Hero Interview from Home to Montana by Charlotte Carter

» Posted on Mar 19, 2013 in Blog | 14 comments

This week I’m hosting Charlotte Carter with Home to Montana, Ramona Richards with Memory of Murder and Barbara Phinney with Bound to the Warrior (for the contest she will giveaway a copy of an ebook for Deadly Trust, romantic suspense). If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (March 25th) evening. 

Home to Montana CoverInterview with the hero from Home to Montana by Charlotte Carter:

1. Nick Carbini, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m just an ordinary guy, really. I enlisted in the Army after I graduated from high school and signed up to be a cook. (Before my mom died, she taught me how to make the best Italian spaghetti in the world.) The Army sent me to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu. I figured I’d end up cooking at an officers’ club, maybe even the Pentagon. It didn’t work out that way.

2. What do you do for fun?

I took Alisa Machak’s  9-year-old son Greg fishing. Alisa is the owner of the Pine Tree Diner in Bear Lake, Montana; I’ve been working around the place to help her out.. It was supposed to be a father-son thing, but he doesn’t have a dad so I sort of filled in. Of course, I’d never been fishing in my life. I expected to get skunked. Instead we won! Greg was pretty happy about that.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I dread going to sleep. I have nightmares. Sometimes I have flashbacks when I’m awake – blood everywhere, men screaming, bullets whizzing past me. It’s scary.

 4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

I’m afraid I might hurt someone while I’m having a flashback. That’s why I never stick around long in one place. I keep drifting to somewhere else hoping the flashbacks won’t follow me. So far that hasn’t worked.

5.  What do you want out of life?


6.  What is the most important thing to you?

That I’m not a mean drunk like my dad.

7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

I’ve never done much reading, but I’m a champ at jigsaw puzzles. Spent a lot of time putting them together in prison.

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I could be the kind of man Alisa deserves.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

My dog Rags sort of adopted me. I was sleeping at a rest stop in Colorado in my pickup. He was there by himself, dirty and hungry, so I fed him. He decided to come with me when I drifted on to somewhere else. He senses when I’m having a nightmare and wakes me up. I’d hate to lose him. He’s a good buddy but I think a kid needs a dog. Maybe I’ll let Rags stay with Greg when I move on.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I’d go back to Afghanistan and find some way to save the men who died when our outpost was overrun. Sometimes I see their faces . . .




  1. Such a beautiful cover.

    Prison? That has got to interesting to read.


    • Nick is exactly proud of ending up in prison, but he did start his faith journey there with the prison chaplain, so it wasn’t all lost. And he really got into doing jigsaw puzzles.

      • That, of course, is Nick isn’t……proud

  2. You and Margaret, had a great interview Nick. So your were a cook in the army, and you still have nightmare about bullet whizzing past you. I bet it was rough on you in the army. It nice that you are helping Alisa Machak’s and her 9 year boy Greg. God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth n38stanforth@yahoo.com

    • Thanks, Norma. Nick’s mother was the first to teach him to cook; sounds like a good thing for a hero to know how to do.

  3. I would love to be entered to win a copy of Home to Montana. I love Montana and I love dogs and I’d like to find out if Nick did give Rags away.

    🙂 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy w.

    • Cindy, Nick loves Montana too. In fact, he encourages everyone to come visit and drop in at the dinner. Yummy food! (Montana is one of my favorite vacation places – fishing, wolves howling in the wild, trees….)

  4. Sounds like a good book. I love Montana. Thanks for the giveaway.


    • Sarah, rumor has it I enjoyed writing about Nick and Montana, and helping him face his problems.

  5. Nick seems to be a good character—one I’d enjoy reading about! 🙂

  6. Nice reason to travel back there


    • Devena and bn100, hope you have a chance to visit Bear Lake!


  7. Interesting interview. My husband taught me how to make a good Italian spaghetti when we married. He was raised in an Italian town.
    Would love to win your book and review it.
    Glad you are not a mean drunk. I hate it when men get drunk and are mean to their wives and children. I had an Uncle who would.

    • Yeah, Nick really gets into this cooking business. Would love a taste of your spaghetti sauce, Jane. I’m sure it’s authentic.

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