Wednesday, June 4, 2014

An interview with Marcia Carrington!



Thank you very much Jan, I’m very happy to be here!


Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970's. She loves the movies and actors of the Hollywood silver screen, but has an express partiality to films from the major studios of this era such as Columbia, MGM, Fox, Paramount, RKO, and Universal.

Marcia is also a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age. She is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible.

Q:  Marcia, you've written several books and recently published a new one. Can you share your excitement about this new book? Maybe give us the first paragraph to hook us.

A: I have written a mixture of short stories, novel and novella thus far, but BLAKE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION is my first novelette. It revolves around a ten year high school reunion, and the reactions of the participants to each other after this extended period. My intention is to make it a roller-coaster of emotions for the reader through the actions, and reactions of the characters, and I hope that readers enjoy the ride. The following is the first paragraph of the story:

Blake Matthews was at home, adjusting his red-colored tie in front of the mirror. He was dressed in a snappy black suede suit, beige shirt, and wore his comfortable leather brogues with flair. After finishing with his tie, he picked up the invitation to his high school’s reunion, which was taking place tonight. On the invitation, it had clearly inscribed, in beautiful calligraphic print:

“Dear Blake,
You are cordially invited to the 10th anniversary reunion of Campbell Vale High School, which will be held at the Madison Grand Hotel on the 9th February, 2013.
Please RSVP your intention to attend by the 1st January, 2013 for catering purposes.

We hope to see you there.

Brittany Barker and the High School Committee of 2003
Dress: After Five”

Q: Where is the setting(s) for your book?

A: The main setting of the book is the fictional Madison Grand Hotel, where the Campbell Vale High School reunion of 2003 will be taking place. The majority of the action takes place in this locale, with the remainder occurring in the private homes of the characters.

Q: If you had to give your book a heat level, what would it be?

A: In terms of the conflicts which flare up between the characters during the course of the story, I would rate the heat level as 3 out of 4. The romantic scenes are more subtle in character, but feature much double-talk and innuendo that reflects the characters, especially Brenda Backus. Again, I would rate this as 3 out of 4.

Q: If Hollywood producers snapped up your book to make it into a movie, and they asked who you thought would play your characters, who would you choose?

A: I would like to see Ryan Reynolds in the lead role of Blake Matthews, as I feel that he has the range to portray the handsome, but highly complex lead character Blake. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, a talented actress from daytime serial The Bold and The Beautiful, would be wonderful as the tough, but alternately tender Alexandra Masters. As for the lead female role of Brenda Backus, Jessica Simpson stood out in terms of my exposure to her movie work. I think she would be a standout as the way-out, sassy, but ultimately needy Brenda.

Q: What are you hoping your readers take away from your book?

A: My overall intention is that readers find the story and characters entertaining, and funny. In a deeper sense, though, I hope that readers recognize the characters as three-dimensional people who, despite their overt flippancy at times, are both very real, and identifiable.  

Q: Could you share one of your favorite scenes from the book?

A: I especially love the scene where Brenda Backus reacts to Blake Matthews after not seeing him for ten years. She finds it extremely difficult to comprehend how he has changed from the person she once knew, and has transformed himself, both physically, and in character.

Thank you so much for being here, Marcia! It was a joy to introduce you and join in the celebration of your new release! Wishing you continued success with your books!

Thank you so much Jan for the opportunity of being on your blog and meeting your readers, it is much appreciated!


  1. Nice interview! Your book sounds very interesting!

  2. I very much enjoyed being on your blog Jan, it was a wonderful experience! Thank you so much. Have a happy weekend!

    1. Marcia, I enjoyed getting to know you better. You're welcome on my blog anytime. :-))

  3. Thanks for this interesting interview, ladies, and I look forward to reading the books of yours that I've acquired recently, Marcia!

    1. Thank you so much Terry, please enjoy my stories!