An Interview with ‘Taste for Love’s’ Carlos Ortíz!


/əˈnɪgmə/ [uh-nig-muh]

noun, plural e·nig·mas; Chiefly Archaic , e·nig·ma·ta /əˈnɪgmətə/ Spelled [uh-nig-muh-tuh]

1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation: His disappearance is an enigma that has given rise to much speculation.

2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character: To me he has always been an enigma, one minute completely insensitive, the next moved to tears.


Of all the people I met in Tia Kelly’s book, ‘Playing for Love’, the enigma, the one who intrigued me most was Carlos Ortiz. Strong, silent, terse to the point of tactless … but still, incredibly sexy, Carlos had me convinced for a while that Paige was a very, very foolish woman not to snap him up when she had a chance.

Until I realized that temperamentally, they were completely wrong for each other.

But then I wondered, ‘what kind of woman would be right for Carlos, then?’ Thank goodness I get to find that out in ‘Taste for Love’. But before reading the book, I thought it might be interesting to try to break down that steely reserve that makes Carlos the man he is, see whether I might get under his skin a little bit. So Tia Kelly consented to having him sit in the hot seat for minute and answer a few questions about life, Paige and maybe even … love.

So Carlos, let’s go right for the big elephant in the room. You’ve been extremely close to Paige for a long time, and yet romance never developed between you two. Why do you think that was?

We were always better off as friends. I’ll be the first to admit Paige is gorgeous and a beautiful person on the inside, too. She’d be any man’s dream. But from day one she and I connected like brother and sister and that’s where we remained for the most part. Besides, Paige deserved more than what I was into giving back then. I’m happy to see she finally got it.

But interestingly, you never really seemed to develop a ‘romance’ of any kind with anyone else either. Why not?

Never was interested. I didn’t have the time to give a woman long term with my career playing pro baseball. I grew up watching enough happen in my own family to see it takes a lot to make a relationship work. I used to believe that it was always better not to even get caught up in something that was bound to fail.

Has your relationship with Paige changed since she got married?

Not really. I’m still there for her and I know she has my back. Of course she and I don’t spend a lot of time together like we used to, but nothing’s changed. Not where it matters.

How about your relationship with Kenneth? It was strained there for a minute. Has it been repaired?

KW and I will always be cool. He’ll always be my boy.

Okay, let’s get away from the tough topics for a second and talk about more neutral topics. You’re a pretty serious guy, a little unapproachable at times. What makes you laugh?

Unapproachable? *shrug* If you say so. I just don’t like a lot of bullshit… sorry I probably shouldn’t have said that. I have a big sense of humor and love to laugh all the time, but I guess one has to know me to get to see that side of me. My daughter and I play pranks on people all the time.

What makes you sad?

*shrug* I don’t know.

What makes you mad?

When people lie or hurt others.

Enough of the easy stuff. Back to the tough topics. Have you ever been in love?

In the past no.

You’ve been linked to some pretty beautiful women. What kind of woman would it take to tempt you to settle down with just one?

She’d have to have patience and be understanding of who I am, where I am in my life. Love and accept my daughter, knowing I’m a father first. Someone that has her own thing going but would have room for me in her life.

Describe the best day you’ve ever had.

When my little girl got to hear for the first time. I think hearing her own voice scared her at first, but after while she was just so mesmerized by every little thing she heard. She still is.

Describe the worst.

When I almost lost my best friend.

And one final question. Purely hypothetical of course. If it was up to you where you would be a year from today and what you would be doing? And who would be there with you?

TFL civerGood question. I have an idea, but I like to keep some aspects of my life private. Sorry. But I will say if it happens I’ll be happy just like the woman that’ll be beside me.

Thanks for stopping by Carlos. I know this was probably excruciating for you. You’ve earned the distinction of being the least forthvoming interview subject I’ve ever had on my blog! Had you been otherwise, you wouldn’t have been … Carlos, I guess. But seriously, though, I appreciate this tiny peek into the window of your mind.

And just like I promised, I didn’t even breathe a word about a certain someone. Which was easy, since I know I’ll get to read all about it in ‘Taste for Love’!

And since it’s clear Carlos is givin’ us nothin’ I’m going to give you something. Two random commenters to this post will win copies of ‘Taste For Love’!

Happy Reading!


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23 thoughts on “An Interview with ‘Taste for Love’s’ Carlos Ortíz!

  1. Great interview… Carlos actually said more than i thought he would.
    But i get where he’s coming from as well, somethings need to stau private.
    Bravo Mr. Ortiz…

  2. Initially I loathed Carlos because I thought he was arrogant, selfish, and just plain mean, but that all changed seeing him with Melody and even with Paige. Great interview Nia. It was great getting to know Carlis better. I can’t wait to read “Taste for Love”, so much so that I purchased it first thing this morning. That’s what happens when you’re a die hard Tia Kelly fan, lol. Thanks again for sharing the interview. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


  3. Reblogged this on tia kelly and commented:
    Carlos Ortiz decided to stop by Nia Forrester’s blog today during the Taste for Love Blog Tour. Find out what he has to say (or not say)… and enter for your chance to win a copy of ‘Taste for Love’!

  4. Hi Ms. Nia,
    Sorry I couldn’t wait, I got my copy as soon as it hit amazon site this morning. I waited up just for it. I love the interview with Carlos. I even love the picture of Carlos more. Nice job and Congrats to you Ms. Tia on your new release.

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