**Author Peek** Interview with Nancy Cole Silverman

**Author Peek** Interview with


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 fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories. My first blush at writing, however, was in second grade. I wrote my first short story for a spelling assignment. You know one of those tasks where kids have to use each new word in a sentence. I decided instead to write a story. I loved the story and was so excited about it. I don’t think I slept a wink the night I turned it in. I was convinced it was the best thing my teacher would ever read. Only trouble was, I’d paid no attention to my spelling words or to grammar and I don’t think my teacher thought I demonstrated any appreciation for the tools I’d need to pursue my passion as a writer. I remember getting my paper back the next day with lots of red marks on it–corrections I should have known–and a note telling me I needed to pay more attention in class. Umph! I thought she needed to pay more attention to the story and less to the minor errors I had made.

2. Do you have a writing routine?

I write every day. After retiring from a career in radio – where I wrote news, commercial copy and promos, I returned home and established a home office. I’m there nearly every day and busy as I ever was writing. I think it’s important writers write.

3. What do you think is the hardest aspect of writing a book?

Re-writing. A draft is just a draft or the skeleton of what will become the book. There’s so much that is revealed as a writer works and reworks a manuscript. I think the biggest mistake a writer can make is trying to rush a finish.

4. Do you give your characters any of your bad traits?

Do I have to be honest? Carol is driven. I was driven. I loved working for a news talk station and Carol is much the same. Consequently, relationships frequently took a back seat to her career.

5. Would you make a good character in a book?

I like to think that Carol Childs is a memorable character because in my opinion, she’s real. She’s not a character that thinks she’s stronger than her male counterparts, but believes, ‘Brains Beat Brawn and a Mic is More Powerful than a Forty-five.” It’s the theme line of my books and one I hope that demonstrate that women have their own powers, different from their male counterparts, but equally as effective.

6. Where is your favorite place to visit?

There are so many. When I was very young, I travel a lot through Europe. I had such fun exploring so many areas, particularly in Italy. I don’t think there is anywhere I wouldn’t like to go. I grew up in the South West and loved the four corner regions of the US. I am very lucky. My life has been rich in travel and I believe it has opened my eyes to so much I never would have known about with the opportunity to travel.

7. What’s more important – characters or plot? (You cannot say both!)

I like to think character. Readers relate to characters. The news is full of nasty things that happen every day to people but when the public has a face to go with the story it permeates our psyche so much deeper than if were just an event with a face. I try to put a face to all my plots.

8.  What do you wish you could do?

Ride horses. Up until several years ago I used to ride and own horses and I loved it. Unfortunately, I had a bad accident and had to hang up my stirrups. It was one of the highlights of my life and I miss it.

9.  What’s the one THING you never leave the house without (besides your phone)?

My sense of humor. I live in L.A., to venture out into traffic one needs a sense of humor and patience.

10.  What books do you currently have published and what are you working on now?

The Carol Childs Mysteries are my first published full-length novels. I’ve self-published several books, and I have a series of short stories on the internet, in various anthologies and magazines.

I’m working on the fourth book in the Carol Childs Series.


Be sure to come back to read more about Nancy and WITHOUT A DOUBT, A Carol Childs Mystery, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!


Links to Nancy’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: amzn.to/1oBzuxa
Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/24pQM18
iTunes: apple.co/21uaOoS
Kobo: bit.ly/1QHS83c

Website: Nancycolesilverman.com


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18 thoughts on “**Author Peek** Interview with Nancy Cole Silverman”

  1. Good morning, Nancy, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Loved your Q&A! Is it possible for us to write without something of ourselves trickling into our work? 🙂 I’m sorry you had to give up riding. I used to ride when I was a lot younger but, sadly, it’s not on my radar any longer either. I loved riding. Thanks for stopping by to share yourself with us today!

  2. Carol, I agree with you that your teacher should have paid more attention to your story. Grammar & punctuation are important, but how many teachers have squelched would-be writers by focusing on minutiae rather than how the author grabs and holds your attention?
    Okay. I feel better now. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Looking back on it now, it taught me early on the importance of grammar and the mechanics I’d need to develop my story telling skills. But i have to laugh at myself when i reread rough drafts, I’m still the worst are reaching for the wrong spelling of lose or loose and and a whole sundry of others. Thank good for spell check.

  3. Hi Nancy! I truly enjoyed the interview. I agree about the character being more important as a reader if I can’t connect to a character I can’t finish the book it doesn’t matter how good the plot is if there’s no connection. Thank You again for sharing yourself with all of us today.
    I hope you have a great day.

  4. I forgot to add this the book I above looks and sounds amazing I ? love a really good mystery one of my most favorite genres! Thanks!

  5. Thanks, Tammy. Lots of authors may have similar plots in their works, but for me it’s being able to relate to the character that sets their work apart ~ and developing those characters is half the fun. Lots of time i’ll write the first draft void of any seasoned dialog or physical descriptions. Once i get the jest of the story then i look forward to going back and ‘flavoring’ the scenes with personality and attitude.

  6. Hi Nancy, great interview! We started writing the same year – second grade! Carol is an amazing character and both she and her stories leap off the page. Well done, and happy Labor Day!

  7. I was a teacher for 35+and although I always encouraged creativity, it is also important to be correct in language and punctuation. I realize there are ‘zealots’ out there putting too much on how one write, not what. But one can not overlook the writing skill. I really like your style, and am enjoying your books.

    1. Kathleen,
      Thank you so much. Needless to say, my second grade teacher, who was in her first year of teaching, never deterred me. In fact, we probably both grew from the experience as I never gave up and she finally accepted my creative approach to more things.

  8. I don’t live in L.A., but I think it’s good advice for everyone to take their sense of humor with them! Life isn’t much fun if you can’t laugh about it (at least sometimes).

  9. Sorry to hear about the riding accident. I agree, patience is definitely needed with our L.A. freeways…I can’t always find a sense of humor, but I admit it does help!

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