**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with CAROLINE CLEMMONS
Editorial Note: Welcome to today’s **Author Peek** where I interview authors so that we can find out a little more about them and their books. Be sure to come back for Karen’s Killer Book Bench on Wednesdays to get a special Sneak Peek into these fabulous authors’ books, including excerpts and giveaways!
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.
Karen, I’m fortunate to write full time, the best job in the world! Other than spending time with my family, hobbies include reading, painting, antiquing, and travel.
I also enjoy geneaology and have almost completed a third family book. The first was for my mother-in-law at her request. Of course, then I had to do one for my mom. My brother and I are finishing a much larger and involved book on our dad’s family and lateral lines that took us years to complete.
1. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Most of the time I write historical western romances that include murder. To mix it up, I also write contemporary western romance, time travel, and have written two mysteries. This year, I’m splitting my writing between contemporary and historical.
2. What’s your favorite beverage?
Cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper. I also like cherry limes. The few alcoholic beverages I drink are white wine, margaritas, and Bailey’s Irish Cream.
3. If you had to listen to one song over and over again for a whole day, what would it be?
Hard one. Something by Mozart or Bach played by classical guitar. According to Dr. Don Campbell, listening to Mozart has many benefits that include increasing intelligence (I can use that) and physical and emotional healing. Supposedly, it also adds rhythm to your writing.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Many authors agree the hardest part of being an author is marketing. All I want to do is write, but I do want people to read my books. So, I promote my work.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
We just moved and downsized to a house a third the size of our previous one. What a horrendous job! I don’t think I’d go through another move for anything. I love where I live even though I hate the summers here in North Central Texas. Now, if someone were to pack and unpack for me, that might be different, but I don’t think so. We’re near our kids and my BFFs.
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Everyone in our family is an avid reader. My choices are an eclectic mix of well written books. Easier to tell you what I never read than what I do: Never horror, straight science fiction, or true crime.
7. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I could give Bobbye Terry’s answer, which is from a small factory in Ohio. Fortunately, I’m happy to say they just arrive unbidden. A news article, something on TV, conversations, talking with critique partners or my husband. When I first started writing back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I feared I would run out of ideas. Now I have so many that I’ll live to be at least 200 to use them all and more come every week.
8. Tell me about your ideal reader.
Someone who allows him/herself to fall into the story, love the characters and wants to see them reappear as secondary characters in another book – which means a future sale.
9. How did you get started writing?
That’s an unusual story. My mother-in-law, who never quite approved of me, brought me a grocery bag of romance novels. I used to write each of our moms long, long letters including anecdotes from our life since the last letter. My mil said my letters convinced her I could write romance novels. My writing until that time had been for newspapers/newsletters, and I was surprised. I read several of the books and decided I could do it. Ha, isn’t as easy as reading the novels, is it? My first try was sad. But I joined a local RWA chapter where I heard craft workshops. I persevered.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next release is GABE KINCAID, book four of the Kincaid series. Readers have been very complimentary of the Kincaids and have asked for more books about that family. I love the Kincaids, too. The book is just out.
Gabe is a Kincaid cousin who hates lies and liars with good cause. He left his home in Austin after his fiancée cheated on him with his brother. In Kincaid Springs, Gabe is an attorney. His client in this book is Kathryn Elizabeth Worthington, masquerading as Shimza, Marharani of the East, (the circus fortune teller) to escape the clutches of the men who murdered her grandfather and would like to do the same to her. She’s dyed her dark red hair black and gives a false name. When a local man is found murdered at the circus, all evidence points to Katie. As defense attorney, Gabe must prove her innocent while protecting her from the men who seek to kill her.
Early next month, GABE KINCAID, Kincaids Book 4, will be available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in print and electronic download and as a download form from Kobo and iTunes. In the meantime, THE MOST UNSUITABLE COURTSHIP, Kincaids Book 3, is available in print and online.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Caroline and her novel, GABE KINCAID (Kincaids Book 4), on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
Links to Caroline’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Clemmons/e/B001K8CXZ6/ref=3Dsr_tc_2_0?qid=3D=1389286472&sr=3D1-2-ent
Team blogs http://smartgirlsreadromance.blogspot.com 2nd of each month
http://sweetheartsofthewest.blogspot.com 20th of each month
http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com 4th Monday of each month
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolinClemmons (no E in Caroline)
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Caroline will give away a $10 gift card to either Amazon, B&N, or Kobo (winner’s choice) to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this story!! Thanks, Caroline, for sharing your stories with us!