Welcome to a new year on 3 Questions Wednesday. We have new questions, along with some of your favorite authors, publishers, editors, and bloggers. Now to kick it off in 2015, we bring you Carole Brown, author and mentor, to 3 Questions Wednesday…
Hello Carole! So glad you’re back to visit. My first question:
Which author would you never get tired of?
Carole: Oh, my, that’s way too hard. There are so many from my past that I adore and still do. I hold the authors in high esteem. To add to my list are some of the best today authors known and some not so well known but still excellent writers. I’m a big fan of pushing those not quite so popular as the “bigger” names (although some of them are on my favorites list too) don’t need the attention as much.
Past favorites include: LJBraun, Dorothy Gilman, Loring, Hill, Agatha Christie, LL’Mour, Catherine Marshall, and so many more. Right now, I’m enjoying Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail, Mary Ellis’ historicals if filled with research, and Cindy Thomson with her historical/Irish backgrounds and Sharon Lavy’s German Baptist books easily keep the attention. Tamera Kraft pens interesting work. Great authors out there!
You named some great authors, for sure. I’ll make the next questions a little easier...
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Carole: What’s one thing that helps make a great book? A great villain you love to hate! I’ve read many, but one of the worst in Elder Simmons in The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. He’s so narcisstic, and has shoved his lies at others for so long, he believes what he says and add to that a desire for revenge and it makes for a very scary, very horrid villain.
I’ve just written another guest post on Great villains, but essentially (to me) an author should create the best villain possible for his/her novel. A great villain helps increase the level of development for the protagonist(s) because of the extreme hardship/trial/problem created by the “bad” person.
That’s very true, Carole. I’ve saved the best question for last.
What project are you currently working on?
Carole: I’m getting the second book in my mystery series (Denton and Alex Davies series), Bat Crazy, ready for publication. It’s set in New Mexico.
When Denton and Alex overhear conversation at a café, they head to a newly opened cavern that has all the looks of possibilities but low funds. And then what about the rumors of a vampire bat? Will they solve the mystery before it–or it’s creator–focuses on them?
I’m also working on the second book in my WWII Spies series called: A Flute in the Willows.
Josie Rayner Patterson is her own person. Her only loves are to become the most famous ice skater in the states and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns from the spying service overseas, he’s but a shell of his former self.
Jerry is torn from guilt and heartbreak by his actions overseas. Now injured beyond full repair, he refuses to believe Josie, the light of his eyes, could forgive him. He’s bound to let her go, but she won’t. Can these two stubborn, rebellious persons finally work together to find the foreign spy who’s bent on destroying them both? Will their love survive?
I have a contemporary romantic suspense I hope finds a publishing home soon. It’s the first book in a series introducing Tara the inexperienced detective and her unusual pet cat, Boet: a Savannah.
And I’m always working on others. Possibilities and ideas for which I gather information and plot and hope to begin and finish soon: A sweet 1800s light suspense/romantic book, a serious hitman story, an early 1900s lawyer-turned-hobo possibility, and many more.
Wow! Sounds like so many great stories and ideas for more. Thanks for dropping by, Carole, on 3 Questions Wednesday. For a chance to win one of Carole’s books, winner’s choice–ebook or print, please leave a comment.
Carole: Thanks so much for the invitation to visit, Jennifer! I’ve enjoyed it!
Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.
He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.
While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.
As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?
Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?
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?
Carole not only has her award winning (Nominated for an Epic Award, RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) 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.
November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late winter.
Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.
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Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/