I read Carol's debut novel Crazy Over You last year, and I really enjoyed it. Carol's writing style is flowing and very easy to fall into. I have previously posted this interview on my old blog. This one is a slightly revised version of the previous one with a couple of new questions added. I hope you will enjoy it and do not forget to check out Carol's website for more information on her fabulous debut book. You can also read my review here.
Can you tell me something we readers/bloggers don't know about you yet? :)
I never watch British soaps (I can’t be doing with the dark moods and misery) but I am a big fan of Neighbours and have watched it since I was a teenager.
Do you prefer Tea or Coffee when you write/ read?
Definitely tea and I drink way too much of it.
Is writing books your dream profession?
Yes and it still feels like a dream I am chasing. One day I hope to have a few books written that I am as proud of as Crazy Over You, a sensible writing space with a good view and time to think and to feel like I am actually doing it as my profession.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I only use black pen in my notebooks and when typing I have to edit as I go along.
Where is your favourite place to write?
Occasionally, I am able to sneak off to a local hotel for a night or two. I choose a nice big room, with plenty of light, lock myself away and get down to lots of writing – it’s the most productive time I have.
Where did you find inspiration for your debut novel Crazy Over You?
I had read other stories about infidelity, one of the main themes of the book, and felt I had something different to offer. Rather than use the affair as the catalyst to a new life (and unrelated plot line), I wanted to explore and write about the emotional impact infidelity can have on those involved.
Who is your most favourite author/writer and why?
Oo this is a tricky one. I have liked different books and authors at different times of my life so I tend to have favourites for the moment rather than for all time. Currently I am a big fan of Jane Costello and Lucy Diamond. I enjoy their down to earth characters and the fact their stories are about the general issues you face in everyday life. And I love the humour found in books by Mhairi McFarlane and Tracy Bloom.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing Crazy Over You was learning to make and prioritise time to write. It almost felt self-indulgent at times to take a few hours to myself and spend them with my own thoughts, a notepad and computer.
How much of the book is realistic?
My book is a work of fiction, however, some of the situations and occurrences in the story are based on things that I have experienced. I like writing about what I know as I think it gives a good grounding for depicting realistic emotions. It is also fun to have the opportunity to share with others, things that have made me laugh; when I was teaching, for example, a child really did bring in her mum's pink furry handcuffs for show and tell. This happens to Abby in the book.
What are you plotting for 2016?
I must work more on my second novel. It has been a slow work in progress while I have been promoting Crazy Over You, which has been hugely exciting, but I must get down to it in 2016.
Thank you so much for stopping by Carol!
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