Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Day 1 - Author Carole Brown Talks about her Love of Writing Suspence

Carole Brown not only has her award winning (RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.
November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late 2014 winter.
Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
Connect with her here:

She is also a part of several other blogs:

Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/

Carol is giving away a copy of her new novel, With Music In Their Hearts. To enter the drawing, leave a comment answering the following question: What is it about history that fascinates you as a reader?

Welcome to Novel PASTimes, Carole. Tell us a little about what you write.

I write suspense. Sometimes it’s contemporary, sometimes historical. I might put out a book that is considered a mystery (like my Denton and Alex Davies contemporary series), a light suspense (my historical With Music in Their Hearts) or a more serious one (like by debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman). Whatever I write, you can be sure there will be some type of mystery or suspense. J

Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?

I’m a full time writer in that I don’t hold an outside day job.

My biggest challenge as a full time writer is “LIFE.”  I love my husband and sons and grandchildren. I love church and God and traveling and being with my friends and helping others as much as I can. I enjoy decorating for the seasons and eating out occasionally and other fun things. Unfortunately, life takes time too.
Even after saying that, I have to thank God for the privilege of having this incredible talent to write! I am so blessed! 

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?

Other than contemporary, I REALLY enjoy the early 1900s. Specifically WWII. I suppose one reason is because my mother lived through it and I’ve always loved her very much. There’s just something about that period that is romantic, filled with bravery and expansion and loyalty. I love it! 

But I will pass along this hint: I’m working on a late 1800s historical (light suspense) that I hope to have done in a few months! AND I’m plotting an early 1900s serious suspense too which I can hardly wait to begin! Lol 

Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.

Emma Jaine: red-headed, strong willed, loving and caring about her two sisters and father, runs a boarding house, longs for a man to love.
Tyrell Walker, inherited money from his wayward but successful father, raised by his godly grandparents and followed in his ancestors’ footsteps in becoming a minister. Approached by his FBI cousin, Ben Hardy, he becomes involved in civilian spying and falls for the attractive older Rayner sister.
What are you working on now?

I’m diligently trying to:

Ÿ  finish the second book in my Denton and Alex Davies mystery series (called Bat Crazy),

Ÿ  finish the second book in my WWII Spies series (A Flute in the Willows), and

Ÿ  I’m plotting/writing as much as I can on other books I hope to get out shortly.
Thanks, Carole. Readers, remember to join us tomorrow for part 2 of Carole Brown's Interview. Remember to leave a comment to enter a drawing for her new novel, With Music in Their Hearts. Answer this question in your comment: What is it about history that fascinates you as a reader?


traveler said...

History is real, history is how we learn about what happened and hopefully gain insight into this and become educated. Reading about history is important and memorable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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