Episode 195 – “Carla Caruso is Star Crossed!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

 Special guest: Carla Caruso


Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, grew up amid a boisterous extended Italian family – yet somehow managed to become a bookworm…
Carla always wanted to be a novelist, annoying the kindergarten teachers by dictating long, detailed stories to them.  It just took her a while to realise her childhood dream – journalism seemed a more practical course. Her media career has included stints as a newspaper and magazine journalist, government PR and fashion stylist. These days, she works as a freelance journalist and copywriter. She began seriously writing fiction three years ago when she went freelance full-time.
The romance genre appeals as she is a sucker for rom-coms (especially if Channing Tatum is in the mix) and likes to think her Italian ancestry means she lives with passion. Hobbies include watching trashy TV shows, fashion (her mum named her after Carla Zampatti!), astrology and running.


About the Book

Is love really written in the stars?

Fledgling romance author Simona Gemella is hoping the rugged wilderness of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island will help reignite her creative spark after her husband walked out on her (calling her a workaholic and filing for divorce).

She’s joined her best friend, Nessie, on a health and wellness retreat at a mysterious old manor on the island, run by an astrology guru.

Though Simona’s sworn off men, she can’t help being distracted by a darkly dangerous man with a scorpion tattoo – Denham Cobalt – who’s also staying at the manor. Then strange things start to happen, including uncanny accidents and even a possible murder.

It all culminates at a masquerade party on the night of a total lunar eclipse. Will Simona survive – with her heart intact?

Tortured Sentences:

Corporations are prevent people from stealing their ideas, concepts, or logos through patents and copyrights that when infringed, the victims are sued.



In the US it’s cold and dark. I hibernate by watching too much TV and drinking wine. I hate going out in the cold and dark and so stay home as much as possible.

What do you do in the dark season that is different than how you interact with the world when it’s light?

What about your character?


Word of the Week:



(BAY-thas, -thos)



noun: An abrupt descent from lofty or sublime to the commonplace; anticlimax.



From Greek bathos (depth). Earliest documented use: 1638.


Next week:

CS Lakin, and her new book on writing.



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