Caryl McAdoo's on the Coffee Corner
I'm excited to welcome fellow Christian author and friend, Caryl McAdoo to the blog this week. It's going to be an exciting discussion about her writing and releases. She's also planning an AMAZING GIVEAWAY! Check it out at the end of the interview. Are you ready? Get set. Let's go!
Renee: Hi there, Caryl! Welcome to the Coffee Corner. I can't wait to get started. I love your books and am still amazed by the amount of books you produce each year. I wish I could do that! Why don't we begin our excursion into your world with a journey down memory lane? How long have you been writing?
Caryl: Thanks for having me, Renee. I’ve been writing since the mid-eighties when my husband, an avid reader, read a book called Noah that he claims should have been Joe and the Big Boat as it had nothing that pertained to the well-known Noah of the Bible. It made him believe that if that author could get published, he certainly should. “Plus,” he tells people, “I knew I had Caryl at home to help.” We write all the titles together even though only my name is on the cover (NY agent and Simon & Schuster insisted). It works for us. He isn’t a marketer—more the strong, silent type, but a grand writer!
Renee: I would say it definitely works! And you both are awesome writers if your books are any testament to the fact. I haven't had a chance to read your release, Mighty to Save, but what makes this story unique?
Caryl: Writing the Texas Romance family saga has been such fun, and Book Nine, Mighty to Save proved no exception! It’s very unique from all the rest in that the heroine Evelyn “Evie” (Book Eight, Covering Love), daughter of Cecelia Buckmeyer Eversole (Book Five, Daughters of the Heart) and granddaughter of Henry and Sue Buckmeyer (Book One, Vow Unbroken) and her hero, Nathaniel Hearts Stolen and Six, Just Kin) --- they are already married when their story opens. This is one reason I L*O*V*E being independently published, because this wouldn’t fit any traditional house’s pigeon holes. Yet, I believe it’s very effective.Nightingale, son of Charley and Lacey Rose (Books Two,
Maybe they wouldn’t even categorize it as a romance! But their history isn’t totally skipped over. She’s an author like her MayMee (grandmother, the dime novelist May Meriwether in Book Three, Hope Reborn), and so she writes her and Nathaniel’s love story as a part of this novel, but it’s all in the past as Mighty to Save opens with him overseas serving in World War One. That’s a whole ‘nother no-no in the scheme of ‘traditional’ romances, you are not supposed to separate your hero and heroine very long at all.
Renee: Well, war has a way of separating people, doesn't it? Do you have a favorite part in Mighty to Save?
Caryl: My favorite part of this story are the scenes on Bonnie Brae Street where the Azuza Street Revival got its start, and where dear Charley who I’ve loved since his introduction in Book Two, Hearts Stolen finally receives Christ as his Savior and surrenders to a call placed on his life to evangelize. Those glory-bump-producing scenes are dear to my heart as God’s Holy Spirit moves on mens’ hearts and so many folks are healed proving that God’s power and promises were not only for the First Church. We don’t “preach” in the book like I just did, but that’s why that section is my favorite!
Renee: Oh wow. Charley on Bonnie Brae. I'll have to remember that. I love the names of your books, by the way. How do you pick your titles?
Caryl: It sounds crazy to say, but I think God chooses them, not that I pick them. We may kick a few around, but most often, it’s very clear the first time my ears hear it, that’s the title! At Liberty to Love (Book Seven) came from one of the last scenes in its predecessor Just Kin (Book Six). It’s spoken there, and I knew immediately that was the title for the next book. Mighty to Save, as you all probably know is quite a famous song, and I was singing it and voila! Book Nine was named! Though searchers need to add my name ‘Caryl’ or ‘book’ so as not to have to wade through all the YouTube videos. 😊
Renee: Any favorite characters?
Caryl: I love writing children into our books. They’re usually my favorite characters, and I especially enjoy seeing them grow up in this family saga. In the latest installation Mighty to Save, readers meet Broderick Eversole Nightingale, known to most as Buddy. He’s twelve in 1926 in Chief of Sinners, Book Ten (launching in September of this year), and four in this story and such a cutie. I fashion the children after my own grandsugars, Buddy is a lot like my Benjamen . . . his granddaddy Charley (also at the age of four in Hearts Stolen, Book 2) after my number one McAdoo grandson Seth.
