Category Archives: Carnival of Hope

Author’s research notes: Carnival of Hope – Thereza’s mother trades her to an older man

The way in which younger women were expected to use their sexuality to seduce older men in order to get on in life, was one of the major themes which came across in my research for Carnival of Hope. In … Continue reading

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How a radio program helped me to strengthen the character of Tomas in Carnival of Hope

I try not to lock myself away, cutting myself  off from outside influences as I write what I hope will be my next blockbuster. That can lead to some interesting discoveries. While writing a novel, I think it’s a good … Continue reading

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Carnival of Hope – Goodreads giveaway winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Goodreads giveaway of Carnival of Hope. Your paperback copies have been ordered from The Book Depository and should be with you in 2-4 weeks: Jaime Ravenwood (NZ); Deepak Sharma (IN); Kirstie Horton (AU); Sarah … Continue reading

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Do US readers prefer a different cover to UK readers?

I ask myself this because when I recently put up my original cover for Carnival of Hope on KBoards.com, mainly visited by US readers and writers, to get opinions for the paperback cover (in order to do a Goodreads giveaway … Continue reading

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Attack for posting a scene led to devastation and then a new realization

I recently wrote a guest post for Book Reviews by DDS about how I got over being attacked online for posting a scene from my novel Carnival of Hope. Check it out here: Attack for posting a scene lead to … Continue reading

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What is the vibrant and colourful event of carnival all about?

The Brazilian 2012 Carnival officially kicked off in Rio on Friday 17th February (festivities started the previous day in places like Salvador de Bahia), and will run for five days. Carnival provides one of the main turning points in my … Continue reading

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Author’s research notes: Carnival of Hope – the women’s rich sexual banter

Another feature of the research was how common sexual teasing and banter is in the favelas. Here are some examples which I unearthed, and then a scene to depict how this aspect was used in the novel: Erotic language is … Continue reading

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Author’s research notes for Carnival of Hope – How was the north-eastern shantytown depicted in the novel created?

I read several modern day anthropological studies (1980’s) of places in the north-east of Brazil to come up with the fictitious shantytown where the story begins. Some of the descriptions of these places included: • Smoky, fly-infested huts, hungry toddlers … Continue reading

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Carnival of Hope – due for publication 20 November 2011

Today, Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But in the 1990s, only a few years after the book burning military dictators returned to their barracks, the country experienced severe economic stagnation with hyperinflation running at … Continue reading

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To create natural conflict in your story, insert a major difference between your main characters

Shirley Valentine, from the Willy Russell play, is at heart adventurous and yearning for excitement in her life. This is shown best by putting her with an unadventurous husband, and it leads to conflict in their relationship because of their … Continue reading

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