Past, Present, & Future with Carla Caruso – & Giveaway

In celebration of the release of my debut novel, Fast Forward, I’m doing a series of interviews with authors about their past, present & future. Today, please welcome a fellow writer of a time travel romantic comedy… Carla Caruso! Carla is giving away a copy of her new release Second Chance to one lucky commentor!

PAST: 1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Carla aged about 18, with her sister, Natalie, out on the town!

Carla aged about 18, with her sister, Natalie, out on the town!

It’s rather boring of me, but I only ever wanted to be a writer – either as a novelist or magazine reporter. I’ve done both. Probably because I wasn’t creative enough to come up with any other ideas. I didn’t know what, for example, a forensic scientist was at the time…

2. What did you do before you became a writer?

Oh dear. I’ve done everything from being a checkout operator to a newspaper thrower, bank teller, gift wrapper, shoe salesperson, soccer stadium attendant, and public servant – and failed miserably at most of the gigs. Now I also moonlight as a freelance journalist.

3. What is one of your most treasured memories from the past?

Dressing in matching clothes with my elder sister, Natalie! I also used to love spending summer holiday stints at my Nonnis’ (Italian for ‘grandparents’). I remember hearing the rooster crow at breakfast time, eating too much biscuit dough when Nonna was trying to teach me how to bake (I’m still hopeless at it), and watching daytime TV together.


Second Chance4. What’s your latest/upcoming release about and/or what are you currently working on?

My latest is called Second Chance and it’s out through Destiny Romance . The premise… After a disastrous 36th birthday, Flora wishes she could be 20 again and delete all her romantic mistakes. She wakes to find she has gone back in time – the summer of 1998, to be precise – but things don’t go to plan!

I’m now working on a rural romance, set in the SA coastal town where I had my first media job.

5. What’s a typical day like for you? (If there is such a thing!)

I’m a freelance journalist, as well as an author, so there’s often a lot of sitting at my computer and tapping on my keyboard – sometimes with my mischievous tabby cat, Luca, nearby. I work from home and my hubby is also a freelance photographer, so we always seem to have unexpected visitors dropping by to keep things interesting.

6. Name three things you are grateful for in your life right now:

My husband, my family, and being able to write for a living!


Carla Caruso - author pic7. If you could fast forward in time to any age or year for just one day, what would you choose & why?

Hmm… maybe to my last day, so I’d know what age I was going to get to and could plan accordingly!

8. If you could have any new technology or invention in the future that would make your life a whole lot easier (or more fun), what would it be?

Something that could do the tedious daily routines for me like teeth-brushing or hair-brushing haha!

9. What are your hopes & dreams for the future?

To start a family, be an author full-time (no other work distractions hehe!), and visit New York and the Hamptons – one day soon hopefully.

Thanks for visiting the blog Carla!

You can visit Carla online at her website, twitter, and blog.

You can also buy Second Chance at:

Destiny Romance



Google Play


WIN! To go in the draw to win an ebook copy of SECOND CHANCE, simply leave a comment for Carla. (Open worldwide. Winner drawn 7th March)

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Posted on March 1, 2013, in Interviews, Past Present & Future and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Thanks for having me, Juliet!

  2. Congratulations, Carla! Look forward to following your writing career.

  3. Juliana Sutanto

    Hi Carla,
    I had an amazing childhood. Sometimes, i just wanna back to the past. It was a glorious moment. Well, of course i also want to fast forward when i’m 40 years old. I wanna know who is my husband and my child. Being 30 and single are rather depressing. If i have a second chance, i wanna go back to the past and fix my errors

  4. I think many of us feel like that about our past and youth, Juliana. Great comment! You sound just like the heroine…

  5. What a fun interview, and Second Chance sounds amazing. I’d love to go to the Hamptons too, but then I probably just watch too much Revenge. 🙂

  6. I hope your dream of becoming a full time author comes true for you. I would love to read SECOND CHANCE thank you.


  7. Second Chance sounds great, Carla. Great to find out more about you!

  8. Thanks to everyone for commenting on Carla’s interview, and the winner is… Juliana Sutanto! Carla will be in contact, Juliana, to arrange your prize 🙂

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