We're back with my friend, Robin Carroll, for the release of her second Love Inspired Suspense, Bayou Corruption.
This is Robin (on the right) and her agent Kelly Mortimer.
Welcome, Robin. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love mysteries/suspense. Have since I could read. I grew up reading Trixie Beldon books, then Nancy Drew. I can’t imagine not writing a mystery/suspense.
And you do it so well. Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
That’s a hard one…so many choices—the day I got married, the day each of my daughters were born, the day I got “the call”….. No, I’ll go with the day the Lord called my husband closer to him.
I know what you mean. That changes everything in your life, too. How has being published changed your life?
Deadlines! LOL Seriously, it’s pretty much the same, just now I have a deadline to turn something in to my editor, not just my crit partners or agent.
What are you reading right now?
Amazing stories by two of my crit partners—Dineen Miller & Ronie Kendig, a craft book on character traits, and Colleen Coble’s Anathema.
What is your current work in progress?
Since I’ve completed the Bayou series, I’m working on the proposal for a new series for Love Inspired Suspense, as well as my single title that placed in the Genesis back in 2006.
What would be your dream vacation?
Back to Jamaica with my hubby—but with my laptop this time.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
That’s easy—because I’m from the south, that’s just who I am…it’s part of me. So no matter what I write, for now, it’ll take place in the south! :D
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Hmmm….this is a hard one, too! Probably Stephen King because he’s one of my all-time favorite authors and I’d love to see his mind working. A close second would be Robin Williams, because I love to laugh and he cracks me up.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Getting characters to shut up and let me work on the story I’m writing! LOL I laugh, but it’s true. I normally have to finally stop and open a new document and write a scene that’s flipping in my head so that character will let me finish my story. Then, later, I go back and look at the scene. If the character in that starts messing with me, then I know who to write about next.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Someone once told me that being an author is 25% talent, 25% hard work, and 52% perseverance. I’d have to agree. If you’re serious, you can’t give up. No matter the harsh scores, the rejections, the revisions….you have to keep at it.
Bayou Corruption is the second book in the bayou series, and focuses on the middle LeBlanc sister, Alyssa. This book was especially interesting to write for me because some of the lessons the character learns are mine. And I couldn’t help falling a little bit in love with my hero, the dashing Jackson Devereaux. Rival newspaper reporters, an attack on a local lawman, and corruptions dating back for decades….it was fun to learn about these characters and plot.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Robin, thank you for spending this time with us. I can hardly wait to read the new book.
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