Title: Unmasking Paulie Bingham
Author: Anne Carter
Genre: Romance, Murder Mystery
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"The last thing I expected was to fall in love with a woman."
Until Katrina Newman touched his face for the first time, British pop star Paulie Bingham was content with his openly gay lifestyle. That he could be any other way never entered his mind. Now, with Kate tugging at his heartstrings, he begins a journey of self-discovery that will lead him through the best—and worst—times of his life.
Though her faith in him sometimes falters, Kate’s love for Paulie never ebbs despite his obsessive ways, his foray into drugs and his habitual infidelity. But will his connection to a high-profile London murder case prove more than Kate & Paulie’s tattered relationship can handle?
“I’m here to see Paulie Bingham.”
“What makes you think he’s here?”
Kate swallowed, narrowed her eyes, and looked past the man into the house. “Because I gave him that leather jacket on the couch there, and he never goes anywhere without it,” she lied.
“You expect me to believe that? And who are you?” Arms akimbo, the man squared his stance, tried to block her view.
“I’m his fucking mother.” Now certain that Paulie was inside, Kate muscled her way in, tossed her bag onto the couch. “Where is he?”
Sullen, the man gestured toward the hallway.
Kate paused. “I suggest you get dressed and leave. Now.”
“Oh, no way. Dude owes me money. I don’t mind giving him a little extra time to get himself together, so I’ll just hang out.”
The cowboy boots placed neatly beside the wall clearly weren’t Paulie’s style. Kate picked them up, along with an adjacent stack of folded clothing, and shoved them at the man. “How much?”
“One hundred for the hour. No, wait. Two hundred. Because he’s a junkie. Makes it tough.”
Kate pulled some bills from the hip pocket of her jeans. “Here’s twenty. Be glad I don’t bust you, too. Now get the hell out.” She flashed a fake movie badge she had pocketed just in case.
The rent boy gave her a wide-eyed stare, then hurried into his pants and carried the rest out the door. Kate sighed, waited until she heard the sports car start up and drive away.
She was hesitant to go into the bedroom, afraid of what she might find. Afraid not to.
She eased the door open. “Paulie?” she beckoned softly, peering into the darkened room. The light from a nightstand clock radio barely illuminated the figure of a man lying on the bed.
“Paul?” she repeated, taking a halting step into the room. “Are you okay? It’s Kate.” She didn’t realize she was holding her breath until she heard him sigh. “Thank you,” she whispered, then moved closer to the bed.
“I wish… I wish you were really here,” came his softly spoken words, wistful, weak.
“I am here.”
“You are always here. But you always go ‘way.”
Kate went to him, sat down on the edge of the bed, found his hand in the darkness. “I won’t go away. I promise.”
“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” Anne Carter asserts, when asked about her life in Southern California, where she’s lived since she was two. She cites the people, the weather and the beach as factors in her love affair with the West coast. Family, too, provides an anchor to the area, which she describes as a melting pot of humanity, “rich with characters and plots just waiting to be written.”
While romantic mystery and suspense are her favorites, Anne has written middle grade mysteries, literary shorts, poetry and non-fiction. Long a lighthouse fanatic, it was only a matter of time before her obsessions intersected and a series of lighthouse novels emerged. Paranormal elements abound in both POINT SURRENDER and CAPE SEDUCTION, where mystery, romance and troubled ghosts provide hauntingly entertaining tales set in California lighthouses.
When she is not writing, editing or promoting, Anne enjoys time with her husband and children, two happy dogs and a psychotic cat. She is a skilled photo editor and loves restoring old snapshots and creating digital slideshows. Watch for the third paranormal lighthouse mystery, ANGEL'S GATE, coming soon!
For more about Anne Carter and to read excerpts, visit www. BeaconStreetBooks.com or write AnneCarter@BeaconStreetBooks.com.
Now for a little more from Anne:
Thank you for joining us today, Anne, for a interview. I'm sure my readers are excited to get to know you a little better so let's begin.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’m not sure I ever realized it. It was just always there. Inspired mostly in junior high school, but kept at it in fits and starts after that. First publishing credit was a poem in a literary magazine.
How long did it take you to write your book?
Unmasking Paulie Bingham, Part 1 of the Paulie & Kate saga, took me about nine months to write. Much longer to actually get up the nerve to publish it.
What genre is your book? What made you choose to write in that category?
