Meet Lady in Red: Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

 

Hello everybody,

I am so excited to be here today sharing my background and my love of writing with you.

Let’s start at the beginning:

My name is Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban and I’m a writer. I have published a YA fantasy, Two Moon Princess in 2007/2010 with Tanglewood Press. Immortal Love, my paranormal romance about an author whose agent turns out to be an immortal Spanish poet will be available on September 17 through Crimson Romance.

The above paraphrasing of the AA introduction is not a coincidence. For me writing is an addiction, both a gift and a curse. And I couldn’t live without it.

As for my name, Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is my given name.

Ferreiro is my father’s family name. Esteban my mother’s. And I use them both as it’s the custom in Spain, my home country, for men and women. Even if a woman marries, she keeps her family name.

Here is my story:

Single, married, divorced, widowed?

I’m divorced. Happily ever after didn’t work for me in real life. Maybe that’s why I love happy endings in my fictional worlds.

Living Where?

Bucks County in Eastern Pennsylvania. A beautiful area close to the Delaware River where Pearl S. Buck and James Michener once lived.

Tell us about your family and where you live.

My first family (parents, sister, nephew) live in Spain. My two children and I, in the States.

And yes, I do get homesick some times.

Doing what, other than writing?

I am a freelance writer and translator (English<>Spanish). I also do manuscript evaluation and editing, my emphasis being in helping writers outline their stories and create vivid characters and compelling plots. If interested, you can learn all about this other passion of mine at http://www.writeeditpublish.com/

One—just one—physical characteristic:

I wear glasses. Have since I was a teen.

What’s your secret passion?

Writing. And yes it’s a secret. For the non initiated, writing is a hobby. They don’t get the passion part.

Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My accent. Sean Connery once said that his accent was part of him, part of his identity, or something to that effect. I agree.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

In Galicia (Spain) where I grew up. It’s a beautiful land reminiscent of Ireland or Oregon.

Among other reasons because I love the ocean.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

Both.

My first novel, Two Moon Princess, takes place in a medieval kingdom that exists in a parallel world. A kingdom I shaped after Galicia in Spain, where I grew up and where I’d love to live.

My paranormal romance, Immortal Love, takes place in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where I live.

What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

Bad poetry to express the longing of an unrequited love. Don’t all teenagers do that?

Why do you write romance novels?

Good question. I’ll ask my psychologist and come back to you.

What else do you write?

I also write fantasy. But in my fantasy novels the love story is also an important driving force of the plot.

What one thing from Immortal Love did you take from personal experience?

The relationship of the protagonist with her teenage children. Obviously the circumstances are fictional but the struggles are all too real.

Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

My protagonist Carla is a single mother and writer in search of an agent. Yes I identify with her.

What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

The great Spanish poet Federico García Lorca is a secondary character in Immortal Love.

The first time my protagonist, Carla, meets him, they have this long conversation about his past. I love this exchange, but several beta readers advised me to cut it because it slowed down the action.

I think they are right and I did cut it. But it was a very difficult decision to make.

The best part about my writing life is:

I am a storyteller at heart. I love to make up stories.

Also, I love those rare moments when the story click and the words flow unbidden as if somebody else was in my brain dictating them. And when I finish, I read what I had written and it works. Those moments are magical and make all the other times when I painfully struggle in the dark worthwhile.

The worst part about my writing life is:

Doing the marketing. I’m an introvert. I think most writers are because to create our stories we must spend a lot of time inside our minds talking with people that do not exist. Getting out there to tell everybody how great my book is is a challenge.

Give us a hint about  the book you’re currently working on.

Bécquer, the protagonist of Immortal Love, is a fictionalized version of the Spanish poet, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.

Before writing Immortal Love, I did a lot of research about the real Bécquer and his time. Then I intertwined the paranormal elements with these known facts, to create my character. I’m still playing in my mind with this story, the story of Bécquer’s coming of age in nineteenth century Spain and the events that caused his becoming immortal. I hope to start writing it down soon.

Immortal Love will be on sale on September 17, until then you can follow the last news at my Facebook Page and/or visit me at my website.

For preorder, please go to: Amazon: Immortal Love

Also available in Spanish as paperback upon request and as an ebook at Becquer eterno.

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24 Comments

  1. Carmen,
    Nice interview! Romance, fantasy…comedy, action. I can only think of a rare few that have no romance. Rock on and good luck with Immortal Love!
    -R.T.
    Black Creek Burning, September 24

  2. From Becquer:
    “What is poetry? -say while you nail in my pupil your blue pupil.
    What is poetry? And you ask me?
    Poetry … are you.”

    Congratulations from Spain, Carmen 😉

    PS: sorry for the translation.

  3. First, let me say that your book cover is over-the-top gorgeous! I’ve been on an Adriana Trigiani kick lately because of the Italian setting, and I’m about ready to segue to Spain, so your book is timely for me. Best of luck, Carmen. The premise of Immortal Love sounds right up my alley

    • Thank you Susan. I must warn you that although the protagonists are Spanish, the story takes place in Bucks County, PA.

  4. So wonderful to learn more about you! Congrats on ‘Immortal Love’.

  5. Very lovely cover, both of them! I would be terribly homesick with such a beautiful homeland, but Pennsylvania is lovely too. Best of luck with Immortal Love.

  6. Hi, Carmen! Thanks for giving us a little peek into your life! Best of luck with your books!

    • Hi Kristina,

      Thank you for your good wishes and also for giving me the opportunity to write this post.

  7. I sooo love the cover of your book. And the premise is very intriguing, I’m so excited. My husband grew up in Chester County about forty miles from you and he ended up in Montana. Guess some people are born movers and shakers! Congratulations Carmen and best of luck!!

  8. Wonderful post, Carmen. It is so nice to ‘meet’ you! I was particularly struck by your comments about cutting the scene between Carla and Federico García Lorca. Have you ever considered putting it on your website, for your fans to read? It might be a way of bringing that scene “back to life.” Best of luck with IMMORTAL LOVE!

    • Thank you Deborah.
      I sent an edited version of my cut scene to a short story contest. But as soon as the contest ends, I will follow your suggestion and publish it on my website. What a great idea!

  9. I must agree with the others. The cover of IMMORTAL LOVE is beautiful and I love the color and design of the mask. It’s very nice to get to know a wee bit more about you, Carmen. Best wishes with your book!

  10. I love the cover of IMMORTAL LOVE. Congratulations on your release. I’ve visited Spain but never been to Galacia – it sounds wonderful.

  11. Nice interview, Carmen! I liked your clever and unusual answers. I, too, am in love with your cover. Who can resist the pull of the mask? And it also gives that little hint of paranormal. I right with you on the struggles of raising teen-aged kids; I have four of them right now! We should compare notes. Good luck with all your writing and editing endeavors.

    • M.J. Thank you so much for your comments. You have four teens? Oh my. For me two was/is a handful. Definitely we should swap stories. I’m sure there is another book there.

  12. Growing up in the Philly suburbs, I always loved Sunday car rides to Bucks County. Such a pretty place. Will look forward to reading about it in your book. You have the most beautiful cover. I love masks and make glass ones when I’m not writing.

  13. Hi Peggy, I hope you recognize Bucks County in my book.
    I’m impressed that you make glass masks. I love masks too and would love to see yours.


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