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Publishing a Novel: Carole Brown on How She First Published


Indie and traditionally published author Carole Brown on  how to publish.
Author Carole Brown

Wondering about publishing a novel? In this regular blog feature, authors tell the story of how they published their first book. I’m excited to talk to Carole Brown today, who is both traditionally and indie published! Here’s my interview with Carole: 

What was your first published novel?

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. A women’s fiction with strong elements of suspense and romance, it deals with a woman who’s bent on revenge upon the men in a cult where she was raised because of the murder of her eldest daughter. It’s intense and suspenseful with just the right touches of lightness and hope and romance to lift the reader from the seriousness.

The Redemption of Caralyn Hayman, suspense about woman escaping cult.

Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go Indie?

Traditional for my debut novel. I’ve been “raised” to believe it was THE way to go so that was pretty much the only aim I had. For a long time.

How did that come about?

I was really discouraged, ready to quit. I’d studied hard, re-learned writing, acquired an agent and critique partners, attended conferences and workshops and talked with editors. Still no results.

At the lowest point of my despair, a dear older lady set me down, figuratively speaking, and told me God gave me the talent and that I needed to believe. Use what I had and leave the rest to God. Still with struggling faith, I pushed ahead. In April of 2012, I talked with an editor of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas who asked me to have my agent send my manuscript. I was approved, accepted and signed the contract in December. October 21, 2013, my debut novel released.

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

I’ve loved it for the most part. But then I believe I found the publishing house that worked for my aims and goals and for my writing style. I also believe with all my heart that they work hard to encourage and help their authors to achieve success. They’re certainly willing to try many ideas to help us.

There are always snags and sometimes a few disagreements, but for me, it has smoothed out nicely. I work hard at marketing and believe my editor is pleased with my efforts. I now have three versions: print, kindle, and audio to offer readers of different requirements.

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

Smiling . . . A month after The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman released, I was fortunate to Indie publish (with help from a good friend) the first book in a mystery series: Hog Insane, introducing the early-retired couple: Denton and Alex Davies who head to Tennessee in their RV with their dog, Taffy. It’s a fun, lighthearted, quick read. Entirely different from The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, but a nice read.

For the near future, I should have two more novels releasing. The second book in my mystery series: Bat Crazy which, of course, features Denton and Alex Davies again, only in New Mexico this time. Hint: What do vampire bats have to do with the story? J

My second release is the first book in a WWII Spy series (light suspense). Three sisters, Three spies. Three stories. Each of the three books deals with one of the red-headed sisters and their spies.

Here’s a brief blurb about the first book in this series, With Music in Their Hearts:

Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.  

He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.  

Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?

 Thanks so much, Carole, for visiting my blog! I loved hearing your  story–so encouraging! 

Thanks so much, Robin, for allowing me to visit your site!

Carole Brown not only has her award winning (Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel. November, 2014, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. 

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

 Connect with her here:

Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaroleBrown.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/browncarole212

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sunnywrtr/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5237997-carole-brown

Carole is  also am part of several other blogs:

Stitches in Time:  http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/

Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/

Authors, if you would like to  be considered for this blog feature, use the “Contact Me” tab up at the top and let me know. Thanks!



Harry Potter Re-Read: The Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I re-read the Harry Potter series for my Mythgard class, “Taking Harry Seriously,” reading The Half-Blood Prince is particularly bittersweet. (NOTE: I don’t think there are major spoilers in the following discussion, but if you’re extremely sensitive to being spoiled, play it safe and don’t read further.)

This one has so many “lasts.” Last time the kids get to be just kids, just Hogwarts students. Last time to worry about getting a girlfriend or passing an exam or winning a Quidditch match before the life, death, and soul struggles of The Deathly Hallows. One of my favorites in this vein: the kids learning to Apparate and struggling to get their Apparition licenses, similar to the way we Muggle kids had to pass our driving tests. Only we worried about getting into fender-benders during driver training, whereas they have to worry about getting splinched and leaving parts of their bodies behind! It’s this kind of detail of everyday life in the Wizarding World that makes the books such treasures, so much richer than the movies (which I do enjoy, also).

It’s also interesting to me how this book is connected to Book 2, Chamber of Secrets. So many things that were introduced in Chamber of Secrets (and possibly not mentioned since) become important again in Half-Blood Prince: several items that were casually seen in Borgin and Burkes when Harry ended up there by accident; Dobby the House Elf; Tom Riddle’s Diary; Aragog the giant spider–and probably a host of other things I’m not remembering at the moment. This is another reason the books are so powerful to me–Rowling obviously had such a detailed plan in her head from the beginning that this book series reads, to me, like one cohesive story. NOT a series of Harry Potter adventures she threw together after the success of the first book.

A co-worker recently asked that common question–if you had to choose one book to take with you if you were stranded on a desert island, which one would you take. Before I could speak (because she knows me well), she said, “You have to choose ONE Harry Potter book.” This is absurdly unfair to me, because that’s like telling me I could only take a few chapters of some other book!

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