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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?
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 Haymanwith 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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
for relaxation is a must. Do you have any hobbies crowded in your busy
yeah. I understand that!
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.
also love quotes and handwrite them in journals when I can squeeze in the time.
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!
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.
you, Renee. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions and appreciate the
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.
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.
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?