Welcome to the Book Loft, Caryl! Can you tell us what is unique about the setting in your new release, The Preacher’s Faith?
I’ve titled this series the Red River Romances, and as you might suspect, set the stories in Red River County, namely Clarksville and its surrounding country towns and cities which is our new home. I love this area. It’s almost strange how much I love it, but shortly after we came, my heart just bonded to it. The people are wonderful, the country life is so peaceful and pleasant, and the country itself, beautiful.
I love the birthing seasons, seeing all the new baby calves and foals in the fields and also the planting and harvest seasons watching the farmers plant. I see their crops push up from the black earth then soon cover it in green. I pray as they grow for God to bless the harvest.
Living here where I put my characters helps me to make it so real. I think of my setting as a part of my story and love writing about it. I hope before I’m through, people come to Clarksville just to see the place where all my characters live.
Can you tell us a bit about your family, and what it is like where you live?
Though we’re about to be great-grandparents for the first time next month, my husband Ron and I are still parents to two grandsons who’ve been with us for twelve years. Their two older brothers left last year when the oldest graduated and went off to college and the sixteen-year-old went to his other grandparents’ because that granddaddy fell and broke his hip, and our boy asked to go so he could be a help to them. So we’re down to two now and enjoy our little family of four with our lives filled with basketball games and band practice and church youth events.
We have five dogs, two tiny inside baby girls, Belle and Sassy, and three outside guard dogs, Border collie Faith, Great Pyrenees Zoe, and Black lab Bois d’arc (pronounced Bodark). And there’s always a barn cat population. Though we live in the woods, because of all our domesticated friends, we rarely see the wildlife except when we’re four-wheeling on the ranch, nine hundred sixteen acre McAdoo Ranch—Ron’s brother’s, though we get to play on it.
I’ve shared my life with my best friend since we were sixteen years old, and have loved almost every minute of it. We have four children, three sons and a daughter, and fourteen grandsugars, and soon the first great.
We lived in the DFW Metroplex fifty-five years before acting on a lifelong dream for country life and heading to Red River County in far NE Texas in ‘08. In July, 2013, we moved into our new house The Peaceable way off the paved road back into the woods, can’t see it at all from the Farm-to-Market. I look out over a pond in the back from the dining table or kitchen window.
I enjoy the Brown Bag Book Club once a month at the Red River County Public Library, my Luncheon Ladies group that also meets once a month and two writers groups, and hope to set up an ACFW Chapter soon.
Do you have favorite spiritual themes?
I try to always put scriptural principals in every book, but as for a spiritual theme, I’d think ‘God will give you the desires of your heart’ would apply to The Preacher’s Faith. Faith and Asa both, and her daddy, and even Aunt Iris, too.
What’s your favorite genre of writing?
Way back when , through the nineties, one of my mentors, a crusty old navy man and Berkley’s top selling western writer, Jack Ballas, told me, “Caryl, pick a genre.” He’d written like 25 westerns and I’d written an antique guide, a fireman’s cookbook, a thriller, a mystery, a mature inspirational romance, a World War Two military novel, and three mid-grade chapter books! But I never could choose just one.
Prior to 2012 and meeting Mary Sue Seymour, I wasn’t even aware that there was a genre called Christian fiction. She told me to write one and she’d sell it. I did, and she did. And I’ll never turn back. I love writing stories that give God glory, tales my granddaughters can read. I’ll never back track again. What’s my genre? Christian fiction! I know that can cover a broad range of books and I suppose my favorite niche if romance—historical or contemporary.
Which of your written plots is your favorite?
Plot favorite, huh? Hmmm. Well, I love the plat of a work in progress (WIP) titled THE PITCH. It touches every phase of publishing from the authors writing to finding an agent to being sold to a traditional house, and even manufacturing to the final product. My heroine Sage Buckmeyer registers to a local East Texas Writers’ Conference to get a one-on-one, face-to-face with Jubal Lyons, a successful New York agent.
She hopes to enlist him in her idea for a new television reality show called ‘The Pitch’. Turns out there’s a contest going between her and both of her parents who are highly authors, each in their own right. They’re out to find the next great American novel. And Sage intends to include her debut attempt at a full length novel. They crisscross the country going to conferences and interviewing with potential clients. It’s just so much fun to write.
What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?
I didn’t know how HEARTS STOLEN would end as I wrote it. I kept vacillating. Plus, I had seemingly unsolvable issue for my hero and heroine. But in the end, God worked everything out in a most unusual way.
Where do you most like to write?
I write at my computer armoire which is in the master bedroom. To my right, I can see our front drive, and to my left is the brick, flagstone, and barnwood fireplace my talented husband built.
Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad? Any special reason for choosing to write this way?
Almost always, the stories are first typed into the computer. Every now and then when Ron and I are traveling, especially back and forth to the DFW area—a three hour drive one way—I’ll handwrite into a spiral notebook and transfer it to the computer after I get home. It sure makes the miles pass quickly!
Do you archive everything you write?
In my computer files? Oh, yes, I would never send them to a recycle bin. It’s fun going back and see how much I’ve improved even in the latest years. That wouldn’t be possible if I dumped all but the manuscript itself.
What are your five favorite words?
Love, Hope, Peace, Mercy, and Grace
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Next book coming in March, 2015 is volume two of The Generations Biblical fiction series, THEN THE DELUGE COMES. It tells the story from Adam up to the tenth generation which is Noah. Everyone knows his story, how God commanded him to build an ark. Both his father Lamech and grandfather Methuselah are alive to help him get the job done. My perspective might not line up according to the movies, but it will line up to the Word.
Thanks for sharing, Caryl!
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