Interview: Carole Brown

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. 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 SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally.

Enjoy this interview.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I’m from Southeast Ohio and we have made that our home base even though we’ve traveled across the country many times. We have two sons, one who is married and three grandsons! Two are adopted–ten and eight, and the other is a birth grandson. We cherish the time spent with them.


I’ve written my whole life and remember in grade school after reading aloud, the whole class clapping. As a teenager I was encouraged by a publishing house to submit to them. Once I entered the writing world as a serious writer, I realized I needed to re-learn many things. I joined critique groups, attended conferences, wrote, gained an agent, and self-published some children’s books (which will soon be up on Amazon!) and finally signed a contract with a traditional publisher.

It’s been a highlight of my life and very rewarding. I’ve had to push myself out to do tasks I didn’t want to do, but with God’s help have grown more comfortable with marketing and asking for help when needed.

God has been with me and performed wonderful “miracles” in seeing this novel published.

The-Redemption-of-CaralynneTell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings. Can his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance. This novel was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest and is receiving raving reviews!

I hope readers are stirred into action! I want them to empathize with victims hurting from abuse and act upon that by encouraging them to take a step forward toward escaping it. I want everyone to realize there is always hope!

What a beautiful cover!

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

Well, I have a lighter, more fun book coming out this fall too: Hog Insane (and no, it’s not about pigs!J). It’s Book 1 in the Denton and Alex Davies series.

I also have suspense books in two different eras my agent is shopping. I love them both: one is a contemporary, plot driven book, and the other is character driven, set in the WWII era. Hopefully soon, I’ll be sharing these with my fans and readers.

I’m also trying to finish a shorter, historical suspense and romance book set in the late 1800s. This is a fun read with a sassy heroine and to-die-for hero.

Then I’m working on book two about Caralynne Hayman and Dayne MacFarland. Here’s a bit of what it will be about:

It all begins with a kidnapping. Elder Simmons, the antagonist, will not let go. He is determined to wreck vengence upon the MacFarlands, even if he has to do it from prison.

Cara and Dayne, now happily married, go through trials that will shatter their self-complacency and test their love. Dayne will be lied about and like Joseph in the Bible must hold steady for God’s timing. Cara has suffered hurts and abuse from her former marriage. With Dayne she thought everything would be smooth sailing. But when the lies surface, can she trust him, does she love him enough to stay strong for his sake? Will her mustard seed faith grow or be uprooted?

Sounds great! Let’s switch gears to other books you’ve read. What’s the most interesting book you’ ve ever read?

I love John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s such an all-around good book: instructive, encouraging, interesting. We were traveling in Pennsylvania and ran into a lovely little bookstore. In there we found a hardback copy of PP, an older edition with pictures. Loved it so much we bought it.

Continuing that thought… favorite authors?

I love many authors and always hate to name names. J But I will mention a few: Secular: John Grisham, Robert Parker, Mary C. Higgins, Dorothy Gilman, Lillian Jackson Brawn, and many others including some classical writers. Inspirational: Rosanna White, Jeannette Windle, Lorena McCourtney, and lots of others.

It’s always hard to choose just one! How about books you’re currently reading?

I always have several going at once, but here are three:

John Fabian’s Friend Me

Barbara Derksen’s The Christmas Stalking

Soldier’s Heart by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I like to have my coffee of java, devotions, and internet connections out of the way first. I do a bit of marketing throughout the day as much as possible, then write late mornings and afternoons. By evening, I’m ready to relax with husband and/or family. I may also do a little more marketing or online socializing.

I like to re-read what I’ve written, skimming, correcting, getting the plot again in my mind and looking for mistakes or plot problems. Then I can tackle another day’s writing goals. I take frequent writing breaks to re-wind by checking on other tasks for the day. It’s far too easy to become immersed in other attractive pursuits; so I have to set time limits!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Ÿ  Traveling is a big thing with us, and if my husband has his way, we’ll retire early soon and travel several months a year. I’ll still write and will probably never give that up.

Ÿ  Family. Another biggie. Outings, boating, fishing, dinner theatres, etc. keep us pretty busy.

Ÿ  We love our small hobby farm with our various animals. We enjoy puttering in our gardens, relaxing in our hot tub or in front of our fireplace in the fall and winter, and taking long walks with a favored pet (they all want to go!). Reading, scrap booking about our adorable three grandsons, and writing occupies a lot of our time. And we have our ministry work too.

What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?

That I have such a supportive husband. He’s brainstormed, read, offered suggestions and critiques, traveled with me to meetings and conferences, and listened as I complained or shared my struggles. He is a real blessing in my life!

In your opinion what is the measure of a successful writer?

One who has followed his/her dreams and discovered the path they were meant to travel upon.

Where can we learn more about you?

Connect with her here:

Personal blog:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/browncarole212

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown

I also am part of several other blogs:

Geezers Guys and Gals:  http://geezerguysandgals.blogspot.com/

Stitches in Time:  http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/

Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/

Anything else you’d like to add?

I love to connect with readers! If you have any constructive suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me! I’d love to hear from you. Reviews are always welcome and so very much appreciated. I’d love to have all of you check out my book on Amazon.

Release date is October 21, 2013 from the Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, an ACFW approved publisher. You can order it here.

Thank you, Cherie, for allowing me to visit!

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