Please welcome guest author Ute Carbone to the Cafe.
The slap is the story of a man who slaps another couple’s misbehaving child at a backyard barbeque. When I first heard this premise, I thought it was the dumbest thing ever. A whole mini-series based on a man slapping a child seemed about as interesting as a series about melting ice cream on a hot summer’s day. But the show had gotten some good reviews, so my husband and I decided we’d give it a one episode trail run. I was hooked after the first ten minutes. After watching the entire series, I’d rate it as one of the best I’ve seen all year, if not ever.
Trouble starts when Hector’s cousin, Harry, slaps the unruly five year old son of Hector’s friends at a party. But it doesn’t end there. What makes this story work isn’t the premise, but the characters. Hector, Harry, their friends and relatives, are neither heroes nor villains. There’s right and wrong on both sides, and the choices made aren’t always good ones. I love these sorts of stories, with characters I could imagine coming to my own family barbeque.
Great characters, people so real you feel you know them, are what I aim to create as a writer. My latest book, The Tender Bonds, is about ordinary people who are faced with choices that are both ordinary and singularly difficult. Like the characters in The Slap, they make mistakes and sometimes allow emotions to rule over their better judgment. That’s what makes them interesting. It’s what makes them human.
Given a choice between real life characters and super heroes, I’ll take the real life stories every time. How about you?
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There comes a moment when the past we’ve left behind draws attention to itself and demands that we come to terms with it. For Patty Dykstra, a woman who has long led an unassuming life, that moment comes after her aunt dies. Among a life’s worth of things, Patty finds unopened cards from her father, a man that she hasn’t seen since she was six years old.
Patty is compelled to return to a small town in upstate New York to find the man who used to call her Star Shine, a man she barely remembers. The Tender Bonds is the story of Patty’s life- altering journey, of the faith and hope that grow in the meanest of places, and of what it means to be truly home.
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Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award winning author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she spends her days walking, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.
Books and Stories by Ute Carbone:
The Tender Bonds
For more about Ute and her books, Please Visit:
Web page: http://www.utecarbone.com/
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