Interview with historical fiction author Carmen Stevens, debut novel Anne.
By Aubrey Wynne
Carmen Gross, pen name Carmen Stevens, was born in Fargo, ND, March 1992. She currently resides in Detroit Lakes, MN, where she works and attends college full time. Carmen published her novel “Anne” in July 2013-an exciting, richly written historical work about a young English girl who makes many bad choices throughout her life and then struggles to find redemption.
Aubrey: I am pleased to introduce Carmen Stevens. As a history buff, I am always intrigued by a captivating story with historic base. I love being able to fall back into the heroin’s time period and feel as if I’m there. As an author, the research can be as exciting as the actual story. What do you think readers will enjoy most about your novel, Anne?
Carmen: I think that a reader who likes historical fiction will be delighted further when they find out that my book contains English history, mystery, tragedy, and suspense. The title character is very complex and I think it would be difficult for the reader to ascertain what move she will make next.
Aubrey: Anne sounds like a compelling story. What was the hardest part about writing this novel?
Carmen: For this novel, I had to really perform a lot of research on British history, since the entire novel takes place in England in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I also wanted the story to be as perfect as it could be, so I took many plot and character notes and paged through the notes enough so that today this book of notes isn’t in very good shape.
Aubrey: What piece of advice would you give a new author?
Carmen: I would tell them to work hard, be patient, and don’t give up. You will reap what you sow, eventually.
Aubrey: Good advice for all of us. Is being an author your primary career?
Carmen: No, it’s not. I’m currently attending college studying law; I’d like to be a paralegal.
Aubrey: What is the one thing about a book that will make you close the cover and not finish it?
Carmen: I won’t finish a book if it’s badly written or just doesn’t interest me anymore.
Aubrey: I agree. There are too many good books on my TBR list. If you could have a super power, which one would you want?
Carmen: I’d want to see into the future, I think. I wonder a lot about what the future holds for me and the rest of the world.
Aubrey: Describe yourself in three words.
Carmen: Shy, bubbly, and hard-working.
Aubrey: Thank you so much for joining us today on Coffee Talk. I wish you the best of luck with your debut novel.
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She had not been there at the time. She had not the courage to go back. She knew how she could not, anyway. Why would she want to? Her father was nothing but a selfish, sadistic drunkard, always abusing her, always devouring that whiskey. Yet she knew the impulse to rush back and the sudden desire to do so.
Why did Anne suddenly feel like her life was changed?
Her young nose sniffed the thick air cautiously. Was that the stink of old London bathing itself in one of its filthy baths of smoke and fog, or the defective redolence of brick being eaten by a fast fire? Whichever it was, she had to turn back. If her learned instincts whispered to her truly and that comfortless beast of a house was crumbling down onto its firm foundation, perhaps her paltry father had crumbled down on his shaking foundation as well, within it. The horrible building had always been, after all, a rather disconsolate, unwieldy object for Anne in her rather unreliable life. Her father had been no different, yet she had still learned to live fluently and somewhat successfully in the fearful world of London. She knew strongly in her heart, thus, that she could continue to faithfully persevere, no matter what event fate would next throw her way.
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