So how did she answer our 3 Questions? Read on–
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Carole: Besides my trusty dictionary and Thesaurus, I always turn to Tim LaHaye’s “Why You Act the Way You Do,” a book that describes personalities, temperaments, etc. Very useful! Because I write suspense, to me, these subjects are especially helpful with my characters. I learn how certain antagonists would behave and react, etc.
- When writing mysteries, I like some older books I have, including “Writing Mysteries” edited by Sue Grafton, with material offered from many writers. Then there is “You Can Write a Mystery” by Gillian Roberts, a detailed book of what to consider. Since I love mysteries, these books are super books to sharpen my wit on how and when to do what. Clues, red herrings, personalities, etc.
- “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell with his unique arc descriptions is good too. The story arc was very impressive to me. If you can learn to separate the sections in your planned novel, you realize they can be written when you want. Say, the third arc first. Weird? Yes, but I love it!
- “Writing the Breakout Novel,” “Amazing Face Reading,” “Bird by Bird,” and “Character Traits” are useful books.
There are others too, but these give you an idea of some great books that have kept me going and encouraged me to write the best I can.
One last thing. The Word of God has strengthened me in discouraging times, has given me the assurance I need to do what I do, and led me to push on when I — one time — thought I would quit. What a stronghold it is to me.
I love Tim LaHaye’s book also! And the Word of God: where would we be without it?
What secret talents do you have?
Carole: Lol. Well . . . You asked, so here goes:
- I’m a pretty good marketer for my books. I’ve worked very hard learning what works for me, what avenues seem to produce the best results, and what is worth the dollar and what doesn’t seem to be. I’ve made it a point to listen and learn from the masters of marketing. I’ve tried a LOT of marketing spots so I’ve experienced the good and the bad–well, not that many was what I label as “bad.” You have to realize that some are meant for sales and some for visibility.
- I’m a good organizer, although if you sneaked into my work area, or even home, when I was overwhelmingly busy, you might not think so. But I love to make lists and cross off completed tasks. I like things a certain way, but I’m not obsessive about it. I think I can organize a party (whatever kind, from a book release, to a baby shower to a church get together) to suit almost anyone. And I like to pen down what jobs I want to complete in sections so that if it’s one I despise doing, it won’t seem so awful. J
- One more. I have to laugh at this one, but since I get quite a few compliments on it, I’ll share it with you. I’m a pretty good decorator. I love creating beautiful atmospheres whether gardens, rooms, or the church sanctuary. I ask for opinions when I need them and I know what I like. That’s exactly how I tackle decorating projects.
Marketing, organizing and decorating. Great skills to have. Have you written a book on marketing? I’m sure it would sell... 🙂
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Carole: Oh, wow. I have several I enjoy preparing for guests, but one of my VERY favorites is Lasagna. Quite a few years ago, my sister-in-law shared her recipe with me, and it’s been my go-to Lasagna recipe ever since.
Along with that, I’d offer either a salad with the works or a specialty salad hubby and I love. (I’ll share that recipe with you!). And, of course, homemade Italian herb bread will finish up the meal. For a dessert, I’d serve one w/fruit: perhaps a homemade cheesecake.
Specialty Salad recipe:
Lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces (we like loose leaf, but use whatever you like best.)
Sprinkle a few pine nuts on top.
Add some Alfalfa sprouts on top.
Edge around the side of the salad plate, a few chunks of cantalope
Drizzle a papaya chutney dressing on top
Wow. When should I be there? Thanks, Carole, for joining us at the Writing Prompts blog.
Carole will be glad to do a book giveaway of Knight in Shining Apron: U.S.: print or kindle, winner’s choice. Outside U.S. kindle only.
Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.
Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?
And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?
Besides being an active participant of many writing groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, 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?
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