1: Thank you so much for being here, Carol. First up is the obligatory question. When did you first begin writing?
A. I first started writing in high school when I worked on the newspaper. In 2000, my New Year's resolution was to write a novel. I did that, but it took me over a year to do it.
2: What inspired you to write?
A. It was a hobby when I first started out. I liked being creative and writing was the perfect outlet for that.
3: What do you like the most and least about writing?
A. I love it when I can sit to write and the words just flow. I write a lot over my lunch hour at work, and it's very frustrating when I'm on a roll, and I find it's time to go back to work. The two things that are my least favorite about writing is editing and writing a synopsis.
4: What do you do for fun and relaxation when not writing?
A. I love to work in my garden, go camping with my husband, read good mysteries, and watch movies.
5: Which authors do you like to read?
A. My favorite authors are James Patterson, Lisa Gardner, and the late Robert B. Parker.
6: What’s the one thing you’d most like people to know about you?
A. I think I have a great sense of humor.
7: Tell me about your current novel, where I can find it and your website/blog.
A. My current novel is called "Love, Lies & Deceit." It's a romantic suspense about a CIA training officer who falls in love with his trainee. After he is arrested for treason, he asks her to help him prove his innocence. She has to decide if she trusts him enough to put her career and life at risk to help him. Published by Red Rose Publishing, and you can find a link to it on my web site, http://CarolPre.webs.com
8: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
A. Don't be discouraged if you get a rejection letter. I had a whole stack before I finally sold my manuscript.
9: Do you base your characters on real-life people?
A. I don't base my characters on any one particular person, but take characteristics from several different people and put them into one character.
10: Where do you get your ideas and what inspired you to write this book?
A. I don't really have a set way to get my ideas. Mostly, I just think them up. However, the book I am working on now is loosely based on a real mystery that happened near where I live.
11: What are you currently working on?
A. My current project is about a New York City writer, Jaime Wilson who wants the Assistant Editor job at Real Mystery Magazine. In order to get it, she has to write a kick-ass story, and what could be better than a 30-year old unsolved murder in a small town.
When Jaime visits Royal, Indiana to investigate, she soon finds that someone in the town doesn't want the mystery solved. After she becomes the next target, handsome Sheriff Ben Hunter comes to her rescue. She didn't count on falling in love with the sheriff, and he didn't think he would have to work so hard to keep her safe.
12. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
A. In addition to writing fiction, I have also written a cookbook called "Masters & Disasters of Cooking." It's a collection of comical stories about some of my unbelievable cooking disasters and also some of my masterpieces. A wonderful recipe accompanies each story and you can find where to buy it on my web site. I also write a food blog that can be found at http://carolsfoodbites.blogspot.com/
Thank you so much for hosting me today. I have enjoyed talking with you.
And I’ve enjoyed talking with you. Thank you for visiting and good luck with your book.
Back on the highway, Julie took the George Washington Memorial Highway to Alexandria and to her apartment. When she walked in the door, a strange feeling came over her. She turned on the light and looked around the room. Everything looked in its place. She put her keys and purse on the table and walked into the kitchen. That's when she noticed the glass sitting next to the sink, used. She knew she hadn't dirtied a glass that morning. She walked into the living room and got her gun from the desk drawer. The only place someone could be hiding in her apartment was the bathroom or the bedroom.
She walked toward the bathroom. The door stood ajar. With her foot she pushed it all the way open and turned on the light. No one was inside, or hiding in the shower. Once in the hallway, she stepped toward the bedroom. This door was open, but the room inside was dark. With gun in one hand, she reached in to flick the switch with the other. But, before she could turn the light on, a hand grabbed her arm with the gun and flung her on the bed. Someone landed on top of her and pinned down her hand with the gun. Her attempt to scream was stifled because a hand clasped over her mouth. She tried to struggle, but he was too strong.
"Stop fighting me and don't scream." The man took the gun out of her hand.
"I'm going to take my hand away from your mouth. You aren't going to scream, are you?"
She shook her head no. Gradually, he removed his hand from over her mouth until she was able to speak. "Get off me, you bastard!" She had recognized her assailant's voice.
He rolled off and she turned on the light. Jason stood on the other side of the bed from her. "What the hell do you think you're doing?"
"I needed to talk to you."
"You couldn't pick up the phone and call me? I would have come to your apartment." She rolled her neck to make sure she was okay.
"My phone is being monitored."
"What do you want?"
"I need your help, but first I need to know if I can trust you." He swallowed hard. "Did you have anything to do with the drop in Austria, resulting in my arrest?"
She looked at her gun in his hand. "You still have my gun. How I answer your question determines what you do with it.
He placed her gun on her bed. "I'm sorry. I didn't realize I still had it. Julie, I have to know if you were involved in some way."
She laughed. "I must be a pretty damn good spy if you need to ask me that. No, I had nothing to do with it."
He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, dropping his head. "I believe you."
You can purchase "Love, Lies & Deceit" at http://www.redrosepublishing.com