November 11, 2016

Interview around the Globe with Lauren Carr #2

Lauren Carr Interview
Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Lauren Carr to Nighttime Reading Center. She here on a book tour. She is stopping by here on October 17, 2016, November 11, 2016. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about her books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read her books "The Murders at Astaire Castle". I enjoy both books. I would suggest that you read my reviews for "Killer in the Band", "The Murders at Astaire Castle". You got a chance to win a  - Prizes: ​ Win a Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB (Open internationally) Winner will be person to use #LoversInCrime most often). Enter her giveaway Killer in the Band Giveaway

Let read her Bio and then go to her interview. #Interviews, #Interviewsaroundtheglobe, #NRC, #Giveaways #bookreview,  #thriller, #mystery, #adultfiction, #policyprocedurals, @TheMysteryLadie and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 
Nighttime Reading Center Interview, Author Interview
Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am the best-selling author of the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, the Mac Faraday Mysteries, and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Killer in the Band is the third installment in the Lovers in Crime Mystery series.

On the personal side, I live with her husband, son, and four dogs, including the real Gnarly, on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

When did you begin writing?

My mother said I was always making up stories. When I learned how to read, I was rewriting the Bobbsey Twins to turn the mystery of the missing sea shell into a kidnapping story.

What inspired you to write Killer in the Band?

For each mystery, both the Lovers in Crime and Mac Faraday Mysteries, I chose the setting after coming up with the murder plot. I tailored the characters to fit with the mystery. Lovers in Crime is a small town setting. I grew up in Chester, West Virginia, and there are quite a few farms in and around the Ohio Valley.

I introduced readers to Joshua Thornton in my first book, A Small Case of Murder. Readers of that book may remember that Joshua’s mother grew up on a dairy farm. I also remind readers in Killer in the Band, Joshua comes from a long line of farmers. Therefore, it was destined that eventually, a Lovers in Crime Mystery had to be set on a farm.

Have you ever been discouraged in regard to your writing ability and if so, how did you get past it and move forward?

Oh, yeah! It is rare for a writer not to get discouraged. Always, just when I was about to give up, God would send someone to cross my path to revive me.

Back in the 1990’s, I sent A Small Case of Murder, my first mystery novel, to a whole slew of literary agents. This was long before Amazon and KDP books. One of the literary agents was a huge success whose authors regularly appeared on Oprah. Well, he sent a long, two-page letter telling me how much he absolutely loved A Small Case of Murder. He talked about loving the characters, the brilliance of twists and turns, and how the plotline progressed. It was clear that he read every word and page of this book.

And then—on page two, he ended with the rejection, stating the he did not know how to market me.

Well, bucko! How about marketing me as a brilliant author who takes her readers on rollercoaster rides with breathtaking twists and turns?

Even years later, when I had writers block for a year, I would turn my back away from the rejections and the bad influences to focus on the positive reinforcements in my journey toward being a best-selling author.

One thing that authors often forget—authorship is not a sprint to success, but a marathon. If you want to reach the finish line—you need to keep on going, persevere, even when the running gets tough. That’s why many writers never reach their publishing goals. They give up too soon.

What is something you've written that will never see the light of day?

Oh, are you talking about The Great American Catastrophe? I wrote that one summer back when I was in my late teens or early twenties. For a full summer, I gave up my social life, television, everything to work away on my electric Selectric typewriter. This was before computers and word processors … or the delete key. By the end of the summer, I had a 900+ page manuscript. Only thing was—I had no idea what to do with it. This was also before the Internet. Back then, the only way to get published was to send it to a literary agent in New York or go there yourself. Nope, I never sent it to any literary agents because copying 900+ pages cost close to a hundred dollars back then. Yep, it is still in my mother’s basement and will never see the light of day.

What is your writing style? Do you like to outline or just write as you go?

I’m a plantser. That is a combination of the two. I will think about a plotline for weeks or months—usually while I am writing another book. Sometimes, I will write out an outline, but not necessarily refer to it. Writing it down only makes the twists and turns in my plots clear in my head. Then, once I have everything down, I will sit down to begin writing it.

Funny thing is, one hundred percent of the time, my characters will take me in different directions between the beginning and the end of the book. But that’s okay.

What's the hardest thing about writing for you?

It’s not the hardest, it’s the most challenging. As an author, I consider myself an artist. So, with every book, I try to raise the bar by trying something different. For example, Killer in the Band is set on a horse farm. This setting is very different from any of my other mysteries. The setting, atmosphere, characters are much more sedate than I was used to writing.

Luckily, most of my readers love that I’m always trying new things with every books and I enjoy the challenge of writing them.

What advice do you give to budding writers?

Write what you love. Don’t be thinking about what will sell. What will make Hollywood come knocking on my door? Write what you have a passion for. If you do, it will infect your readers and then they will come.

Your Mac Faraday series, the Thorny Rose Mysteries, as well as the Lovers in Crime series, have all garnered a loyal following. We will still be seeing these series continue as well, won’t we?

Each series will continue to grow on their own with interconnecting mysteries occasionally. In January, there will be a new Thorny Rose Mystery, A Fine Year for Murder.

In A Fine Year for Murder, Jessica Faraday and her husband, Murphy Thornton, dive into the cold case murder at a family owned winery.

After ten months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple? As long as readers are clamoring for mysteries, I’ll be writing them.

Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, Lauren. I hope to see you around here. I hope you stop by once in awhile. I started to laugh with some of the answers. I am happy and will and hope to catch up with your books and in these series "The Thorny Rose Mystery" "The Mac Faraday Mysteries", "The Joshua Thorton Mystery" and of the other ones that come with these.

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