I have been so fortunate to meet wonderful authors over the past few months and what I’ve noticed is the complete lack of competitiveness between all of them. I’ve never met a group of people so willing to help each other out. Carolyn Arnold is no exception. She has written several novels across a multitude of genres and has created an amazing blog called Celebrating Authors, where she promotes other writers’ upcoming projects with snapshots, announcements and interviews on their current works.
So, to continue with my love of bringing authors to my blog, hailing all the way from Canada, please allow me to present the multi-talented Carolyn Arnold.
1) So, Carolyn, please tell us about your upcoming book and what it’s like writing a series?
SACRIFICE is the third in The Madison Knight Series. Designed to be a stand-alone series, it follows Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight in her drive to find justice for the victims of horrendous crimes, despite the ever-impeding domination of male superiors.
Here’s the book blurb for SACRIFICE:
When the son of business tycoon Marcus Randall, washes up on the shore of the Bradshaw River, Detective Madison Knight must sacrifice everything—including her career—to find justice for the “perfect murder”.
With Marcus Randall already on the radar of the Secret Service for fraud and counterfeiting, the investigation sheds new light, and they require the full co-operation of the Stiles PD. But with power and money to back him, Marcus has a reach that extends right inside the police department.
If Madison’s going to find out the truth, she’ll have to sort through the lies and balance diplomacy with politics.
As for writing a series, it can be both comfortable and difficult. While you might know the characters quite well you have to be certain to keep things consistent. This can be a trick, and that’s why it’s a good idea to keep good notes on everyone, and everything that has gone in a novel.
2) I completely understand about keeping notes. So many times we change or add things to a novel and being consistent with our characters is so key. How did you come up with the idea for this particular book?
Actually, it was inspired from real-life. I used to work for a father and son. The son never seemed to take any responsibility in life, and his father was left to clean up after him.
3) I believe taking facets from real-life can truly bring a book alive and is very relatable to readers. Do you research a lot?
Most definitely. Also, when I research I cross-reference to make sure that I have a solid understanding of the material. With TIES THAT BIND, I recently received some high praise from an ex-cop who spent 30 years on the job.
This is his review in part: “Police Procedural at its best…Arnold really did her homework in “Ties” researching interview techniques, evidence procedures, medical terminology, and legal issues that usually are painfully absent in most police procedural novels. Not in “Ties”, seriously the most technically correct police procedural novel I have ever read. The fictional side was even more entertaining than the facts!…”
4) What an amazing praise from an ex-cop! Congratulations! So with all this reviewing and researching, do you plot a lot or do you let your story surprise you?
A mix of both, I suppose. While I am primarily a “panster”, I have an idea where I want things to go. But, sometimes, or should I say a lot of times, my characters take me down another path. These “detours” are a real highlight of the writing journey.
5) Agreed – there’s that wonderful moment as a writer when your characters simply bring you someplace that maybe fifteen minutes before was never even a thought in your mind. It’s that “detour” you speak of that makes it so worthwhile. So tell us, what are your current projects?
I’m taking a stab at writing a political thriller. And, I’m getting ready to start a first round of edits for another thriller novel for release in the late fall—ASSASSINATION OF A DIGNITARY.
6) You’re a writing dynamo and in a relatively short time you published a great series of work. So many people say they want to write a novel, but they just don’t get around to it. How do you do it?
What an amazing compliment: a dynamo 🙂 I guess it just comes from such a passion for writing. Writing, to me, is something that is a necessary part of my daily life. I’ve made sacrifices for it, and continue to, but when you strongly believe in something, you don’t have much choice. I just hope that my readers fall in love with my characters as much as I have.
I’ve written 8 novels, and 2 short stories. 4 of these novels are in The Madison Knight Series, 2 are thrillers, 1 is suspense, and 1 a romantic suspense. Book blurbs on all of them are available on my website here: http://carolynarnold.net
7) Ok, lastly, tell us something that folks might not know about you.
Hmm, tough question as I consider myself rather open….This summer, I took another attempt at gardening, and so far, not only are the plants still alive (a month later), they are prospering. My favorite is my banana tree, which is growing at an insane rate.
Carolyn, thank you so much for your time. If you’d like to connect with Carolyn and her novels online, please see the links below.