Diane: What is your favorite part of the story, Snow Blood Season 1?
Carol: Snow Blood Season 1 is the first in a series that I am writing. What I love best about the entire book is having the dog turned vampire tell the story. I’ve been a long-time lover of dogs, work with various dog rescues and have studied the behavior of these beloved canines for decades. I wanted to show that dogs are such examples for us to follow. They truly love us unconditionally, no matter who or what we are. In this case, here is a dog ripped from his life and made to become the eternal companion of the original vampire. Because dogs are so adaptable, Snow Blood does exactly that. He focuses his love and loyalty on his new master. All my books are currently being written through the eyes of a dog. And, I’m loving the ability to look at life through their eyes and tell my stories. Yes, readers have to suspend disbelief. But isn’t that part of the fun of it all?
Diane: How long did it take you to write Snow Blood Season 1?
Carol: I started on it in February of 2013, and it was published February 14, 2014. I’m not into slam/bam. I want my writing to be quality. That includes an outline, multiple drafts, editing, re-editing, working with a quality editor and really listening to his advice on how to make it better.
Diane: If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Carol: Oh, definitely Snow Blood. Kane would be a close second. In fact, many of my readers have said that besides the dog, Kane is their favorite. Just to fill in the gaps, Kane is the first human that Brogio (original vampire) “turned.”
Diane: What inspired you to write your first book?
Carol: I don’t really count my first book. It’s called Riding Through It and is a memoir. I used it as a means to leave my past behind. I see Luke’s Tale, A Story of Unconditional Love as my first “real” book. I dreamed about it before I wrote it. I received several psychic readings as birthday presents, and they all said that I was supposed to write the book about “unconditional love.” I think it was divine inspiration. What the world needs right now is for us to love each other without conditions. Don’t you think?
Diane: Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
Carol: My Daddy. Absoutely. I started writing when I was in junior high school. After he read some of the things I had written, he told me, “You are a writer.” I believed him! I’ve been writing non-fiction since I was 14. But didn’t venture into writing fiction until seven years ago.
Diane: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their world?
Carol: I love John Irving. I love his play on words, his quirky characters and how he makes me laugh out loud and cry almost simultaneously. I was so proud when some of Luke’s Tale’s 88 reviewers said it made them laugh and cry at the same time!
Diane: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Carol: I am working on Snow Blood Season 2. In Season 1, I purposely made Selene a rather weak-willed character. In Season 2, she transforms into this very strong character. I love doing that. In addition, I’m adding more flavor to all the characters, more depth. And, I’m giving Snow a love interest.
Multiple reviewers said this is a vampire story … love story … mystery with lots of twists and turns. That’s still all there, but I want the characters to be even richer.
Diane: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Carol: This is a story about vampires. But, it’s also a commentary on how to unconditionally love another. If you don’t like vampire stories, you shouldn’t read it, unless you happen to be a dog lover. That should soften everything. I never put in anything just for the sake of a shock value. It’s all a part of what would happen in that world. But the overriding theme is unselfish love. It always is in all of my books.
Look for more interviews, character descriptions and detail in the coming weeks!