Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest? Or will evil win again?
Of course, Carmen did mention Anne wasn’t scared of ghosts and other supernatural beings so….. “Lead the way, oh mighty non-spooky one!”
Speaking of said apparition, she was a nun. A goodish nun. I say “goodish” because there were many nuns featured who were evil personified.
I mean Genevieve wasn’t pure as she should have been but at least she didn’t kill or seek killers to dispose of her fellow nuns and one priest, who drifted away from his vows of celibacy. Naughty, naughty.
Seriously, I never expected so many drama from a single nunnery. Just wow!!
Story ends with a HEA.
- Welcome, Carmen Stefanescu. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
(Carmen) I have dreamed all my life to become a writer, but many of the things I wrote before 1989 remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of my country –Romania – to the world, the Internet especially, meant a new beginning for me. I started publishing.
Starting with 2001, my poems were published in the collection Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication. The readers’ interest for my ballad, about the love between a young priest and a nun, published in 2004 by Midnight Edition, inspired me to write my first novel “Shadows of the Past”, a cross-over story as many reviewers consider it, as it combines paranormal elements with a bit of romance, history and horror.
- All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(Carmen) You are right in calling it dreadful. I have a notebook full with ideas for my next books and first draft chapters of other new projects just in case my “muse” takes a holiday. I have stacks of books in Romanian, English and German that wait their turn. I mean paper books. Not to speak of those I have on Kindle. Reading and writing are two sister-like activities for me. If reading doesn’t nudge my inspiration, I watch movies, I play some games. I sometimes re-read my poems. I often found inspiration in my own poetical creation.
- Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
(Carmen) Apart from the daily activity and chores, and I won’t bore you with details, I read a lot and watch movies and play my favorite PC games. My daughters are grown-ups with families of their own, so my husband and I take care of the family pets.
- I know many writers, such as myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(Carmen) Yes, they know now. Their only bewilderment, at first, was why I chose to write in English and not Romanian. As a teacher of English, and passionate about literature, I found it a challenge writing in English and finding my way to publication abroad. I didn’t want to follow the path of self-publishing, a more convenient and perhaps easier one in some respects. I wanted the opinion of professionals regarding my writing. If it has any value. It seems it has, as it was accepted by a professional publisher, even if it’s a small press. My husband encourages me when he sees I’m disappointed by the long editing process and the many changes the editor asks me to do. My daughters, especially, wait to hear the new stories I have in progress.
- Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(Carmen) You’re right again. I’ll give you a list of well known authors who were my mentors: Agatha Christie with her well crafted mystery novels, Stephen King with his psychological horror. Thomas Hardy and Catherine Cookson with their sad, touching stories and the belief that fate has an important role in our life evolution. Somerset Maugham, Frederick Forsyth, Liviu Rebreanu, Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffrey Archer, H. Balzac, and many others.
- If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
(Carmen) I will speak about my novel, of course. I dream, like many of us do, that my novel Shadows of the Past becomes one day a hit in cinema theaters.
I see Jordana Spiro, who plays the leading part in the series The Mob’s Doctor, as the best actress to impersonate Genevieve. Jordana is fragile in appearance, a kindhearted person ready to help those next to her, yet she’s determined and brave. Dan Stevens from the series Downton Abbey is the perfect Andrew. A quiet man, gentle and kind. Sensitive to the problems of the women in his life. Madeleine Stowe from Revenge series is the perfect embodiment of the Abbess.
Yes, dreams. But you may never know. . .
- Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(Carmen) Oh, I’m sure you can keep a secret so I’ll tell it to you. I already signed the contract with the same publishing house, Wild Child Publishing, for another paranormal. A historical one – Dracula’s Mistress. I see you smiling. Yes, a native of Dracula’s country can’t resist the temptation to write about him.
I also submitted another paranormal, light mystery this time, and am waiting for the publisher’s reply.
And, finally, I’m working on a new project right now. A paranormal story – three different young women living in different areas of the world, at different times. The element that connects them and knots the ties of the story occurs in present-day times. It is, again, about haunting, passion crimes and retribution for wrongs done in one’s lifetime. A bit of romance at the centre, but not the main subject.
- Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(Carmen) There’s no particular order. Shadows of the Past is a standalone book. The same as the others. I’m not, yet, warmed by the idea of writing serials and as a reader I hate books that end in cliffhangers. So here’s where you can find Shadows of the Past:
Buy Link: Wild Child Publishing
Barnes & Noble
- Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
(Carmen) They can “stalk” me here:
- Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Carmen) Please, join my world! My books open a door into the past and allow you to live there for a while. Shadows of the Past is the kind of love story that is timeless and makes you feel warm inside. It’s a story about second chances, and growing up and into the love you were meant to have all along. Sometimes we meet the right person at the wrong time, but then get a second chance at what should have been. So, as a piece of advice: Get quickly Shadows of the Past and read it! If not, you don’t know what you are missing! Ha-ha-ha!
Thank you for hosting me today, Kameron! It was a real pleasure.
(KAM) The Pleasure was truly all mine. *winks*
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