Hi, Carole and welcome to the PP.
How did you get from your day job to writing romance? Actually, I still have a day job. I write training programs for healthcare professionals. I’m fortunate enough to work part-time, though and so I believe I have the best of both worlds. I’d written feature articles about food and restaurants for several newspapers and had stories published in a number of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I still write some non-fiction, but I’ve always loved telling stories, and with fiction, I can let my imagination run wild.
What are your three favorite books of all time? The first is an easy one. It’s Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The other two are Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen, and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
Morning, afternoon, or evening person? I used to be an evening person, but being married to a cheerful morning person turned me into one as well. But I don’t think I’ll ever be as cheerful as he is in at the crack of dawn. I do, though, find I do my best writing in the morning.
Music--with or without? What kind? Depends on my mood. My tastes go from Edith Piaf to Rhianna.
First or third POV? I tried first, but it always turned into third. So I stick with third POV. It works for me.
How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? I thrive on juggling multiple projects. Maybe it’s just my short attention span. Right now I’m working on three completely different projects, a novel, a novella, and a book of short stories. When I hit a wall on one, I switch to another.
What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? I absolutely crave writing beginnings, dreaming about first and second paragraphs. Endings are the hardest for me because I must confess I rarely plot my stories. Plotting Princesses forgive me!
Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? They are the bane of my existence. I will even clean my house rather than start on revisions. But, since I don’t pre-plot, revisions are necessary to my writing. I believe my writing is stronger after I revise.
How did you come up with that title? Best advice anybody ever gave you?
My novella, Deranged Seating is the result of a brainstorming effort by a group of writers and friends. The best advice anybody ever gave me was, “Show me. Don’t tell me”.
Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter… how much weight I put on.
What's your favorite dessert? Anything with chocolate chips. If my hero loved me despite weight gain, I could eat brownies, cookies and cupcakes all day.
Do you write at home or someplace else? I write primarily at home, but can scribble paragraphs at the doctor’s office, in the car, on a plane, just about anywhere an idea strikes.
What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why? I’m a sucker for an intelligent, mature heroine. It’s easier for me to identify with that type of woman.
Here's a blurb from "Deranged Seating" followed by an excerpt:
James is a Mike Hammer wannabe private eye stuck writing the newspaper society column. His imagination is the only thing that keeps him sane through the endless shallow events his boss makes him cover. Until one day his luck changes…
If people were colors, she’d be red. Not because of her hair. That defied description, since its hues changed with her surroundings. Not her skin either. Its bluish tones screamed cool. Yet her clothes skimmed her body as if afraid she’d scorch them with her touch. Her walk was like liquid metal, smooth and red hot. There, that color again. Red. Attention grabbing, pull-you-in red. Sure, it calls to you, but accepting the invitation could get you hurt. Real hurt.
Carole just bit into one of the cherry buns she made, wondering how Courtney can prevent James from getting killed. Find Carole at www.carolefowkes.com Or at www.inklionbooks.com
"Deranged Seating" is available through BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.