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Carmen DeSousa

Published September 7, 2012 by paulandpaulasbooks

While Carmen DeSousa does not write “Christian” books, she does share her characters’ Christian beliefs. Her characters are real people who come with real flaws; no perfect people allowed.

She characterizes her stories as modern-day fairy tales, as they are overflowing with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.

Both of her published novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, releases September 2012.

What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

I love being able to create characters that reach into a reader’s soul, making them feel as if they are living and breathing individuals.

What genre(s) do you write?

Romantic-Suspense. I characterize my stories as modern-day fairy tales, as they are overflowing with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Ending it. I fall in love with my characters and don’t want to let them go. I end up having to trim away scenes, so my stories won’t be too long.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A pantser without a doubt. Even when I write a whodunit, I’m not sure who did it until the end.

Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

For years, I watched as writers felt in order to tell a story they had to shock their readers with graphic scenes. My goal is to take you to the precipice in all areas of my writing. My stories do have violence and sex as they are a part of life, but I leave the best parts to your imagination, as I believe most readers have marvelous imaginations. That’s why they read.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

Above all, love and hope. My stories are about overcoming adversity and finding a way to live again.

How long have you been a writer?

My entire life, but I decided to seek publication in 2010.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

Approximately eighteen months.

What other careers have you had?

Sales and marketing for fifteen years. Editing ten years.

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

Yes, but I won’t tell you which book or characters.

What books or authors have most influenced your life?

Sidney Sheldon
Iris Johansen
Nicholas Sparks
Jaime Rush

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

Shocked the heck out of the ones I told. I kept it a secret for two years until I decided to publish. Yep, even my husband didn’t know.

Where are you from?

I’m a Florida native.

How do you come up with the titles?

Usually from a line in the novel that best describes the story.

Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

Not really. I’m still me.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?

Multi-task without a doubt. I have three in the stage of editing at the moment, and I’m writing two.

When not writing, how do you relax?

Is this a rhetorical question? Read, of course.

Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.

I have two follow up novels my readers might be interested in:

Split Decisions is the follow up to She Belongs to Me

When Noonday Ends is the follow up to Land of the Noonday Sun

Love Like Crazy is my first young adult, which I believe adult readers will still enjoy.

Please share any links you would like listed in the Interview.


Pen Name: Carmen DeSousa

Book Title: Entangled Dreams

Book description

When Alexandra Nicole was eight, she thought she was a princess in a fairytale. But after a tragic accident shatters her magical life, she finds herself in a cold and heartless reality.

As an adult, she once again faces harsh truths and decides to take control of her destiny. Unfortunately, choices have a way of entangling her dreams and pushing her down a dark and dismal path.

Alexandra must trust her instincts to escape danger, but be able to surrender all to find her happily ever after. Knowing how to decipher the difference, will be her toughest challenge.

Paula Shene Interviews Billy Bob Buttons

Published August 1, 2012 by paulandpaulasbooks

Billy Bob Buttons came crashing into my life via a Facebook request for friendship. Not long after accepting, I was invited to read a bit of his new book, a YA adventure.
To my dismay, I landed in the midst of a squeamish, soon looking to see if there might be a weapon I would be able to use for the cause of the side into which I had been plopped. I am not a proponent of war, nor do I enjoy reading or watching battle scenes, real or reel, but… I was instantly captivated by the reality, the intensity and the almost instant bonding of myself, the reader, and Tor, the character.

Billie Bob Buttons {Edward Trayer} is a husband, father of three, and Secondary School English Teacher.

From his profile on Facebook ~

Billy Bob Buttons (Edward Trayer) is from Earth, the third planet from the sun in a small galaxy called the Milky Way. Subsequently, he is called ‘Earthling’. He is ‘normal’ in many ways – for example, he enjoys chocolate. Note, any earthling suspected of not liking chocolate cannot be trusted and must be exterminated.

Having observed this human from our ship, the following has been noted: He is 14,235 earth days old and plays a sport called ‘tennis’ a lot, in which he hits a fuzzy green ball over a net and shouts, ‘Love 15’. Note, who are the 15? And why is he in love with them? He is also very popular and has 7,745,121 friends. They all live together in a place called ‘London’.

He has two matching baby earthlings called, ‘No! No! Stop chewing on that electric cable!’ and, ‘There’s no way she needs a nappy change! Is there?!’ He also has a baby boy and a mate called ‘Sorry, Darling’ who seems vastly more intelligent and is the ruler of the dwelling. Finally, he spends lots of earth hours thumping two fingers on the keys of a primitive computer.

What inspired you to write?

When you’re young, everybody tells you what to do. And when you’re older… Everybody tells you what to do. But when I write, I decide what happens to the characters in my book. I decide if my hero turns left or right, gets to eat chocolate cake or gets eaten by a dragon. I decide, and I think that’s a pretty wonderful feeling. That is why I write.

Do you have anyone you show manuscripts to and get advice from or are you a loner doing it all yourself?

Everybody, anybody who will read it. My wife, usually two editors, a school teacher I know, even the postman if he’s got time. I don’t always listen to every word they say, but usually a fresh set of eyes can see errors I no longer can.

What genre do you normally write in? Also, is there a genre you’ve always wanted to write in, but don’t feel you could pull it off?

I only write books for children and young adults, usually adventure or fantasy adventure with a touch of mystery thrown in. I don’t plan to write for adults; I don’t have anything to say to them.

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?

Elements of people I know get put in my characters but all mixed up. I never base a character totally on a person I meet or know.

What advice would you give to someone who was just starting off in writing?

Don’t rush it. Don’t jump helter skelter into self publishing. Spend years on your first manuscript; get it right. Then, when you think it is perfect, spend another year on it. Get help from anybody who offers it. And, if nobody offers, beg! A lot.

Do your stories tend to have morals, or specific messages, included within them?

There is the odd moral floating around in my books, but I try not to rub it in my readers’ faces.

This question was posed by a fellow author, and I loved it so much I decided to throw it into the mix ~ Oh no! One of your characters has escaped. Luckily, I have caught them! I will interrogate them with the help of a lie detector. Welcome!Take a seat, make yourself comfortable. You will be returning to your book once this is over. What’s your name, where are you from and what is your role in the book?

My name is Tor. Just, Tor. I love crackers with Chévre cheese and red wine but only if it’s room temperature. I hate turnips, I’m claustrophobic, and I’m allergic to cats…
…oh, and I’m a major and a mercenary temporarily in the employ of the French army, my job… to shoot Germans.

Tell us why we would enjoy reading your books

ADVENTURE! Non-stop, adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Billy Bob Buttons
Author of Felicity Brady and the Wizard’s Bookshop, The Gullfoss Legends and UK People’s Book Prize runner-up, TOR Assassin Hunter.

Edward Trayer, writing under the pen name Billy Bob Buttons is the author of the much-loved ‘Felicity Brady and the Wizard’s Bookshop’ ‘The Gullfoss Legends’ and ‘TOR Assassin Hunter’.
His next book ‘TOR Wolf Rising’ is COMING SOON!
He is also the organiser of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Links: Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards {UK}