Five Days in Sky–Interview with Carla Laureano

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Carla LaureanoToday I want to welcome Carla Laureano to my blog. If you haven’t read Five Days in Skye, you are missing not only a great book, but the exquisite feeling that you are in Scotland. Skye to be exact. When I finished Carla’s book, traveling to Scotland went on my bucket list!

A little about Five Days in Skye from the back cover blurb:

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she’ll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she’s sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she’d rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father’s dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

Five Days in Skye

I thought today we would interview Carla by letting her introduce Andrea and then let me interview Andrea. Tomorrow I will interview James on the MBT Ponderer’s blog.

Carla: Thanks for having me, Patricia! Andrea was one of my favorite characters to write, maybe because she’s a bit like me. (All authors have to write at least one character from their own experiences, right?) My biggest challenge was to create a heroine strong enough to take on James. The man knows what he wants, and he’s not afraid to go after it. In my single days, the combination of the Scottish accent and the mad chef skills would have melted me into a puddle by page two, even without the looks, so I’m impressed she stood her ground for as long as she did.

Patricia: I was impressed as well. But Andrea seems to have everything under control. I noticed, Andrea, that you have a lot of nice shoes, almost all of them stiletto.  Did you want to be taller in the book?

Andrea: You noticed my shoe problem, did you? Yes, my closet in Manhattan is built out for my rather impressive collection. I actually do own shoes other than stilettos, but when you work with men who both figuratively and literally look down on you, you take every inch you can get. Of course, even then, Jamie and I don’t always see eye-to-eye, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Patricia: You are quite strong-willed in the story. Have you always been?

Andrea: This may have been my author projecting a little. I was actually fairly shy when I was younger, except when I played the piano. I quickly found out that women who seem weak get taken advantage of. So I developed my strong personality out of necessity. It’s served me well, but it also gets me into trouble sometimes.

Patricia: Did you always agree with the way Carla wrote your character? If you could change something about your character—anything—looks, manner, personality, what would you change?

Andrea: Well, I think she wrote me prettier than I see myself, for one. For another, I’m not nearly as uptight as I come across in the book. It was just a very stressful time in my life, and Jamie didn’t exactly bring out the best in me at first.

Patricia: One of the lines in the book is: “I like men. I just don’t particularly trust them.”   What did James do that made you trust him?

Andrea: Hmm. Both Jamie and I have a tendency to project what other people expect from us, and when I saw that deep down he was far different than his public image, it made me realize how much alike we were.  He’s a huge flirt, but he was willing to let me make my own decisions in the end. Of course he wasn’t above persuasion…

And believe me, Jamie can be persuasive. Have you seen the man? Carla was not exaggerating. He’s gorgeous.

Patricia: You were pretty cynical about love at the beginning of the book. How do you feel about it now?

Andrea: I may have been shown the error of my ways. *smile* Let’s just say that I’m a firm believer in second chances.

Patricia: I would be happy to give Jamie a second chance any day!

Carla is randomly giving away a copy of Five Days in Skye to 1 person who leaves a comment on today’s blog. For two entries, leave a comment  on James’ interview at the MBT Ponderer blog .

Comment question: Do you think women have a hard time proving themselves in the male dominated business world?

Author Biography:

Carla Laureano earned a degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997. Since then, she has been a professional marketer, copywriter, and martial arts instructor, but her first love is telling stories that cause readers to look at their world and their faith in new ways.

Carla is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her debut romance novel, Five Days in Skye, was released by David C Cook in June 2013. The first volume of her three-book young adult fantasy series, The Song of Seare, is due out from NavPress in May 2014.

Five Days in Skye can be purchase at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Books,com, iTunesVyrsoBookshout!,and  eChristian.

She lives with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of small pets in Denver, Colorado.

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Comments 15

  1. Delores Topliff

    Pat, thanks for this good interview. Oban, the jewel-like city from where you depart to go to Skye, is one of my favorite places in the world, and my friends who live 2 hours south, have spoiled me by taking me there three times. I’m hoping to go again, would love to sail to Skye and all Hebrides isles. This is one book I’m eager to read and own!

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  4. Jeanne Takenaka

    What a fun interview, ladies! Andrea sounds intriguing. I’m wondering if Andrea owns a pair of red stilettos…..? I know her author rocks in them. 🙂

    And, in answer to your question, I do think there are jobs in the business world where women have to work harder to prove their worth to male counterparts. I’m not in the business world now, but I’m speculating, most fields are being leveled (slowly) when it comes to men and women in business related jobs.

    Loved this interview!

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  5. Cheryl Meints

    Really enjoyed this interview-type post, Pat. Yes, most women must continually prove themselves of their worth in a business/job setting or for that matter in general. However, I believe the “proving” usually can be done in more subtle ways than say a man’s…confirming (again) the wisdom of women in difficult situations. Looking forward to reading Skye. Cheryl

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  6. Renee Osborne

    I do think women have a difficult time in the business world. If they’re soft, they tend to get run over. If they’re tough, they’re labeled a…bad word. I think my personal and experiential conclusion was very similar to Andrea’s. Definitely going to have to read this book.

    I might as well get two copies, the second one for my mother. She’ll find a kindred spirit in Andrea–she has unparallelled purse and watch collections.

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  7. Janice H.

    A Scottish accent is my favorite, but I think any accent done well is a balancing act. Too much of it and it slows the reader down, too little and it doesn’t sound authentic. Therese Stenzel did a great Scottish accent in her latest novel, a time travel. I melted at a couple of places in that one, and I’d love to read this one and see if it has the same effect.

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