Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mommy Blogger by Carla Caruso: Character Interview & Excerpt


Stella lands a fab job as a mommy blogger. The catch is she’s never had children. Plunged into a world of insanity every mother faces, she must learn to cope as her lies build upon one another. A sexy ex comes into the picture, forcing her to choose between him or the job and a handsome ‘keeper’ of a coworker. It can’t last forever.


Cleo continues, “Most of our team work freelance from home or part-time in the office. You met Angelique in admin before. There’s also Bethany in accounts, who makes girly accessories for the site under her own label, and Topaz, who helps with packaging and postage. Oh, and Noah, of course, our webmaster—”
A deep male voice, behind me, cuts in. “My ears are burning.”
I swing around and my heart gets a jumpstart. The guy in question is not your garden-variety, weedy IT type. More like a young John Corbett, with mid-length, wavy, brown hair, sea-green eyes and a tall, well-built figure, clad in a fitted, charcoal tee and faded jeans.
Noah extends a hand toward me. I feel the warmth of his hand enclosing mine, before I remember mine’s Oompa Loompa colored. He smells of manliness and soap. Mommy blogging suddenly got a whole lot more interesting.
“Hey,” he drawls.
“Hi, I’m...Stella.” Yup, just forgot my name.
Noah’s gaze lingers on mine. “Your our new girl then?”
He nods slowly, as though sizing me up. “You’ll fit right in.”
“Oh, thanks,” I manage, but my mind screams: What’s that mean? That he could see me donning maternity jeans or possibly that I look like a MILF? Or worse, a GILF? (A Grandmother I’d Like To...)
“Look forward to seeing you at the next meeting,” Noah says, dropping my hand. Darn.
“Meeting?” I ask mildly as Noah strides away.
There were meetings? I had imagined being a faceless blogger, squirreling away in tracky-dacks in my home office, laughing to myself, while re-runs of Sex and the City played in the background.


Character interview with Stella Anastasi from Mommy Blogger by Carla Caruso (Eternal Press)

What was the scariest moment of your life?

That would have to be when certain people found out I wasn’t exactly telling the truth about being a mommy blogger. Like, that I might not actually have kids. So annoying – and scary! You’ll have to read the book to find out more, though…

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 I love my old-school R&B, like Ashanti and Ja Rule. Bring it on! (My bestie, Pamela, says it’s because I can’t let go of my youth, but whatever...)

What group did you hang out with in high school?

The quirky crowd – too mysterious to be called ‘cool’ or ‘dorky’, we blurred the boundaries and didn’t give two hoots about labels!

Who should play you in a film?

Kate Hudson! Because she’s got (totally natural) blond curls like me. And, you know, she’s bubbly and fun. She’s got a great laugh, too! The only difference is she’s really a mommy…

What would we find under your bed?

A tray of my mom’s latest vegetarian quiche probably – just don’t tell her. She’s such a wannabe hippie! Plus, magazines, hate mail from dissatisfied blog readers– you know, the usual.

What makes you happy?

A certain someone with sea-green eyes, but you’ll have to read the book to know more about that!

What one word best describes you?

Creative (sometimes with the truth even).

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Something I learned the hard way!

Carla Caruso has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, government PR and fashion stylist. Mommy Blogger was inspired by applying to write for a parenting website at the start of her freelancing career, pretending she was a mom – when she really wasn’t. Her clueless article ideas, needless to stay, didn’t make the cut – though, the experience at least gave her the premise for a fiction plot! Carla is a member of Romance Writers of Australia.

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