Bio: Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, 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
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?
Welcome back, Carole. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Sometimes an article, a story line, a thought or even a suggestion or remark from someone will trigger an idea for a story.
Several years ago I wrote three romance novels at the bidding of my agent, but shelved them after they didn't go anywhere. Later, when one of my editors asked if I had a certain type of book, I rewrote them into romance/mysteries.
I wanted to create a small town setting focusing on three friends, their love lives and personal mysteries for each of them. I wanted readers to feel the atmosphere, the warmth and coziness of a tight-knit community. So when a reviewer declared the book made her want to move to
, I knew I'd
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Mary Ellis, Tamera Kraft, Michelle Levigne, Ted Dekker, Rachel Hauck, and Linda Rondeau
They are people I admire. Some of them have reviewed or endorsed my books, and I'm glad to call them my friends or acquaintances.
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Sandra Merville Hart, Liz Curtis Higgs, Francine Rivers, Louis LaMour (deceased, I know, but his settings!...) and Linda Matchett. Accomplished, interesting and talented authors who've captured my attention and interest.
Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Time. This year has been a very busy one, and I've had to adjust several projects to fit into my schedule. Writing is important to me, but sometimes family and other things have to take precedence.
Perseverence, and determination to never quit, even if a short break is called for, keeps me going.
Tell us about the featured book.
Sabotaged Christmas is the first book in my
Romantic Mystery series. Each
one is half romance/half mystery. Appleton, West Virginia
It started out to be a three-book series about three friends, the men in their lives, and the mystery. It's now expanded to include, not only the three female friends, but three men living in
West Virginia, making it a planned six book
series with the setting in .
To date, four books have been published. The fifth one, titled The Golden Touch, has a future date
Here's the blurb for Sabotaged Christmas:
Toni DeLuca, the Italian owner of DeLuca Construction, finds herself confronted with doubts about her father and his possible deceptions—all because of the mysterious pink notes she's been receiving.
Relations with Perrin Douglas who has a troubling history—but the first man in years who's interested her—is building to a peak. Yet Perrin's own personal problems and his doubts about women and God, keep getting in the way.
Gossip, a Spanish proposal, an inheritance, and a sabotaged construction business may ruin Christmas for Toni's employees as well as her own happiness.
Will a mysterious person succeed in pulling off the biggest scam
, has ever seen? And will this
culprit destroy Toni's last chance at happiness with the man of her dreams? Appleton, West Virginia
Please give us the first page of the book.
Antonietta DeLuca’s glance probed the dark shadows in the front yard of the Wisecup job.
The streetlight lit up the orange-leafed maple tree, setting it on fire. The tree limbs dipped and swayed to the whispering music from the autumn wind. Fallen leaves crackled to the left of the empty house she faced. Something moved, and Toni shifted to stare at the spot.
With a screech, two cats shot past her and crossed the street, yowling like demons in the night.
Hands shaking, Toni glared at the scattering offenders and leaned against the mailbox, dragging in deep breaths.
She shouldn’t have come by herself, but she’d never worried about that before. Her supervisor had begged her to avoid lonely places by herself. Yet she’d needed to do the final inspection of the repairs before signing off on one of their last big projects of the year. With Christmas coming and a long winter ahead, that meant money in her pocket and her employees’ pockets.
Drawing in another deep breath, she started up the sidewalk and pulled from her pocket the key to the house. The lock clicked, and a faint, far-off shuffle brushed against her senses.
Head cocked, she listened. Had that sound come from inside the house?
Nice hook! How can readers find you on the Internet?
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carole-Brown/e/B00EZV4RFY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427898838&sr=8-1
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Thank you, Carole, for sharing this book with us. I’ve really enjoyed every book of yours that I’ve read. I’m eager to read this one.
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