Saturday, November 26, 2011

5 Reasons to Leave a Lover - Carolyn Davenport

A media and web consultant by day and author by night, Carolyn Davenport-Moncel also is the author of Encounters in Paris - A Collection of Short Stories. Originally from Chicago and a graduate of Loyola University, she has lived in Paris and currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husband and two daughters. Her next work of fiction Geneva Nights - A Novel debuts in the fall of 2012.

Product description:

In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover, author Carolyn Moncel offers up a fresh batch of stories based on love and loss. As singer/songwriter, Paul Simon so eloquently suggested in a famous song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover. However, Moncel's characters demonstrate that the reasons for leaving in the first place are quite finite. Encounters in Paris` Ellery and Julien Roulet return, picking up their lives where the short story, "Pandora`s Box Revisited," ends. This time the Roulets are involved in a love triangle, and along with two other couples, must explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death. This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessary; while others are voluntary; and still others are simply destined and beyond anyone's control.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? 
I think readers will like this book because it's a quick yet thoughtful read.  I'm a very realistic writer so I like to confront complicated relationships and place them into the proper context.  There's a lesson to be learned but not in a judgmental way.  The question one has to ask is when do relationships become so complicated that staying in them becomes impossible not to leave? 

Q: Why did you go indie? 
I wanted complete control over what I write and how I distribute my work to readers.  I wanted the channels to remain as unfiltered as possible.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? 
My work can best be described as Women's Contemporary Fiction, however it does have some genre bending elements as well.  That's because I love authors from so many different genres.  I like Anne Padgett, Lionel Shriver and Jodi Picoult but I also like Danzy Senna, Lorene Cary and host of other writers.  The list is very long!

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