It is FOR and ABOUT authors. Here we shine the light on authors who we’ve read, reviewed and recommend to others. In this edition we are shining our light on another gifted author...
A virtual media and web consultant by day and author by night, Carolyn Davenport-Moncel moved to Paris from Chicago, her hometown, in 2001. She received her bachelor's degree in Communications from Loyola University. Known for her online articles on media relations, Moncel owns MotionTemps, LLC, a bilingual Digital Project and Web Content Management firm with offices in Chicago, Paris and Geneva; and its subsidiary, Mondavé Communications, a media relations training and publishing company. She has written, placed articles or been featured in such diverse publications as Entreprenuer.com, Expatica.com, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Wired News, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and Working Mother. She currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland, with her husband and two daughters. Author of Encounters in Paris – A Collection of Short Stories and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover – A Novella and Other Short Stories, her latest collection is called Railway Confessions – A Collection of Short Stories.
GETTING TO KNOW CAROLYN…
Cash or credit/debit card? It used to be credit card but given the current economy, it's cash! LOL
A salad isn’t a salad without: Tuna and boiled eggs.
What one invention could not you see yourself ever living without? A telephone because I love to talk too much!
Every woman should carry enough money to get home no matter where she's going in her purse. I had an older relative who once told me that as long as you have money, you can't get lost. :)
What's your favorite childhood memory? I have many but one is with my dad who passed away when I was four years old. We would have lunch together every day before he went to work. We would share one glass of milk in order to dunk our Oreo cookies.
The last book I read was...“The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides.
What is your guilty pleasure? Embarrassing my daughters by singing really cheesy songs aloud while walking down the street with them. But that's not guilty, that's just fun! LOL
My favorite movie of all times is...now The Color Purple but Gentleman's Agreement with Gregory Peck is a very close second.
Writing is...a necessity.
What is your favorite room in your house? My bedroom because I do everything there.
PRAISE FOR ENCOUNTERS IN PARIS
"...Carolyn Moncel is definitely an author I will be looking for in the future." -ChickLitReviews.com
"...Her stories were so good, that I found myself wanting to know more..." - PageReaders
"...A fun read that blends plenty of romance, "Encounters in Paris" is quite the pick, recommended." -The Midwest Book Review
"...Encounters in Paris does a wonderful job capturing readers into the life of the main character. The descriptions of Paris will have readers believing they are actually there…" - A&RBC Reviews
PRAISE FOR 5 REASONS TO LEAVE A LOVER
"...I love this author's ability to write strong characters that pull the readers into each story. This is the second book I have read from Carolyn Moncel and she never fails to give readers an exceptionally well-written book." --OOSA Online Book Club.
"...The author's real strength is in her character development, giving each character a unique personality that transcends across all cultures." --APOOO BookClub
"...A wonderful author...If you like short stories, or novellas, then please grab a copy of the wonderfully talented Carolyn Moncel's book. It's worthy of the 5 star rating..." --ReadersFavorite.com
Railway Confessions – A Collection of Short Stories (March 2012)
Would you ever reveal a dark secret to a complete stranger – even if you knew you’d never meet that person again? This question is at the heart of Railway Confessions – A Collection of Short Stories. As passengers traveling aboard a TGV high-speed train from Paris to Geneva one summer evening, three couples casually disclose very intimate, truthful details that could potentially transform their lives either for the better or for the worst. In the story, "My Brother's Keeper," a couple must come to terms with the murders that each of them had a hand in committing and their aftermaths; In "A Choice in the Matter," another couple must address the questions of wanted and unwanted pregnancies and the circumstances for which such requests are ever acceptable; and in the last story entitled, “Pretty Prisons,” a last couple must deal with love, infidelity and all of its complexities. Ellery Roulet and Lola Sanchez from 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover return, and along with four others, confront their deepest fears with unexpected results.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR CAROLYN…
I have three projects in the hopper right now. I’m having so much fun writing a young adult novel called Nearly Lost You. Since I am collaborating with my teenage daughter, Chloe, we are writing under the pen name, Ella Swinton. The story follows the adventures (or rather misadventures) of Isobel Ballou, a sassy yet snarky, multiracial 15-year-old girl from Evanston, Illinois. It’s the Parent Trap turned upside down but we hope that teens and adult women in particular will find it an equally enjoyable read.
Additionally, I am finishing up the last book in the Ellery Roulet series called Geneva Nights, which will be a novel and will tie together all the characters introduced in previous works like Encounters in Paris and 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover. New characters also emerge including a very sexy new man who definitely has his eye on Ellery Roulet.
Last, I have another working novel tentatively called That House on the Hill. For 40 years a family has been divided due to an on-going feud. When the family’s patriarch dies in Chicago, the surviving relatives gather to settle the estate and also return him to his final resting place within the family crypt in Eastern France. A lost diary and a tree located in a small town hold the keys as to why the feud occurred in the first place. This story is still in the research phase but so far one character has already emerged and she’s a sister girl from where else? Chicago! LOL Danielle Deschamps is married to one of the French-American sons. She’s all about family and finds it difficult to understand how other families can remain estranged for so long. As for their predicament, she calls it as she sees it and at times, makes the in-laws around her quite uncomfortable. However, it’s her outspoken nature and keen and truthful observations that propel the family forward so the feud can end and healing can occur.
For more information about Carolyn Moncel, please visit:
Author Website: http://www.carolynmoncel.com