Maria Catalina Vergara Egan.
Her new book Defined by Others is on tour and she was kind enough to share with us a character interview and a few details about her latest release.
A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.
An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of their mutual acquaintances. In an attempt to run from her reality Anne gets engrossed in a game of "fun" and "flirtation" with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie at her side. Anne however did not read all the files and what to her is fun games turns into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game.
Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation.
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Character Interview: Anne Geyer
1. Anne, the book Defined by Others is narrated from your perspective,can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born in 1965, in New England. I am an only child, my Dad always wanted a son, so he was not particularly attached to me, I think my mom wanted her freedom, it was lonely growing up.
I was able to study in Europe for a few years, people there seem to be more independent, and I relate, so people often see me as a bit of a loner. I don’t dislike people, but I am not one to readily trust people.
I work as a translator. I am married and have teenage twins, well I was married until Frank left me, I am so used to being married, I guess I need to start saying I am in the process of getting a divorce.
2. So you are new to the dating scene, how does it feel?
To be honest dating has taking me as much by surprise as the end of my marriage did. I had to visit Peter on a matter absolutely unrelated to my marriage. He is a lawyer and the next thing I knew, we became a thing. Everyone keeps on telling me it is a pity I met him so soon after Frank and I split up, but who knows, sometimes the least likely romances turn out to be the best ones and the long lasting.
3. Do you have a favorite Language?
That is a very tough question, I used to always feel I had to have a favorite language, or at least a favorite language for certain things, like Italian should be the language of food, French the language of romance and German the language of logic. Then I realized that it really does not matter what language something is said in, it is what is said that matters.
4. Chocolate or Vanilla?
If you had asked me a year ago, before I became such good friends with Connie, I would have answered vanilla. Today I know it really depends when and what you are pairing the flavor with. Connie is the best baker and cook, she knows how to make everything taste in harmony with a moment. My friend Connie is to food what I am to language an expert of sorts.
5. Any regrets?
REGRETS? Where do I start? Too many to mention. I cannot change the past and all the ruthless decisions I made that cost so many dearly. I can only go forward and make sure that I choose wisely and really consider the future, so I focus as much as possible on my twins.
6. If you could have a dinner with anyone living or dead who would it be?
Like I said I am really focusing on my kids, but since the possibilities are endless and I know they will always be there for me, I guess the logical choice would be Amanda. I think if we had found a way to have a nice long adult chat, perhaps all the pain and confusion of our youth would have manifested in a very different way, I guess we will never know.
7. Have you found that after dabbling into the psychic and the occult that perhaps you have some abilities?
I am not sure if it is due to all the therapy after we were arrested or if it really is an intuition I always had but was not aware of. Lately I do feel that I can sense far more than I ever assumed was possible. Sometimes when the phone rings I know who it is before I see the caller ID.
I also seem to have developed a very special bond with Connie maybe that is just what being a real friend is all about.
Thanks for inviting me to your blog, I am still trying to find myself after the mess we made of things.
About the author
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan the author of The Bridge of Deaths and Defined by Others. Catalina is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She has lived in France, Sweden and various parts of the U.S.A.
She has called South Florida her home for the last twenty-five years; she is a writer, a mother a wife and a pretty good cook.
Her first book The Bridge of Deathsis available in two different versions, her book Defined by Others is the first in a series Defining Waysexploring what makes us flawed and human.
Book two Climbing Up The Family Tree; Defined by Pedigreewill be released in November 2015.