An avid reader since childhood, she caught the writing bug when her Nana asked her to write a story. She also has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and speaks native-level German and fluent Geek. Her preferred niches of geekdom are tabletop games, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.
She writes about smart women with sassitude, about pretty cool guys too, and will chase that plot twist, no matter how elusive.
Expect to be kept guessing.