Thank you for interviewing me on your excellent blog.
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
Historical romance. I chose it because I’m fascinated by history, especially the Edwardian period and in this case by the horrific injuries suffered by the men who fought in the Great War and how their lives changed afterwards.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I try not to, but as I also write contemporary romance and psychological thrillers I sometimes have to alternate between working on books and genres.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
No, but I do have supportive writer friends who’ll read my book if I ask them to and give me honest feedback.
Can you remember your first reading book?
It was probably What Katy Did by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
Groan, I do, but wish I didn’t. I used to eat Baby Gems until I realised how many calories there are in a packet and now it’s chocolate… so not much better.
Argh, those gems are fatal!
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
It probably looks a mess to anyone else but everything on my fifties table that passes for my desk is in its right place.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I was originally self-published with my contemporary romance novels that I write under the pseudonym, Georgina Troy. The books were then taken on by Accent Press and became The Jersey Scene series. Broken Faces is published by a small imprint, Green Shutter Books, so I’ve experienced both.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Christina Jones for her belief in me that I could actually write a book someone else would want to read, and because she’s a brilliant writer and I’ve loved all her books. Karen Clarke writes beautifully and is kind enough to read my books before publication and give me great feedback. Liz Fenwick, another fabulous writer, who gave me wonderful feedback for my second Jersey Scene book that I’ve never forgotten.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Editing is vital. If you can afford a editor and proof-reader then do so.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Charles looks like Henry Cavill in that he’s tall, dark, good looking and beautifully spoken. Freddie is finer, beautiful and fair, but I can’t think of an actor I’d like to play him because really in my mind he looks like a real person who was horribly disfigured in the Great War, William Kearsey.
I was sitting with my parents waiting to be called to board our plane to the States when my brother who was about ten walked over to the next table and took some of the peanuts from a small bowl and ate them. I looked over to apologise and realised it was Tony Curtis. Needless to say I blushed and decided that I hated my younger brother. Thankfully Tony Curtis seemed to find my brother’s cheekiness amusing.
BROKEN FACES BY D.M. CARR
Freddie Chevalier, a wealthy farmer’s son, suffers a life-changing disfigurement in the Great War. He’s in love with his best friend’s fiancé and is determined not to miss out on the excitement of the Great War. Soon his life changes from one of idyllic days spent with his friends, Charles, Meredith and Lexi, staying at the Baldwyn’s ancestral home in Shropshire and working on his father’s farm in Jersey, to one of horror, pain and betrayal.
It doesn’t take long for Freddie to discover that the life he enjoyed before the war has vanished and that he is going to have to find a way to live with the consequences of the choices he and Charles have made.
Broken Faces beat 7000 other entrants to be a runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Magazine Novel Writing Competition (2012) they described DM Carr as as ‘one to watch’, They also added, ‘In Deborah Carr’s Downton-esque tale, Broken Faces, a soldier suffers a life-changing injury in the Great War’. The book also received a special commendation in that year’s Harry Bowling Prize.
As the weight of the plaster of Paris slowly increased on his face, he tried to steady his breathing and not give in to claustrophobia. It would be worth it in the end. He concentrated on the gentle American accent of the woman clasping his hand. She had a kind face. Her lack of shock when he’d been unmasked was admirable. Or was it simply she had grown used to seeing men such as he? They told him she was a sculptor. Someone overheard her say she saw beauty in the men she helped and that those men with missing noses and shattered faces were like the sculptures she created.
All he could think about, apart from the suffocating pressure on his nose and mouth, was a poem he’d heard someone recounting back at Les Invalides. Was it by Yeats? He wasn’t sure. He recalled it was about Easter in 1916, but not referring to the Front, even so the words still resonated. How did it go? He couldn’t quite remember. He was now one of the gueules cassées. One of the broken faces and his life would never be the same again.
ABOUT D.M. CARR
D.M Carr lives in Jersey with her husband and three noisy but adorable rescue dogs. She writes romances for Accent Press under the pseudonym Georgina Troy. Broken Faces is her debut novel in her own name.
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Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 15 December 2015
Publisher: Green Shutter Books
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