Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SE Ohio Author Carole Brown

Hi Carole! What gave you the idea for the book Hog Insane?

Hmmm. I don't really know. 

I was into writing short stories for different contests I saw online and wanted something fun and catchy with unique characters. I, along with the rest of my family enjoy bikes, and threw the bike touch into the mix. Given from a grouchy and jealous protagonist point of view, it made for lighthearted reading. The whole short story focused on a different event, which, of course, has been expanded in the novel.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Probably Denton Davies in Hog Insane. He’s a grouchy man, just a tad overbearing, but oh, so in love with his wife, Alex. Why he can’t see that his little actions irritates her, is beyond me, and I’m his author! Lol. Still, he’s got a detective’s mind, a suspenseful nature, and he can allow that even though he may not care for a person doesn’t mean they’re guilty. Necessary when detecting! 
I did so love creating some of the characters who were suspected. Giving them “bad” traits and actions made them seem more human, more susceptible to doing the wrong thing. And incidentally resonates with many actions in people’s lives.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Writer’s block. When I experience it, I’m so totally distracted with games and people, even household chores are more appealing than struggling with getting past that mountain slide of block! Of course, I know if I push ahead, the light will dawn; it’s just getting the initiative to do so that’s the problem!
I love to ask this question. If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I love a variety of music from country to old-time rock and roll to gospel, blues, instrumental and opera. Just depends on my mood. Being a writer I have a lot of different moods so if I’m feeling down, I sure don’t want to hear a bunch of sad songs. That’s a guaranteed way to bring the tears. And perversely, if I’m having trouble dealing with life or writing problems I can’t bear to hear how wonderfully happy the singer is with his new love! Lol. Still mostly, I’m a positive person in spite of the moods!
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Had to ask my husband this one, because believe it or not, I usually am fairly predictable. I love making lists and checking off items. I love doing things a certain way. I have learned, living with a type A personality hubby, to go with the flow, but it’s hard at times. Lol.
Still, the quirky things: hubby says I slam my pillow down whenever I get in bed: meaning, I plump and turn and shove and push it into the shape I want and is comfortable before resting. Even then, I might rearrange it several times till it’s just right. Never would have guessed that was quirky! J
Quirky is just a husband's point of view (*smile*). Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Hope and forgiveness are dear to my heart.
Hope springs eternal in the heart. It is the essence that gives life. It is the thing that brightens the darkness!
And without forgiveness, no one can truly be free.  God’s forgiveness makes us spiritually free; forgiveness given to others gives us peace with the injustices; forgiveness to ourselves gives us happiness.
In my opinion, two of the greatest topics in the world.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Hoping to have the second book--Bat Crazy--in the Denton and Alex Davies mystery series out in June, then a third one--Daffy’s Duck--around December.
Then I’m also hoping--dreaming--of the release of Book 1 of a Spy Series set in WWII. These stories are about three sisters, their participation during WWII and their romantic tales with their own personal spies. They are especially dear to my heart, and I can’t wait to see them in print.
I’ll continue to work on other books I want to finish and hopefully will be published soon!
  • My agent would love to see a contemporary suspense series I’ve started, published.
  • Readers are asking for a second book after The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman.
  • My husband is pushing for me to finish the historical, light suspense (he gave me the idea for it!). 

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Patricia Bradley said...

Carolyn, so many projects. Choosing which one to work on would probably paralyze me. lol Great interview. Love learning more about you. I'm sure you never wake your husband when you're plumping.

Sharon A Lavy said...

You are a prolific writer Carole! I really enjoyed both of your published novels and am eager to read more.

Jackie McNutt said...

Such a catchy title Hog Insane !
Thank you for telling about it. Am looking forward to reading it , love mysteries and looks like interesting characters!

Linda Kish said...

I thought being grouchy and a tad overbearing just went along with being a middle-aged man. You mean it doesn't? This book sounds so good. I hope I get lucky.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Caroline said...

I wouldn't dream of waking my husband! Lol. But I'm afraid I do. He's a light sleeper so it doesn't take much to wake him. Thanks, Patricia for commenting.

Caroline said...

Thanks, Sharon. I adore being an author!

Caroline said...

Glad you like the title. Some think I've written about pigs! Lol. And I suppose it might seem that way. Hope you get a chance to read it. Mysteries are some of my favs, too, Jackie!

Caroline said...

Lol. I'm glad you said that and not me, Linda! :) Still, I hope I hit the nail on the head w/his personality. Hint: Bat Crazy will feature more of Alex's pov.

Hope you get lucky too.

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