Sunday, October 27, 2013

Welcome Debut Author Carole Brown To The Interview HotSpot

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Carole. How fun to be able to interview you instead of read an interview from you. 
Tell me, what started you on your writing journey?
Carole: I’ve always written from grade school. I remember sharing in “show and tell” and having my classmates clap when I finished. I suppose that aided my interest. The talent has been there; it’s part of me, and I love it. I can’t think of another thing I’d rather do with my life as to write.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Carole: I’m particular what kind of music I listen to when I’m writing. I like subdued and/or no distractions: conversation, music, people. I like to see the scenes and people and actions. The less that gets my attention from that, the more and better I can write.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
Carole: Love suspense books and books filled with substance. Some of my favorite ones are written by men. Kevin Mark Smith is a new favorite. I recommend his book, Flashback. I also really enjoyed David Stearman’s book called Hummingbird.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Carole: Probably Caralynne Hayman. The story is about her reaching the spot where she must accept God’s existence or continue a downward path that very well could have serious consequences.
Developing her character was a lot of fun in spite of the work. I had to make her sympathetic and likeable that shone through the bitterness and anger she carried inside her. Giving her two other daughters to care for and love gave her that edge.
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Carole: Probably some kind of romantic song with a twist now and then to show independence and interest.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Carole: I once sat in a cornfield with a Native American medicine man’s wife while we shucked corn. She invited my friends and me into her home (lovely!) and talked to us about eating rat (not the kind YOU’RE thinking of! Lol) and about using hot peppers in her food.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Carole: Window cleaning? I’d rather clean the bathroom! I’m serious. Or maybe it’s doing Sunday dishes. Ugh. Anytime of the week, but Sunday--despise doing them then.
I could add that one of the top hated chores in the world for me would be carrying in groceries. If I had enough discipline perhaps I could go longer without food and I could put that one off longer. J I’d like to announce to the world (if I was rich) I’d hire someone JUST to do this chore. Never carry in another sack--yeah!
What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Carole: I love sharing holiday meals with family. They’re such fun times when we can be together, laugh, bring up old memories, and relax. I feel so blessed to finally have three adorable grandsons when I thought I’d never get the chance to be a grandmamma. 
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Carole: Forgiveness and hope are two of my favorites. This novel dealt with both deeper than most of mine but I always like to show a change or improvement in my characters.
Share a  verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Carole: Ephesians 6:10, says, “Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Assurance and a promise that we can be strong when we have God in our hearts and in our lives. We cannot have the strength we need in certain circumstances, but with God all things are possible. Love the thought.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Carole: I have the first book in a cozy mystery series (called Hog Insane, and, no its not about pigs) that will release in mid-November. It’s a fun story about a middle-aged retiree couple who travel around the country in their RV with their dog, Taffy. Their first stop is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where they discover the young man they’ve been asked to find. The only trouble is, he’s dead. That, along with their own personal marriage problems, keep the couple on their toes. Look for it on Amazon 
I also have right now a companion book to The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, on Amazon as well. It's a short, but interesting book filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, mountain sayings, recipes, a colorful tale about the history of The Children of Righteous Cain, and a few discussion questions about the novel.
I’m also working on a sequel to The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman and here’s a very rough blurb:
It begins with a baby kidnapping. Elder Simmons, the antagonist, will not let go. He is determined to wreck vengence upon the MacFarlands, even if he has to do it from prison.

Cara and Dayne, now happily married, go through trials that will shatter their self-complacency and test their love. Dayne will be lied about and like Joseph in the Bible must hold steady for God’s timing. Cara has suffered hurts and abuse from her former marriage. With Dayne she thought everything would be smooth sailing. But when the lies surface, can she trust him, does she love him enough to stay strong for his sake? Will her mustard seed faith grow or be uprooted?
Wow, Carole. sounds like you have a lot going on. I can see you are a prolific writer and I can’t wait to read your offerings.
You may purchase The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman on Amazon
Or have your local library order it in for you!
Carole Brown is giving away a copy of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)


Cindi A said...

I'd really like to win this book. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!

Jackie McNutt said...

So much fun learning about Carole. love that forgiven and hope are a part of her writings. Also all her new books sound like good reads. Thanks so much.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Carole's new book is so good. Hope everyone will check it out. If you are interested in learning what happens in Cults, you will want this book. I would love to win one to share with others. It is that good. Maxie

Patricia Bradley said...

Sounds like a great book. Enjoyed getting to know more about Carole. pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Finn said...

I just love the sounds of your book. Would love to win it to read it and review it.
Linda Finn

sm said...

Interesting book. Want to win it. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

cjajsmommy said...

I had a friend who was raised in a cult. I am interested in seeing how Carole's book parallels my friends story. cjajsmommy {at} gmail [dot] com

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview ladies!

Sunday or holiday dishes are the worst aren't they?


Boos Mum said...

This books sounds like it deals with some tough topics. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Caroline said...

I so appreciate all your comments, ladies! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and hope many of you will check out my books! Blessings to all of you.

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