FOF author & private investigator, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, is giving away her entire collection of 10 juicy reads (retail value: $150)! Carolina’s newest book, Magnolia, is “a departure from the mystery series” and delves into the erotica genre. We can’t wait to read it!
Want to win this sensational set of novels? Comment below by answering the question: Which of Carolina’s books do you want to read the most, and why? 1 FOF will win.
How old are you?
I’m 63 years old (but I certainly don’t feel it)!
Where are you originally from and where do you live now?
I was born in Havana, Cuba, and now I live in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, Florida.
How did you get started in writing?
I was a double major as an undergraduate in college- History and Political Science- and those subjects required a great deal of research as well as writing papers. To make some money, I helped my fellow students write their papers.
How and when did you first get published?
My first book, Bloody Waters, was published by G.P. Putnam’s sons in February 1996. I was fortunate that Elizabeth Ziemska, my literary agent, sent the manuscript to Cindy Spiegel, an editor there, and she purchased it–along with a second book in the series that I had yet to write– in four days.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Although I’ve been a licensed private investigator in Florida for over 25 years, I’m legally prohibited from writing about any of my cases. What I can do, though, is take bits and pieces from cases and mix them up so I don’t violate any confidentiality. Living in Miami always gives me inspiration, too!
Why would FOF women enjoy reading your books?
Very few individuals have the opportunity to meet a real private investigator, so reading mystery books written by a woman who is one gives them credibility. I have three grown daughters and a new granddaughter, so I am tuned into the female view of the world.
What is your newest book?
Magnolia is the story of a 22-year old woman, Magnolia Larson, originally from a conservative, Catholic family from Minneapolis, who suddenly finds herself stranded and penniless in Miami. She is approached by a female sports agent who offers her a lucrative job as a type of “sports geisha” to elite athletes.
What personal experiences have you incorporated into your writing?
I was born in Cuba, and most, if not all, of my books incorporate some aspects of my beloved island in them. Although I am grateful that this great country took us in, the fact that my family had to flee Cuba, leaving everything behind, is an open wound. The tragedy of Cuba has never really been told, as it is still ongoing. I don’t moralize in my books, but I try to educate my readers about Cuba and the sadness that permeates Cuban exiles as they think of their homeland.
Why do you like to write?
Although I cope reasonably well in the “real” world, I am truly happy in a world of my own creation. I enjoy telling stories and inventing scenarios. When my daughters were children, I would make up stories that would go on for weeks. Every night, I would create a new chapter. None of us, myself included, ever knew what was going to happen next.
Want win this sensational set of novels? Comment below by answering the question: Which of Carolina’s books do you want to read the most, and why? 1 FOF will win.
1 FOF will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes September 20, 2013 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.