Today’s interview is with Carol Orange, author of A Discerning Eye.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? Carol Orange. I live in Chicago, Illinois.
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? A Discerning Eye
3) What is the book about? The novel takes off from the real theft of 13 precious pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. My protagonist, Portia Malatesta, is an art dealer and a docent at the Museum. She analyzes the paintings that were stolen – why this and not that – and constructs a psychological profile of the thief. She is introduced to someone in the FBI and they discover her profile matches someone in their database. They hire her to work with them in Medellin, Colombia where she has worked before and has contacts. She accompanies them on a high stakes sting. Portia’s role is to befriend Maria Alfonso the married daughter of the local drug lord. It is a dangerous time there with drive-by shootings, but she does go with the FBI and Interpol.
4) Where did you come up with the idea? I was an art dealer in Boston and was very angry about the stolen paintings. This robbery happened over thirty years ago and they have not yet been found. The intricate suspense novels of John Le Carre inspired my premise, although nothing like is in his novels.
5) How long did it take you to write it? 10 years
6) Did you learn anything from the project? Yes, it is hard to write a novel.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? My web site is www.carolorange.com How about a book video? No. But an audio version will be completed soon.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? Be persistent and believe in yourself. How about any great editors/cover artists? Elizabeth Rosner is a good editor. I met her at a Writer’s Conference in Kauai.
9) What genres do you like to read? Literary fiction, suspense, memoirs. Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work? Yes
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why? Madame Bovary. I read it in both English and French. I think Flaubert captured the voice of a woman who was stuck in a stultifying environment.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? No. I love English bull dogs.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it? No, I like real books.
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