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 poetry. I joined a poetry group. I got a few things published. Then, in a writing workshop, I began writing fiction A seed got planted. The stories I wrote got longer and longer until one day I found myself writing a novel. I finished the novel in fits and starts and wrote another one. Then another. Each time, I learned a little more about the art and craft. of storytelling. Each time, I got to enter a brand new world. Through my characters, I've gotten to be a lot of things, from a shark researcher to an 1850's heiress to a ski patrol woman. Who knows what's next? Writer, it's the perfect job for the girl who wanted to be everything.
PS If you're looking for my romantic comedy, check out Annie Hoff. All my romantic comedy, both the old favorites and some new titles, are now under my new name,.
“The Lilac Hour” is three stories in one, following three generations of women. Each story is charming and unique and Carbone does a fabulous job with the “voice” of each character, making them come to life.
I got the idea for the first, title, story while running a writing retreat in Maine. There are, after all, few things more beautiful or inspiring than the ocean in the hour just before sunset. The first story, about a woman in her eighties, led me to think her daughter and granddaughter had stories to tell as well. And so I wrote Love Letters and The Road Not Taken and made the three into this short story trilogy. It's a quick read, perfect, in my humble opinion, for a quiet afternoon. I hope you'll think so too.
Three short stories. Three women. Three destinies. Ute Carbone's descriptions are wonderfully evocative. Her use of scents to set the atmosphere is great, made me smell and see, feel and remember lilacs in bloom when I was a young girl. My only regret is that the stories were so short. A lovely read.