Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Meet Carole Ann Moleti Cross-genre Romance Writer

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with No comments
Carole, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Carole Ann Moleti and I live in New York City. I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance as well as non-fiction and memoir.

Growing up, my favorite books were classics like Black Beauty, Nancy Drew Mysteries, and the Bobbsey Twins. I also loved the Whitman Westerns and science fiction, including The Andromeda Strain and The Arm of the Starfish. Once I got older, my grandmother would give me hand me down romance novels. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy began my love affair with fantasy, and the Harry Potter series turned me into fanatic for urban fantasy and paranormal romance. So, I read everything and writing cross-genre stories is the result.
We've read a lot of the same books.

Breakwater Beach, Book 1 in the Unfinished Business Series came out April 13.
More about this a little further down.

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
I had been working on the Unfinished Business series for ten years. When Deborah Gilbert at Soulmate emailed that she loved it, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

If it isn’t too nosy. How about the first time you kissed your true love?
It was an awkward and sweet moment - while buying hot dogs at a NY Mets game. 

Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?

That’s pretty easy. I write paranormal and urban fantasy. My favorite hero and heroines are in the Harry Potter series. Hermione is smart, brave and loyal. The Weasley brothers have a fantastic sense of humor. Harry rises above all his tragedies. My absolute favorite character is Molly Weasley. I’d love to have her sense of humor and magical skills.
Oh. me too!!!
I guess that makes JK Rowling my favorite- for world building. I love Neil Gaiman for his bold, elegant, and innovative style.

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
Holding the print copies of my first novel edged out winning the Oasis Journal prize for Creative Nonfiction in 2009.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
Taking ballet class. I could dance all day if my feet and knees could hold up.
That's terrific. I took dance again for a while when I was in my forties. Patsy Swayze was teaching. I called her on her 84th birthday, She had macular degeneration and was limited in her driving, but she was still teaching dance and, she said. "I can still dance the hell out of my kids." Keep it up.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
I write something else. Or I go outside and garden or take a ballet class.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Take classes, online or in person. Hone your craft. Every single class I’ve taken teaches me something new.

What genre or genres do you write?
Besides paranormal and urban fantasy, I write memoir and creative nonfiction.

Tell us about Breakwater Beach.
It's the prequel to The Widow's Walk, and part of the Unfinished Business series of Cape Cod paranormal romances. I grew up on the waterfront around boats and learned to fish, swim, and sail. My family spent time just about every summer on Cape Cod. In all of the Unfinished Business series novels, the seaside setting is one of the main characters.

In Breakwater Beach, Liz is trying to recover from the untimely death of her husband. She attributes the visits of a dream lover to grief, but when she moves into the dilapidated Victorian in the historic sea captains' town of Brewster, the dream becomes very real, jeopardizing her chances at a new life—and a new love. In The Widow's Walk, Liz and the new man in her life struggle to escape the ghosts from their past lives.
BLURB – Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?

Mike tipped his hand in salute and went out to his truck. “Morning,” he said to Mae who was getting out of her van.
“Good morning’ to ya, too,” she replied, looking at him askance. “Come along, lassies, still plenty to do.”
Mae looked at Liz standing in the doorway wearing Mike’s sweatshirt. Her eyes traveled from Liz’s hair, still damp and caked with mud and sand, all the way down to her bare feet.
“Ehh . . . a change in plans, girls. We’ll start downstairs today. First, polish the woodwork and then clean all the fixtures. Then upstairs, after the missus has time to get dressed.”
Mae herded them out of the foyer then followed Liz upstairs, smiling like she was about to solve the crime of the century. “From the looks of ya, that was one wild night on the beach. Now ya best be hoppin’ into the tub after passin’ me the nightie. I’ll soak it and get that mud out before it’s ruined. I’ll freshen the big guy’s sweatshirt, too.”
“It was nothing like that, Mae.” Liz couldn’t bear the thought of having to explain this to another person she knew from another life.

“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not passin’ any judgment. To be honest, I’m relieved. Ya took my advice. There’s nothin’ wrong with livin’, Liz.” 
Sounds great. Love the excerpt.

All subscribers to my newsletter will receive a free PDF of Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, which has a preview (hint, it's a spoiler). http://eepurl.com/bfNver

The Widow’s Walk, Book 2 came out first in 2014.
Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?

What’s your current WIP?
I am finishing up the third book in the Unfinished Business Series, Storm Watch.
I’m also researching the second book in the Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams Series.
Bad spells. Sounds great!

And finally, where can we find you?
My website has dedicated pages for the Unfinished Business Series books. I also have a page for my urban fantasy shorts, which are mostly excerpts from Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams.

I haven’t gotten around to creating a page for my non-fiction, but one of my memoir pieces is in the Shifts Anthology, which has won some very prestigious awards.
All my fiction and non-fiction is listed on my Amazon Author Page. http://amzn.to/23KBru8

Thank you for being here, Carole. Carole is giving away an ebook copy of The Widow’s Walk. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Happy reading and Happy week to all of you.

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