Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome Guest Author - Chelle Cordero

STEPH: I don't know much about _Hyphema_. Can you tell us a little about it?

CHELLE: Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma…

Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors...

Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.

STEPH: How long did it take to write?

CHELLE: I think it took about nine months, maybe ten if you count the “just thinking” part.

STEPH: Did you have to do a lot of research for it?

CHELLE: Yes. I was writing about a culture and religion that I had little knowledge of, and an extension of a profession that was very specific. Since I wanted my characters to be as realistic as possible, I needed this information, which was very important as to who they are, as detailed as possible.

Author Chelle Cordero

STEPH: Are you a plotter or a panster?

CHELLE: I am definitely a pantser. I prefer to create my characters and see how they decide to deal with the situations I set before them.

#STEPH: Do you draft up character bios? Cast the characters. Who are the leads?

CHELLE: I always draft my character bios. As a former drama student I learned by the Stanislavski method where motivation is based on past experiences and character personality. My characters have always written their own stories.

STEPH: What's the theme of the novel?

CHELLE: Matt Garratti has moved his family to North Carolina to pursue his dream career. His Pakistani born, Muslim wife is subjected to comments, suspicion and derision. And then “things” are happening that threaten the small family. The local police don’t think too much of it, they accept local sentiment against Mrs. Garratti’s presence, How far is it going to go before they take it seriously?

STEPH: What do you want readers to get out of your novel?

CHELLE: Obviously I want to “entertain” my readers by letting them visit the world in my book for a while. I am also hoping that my readers will care about my characters and think about the situations they face.

STEPH: Do you have an ebook reader? If so, which one?

CHELLE: I read ebooks on my computer (desktop and netbook) mostly in PDF format; I do have the Kindle for PC reader the Sony e-reader on my computers.

STEPH: What summer movie do you HAVE to see?

CHELLE: I’m actually looking forward to Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D with Johnny Depp AND Kung Fu Panda 2.

STEPH: What was the last book you read?

CHELLE: Forest Song: Little Mother by Vila Spierhawk.

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity to be here today!

  2. Hyphema sounds like a timely exciting story. I've read other books by Ms. Cordero and this new one will be a MUST READ. Thanks Stephanie and Chelle for an interesting interview.

  3. Chelle, it's great to have you here!

  4. Stephanie, thanks for having Chelle visit today! As one of our VHP Core Group, she's rocking the fiction world with another great Chelle Cordero release! Hyphema is novel number nine for Chelle with Vanilla Heart Publishing and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her... We've done up a 200 page novel sampler that includes 4 chapters from EACH of her VHP novels - 2011 Chelle Cordero Novel Sampler - FREE at All Romance Ebooks - Enjoy!

  5. Wonderful interview, and really looking forward to reading!

  6. Super interview. Thank you both!

  7. Chelle, Running behind as usual but finally made it. Read your book and enjoyed it. Nice site this one.

  8. Thanks for stopping by Melinda, Anne, Janet, Kimberlee, Charmaine and of course Steph.