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Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
Not that I can recall – and apologies for my imaginary friend if I’ve promptly forgotten about you!
Do you have any phobias?
I have an intense fear of needles and claustrophobia. I once visited volcanic caves in Reunion Island, and the guide took us deeper and deeper into the tunnels, until all twenty of us were huddled in a cave so small we could hardly breathe. Add to the idea that the volcano can erupt…that was a first and last for me!
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
Yes. It depends on what I’m writing but I listen to an array of music. Pop hits when the mood strikes and I’m editing, but if I have to think what I’m doing I tend to listen to movie soundtracks, classical music, Chad Lawson – anything that helps getting me in the mood of the scene I’m writing.
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
Reading a manuscript out loud is a good editing tool – you tend to look at each word individually and find some mistakes that spell check doesn’t! It is dull work but useful. Then I read it backwards for all the other errors I’ve missed.
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
Perfect Mistake’s heroine, Simone Levin, was inspired by the first female pilot I flew with in a Cessna Caravan from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. I was like, “You go girl!” to work in such a male dominated domain. I’ve since flown with other female pilots – notably in Kenya where we once took a flight with an all female crew. I think being a female in a male dominated domain still remains hard and tricky, despite everything women have achieved in the past century. I touch on some of these issues in the book.
by Sophia Karlson
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Simone Levin had a dream job as a safari pilot until an unexpected pregnancy clipped her wings. Tired of juggling motherhood with her demanding flight schedule, Simone applies for an office job, unaware that her new boss is Carlo Carlevaro, the man who’d ditched her before finding out he’d knocked her up. Carlo returns to East Africa only to kill another fire—Ivory trafficking from his lodges threatens to destroy his company. Finding Simone back on the payroll comes as a pleasant surprise. As his employee, Simone is off-limits, but she is the only one he trusts to help with his undercover investigation. With time running out, Simone and Carlo strive to expose the trafficking ring, but working together rekindles their mutual desire. When Simone is implicated as a trafficker, revealing her daughter’s existence to Carlo seems inevitable. Acting on her instincts might come too late as the syndicate retaliate and hone in their threat. Will they survive to give their love a chance?
Carlo pushed away from the doorframe, took a few steps towards them and stuck out his hand. A sharp pinch from Michael snapped her out of her flustered state, and she offered hers. Carlo’s hand was cool and dry, sending a tremor through her as he wrapped it around hers.
“Mr…Carlevaro.” She cleared her throat as he let go. She couldn’t help but rub her sweaty palm against her jeans. Touching his cool skin had felt like a disgrace.
“I’m glad you’ve finally arrived.” Carlo’s gaze traveled over her face. It rested on her lips for a moment before it shot back to her eyes. “I want to take off in the next thirty minutes.”
Simone’s heart, which had, for those treacherous few seconds, stood still, started to pound.
“I just landed from a long-haul flight. I’d like to take a quick shower.”
Carlo raised an eyebrow. “A quick shower?” His gaze traveled over her body, mapping the route the water would take.
God, he remembered.
Heat rushed to her cheeks at the potent memories that flooded in her mind. Years ago they had shared many showers that were everything but quick.
Sophia Karlson has lived in France, Germany, East Africa, Madagascar (not the movie, the country) and now finds herself back on home ground in South Africa. As a teenager, she devoured romances with far flung settings, loving to travel through books. After school her itchy feet took her around the world, but now she doesn’t get much further than the school run and the daily walk with her very demanding beagle. She writes contemporary and erotic romance, wanting to take readers on a journey of their own. She loves hearing from readers, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophia.karlson.5, Twitter: @SophiaKarlson, on the web at www.sophiakarlson.com.