I'm thrilled to have my long-time friend Carol Cox back on the blog after a long wait. Welcome, Carol. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Some authors know exactly the theme they plan to explore when they begin writing a book, but that has never worked for me. I may get a sense of the theme while the book is being written, but often I don’t discover it until the story is complete. Trust is a theme that seems to come up a lot in my books.
What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Love in Disguise will be my only book release this year. Next year, watch for another historical romantic suspense set in Arizona. I wish I could share the title with you, but we’re still working to come up with the perfect name!
If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’ve just started reading Nearing Home by Billy Graham. His continued passion to reach the lost for Christ at a stage of life when many people would be content to rest on their previous accomplishments is a true inspiration. I would love to spend an evening with him and hear him speak from his heart.
What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
When I was beginning the research for Love in Disguise, I came across a biography of Nellie Cashman, also known as The Angel of Tombstone. Nellie was an amazing woman who spent much of her life in rugged western mining camps, but never lost her standing as a woman of deep faith and unquestionable virtue. An entrepreneur, community leader, and a successful miner in her own right, Nellie was equally at home panning for gold in the deserts of Arizona or “mushing” a dog sled across the frozen landscape of Alaska, where she once organized a rescue party that traveled 77 days to save nearly 100 miners from scurvy. A woman of many facets who didn’t fit into the mold society expected—she would be a fascinating person to get to know!
Yes, she would. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Rejections are painful, no doubt about it. Sometimes it’s hard to look past the “no” and see the positives that may be there as well. It took me a lot longer than it should have to learn to set a rejection letter aside for a time and then take another look at it. Once my emotions had settled down, it was much easier to see hints as to why that piece didn’t pass muster and occasionally find encouragement I hadn’t spotted at first. This is also a great time to get feedback from others who can be more objective about your work, especially those who have more experience in the publishing world. Conferences and workshops are wonderful places to make connections like that. Develop a teachable spirit and a willingness to learn. These are traits that will stand you in good stead throughout your writing career.
I love your cover. Tell us about the featured book.
Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?
Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it’s the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.
Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can’t figure out who’s stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow . . . or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.
Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he’s falling in love with doesn’t really exist?
I am totally hooked. Please give us the first page of the book.
“O happy dagger! This is thy sheath.”
Ellie Moore gripped her hands together as she mouthed the well-known line from the last act of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The words floated out into the dark chasm beyond the edge of the footlights, and an expectant hush filled the theater, followed by a collective gasp at the moment she plunged her fists toward her abdomen and threw her head back with an agonized grimace.
“There rust, and let me die.” Ellie let her head fall to one side and held her pose, silent as the grave, while the Capulets and Montagues reconciled, and the prince delivered the final line.
Not until the roar of applause swept through the auditorium of
Orpheum Theater did she stir again, ready for the curtain call. Ellie waited
for the proper moment, then swept one foot behind her and sank into a low
curtsey, spreading her arms wide. Her right hand brushed against the back of
the red velvet curtain that screened her from the stage.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with readers online! They can visit my website at: www.AuthorCarolCox.com to learn more about me and my books, and while they’re there, they can also sign up to “Get the News” and receive my newsletter.
Another way to connect with me is through my Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/carol.cox.
It's always a pleasure to have you here, Carol.
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