Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 2 - 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?
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Barn Door Book Loft:

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 back, Carole. A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?

Never! I have to grit my teeth (so to speak) and quit.
Describe your workspace.

Oh, I’d love to! I have this big rounded table desk that my hubby sanded and refinished for me. It’s big enough that I can scatter papers and books and whatever else I want including two computers at times! I love it very much. I have candles near and books and pictures of my adorable grandsons and baskets, cups and seasonal decorations! One of my favorite places in our home. J
Describe your dream workspace.

I’ve got it, unless I could add more computers. Wouldn’t it be nice to have different WIPs on several computers? When you get tired (or blocked) on one story, scoot on over to another!
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

OH, dear. I don’t want to be someone else! If I could experience it for just a bit (no more than a couple hours, I suppose it would be fun to try one of Jane Austen’s protagonists or maybe have some adventure in Narnia or maybe I’d even choose to be one of YOUR characters, Tamera Lynn Kraft. Of course, doing all that traveling in Cindy Thomson’s books would be fun--but only if my hubby could figure in as the male heroine!! Lol

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

It’s easy to write a book! (Groan, shaking head!).  If only they knew. It takes time to plot and brainstorm, to write and push through mental blocks, to research and interview, to market and whatever else comes an author’s way.

But it is a life I love. It’s work, yes, but so very rewarding. I LOVE being an author! Thank you, God!
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

You’ve suddenly turned onto Easy Street. That you’ve been transported into “It’s a Wonderful Life!” Ha.
That doesn’t happen. You just signed an invisible contract for more work!

What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?


I think an overall theme would be to seek God’s will in our lives. As humans, it’s so easy to want to grasp the reins in our own hands and head off into our world thinking we have the answers, or not believing fully that God has the RIGHT answer for us! 

Thanks for joining us here on Novel PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

As always, I’d love to encourage every writer to never quit! And to everyone of your readers: never give up. Whatever your dream, desire, or pursuit, seek God’s will, then dive in! He has the perfect journey for you.
Great Advice. Don't forget to leave a comment answering this question: What is it about history that fascinates you as a reader?


Sybil Bates McCormack said...

Hi, Tamera and Carole. Nice interview. When I read historical fiction, I can almost persuade myself that I'm killing two birds with one stone--feeding my addiction for exciting stories featuring beautiful people using clever turns of phrase and "learning" about the past in a way that is so much more palatable than when we studied history in school as children. As for what fascinates me most about history as a reader? I think it's the fact that people of the past experienced essentially the same struggles, insecurities and joys that we do in modern times--whether on a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level. The experience can be eye-opening. Blessings!


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