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Ute Carbone

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Award winning author Ute Carbone pronounces her first name Oohtah, but doesn't spell it that way. She lives with her husband in Southern NH, where she spends her days drinking coffee, eating chocolate, walking in the woods, and dreaming up stories.

There's been a long list of things I've wanted to be. Some of them were fanciful- ballerina, trapeze artist, world class ski racer. Some more serious-doctor, oceanographer, bookstore owner. Some I've actually accomplished- teacher, mother, workshop leader.
I've always loved to read books but for most of my life I never would have imagined myself writing them. Oh, I scribbled. I wrote songs for my guitar when I was a teen. I kept a journal in college. When my children were small, I began to write
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Ute Carbone I don't think there is one more difficult than the another, Alexander. I've written novels that are funny, novels that are dramatic, and novels that…moreI don't think there is one more difficult than the another, Alexander. I've written novels that are funny, novels that are dramatic, and novels that are historical along with a bunch of short stories and poems. I can tell you that each thing I write comes with it's own set of challenges. Even in the same genre, no two projects are the same.
There are, of course, some things we are better at than others. I love writing dialog, and I love the rhythm of language. I'm a terrible speller and am often stymied by silly things, unsure of whether or not to use a comma and so forth. I tend to repeat words. All of this is fixable--and why a good editor is invaluable. (less)
Ute Carbone I was asked this recently as part of another interview and found the question interesting enough that I wrote a blog post about it. Here's a bit of my…moreI was asked this recently as part of another interview and found the question interesting enough that I wrote a blog post about it. Here's a bit of my post:
The usual advice I mete out --only when asked, of course *grins* -- is to write a lot and read a lot and then write some more. It is sound advice, and I'm certainly not the only one who has offered it. But as I look back, I think my beginner already knew to do those things. We all know practice makes you better at what you do. And most writers I've met are avid readers first.
The other thing, though, the thing we don't talk about as often, is the courage it takes to write. Facing down a blank page can be like standing on the high dive. Maybe it's your first time, or maybe you've taken the dive a thousand times before, but each time there's a thrum in your ear, a roiling in your gut. You know you can do it, or you think you can, and the water is mirror smooth and blue and inviting. But it is a long way down. And if you've done it before, you know it can go wrong, and the smooth blue water will feel like concrete as you crash into it.
My advice is do it anyway. Close your eyes and jump. Pull out the stops and write with your whole heart, your whole being. All good writing comes from this, the thrilling jump forward, the deep dive, the resurfacing. (less)
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Picture Luck
 
There are days when the stars align into a pattern
you can follow down to a place by the river.
A place where all that matters is blue stirred water
the pungent sweetness of earth and pine
the birds calling and calling .
On a lazy Saturday afternoon you walked the embankment,
a pair of black winged moths chased through the bracken
and you thought, beautiful, beautiful.  
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“The kiss was flight, the kind of kiss that had magic I hadn’t known existed. Or maybe it was the kind of kiss that I had known long before but had all but forgotten, like the scent of roses once they’re no longer in bloom.”
Ute Carbone, The Whisper of Time

“Sometimes you have to work hard for what you want. Sometimes, hard work is what makes it precious.”
Ute Carbone, Blueberry Truth

“In my lifetime I have learned, among other things, not to overcook
veal and never to forget a woman’s name the morning after. On that day I
added another little ditty to my list: never blow up a dead whale with
dynamite.”
Ute Carbone, The P-Town Queen
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“Sometimes you have to work hard for what you want. Sometimes, hard work is what makes it precious.”
Ute Carbone, Blueberry Truth

“I’d believed in that story, the story of us. It was still there,
that antiquated fairy tale notion. I was older now, though, and it was
time to let the fairy tale go.”
Ute Carbone, Afterglow

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

“I'm not young enough to know everything.”
James Matthew Barrie, The Admirable Crichton

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Harlequin Books Hello Ute Carbone, it is a pleasure to meet you.


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Ute Carbone Harlequin Books wrote: "Hello Ute Carbone, it is a pleasure to meet you."
The pleasure is mine Good to be here with you.


Riverina Romantics Thanks for the invite Ute. I look forward to chatting


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Ute Carbone Jodie wrote: "Thanks for the invite Ute. I look forward to chatting"
My pleasure Jodie!


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K.E. Saxon Thanks for the GR friendship, Ute!


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Ute Carbone Look forward to chatting about books, KE!


Savannah Ute, thank you for the friendship.
Stay naughty,
Savannah
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Ute Carbone I'm trying Savannah, I'm trying. :)


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