Stop the Presses and Meet Bécquer (Immortal Love)

 

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

 

 

September 17 has  arrived and Immortal Love is finally on sale.

To celebrate let’s meet Becquer.

Let’s see him through Carla’s eyes as he insinuates himself into her life teasing her with his old-fashioned manners and good looks, before disappearing in a blur of blue.

 Carla Meets Bécquer

Bécquer came back sooner than I expected and set the espresso in front of me: a small cup on a saucer, the European way. I thanked him for the coffee and for the fact that he had brought me a real cup. How did he know, I wondered, that I missed the Spanish cafés and the coffee served like this, in white porcelain cups? Maybe he missed them, too, and he had guessed.

How strange the little things I remembered from my old life, the one I gave up when I followed my ex-husband to the States. I shook my head to get rid of the memories, and sipped my coffee.

Bécquer stared at me.

“I loved your story,” he said, when I put the cup down.

Bécquer at the Halloween Party. Dressed as Dorian Gray

Despite the fury that burned inside me, my breath caught in my chest, for he was a vision of beauty in his three piece black suit, the jacket open to reveal a white shirt, a red vest, a white rosebud caught in its lapel. His black hair, slightly longer than fashionable, came almost to his shoulders, framing his handsome face that, even now flustered in anger, had the beauty of a Michelangelo statue come to life.

In a swift movement, Bécquer was by my side. “How much have you heard?” he asked, a trace of irritation in his voice.

Bécquer drives away

Outside the window, coming down Main, a blue BMW convertible waited at the light. As I watched, the roof rolled back and the sun poured inside the car, on the black hair and pale skin of the man who claimed to be Bécquer. I held my breath, afraid that he would burst into flames. Across the distance, Bécquer smiled and, in my head, I heard his laughter, a clear laughter of childish joy. Before I could react, the light turned green and, with a slight movement of his hand, he shifted gears and disappeared in a blur of blue.

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban lives in Bucks County, PA where she works as a freelance writer, editor and translator.

You can visit her at her website or at her blog Dare to Read.

and purchase Immortal Love at Amazon.com

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.