Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Here is the short version:
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?
Now for a little more detail (Lol):
The first two sentences talks about my writing life in brief. As an example: one young woman I mentored has worked hard, learned, accepting hard (but loving) critiques from me, researching her historical romances, until now (I’m so proud of her!), I feel she is on the border of becoming an amazing published author. The new series she’s writing is definitely promising!
The third sentence speaks of our “working” life. Since my husband is a counselor and minister, we’ve traveled extensively across the U.S. We’ve enjoyed many experiences from working with Native Americans (and I tried my hand at flat bread flipping and weaving. Don’t ask me how those turned out. At least it was good for an all-around laugh!) We met some “Bonnie and Clyde” types, shared laughs with new friends who thought my “Dan Brown” was THE Dan Brown. We’ve snapped pictures in Washington state and in Maine, from the Rio Grande to the Eastern shores, with their lighthouses.
Lastly our personal family life: During our travels and when home I home schooled (for the most part) our two sons. They were mischievous and active. I taught them to read before they formally began school which I suppose gave them the desire to read, which they both still enjoy (proud of their mama, they are!). Now that I (finally!) have three grandsons, few things give me more joy than sharing and making memories with them. We enjoy planning events and special trips for them. Friends and family are special blessings!
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Romantic Suspense and Mystery
I’ve always loved mysteries, from a child up. It was only natural and more enticing to veer toward that genre. Since I could not imagine NOT writing, I write in the genre I love.
2. What’s your favorite beverage?
Water. I use to drink a lot of soda, but moved away from downing too much of that. I like to eat and drink healthy.
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be?
I positively love the song When a Man Loves a Woman. It’s the romantic in me to think about what a man would do for a woman he loves. Lol.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
That’s a hard one because I love almost all of it. I suppose if I have to choose it would be the few times when I’m brain-blocked. That’s fairly easy to get over with a few sessions with one or the other of my two favorite critique partners. But it does happen at times and those meaningful times spent brainstorming, or taking a break for a different activity helps pull me out of that slump.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Either a peaceful and gorgeous–not too busy–island or a small cottage in England (where some of the best mystery books are set) on some beautiful acres of land where I could write to my heart’s content. I’d want lots of flowers surrounding my piece of relaxation, a maid (I won’t have time to keep house), a gardener (of course!) and several good friends who are there when I need to travel, entertain, party, but who also leave me alone when I’m writing. Is that too much to ask?
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I can’t read as much as I use to, but I still enjoy finding a new author or one that continues to put out books that keep my attention. I still love mysteries, suspenses with a few thrillers thrown in for good measure. I also adore a really good romance, but I’m picky.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Mostly my imagination, but I take ideas from interesting news items, tales from others, and occasionally suggestions that I can utilize into my own creations. I love taking ideas and seeing how far I can push them with a twist.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Fun question. One who loves my writing, who spreads the word enthusiastically and who never fails to review. Who could ask for more?
9. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Especially the older versions.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
A Flute in the Willows is the second book in my WWII Spies series and will debut sometime in December, 2016. Here’s the blurb:
Serving as a spy in the middle of Germany, Jerry’s prepared for the risks involved until the sister of a high ranking official falls in love with him. That would be fine except he has a lovely young wife back home that he adores. Besides all he really wants is to find the list of names he came for and if using Vanda to get it is what’s required then he’s willing to pay the price.
Until she’s killed helping him escape and he’s shot and almost dies from the infection. Faced with the life as a cripple, Jerry’s bitter and angry at the world and God, and guilt ridden to have enjoyed Vanda’s attention so much. He shouldn’t have encouraged her, should have been honest with her, but he wasn’t. He didn’t betray his country, but the harm from betraying his own morals and even more so, Josie’s trust—if she knew—is more than he can endure.
Watching Josie, and seeing his wife’s desire to succeed as the world’s greatest female ice skater, Jerry shoves away Josie’s concern and love determined to give her a chance to leave him, a damaged husband. But when her life is threatened by Vanda’s brother who enters the United States with the goal of making him pay both for his spying theft and the death of his sister, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Once again, Jerry has to risk all—only this time it’s for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.
Josie Rayner Patterson has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Was he tortured? Has she lost his love? She knows he was injured—the crippled leg proves it, but he refuses to sleep with her, to talk with her, to share with her. He’s a stranger in their home.
Only her skating helps her keep her sanity even though she has her own demons to fight. Always rebellious at the restricted life she’d grown up in, she develops a greater taste for the liquor that dulls her troubled soul and climbs higher and higher to the peak of success she craves.
Until the night she makes a fatal mistake in the skating competition all because of too many drinks beforehand. She suffers a broken ankle, so damaged it will never heal strong enough for the tough practicing she has to do to become professional. Josie is wild with grief and angry at life itself. How could the God her family serves do this to her? She’s lost her two loves and has nothing left to live for.
But when her brother-in-law, Tyrell Walker, minister and husband to her sister, Emma Jaine, invites her to play her long-forgotten flute in a morning service, she’s shocked and touched by the heartfelt responses her rendition produces. Josie turns to her flute for solace and little realizes that her music is not only healing her own heart, but touching Jerry’s deep buried feelings too.
And when she joins her husband in finding and bringing down the person trying to wreck what little they have of life, she’s determined to do all she can. If flirting with Winifried Rhoderick is what it takes, she’ll do it.
These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.
Be sure to come back to read more about Carole and KNIGHT IN SHINING APRON, An Appleton, WV Romantic Mystery, Book 2, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
Links to Carole’s website, blog, books, etc.
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