The Coffee Corner with Carole Brown
|A Touch of Relaxation|
It’s coffee time! The Corner welcomes Carole Brown. Join us while we talk about writing, life, hobbies, and books including her new release Hog Insane. Pour a cup, grab some cake, and get comfortable. Let’s get started…
It’s good to see you again, Carole. Welcome to the Coffee Corner. Your writing’s inspirational and a true pleasure to read. As a published author, what do you find is your biggest challenge?
Thanks so much for having me, Renee. Now that I have three books out, I would have to say finding the time to write and/or keeping to a schedule to accomplish my goals. I spend a lot time, purposely, on marketing. I enjoy it but I also realize it takes a lot of time.
Yes, I have two fiction, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman and Hog Insane and one non- fiction: a companion book to my first fiction one: West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman with discussion questions, tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes and a fictional introduction to the origin of the Children of Righteous Cain.
Wow, you've been busy, lady. I remember The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. What a powerful story. I’m sure more people would like to know about the woman behind such a book. What one word could be used to describe you? Your writing? Why?
Me? Passionate. I mean, I’m focused and serious about putting out the best I can write.
My writing? Purposeful. I love to bring certain topics into my stories that can enlighten and/or encourage.
In The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, abuse, revenge and redemption are prominent topics. Serious? Very. Important? Definitely. Real? Oh, yes! But in Hog Insane, the feeling is light and fun. Behind the scene is the thread of marital relationships. Minor, and written, I hope, in an unobtrusive way, but still there encouraging couples to work out their problems.
I enjoy including touches of romance, humor, wittiness or whimsy in my work. It gives serious novels a bit of lightness. Still, somewhere there must be a purpose.
What an awesome person you are, Carole. No wonder I loved your book. By the way, I might have heard you have a new one out. Can you tell us about it?
Love to! Hog Insane is a lighthearted and fun cozy mystery totally different from my first book. This is what it’s about:
A dead body, a missing motorcycle, a strange key, and dope are at the bottom of the trouble Denton and Alex Davies, and Taffy, their Jack Russell Terrier, run into when they head for their first stop in the Smoky Mountains immediately after early retirement.
All Denton wants is to fish and recapture his wife’s love. Instead, they find a body with a bullet hole in his head. None of the campground people, or even the sheriff, pretend to like Denton and his snoopy questions, and everyone seems to be lying.
Denton wrestles with his personal demons of self-blame over his nephew’s death while riding a bike. Alex resents Denton’s riding roughshod over her feelings. When he thinks her love is fading, he’s determined to woo her back. But if he doesn’t find the young man’s murderer, their love may stretch to the breaking point.
You think we can have a peek?
Since you asked so nicely!
“I know what you said,” I growled. A vision of my wife’s closet back home, filled with rows of shoes—basic colors like black, blue, brown, and white, and a rainbow of colors—flashed across my mind’s eye and nearly blinded me. Alexandria Davies had more shoes than any middle class lady should admit to.
We strolled toward the campground restaurant. The lights from the office behind us cast weird shadows on the shortcut path. I scowled and opened my mouth to let Alex hear why she didn’t need that eighty-sixth pair of shoes.
An explosive crack split the air around us and blasted the fussing right out of my head. I dropped to the mossy ground and pulled Alex down with me, breathing hard, my eyes searching the shadowy darkness closing in on us.
The throbbing rumble of a fast approaching Hog drowned out the creaks of nightlife, as the bike tore down the road that ran parallel with the path we were on. In a blur of silver and black, the sole rider wove from side to side in an imbecilic pattern.
Before I could dwell on it, a small, dark car roared by, twenty feet or so behind the bike. All the windows were dark except one, and something protruded from it. Something long, narrow, and ominous.
I blinked and hugged the edge of the road even tighter. Couldn’t be a gun. Nah. Ludicrous.
Oh, cool… I can’t wait to read this one, too. You know, I started writing short stories with a hint of intrigue when I was a kid. Now I write suspense. How did you start writing mysteries?
I love suspense and mysteries; have always loved them. My very favorite of all genres. I wrote youth mysteries when just a child and teen so it was natural to gravitate toward something that was and is a passion of mine.
Time for relaxation is a must. Do you have any hobbies crowded in your busy schedule?
Oh, yeah. I understand that!
One of my hobbies is collecting music boxes. Anything unique, interesting and/or old may attract my attention. Right now, I have over a hundred. The different kinds I own include: themed music boxes (like Christmas, weddings, love, Valentines), handmade (like the spider I created), old ones (like the couple dancing together). Some I’ve purchased; others have been gifts.
I also love quotes and handwrite them in journals when I can squeeze in the time.
Then I also take tons of pictures. Scenery and my grand boys are high on my interest list lately. I’m always looking for something different to photograph but sometimes you don’t realize you have a “winner” until after you see it in print.
Your hobbies sound very similar to mine. When I find the time that is. Although I don’t have as vast an assortment, I collect snow globes. It’s been a passion of mine for a very long time. I also love to take pictures. I’m the one with a camera in hand on vacation. I wish I had more time to do it. Back to the interview… What’s next on the literary menu?
Plans are for the release of the second book in my “Insanity” cozy mystery series sometime this summer. It’s called Bat Crazy and takes place in New Mexico. When the third book is released, it will be entitled, Daffy’s Duck.
Then the first book in my WWII Spies trilogy will be releasing later this summer, and let me say, I love the cover. It catches part of the third chapter scene perfectly. This series is dear to my heart in more ways than one. I truly hope your readers will stay in touch and look for With Music in Their Hearts!
Ohhh, bats… <shudder> Now I like the sound of Daffy’s Duck. What a neat title. Your Spies book too. Lady, you’re on fire! Thanks for stopping by the Corner today, Carole. I really loved having you.
Thank you, Renee. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions and appreciate the opportunity.
In addition to this awesome interview, Carole’s giving away one e-book edition of her new release Hog Insane. Enter for your chance to win now! Do you have any questions for Carole? Shoot away. Leave them in the comments section at the bottom of the post. Thanks for joining us today.
About the Book:
Available for purchase here:
Amazon print: http://bit.ly/1fd3cCQ
Amazon kindle: http://amzn.to/1eDC39t
About the Author:
Carole Brown not only has her debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel. On November 18, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies.
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?
Connect with her here:
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Join her on these blogs also:
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/