Mary 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:
Lena 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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Would you call yourself a born writer?
Probably. At least I was by the age of four when I wrote my first short story: The Boy and the Mouse.
What was your inspiration for Three Months in Florence?
I had a chance to visit Italy two years ago on a whirlwind tour. When I came back I asked my editor if I could set a book in Florence. Once he said yes, I liked the idea of a wife going there to confront a mistress, and in a way deciding to step into her Italian life.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
Usually my characters are pretty flawed and searching for something better in life, probably just like me.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
I get a year per novel, but often waste a few months resting from the previous novel—so ten months is a good estimate.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I am not at all disciplined as far as sitting down at an exact time or place. I have worked freelance jobs throughout every one of my novels and simply have to write whenever I’m not working. So instead I tend to set word count goals depending on my deadline.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
It was challenging in that I only spent a few days in Florence and I would have loved to have spent an entire year. It was also challenging that Lena was in so much pain.
What do you love most about being an author?
When I have a complete first draft and it’s time to rewrite. Until then, I’m pretty much a mess. But once that first draft is done, it feels like play.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I am with a traditional publisher. I’m very happy with that decision, although I might self-publish something one day to see what it’s like. I queried agents first and my agent found the publisher.
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