Welcome, Carol. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Gone down a zip line in my mid-40s
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I began writing unbelievable horse stories in junior high – with horses intelligent enough to sling bolos I took my first tottering steps outside the realm of realistic fiction.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I’m more author-oriented than genre oriented, except for science fiction. Romance stories by Essie Summers or Dee Henderson are always at the top of my list. I’m a fan of Barbara Petersons’ archaeology mysteries, and Earl Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason mysteries. I enjoy good action/adventure stories like Helen MacInnes and Alastair MacLean and YA books, like the Rick Brant adventures.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I have to settle down with a good book. If I go longer than two weeks without reading something, my family notices. Failing the time to read a good book, I’ll settle for 30 minutes of my favorite Japanese animé. For quick pick-me-ups, I’ll go outside and look at the stars or look at the clouds.
How do you choose your characters' names?
Every once in a while, the names come to me with a full-blown character attached. Most of the time, however, I look through baby name books for names exemplifying a specific character trait.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Raising four fantastic children with my husband.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
An otter because they make work fun. As the editor of a small West Texas newspaper, I tell everyone I get paid for playing because I consider my work fun. Where else can you meet new people, learn new things, go to places and events and get paid for doing it?
What is your favorite food?
Cornbeef and cabbage
The greatest roadblock is writing Christian science fiction and living in a rural area. The only way to overcome something like that is persistence and being willing to get outside my comfort zone.
Tell us about the featured book.
Advent Phoenix is a Christian science fiction novel which pits the main characters in a struggle from both outside circumstance and inward conflicts as they work to hold fast to what is right and good.
Morgain Treleyne leads a double life as a shadowy figure specializing in hard-to-obtain cargos while hunting those who would destroy the peace-loving Patriots.
When the past collides with the present, Treleyne is torn between friendship and duty.
Time is running out as the Imperium springs its most deadly attack against the Patriots. Walking a razor-thin edge between light and dark, Treleyne’s pursuit pits allies against each other, brings age-old loyalties into question and threatens the very survival of the Patriots.
Please give us the first page of the book.
The tiny ship darted among the rugged canyons, desperately seeking an escape. The heavier Imperium battleship bore down relentlessly, its artillery spitting purple death.
Morgain Treleyne frantically shifted levers jamming further transmissions from the enemy ship, trying to divert enough energy to hold rapidly failing shields. Treleyne glanced over the controls noting coldly the falling energy levels and praying for time to find an escape. If the Star Phoenix were captured, the mission would fail and the princess would certainly be in danger. Even if Treleyne managed to wipe the memory banks before the Imperium troops boarded, the ship's cargo pointed plainly to Luri Talise of Oupha.
If boarding was their intention, the young pilot thought grimly. The battleship could easily blast the Phoenix out of the purple-gold sky of Ziglat once the Phoenix's shields were gone. Once more slim fingers flew rapidly over controls. The cruiser was gaining steadily on the smaller ship. The energy beams increased in severity.
A shudder tore through the Phoenix as the Imperium guns found another mark. Perspiration trickled down Treleyne's back as the ship bucked against the deadly coruscation. A blinking red light signalled the ruin of the...
Sounds exciting. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is found at www.freewebs.com/adventphoenix
Thank you, Carol, for spending this time with us.
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