Monday, August 20, 2012

Please Welcome Christian Author Carol Ann Erhardt


Hi Carol Ann. Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft Bookshelf. Can you tell us what kind of books you enjoy reading?

I’m drawn to suspense and romantic suspense, but I also enjoy great character driven books like Terri Blackstock. My favorite of her series was the Restoration series: Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light. Colleen Coble is another favorite. The Rock Harbor Series hooked me. The first book I read was Abomination. In the secular market, I can’t pass up a Dean Koontz book, especially his series about Odd Thomas. I love seeing Dean’s sense of humor in the way Odd thinks and acts. Brenda Novak is another of my fav authors. I really enjoyed the Bulletproof series: Inside, In Seconds, and In Close.

Which character most interested you while you wrote Trapped?

As I wrote the book, Trapped, a major secondary character, Becca, intrigued me. She is Jake’s sister. She’s strong emotionally and spiritually. Forced to be a single mom after the death of her husband, she has a positive attitude, a wonderful sense of humor, and loves unconditionally. Evidently she intrigued readers too because they requested me to give Becca her happily ever after. That’s the book I’m working on now, which is the second in the Havens Creek series.

Our readers like to learn "secrets" about authors. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I’m not a “quirky” kind of person, but maybe the craziest thing I’ve done was when on vacation in Tennessee with my youngest daughter, who was 15 at the time. We had observed people getting in rubber inner-tubes and riding down Little Pigeon River in Townsend. We decided to give it a try. We rented tubes and maneuvered down the rocks. Everyone was floating around with their shoes on. We couldn’t imagine why they’d do that. We didn’t want our tennis shoes to get wet, so we took them off. We should have tested the water first because when we jumped in it was icy cold—not just cold, but ICY! Immediately the current caught us and swept us downstream. We were going so fast, dodging tree limbs and trying to stay together. Daughter fell out of her tube and I kept yelling for her to hold on. We reached a calmer area and I jumped off my tube and promptly lost it. Had to swim downstream to get it. We were like two drowned rats climbing the bank to get to the sidewalk so we could walk back. That’s when we realized why people wore their shoes. The sidewalk was hot enough to fry an egg! We still laugh about the whole situation but I’d never do that again!

Do you have any strange habits?

Talking to myself. I do it all the time! Drives my poor hubby nuts. Oh, and I do answer myself, too. I used to just talk to myself in my head, but I’ve become more outspoken!

That's hilarious. What makes you smile or laugh out loud?

I started to say my husband. Then I thought about my grandkids. My kids. My best friend. The antics of my cats. Sunshine, snow, rain, flowers…I guess I smile and laugh a lot!

What is your favorite season of the year?

I love fall. The sound of leaves crackling under my feet. Cooler weather. A change in the air. But wait. I love the cold air in winter. The way my breath fogs when I breathe. The first snowfall. The beauty of nature covered in snow or ice. Oh, but then there’s spring. Tree leaves budding. Flowers poking their heads from the ground. Yellow daffodils. Purple crocus. Soft rain. A new beginning. Ah, then comes bright sunshine and summer months. Frogs in the pond. Cicadas singing. Mowing the lawn. Trimming the roses. Beautiful skies with white puffy clouds. Sigh. How can I pick?

I love fall too. What’s your favorite meal with family and friends?

We have a large family with eight kids, 23 grandkids, and 6 great grandkids. Everyone travels for Easter and Thanksgiving, but I plan a family get-together the weekend before Christmas every year. It’s a wonderful time where we give thanks for the blessings of family, eat together, and play games. I look forward to Christmas every year. What better time to celebrate family than the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus?

That's true. Can you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” God made many promises to us. This one, in particular, gives me hope and encouragement. He has proven that so many times in my life. I repeat this when I’m troubled, lonely, happy, or overjoyed. Nothing brings me comfort more than knowing He is always with me.

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Carol Ann Earhardt is giving away a copy of Trapped. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

2 comments:

cjajsmommy said...

Talking to oneself is a strange habit? Now you tell me! What bothers me is when someone eavesdrops on my private conversation and wants to know what I'm talking about. Gosh, if I wanted them to know, I would have been talking to them instead of myself, lol. Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Carol Ann said...

LOL! I'm going to use that "eavesdropping" line on my hubby next time he asks who I'm talking to!!

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