Chatting with Carter Novels
My pleasure today to introduce you to a quite amazing writing couple from America who – together – are Carter Novels.
Welcome to my home in cyber-space. Thanks for dropping in to see us. Tell me, whereabouts do you both live?
RC & JP: Thank you for inviting us into your home in cyber-space. We currently make our home in Miami, Florida due to a job assignment. Our family is living in the Tampa Bay area of central Florida and we plan on moving back there in a few years.
Q. How does the writing process work for you both? Is one of you writer and the other editor, or what?
A. It depends on who is taking the lead and what we are writing
RC: In BIOPRINTS, FLASH ZOMBIES and CLONE DRONES, I took the lead and would write the first draft.
JP: At that point, I would read the first draft and either add material, subtract material or leave it as it was. Then we would collaborate on the third draft.
Q. Are you full time writers or do you have a day jobs?
RC: I have a day job working as an Air Traffic Controller.
JP: Since we moved to Miami I no longer have a day job. We both enjoy conducting paranormal investigations whenever we can.
Q. What inspired you to become writers?
RC: In middle school I was inspired by Tolkien and wrote my first novel which, unfortunately turned out to have too many similarities to The Hobbit. I enjoyed creating another world and continued to write short stories and poetry after that as a hobby.
JP: In the first grade I wrote, directed and starred in an Easter play that was performed in the evening at my school and was open to the public. My play was featured in an article in the local newspaper. So, at the ripe old age of five years the writing bug bit and has been with me ever since.
Q. It must be quite difficult to write a novel when you both have input into the process. How do you resolve problems or does it just work naturally for you?
RC: It actually flows well. It helps to have a different perspective following behind and catching things early in the story that just don’t work.
JP: RC often looks at things in a different way than I do and thinks of things that I would not have thought of. On the other hand, I think of things he would not think of and can add ideas from a different perspective.
Q. Do you ever argue about plotlines or character details?.
RC: Sometimes I have a plotline in my head or character personality and it doesn’t quite translate onto the page. Since it’s a constant rewriting process, we are geared to discuss the discrepancies and correct them as we go along.
JP: We both have strong opinions and ideas about how the plot should go and who the characters are. Of course we often disagree about how a character would act or speak. However, we don’t argue about it, we discuss it. We often write it more than one way and then mutually agree on which way it reads best.
Q. Do you base your characters on real people you have met or are they a product of the imagination.
RC: So far it’s a mixture of imagination and real people. Most of the characters in the O’Rourke series are made up with strong resemblances to people we know well.
JP: No matter how our characters start out, whether a mixture of imagination and of people we know, they quickly develop personalities of their own.
Q. What is your favourite genre to write in and why?
RC: So far I really enjoy writing detective/mystery/crime novels. I enjoy reading historical fiction but I don’t have the patience for the research required to weave the story together.
JP: At the moment I am researching the Phoenician time period. I am enjoying it far more than I thought I would. I’m in the process of writing a fictionalized account of the life of the life of Jezebel. It is a project about which I am very excited. I am also writing a non-fiction book about our paranormal experiences. After I have finished the first drafts, RC will come in and do his rewrites.
Q. Are you a reader yourself and if so what kind of books do you enjoy?
RC: I enjoy crime novels, mysteries, fantasies and science fiction. The crime novels I like best involve detectives and crime investigations. My favourite authors are Max Collins, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
JP: I love to read. I enjoy detective novels, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy novels, and cozy mysteries.
Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge to being a writer today?
RC & JP: The biggest challenge as Indie authors is getting our books out in front of potential readers.
Q. Are you currently published or do you have a ‘work in progress’ you can tell us about?
RC & JP: In addition to the ‘works in progress’ JP described, we have written the first three books in the O’Rourke Crime Novels series with more to follow. BIOPRINTS, FLASH ZOMBIES and CLONE DRONES are available in both paperback and eBook editions through Amazon. The series follows Ryan O’Rourke and his team of investigators as they use old school detective methods to solve high-tech crimes.
Q. Did you design the book cover or did someone do it for you?
RC & JP: We designed our own book covers. We intend to continue the simple red, white and black theme so the O’Rourke series will be easily recognizable.
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
RC & JP: The place we want to live is near our children and their families in the Tampa Bay area of Florida on the waterfront.
Q. What hobbies do you have?
RC & JP: We enjoy writing, traveling, cruising, visiting museums and investigating every haunted place we can find.
Q. Where can we find out more about your work?
A. Amazon Author’s Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HFQSXHO Our website: http://www.CarterNovels.com
Q. And where can we follow and support you on social media sites?
A. You can friend us on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/Carter.Novels and/or LIKE our Book page at http://www.Facebook.com/rcjpcarternovels. Follow us on twitter: RC @rcarter67606 JP @JPCarter47
For UK readers, follow this link to Carter Novels in the UK Kindle store.
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Thank you for chatting today and good luck with your work.