June 1, 2012

interview with the author of 'willow pond'

Blogger's Note: I am pleased to welcome Carol Tibaldi, author of Willow Pond, to Change the Word for an interview as part of her Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour. Thank you for joining us, Carol.

Read my review of Willow Pond here. Read an excerpt here.

Change the Word: How did you come up with the idea for Willow Pond?
Carol Tibaldi: The idea for Willow Pond developed through an interest in the Lindbergh kidnapping. I researched the case for several years and almost wrote a book about it, then decided not to. Though the idea for Willow Pond came from the Lindbergh kidnapping the two stories are much different. About the only thing they have in common is the age of the kidnapped children.

CTW: What was the most challenging aspect of writing Willow Pond, and how did you overcome it?
CT: I wanted to transport the reader to the prohibition era and that was the most difficult thing to do. It required a lot of research. .

CTW: What are your favorite historical books?
CT: My favorite book is the Great Gatsby. I’ve probably read it more than twenty times. I also love Gone with the Wind. The Civil War is also one of my favorite historical periods. Ragtime and the Grapes of Wrath are two more books I love.

CTW: As a fan of history, did you have to do much research for this book? If so, what did it involve?
CT: I read books about the time period, watched old movies and even went to the library and read newspapers. I researched bootleggers and speakeasies because I wanted everything to be authentic. I read about the clothes they wore and the expressions they used because I wanted them to look at sound the way they would have back then too.

CTW: What advice would you give to anyone else writing a period story or novel?
CT: I think that before you start writing a story or a novel based during a certain time period you should have an interest in that time period you should be interest in it. You’re going to be spending a lot of time immersed in that era and if you find it boring it will show in your work.

CTW: What writing advice, in general, do you have for aspiring authors?
CT: Keep working to improve your writing. Join a writer’s group and take the advice of more experience. Read as much as you can in your own genre, but in other genres also. Most of all, never give up.

CTW: How did your experience as a crime reporter contribute to the creation of this story?
CT: It helped me to understand how a crime reporter works which helped when I was writing about Erich’s experiences as a reporter.

CTW: What can you tell us about Willow Pond's sequel?
CT: Todd has come home safely, but now everyone needs to heal from the ordeal they’ve been through.

CTW: Any other projects in the works?
CT: I’m working on a contemporary romance set in New Orleans and New York. I started it a couple of years ago and never thought I’d finish it, but I’ve written 200 pages and I’ll finish it before the sequel to Willow Pond.

CTW: Thank you, Carol, for sharing this great insight. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

About Carol
Carol Tibaldi was born and raised in Bayside, New York and attended Queens College of the City University of New York. She loves to travel and has lived in London and Los Angeles. For twenty five years she worked as a newspaper reporter and covered the crime beat. She is a history buff and loves to research different time periods having a special affinity of the prohibition era and the Civil War. Willow Pond is her first novel and she is hard at work on the sequel.

Connect with Carol
Amazon: http://amzn.to/AthqHg
Amazon paperback: http://amzn.to/KOfH3w

About the Book
The Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression. Bootlegging is flourishing. Virginia Kingsley, New York's most successful speakeasy owner, is queen of that castle. Rudy Strauss wants to help with her business. Virginia, wisely suspicious, refuses. He shifts his trademark toothpicks to the other side of his mouth and asks about her niece, Laura, and Laura’s nineteen-month-old son, Todd. Virginia warns him off, but Rudy is intrigued. Laura is movie star beautiful but it is her ex-husband, Phillip, who is an actor. Laura, a writer, is devastated when Todd’s nanny calls, hysterical, saying Laura’s son has been kidnapped.

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