Welcome Connie Acosta from New Beginnings (Camp Mirage Series Book 1), a new Romantic Cozy Mystery by Karen Cino.
Meet Connie Acosta
Birthplace: Staten Island New York
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of your character.
Shoulder length light brown hair with blond highlights. She’s short, barely five foot three and can afford to lose ten pounds. But she carries weight well, hiding a pot belly by wearing oversized long shirts.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Connie is in with you would call a happy marriage. She worked retail jobs while helping her husband to put their two sons through law school. When her husband gets arrested, secrets about him are exposed. Connie moves to her friends house who lives in a 55 and older community to start over and peruse her dream off being a baker.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Connie meets Victor, a resident of the community who begins to pursue her, slowly trying his best to win her heart.
How does your hero dress?
Connie dresses casually since it’s the summer. Shorts, T-shirt and flip flops. She loves wearing nice clothes and dresses up whenever she gets the chance.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Connie is happy living a comfortable life. Yes, it would be nice to have money to spend freely, but she doesn’t mind working hard to get the extras she wants.
What special skills does your character rely on?
She is a baker. She had attended a pastry school before she had her sons. She bakes cookies, cakes and pies.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Are any of his skills a source of pride? Embarrassment? Which ones and why?
What is your character’s family like?
Is he close to family?
Does she have children?
Connie has two sons, Calvin and Todd who are both attorneys and have their own law firm.
Is your character involved in her community?
Yes, Connie is slowly getting involved in activities in the community. She is making her baked good and selling them to people in the community.
How well does he know the neighbors? Coworkers?
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
How do others perceive your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption? Does your character care about those assumptions?
Can your heroine keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Yes. Connie will keep secret that she has built an illegal bakery in her friend Sara’s garage and that she is selling her baked goods to people inside the community.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Dealing with her husband’s deceit causes Connie not to trust another man. She fears being made a fool out of again. Inasmuch as she wants to let go of her past, memories of her husband’s secrets keep reappearing in her mind.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
To move away from the life she once had where she felt like a fool. She couldn’t take another day of people telling her they felt sorry for her and looking at her sympathetically.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Connie’s biggest hope is to get over the embarrassment her husband had bestowed upon her, which led her to fleeing down to the Jersey Shore. Her dreams are to be able to get her aery business up and running and get over the heartache her husband has put her through.
How does your character handle challenges?
Connie handles her business challenges face on. Detailing with love interest, Vic, she is guarded and not rushing into anything, as she is still getting over the lies and cheating her husband put her through.
About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.
To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I feel that since the writer moved down to a 55 and over community, she wanted to see what actives she could get involved in.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish she would tell the readers that no matter what my husband did to me, he would always be the love of my life and I could never hate him.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
I was surprised how the writer got me to move on so quickly. I was also surprised how she got me to start over and achieve my dreams.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy? What makes your writer the most sad?
I think the writer is happy to see that I am moving forward and have made some effort to spend time with Vic. I think what saddens her is that I keep putting him off and not allowing myself a second chance.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think the writer loves telling stories. I must confess that after a long walk, the writer’s story move along much more further than she has anticipated.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I am loving the character she has turned me into. I’m hoping that she continues with the series so I can see if I ever get over my husband and am able to move on with the gentleman who’s been trying his best to woo me.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I’d like for the writer to write more about Sara. Sara has a lot to say and has an interesting background. Being best friends with Sara, we have a lot of history between us that I would love to see the author explore.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Yes. Please find me a younger man other than Vic. He’s a nice guy, but I’d rather have someone a little close to my age.
New Beginnings (Camp Mirage Series Book 1)
Publisher: Mandolay Press
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Karen Cino has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Karen is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Liberty States Fiction’s Writers Association and Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.
Currently, Karen is working on a Cozy Mystery Series and Women’s Fiction Series.
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