Mary Carlomagno Interview

Mary Carlomagno is the author of three previous books. She has been featured on the The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CBS News, in Redbook, Real Simple, Design NJ and Woman’s Day and been interviewed on National Public Radio, the Joan Hamburg Show, and Martha Stewart Living. Best Friend for Hire is her first novel.

What inspired you to write?
My fiction heroes are my biggest inspiration. Ever since I was able to read, I have read everyday. I would visit the library every Saturday morning to get armloads of books, Judy Blume and Laura Ingalls Wilder were my favorites.

Was your inspiration sudden, or did it take time?
My inspiration for this book was inspired by my life's events and the career journey that I have taken.

Did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
When I write fiction, I free write. It is more important for me to get the words down, to write in the "flow" so to speak.

Do you work alone, or get encouragement from family and friends?
I work alone, like Batman.

What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
The most difficult part is the dedication and discipline the writing process demands. To write everyday, even when you might not feel like it!

What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
Finishing it. Having written is much sweeter, than writing.

After the book was published, were you changed?
Feeling a great sense of relief was a huge life changer!

Have you received any awards for your book(s)?
Not yet!

Are you working on a new book at the moment?
I am looking at a few new ideas, but at the moment, I am working my "day job," as a non fiction writer, writing freelance articles about getting organized.

Do you have any book giveaways, contests or events coming up?
I am doing a lot of local New Jersey events.

What gets in the way of your creativity?
Like most people, procrastination can take over!

What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
Avoidance! I try not to read the bad reviews at all. I know that I am doing my best and working with intention and understand that you cannot please everyone, nor should you try.

What is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is winning a reading contest in the fifth grade. I recently heard from my fifth grade teacher who told me that even then, I was writing fiction, mostly short stories.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Leap and the Net Will Appear.

What is your favorite show on TV?
Outlander

Favorite movie?
Almost Famous

Favorite book?
The Great Gatsby

Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Jimi Hendrix

Is there a talent you wish you had?
Piano

What’s something about you that would surprise us?
In my spare time, I work on furniture restoration!

Describe yourself in 3 words!
Creative, Compassionate and Energetic