Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu: Character Interview and Excerpt


Character Interview with Anne, heroine of Shadows of the Past

Who is your favorite author?
          Well, this is a very simple answer to give. Carmen Stefanescu, the one who agreed to tell the story of my life in Shadows of the Past.

Tell us about your family.
          I had a large family: Betty and John, my parents, (my eyes get misty when I remember the beautiful stories mother used to tell me), and my five siblings. I miss the riot and pranks and the laughter we shared in the first years of my life.

What was the scariest moment of your life?
           Oh, even now my hearts breaks when I relive in my mind's eye the moment I came together with old Bertha and found that just cinders and specks of soot were left of my home.

What books have most influenced your life?
          My favorite was a book written in English: a Bestiary, with fables about animals and birds, with beautiful illustrations of both real and imaginary beasts that fascinated me. These allegorical stories were the ones that mother Bertha used to pass her knowledge of the written English word to me.
          And the Leech Book, a kind of ancient medical work containing much useful advice and countless remedies based on herbal teas. I think that in your modern times you could put this book to good use instead of stuffing yourselves with so many chemicals.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
          No Ipod in my time but I'd like to try one if you teach me how. I like to listen to Hevia's music. It's closer to the music I heard sometimes when going down from the Abbey to sell our embroidery to town ladies.

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
          To my mother whose life I wasn't able to save that fatidic day when my little brother got sick. If I hadn't left home, perhaps things would have taken another turn, (shrugging and sighing), or perhaps it was fate's hand.

Who should play you in a film? 
          I’ve talked to my author and she says Jordana Spiro, my author watches playing the leading part in The Mob’s Doctor, is the best actress to impersonate me. Jordana is fragile in appearance, looks like a kindhearted person ready to help those next to her, yet she’s determined and brave.


Shadows of the Past
Publish date: 4th December 2012 
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing 
Genre: paranormal/light romance/light horror.

Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil's vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve's soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

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"Come, we should leave at once," she said and glanced nervously over her shoulder. "Something terrible happened after you left for town. I think the Abbess found out about us. Our meeting in Uncle Ryan's cabin is no longer a secret. We have been overheard. For all I know someone spies on us even as we speak. I think the Abbess, or one of her 'friends,' is hovering somewhere nearby and listening to every word."
Andrew pulled Genevieve to his chest. "Do you regret you've come with me?"
Passion smothered Genevieve's doubt and guilt. "Never," she answered, aware of her body's response to his touch, and she succumbed to his embrace.
With her eyes closed and their bodies touching she became, for the very first time, simply a woman. She melted in his embrace in spite of the invisible vicious threat breathing around them. Aware they might never be alone again, she fought hard to silence the voice of conscience berating her.
"Oh, God. Please forgive me," Andrew muttered under his breath when he bowed his head to kiss her. Their lips met in a passionate first kiss.
Genevieve's spirits fell and her heart skipped a beat when, a couple of seconds later, she opened her eyes and her gaze fell on a knot strangers.
                             … . . .
            Tears welled in Anne's eyes, blurring her vision. She couldn’t explain them, or the sudden sadness seeping into her heart. This should’ve been a moment of happiness or, at least, contentment. She was with Neil again, and the outcome of their trip together should, very likely, bring their reconciliation. Why then did she seem detached from where she stood?
Anne shivered. Why the deep feeling of having seen this place, this forest before? And why the eerie sensation of being present here only in the body, while her mind was far away?
Away from the forest.
Away from Neil, the man who'd betrayed her trust and her love.
            An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her.
Anne edged cautiously closer to the rim of the bare cliff. Her foot tapped the edge. It seemed solid. She stared into the darkness of the abyss at her feet. It echoed the shadows in her heart.  An unusual curiosity took hold of her. Should she step ahead? What was down there? Other human bones? Another mystery? The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. The vines of fog folded around her, dragging her to the depth. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.
Megan's face contorted, the voice no longer pleasant. A hoarse gurgle, spluttering distorted words, "Yes, come... I'm waiting... I've been waiting for you for such a long time..."
Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison. Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the book.

She has dreamt all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.




Anonymous said...

Thank you for featuring one of my favorite paranormal authors. I really enjoyed this interview. Paulette Mahurin

carmens007 said...

Thank you, Paulette!
The praise coming from you is a real treat!

carmens007 said...

Thank you Laurie for hosting me!
It was a pleasure to be here.

Adriana Dascalu said...

rbeautiful interview!

carmens007 said...

Thank you, Adriana!