I called this genre “Alternative Romance” because it deals with the question of sexuality. Paulie Bingham is a young, gay rock star whom one day (or rather, night) discovers that he is, perhaps, bisexual instead. This enlightening moment plagues his mind and changes his life path forever.
It wasn’t a choice, per se, to write in this very different world. I had a good friend many years ago who went through a similar challenge, and he shared his thoughts about his wavering sexual preferences. His story inspired Paulie’s tale.
What was your work schedule like when you were writing?
Whenever I’m working on a book, my writing schedule is completely erratic. I will say that I’ve gotten the most done in the wee hours—either early morning or late at night. But no, no set schedule because I am a business owner, a parent and a doggy mom. Tough to map out a plan. At times, I dictate into a hand-held recorder while driving!
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to think my stories are somewhat unique. My romantic mysteries take place in California lighthouses. I’ve actually stayed in a lighthouse while writing!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written something like twelve novels. My favorites are Cape Seduction and Unmasking Paulie Bingham, because these two books both inspire a lot of emotional feedback.
Are you currently working on another book? If so, is it part of a series or something different?
Next up for me is Angel’s Gate, the third romantic lighthouse mystery. Fans are getting restless as this book is late in coming. Angel’s Gate is the nickname for Los Angeles Harbor Lighthouse, and the book will take place in 1948 Los Angeles as well as present day. This gives me a chance to research and integrate what was happening during World War II in Los Angeles.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to work on augmenting and restoring photographs. Photoshop is one of my passions. I enjoy travelling and have been to the U.K., Singapore, Spain, Portugal, Canada and Mexico, in addition to many U.S. locales. I am presently involved in training my new puppy, playing with my 2 year old grandson and watching my daughter prepare to graduate high school. Best of all, I like going out to breakfast with my hubby!
What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?
I learned that I care too much about what people think of me. I mean, if a book is important enough for me to write, it’s important enough to let others read it. I think most authors have a thin skin when it comes to putting themselves “out there” for others to criticize. It hasn’t happened much, but it’s a scary world for any kind of artist.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say.
Most recently, I’m hearing from readers of UPB. They are using words that warm my heart, like “surprising,” “poignant,” “superb,” “complex,” “unconventional,” and “remarkable.” They say they didn’t know what to expect, but the book exceeded any expectations they might have dreamed up. That’s all good! They took a chance on the book and were rewarded with a great story.
What do you think makes a good story?
Clearly, the ability to capture a reader’s attention and take them away. Show them another world, another life, something so vastly different from their own that they become intrigued. Readers want to live someone else’s life, discover things they could never experience in their own. For example, how many people have actually climbed the cold, damp, stone stairs to the top of a lighthouse, during a violent winter storm at sea? Make that an abandoned lighthouse, six miles off the coast of California, at a time when no one knows you are there, alone... (Cape Seduction.)
Perhaps you identify with a woman who’s fallen in love with a sexy, emotional, troubled young man, only to find out your intended is gay. And yet... he admits to becoming aroused. What would you do? (Unmasking Paulie Bingham.)
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a movie star, of course! Which is likely why my very first novel, StarCrossed Hearts, is about a young starlet who falls inextricably in love with her leading man. Jessica begins like any girl—crushing on the big movie star with the fancy car and palatial mansion. He is sexy, tantalizing, full of charm and... married. So begins a story of passion, heartbreak, devotion and promises that may or may not be kept...
Are you self published or do you have a publisher? If self published, what made you decide to go that route?
I started out traditionally published as far back as 2001. When resources such as Amazon’s Createspace and Kindle Direct came along, joined by Smashwords, B&N’s PubIt, etc., it seemed natural to try utilizing these services and thereby keep more control—and profit. Midlist and small-press authors must already work very hard to market our books; being traditionally published doesn’t gain us too much in comparison to going “indie.” I haven’t regretted the move.
Do you have a website, fan page, blog or twitter we can pass on to your fans? (See below)
Where can your books be found? Please list Your author page from amazon and links to your books anywhere else they can be purchased. thank you
Note: As you may have noticed, I write under both Anne Carter and Pam Ripling. When my first romance was about to be published, I wanted a pen name because I thought it was cool. After all, “Nora” had two names, right? My father had recently passed away and I wanted to pay him homage by using my maiden name, which is Carter. My middle name is Ann(e), so I became Anne Carter. Later, when I started writing children’s fiction, I used my “everyday” name of Pam Ripling.
Amazon Author page: http://amazon.com/author/annecarter
Thank you so much, Brenda! Great questions!