Renee: My mind is getting conjumbobulated. (Like my new word?) What was that now? So you already know how CHIEF OF SINNERS starts and how old Buddy is in 1926? How's that if you haven't written the book yet?
Caryl: That may be the funnest (authors get to make up words, it’s legal) part of this series. It’s last episode Chief of Sinners, Book Ten was the first novel written over twenty years ago. So we’ve been writing the family saga up to the story we've already written. There's to be a long article on it in Southern Writers’ Magazine’s September/October edition. But the first WILL BE last, just as scripture says.
Renee: Now that is cool! In addition to the fact that your series is a Family Saga. How many generations and time does your series cover anyway?
Caryl: Vow Unbroken, Book One starts in the fall of 1832 and Chief of Sinners, Book Ten goes through the year I was born, 1950. With Buddy’s son David introduced, the Nightingale and Buckmeyer branches are carried through five generations. I can’t imagine leaving these people to sit on shelves. They are so real, and I love them all so much. I’ve already had readers bemoaning the series end. I’m in full agreement!
Renee: A series is hard to let go once you start it, both as a reader and a writer. The characters become almost family. Thank you so much for sharing your Texas Romance Saga with us and now let's talk about this awesome giveaway!
The Texas Romance family saga brings the Baylors, Buckmeyers, and Nightingales into your life to traipse across the early United States with. Their adventures will take you coast to coast, New York to San Francisco, and from the tundra to the tropics, Alaska and Hawaii. You’ll share their joys and heartaches and fall in love with them all. The only redeeming fragment to the series ending in September is that the stories can rest on your bookshelves to start over one day and enjoy them all again. In that respect, if Yeshua tarries, the families I’ve written about will outlive me.
For those who’ve never read any of these books, I’d like to give two print copies of VOW UNBROKEN away, and I’ll also offer an eBook of any of the others—books 2 through 8, so the third winner can get the next book they haven’t read . . . or can also choose a print copy of VOW UNBROKEN to give as a gift, and I’ll personalize it for the recipient.
To enter, please introduce me to a friend of yours on Facebook, one who reads Christian fiction. Just tag them on my page in a comment! 👪
About Vow Unbroken, Book One:
A spunky young widow hires a farmhand with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to Jefferson to meet the wagon train, and sparks fly—but can she love a man who doesn’t love the Lord?
Susannah Abbot Baylor reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help her along the Jefferson Trace, the hard stretch of land between her Texas farm and the cotton market, where she is determined to get a fair price for her crop. It’s been a rough year, and she’s in danger of losing the land her husband left to her and the children, but she’ll need help getting both of her wagons to Jefferson safely. She knows Henry’s reputation as a layabout and is prepared for his insolence, but she is not expecting his irresistible good looks or his gentle manner. Soon they are entwined in a romantic relationship that only gets more complicated when Susannah learns that Henry doesn’t know God the way she does. Dangers arise on the road—but none as difficult as the trial her heart is going through.
Will Susannah and Henry’s love overcome their differences? And will she get her crop safely to the cotton market with enough money to save the farm? In this heartening and adventurous tale, a young woman’s fortitude, faith, and heart are put to the ultimate test.
About Caryl McAdoo:
Caryl McAdoo loves writing stories for all ages that glorify God and is thrilled Christian fiction fits her life purpose so well. Bold not bashful, she’s quick to share the Bible principles she lives by through her characters and hopes each title ministers His love, mercy, and grace. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”—with a YouTube channel to prove it—the prolific hybrid author also loves praising Him with new songs He gives her. Her high-school-sweetheart-husband moved the family from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods and seat of Red River County. After Ron, Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. The McAdoos live a few miles south of Clarksville in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
Links : Author Pages:
Simon & Schuster - http://tinyurl.com/S-SCarylsPage
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Blogs: Personal - http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com
HeartWings (Devotional) - http://www.HeartWingsBlog.com
Stitches Thru Time (Misc.) - http://www.StitchesThruTime.blogspot.com
Sweet Americana Sweethearts (Historical) -