Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Chatting with Carolyn M Bowen

 A big welcome today to Carolyn M Bowen, crime fiction writer, author, and blogger extraordinaire ...

Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself, Carolyn?
A. I'm a sassy, ​​southern woman who loves life, family, friends and spinning a great story.

Q. What drove you to begin a writing career?
A. I've known I was a writer since probably twelve years old.

Q. What do you feel are the greatest challenges facing any writer at the present time?
A. I think the greatest challenge for writers right now is book marketing. Although there are more options than ever before, it requires diligent effort to keep your books in the forefront.

Q. Do you have an office or 'space' where do you write from and is it at home, or elsewhere?
A. I enjoy traveling and often get ideas for novels during that time. I write whenever the mood strikes whether at home or on the road.

Q. Do you write to a target - word count - every day, or do you have another writing discipline that you could share with us?
A. I do not have a target word count for every day. I write until I'm done with the scenes I wanted to complete for the day.

Q. Do you write from imagination, personal experience, or a mixture?
A. I write from inspiration which is a combination of my imagination and personal experience.

Q. Which of the books that you have written so far is your favorite and what can you tell us about it without giving the game away?
A. At this time, The Long Road Home, a romantic murder mystery novel, is my favorite. It's a fast, riveting mystery thriller that you will not soon forget.

Q. Do you have a 'work in progress' that you would like to tell us about?
A. I am working on a new mystery that will be another crime fiction novel.

Q. When you have finished writing the book - what do you do next? By that I mean, do you edit the book yourself? Do you design your own book cover? Do you prepare a project plan to market your book?
A. After finishing my manuscript, I edit then hire a professional editor, book cover designer and get ready  to market my new book from the project plan.

Q. What is the best piece of advice could you give to someone starting out on a writing career?
A. The best advice is to keep reading and writing.

Q. If you were gifted an air ticket to 'anywhere', which destination would you choose above all others and why?
A. I would travel to Europe and experience all the wonderful food, adventure, sightseeing, shopping, and more.

Q. If you could invite three people from history to a dinner party. Who would you invite and why?
A. 1) Lena Horne: to learn about her life experiences and perhaps some soulful jazz music after the dinner party. 2) Ernest Hemingway: for his love of adventure, reading and writing. 3) JD Salinger: for his advice to writers from personal experience. It would be fun to listen to their interaction during the dinner party.

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing, marketing, or being involved with your book business?
A. Traveling during and after tending to book business!

Q. Can you provide any links to your purchase site, website, blog site, or any social media sites that might be of interest to readers?

 Yes, this is the link to my blog where readers can learn more about my writing adventures. Carolyn Bowen - The Writing Life:

Here's some of Carolyn's book covers. Do not forget to follow the link above to discover mroe about Carolyn.