I'm lucky to have another guest this week! Please welcome Ute Carbonne who has a romantic comedy, The P-Town Queen. Check out the blurb and the read a little more about the book!
Nikki Silva thinks she’s blown up her life. Divorced, funding for her shark research cut off, she’s moved back to Provincetown to live with her father. Nikki’s written a grant proposal funded by a commission run by her ex-husband Ned, who would rather not give money to his ex-wife.
Marco Tornetti wants to turn Newark spaghetti joint into a trendy bistro. His silent partner, Fat Phil Lagosa, wants to use the place to solicit questionable business deals. When Fat Phil turns on Marco and has him marked for a hit, Marco knows he’s in too deep.
Marco escapes the hit man and takes the first bus out of the city. Marco figures that Phil would never look for him in Provincetown‘s gay community. But when he meets Nikki, he finds that pretending to be gay isn’t as easy as it would seem.
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Oh the places you’ll go to… by Ute Carbonne
Writing a novel is a little like making soup. Okay, that may not be the most apt metaphor, but just bear with me. There are quite a few ingredients that go into the soup when the story is created. The three main in ingredients are plot, character, and setting. Voice is the seasoning and theme is the pot itself.
There’s a lot written about the importance of character and plot. There are debates about which of these is more important and questions over which you, the writer, should begin with. But the third element, setting, is often overlooked. And yet setting-- where and in what time period the story takes place-- is at least as important as plot and character. In the case of the P-Town Queen, setting is so important that it made its way into the book title.
The P-Town Queen is set in Provincetown, a touristy town on the very end of Cape Cod. If you imagine Cape Cod as a flexed arm, Provincetown is the fist. Surrounded on three sides by water, tiny Provincetown has about five thousand permanent residents. In the summer, the number of people swells the population and like most seaside tourist towns, P-Town caters to summer visitors. It’s chock full of ice cream shops and t-shirt huts and restaurants. But P-Town isn’t your average tourist town. P-Town also has a very vibrant gay community. Couple the vibrant gay community and summer tourists with a small enclave of very traditional Portuguese American fisher families—all co-existing (very peacefully, I might add) on this little spit of sand and you get the picture.
The P-Town Queen began with a hero running away from a mob hit and hiding out under an alias. Add Provincetown to the mix, and part of the alias became “gay man”. Add a heroine with a traditional family that is part of the fishing community and you end up with—comedy soup.
The P-Town Queen set anywhere else just wouldn’t be the P-Town Queen.
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