Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Introducing Carina Press Author Mary Campisi!
1) I'll start with the most important question: What's your favorite chocolate?
Hmmm. That’s a two part question. I’d say Godiva dark chocolate truffles, but don’t think I’ll turn down other chocolate! I like dark chocolate because I can kid myself and say it’s good for me, thereby rationalizing overindulgence. My all time favorite chocolate are milk chocolate haystacks which are tiny mounds of milk chocolate and coconut rolled together. My mom used to buy me a box at Easter and I have been known to polish it off in 3 days…or less.
2) Okay, you had me at Godiva. Moving on...When did you realize you wanted to become a writer? Was there a defining moment? How long have you been writing?
Interesting question. I loved the written word from the time I could read and loved to recite poems. I stood in front of my second grade glass and recited Joyce Kilmer’s poem, ‘Trees’. Loved that poem. Unfortunately, by fourth grade, my friend and I were begging the teacher to let us sing ‘Teen Angel’ in front of the class. Lucky them. She actually let us- can you tell I’m from a small town?! In school, I mostly wrote essays and read the old literary big hitters; Tolstoy, Dreiser, Wharton, Steinbeck. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second daughter and had to slow down and put myself in cocoon mode, (I had placenta previa at twelve weeks and almost lost her), that I started reading romance. Voraciously. Judith McNaught, Janet Dailey, Julie Garwood. I couldn’t get enough of them and anyone else the librarian would recommend. I started writing when I was going through a painful divorce. With three small children I couldn’t afford therapy and at night, after I’d put them to bed, I sat at the old 286 computer and wrote a love story where I could control what happened. There was amazing power in that. It was a Regency historical – single spaced!- can you imagine?! Half way through, I got on with my life and put the old 5 ¼ floppy disk away. Years later, I’d remarried and we were unpacking our new house. I found the old diskette while searching for the PAC man for the kids and there was my story! Right that day I knew I wanted to finish it and many more. That was thirteen years ago.
3) What was the inspiration behind your current novel, THE SWEETEST DEAL? Did the idea come to you in a dream? At a restaurant? Where?
There was no dream involved in this story. It was called, an editor is sitting at your table, are you really going to let the night pass without asking her to look at your work? It was our chapter’s annual conference and I’d been invited to the Friday night dinner. I’m not a pushy person but when the opportunity arose, I asked if she’d like to see my work. She was interested. Problem was, I didn’t write what she bought. That did not deter me. I ran back to the hotel room that night and spent an hour jotting notes while my roommate tried to sleep. That was the beginning of THE SWEETEST DEAL. I came up with the cookie concept because, well, I like cookies, and chocolate, and I thought it would be intriguing to tie them into a story. In the end, the book didn’t fit that editor’s needs, but she had a few good suggestions on where it might fit….
4) So, if you were stranded on a deserted island, what book couldn't you live without and why?
That’s a tricky question with more than one answer, but I think I’d like the Webster’s New College Dictionary. That way, I could improve my vocabulary and let new words spark my imagination so when I got off the island, I’d be bursting with bestseller ideas!
5) What do you do for fun when you're not writing?
Hack away, transplant, and care for my overgrown perennials. Walk with, talk with, and sing to my faithful rescue lab mix, Cooper, who can hear the snap of a banana from across the room. Ride on the back of my hero husband’s Electra Glide Classic. Read. Read. Chit chat on the phone with my kids, my mom, my sister, my brothers. Watch the following shows, not in order of importance – Mad Men, Dexter, The Big Bang Theory.
Thanks, Mary! Best of luck with THE SWEETEST DEAL. If anyone has any questions for Mary, please ask away! She'll be here all day.
Here's a little bit more about Mary's novel:
Max Jernigan will close the most important business deal of his life – if he agrees to impregnate the business mogul’s daughter.
C.C. Crowell gave up on dreams of a family long ago and is more than a little suspicious of Max’s advances and then she learns about the deal and plans to pay Max back in kind….
To learn more about THE SWEETEST DEAL, click here.