My name is Carolyn Bowen from the great metropolis of Chipley Florida. I reside in Atlanta Georgia with my two children (felines) and my beloved worse half (husband).
When and why did you start writing?
Answer: There are some things you just know and for me being a writer is one of them. I can’t remember when I didn’t love books and the idea of writing. I wrote my first book in my twenties and my first short story in my teens. However, I got caught up in raising my family and put writing on the backburner. Now that my children are grown, I’m able to pursue my writing dreams full-time. My only responsibilities now are my cats and they bring me comfort and joy (most of the time).
What inspires your writing?
My books are inspired by travel and experiencing the culture of different regions. I believe the Universe provides the answers we seek and am thankful for God’s blessings on my writing journey.
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
Rewrites – It takes time and I’m impatient when I know the story is almost completed. I want to get the novel in the hands of my fans, like right now.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
I’m an early riser and enjoy watching the sunrise in the mornings. It’s like an unspoken promise from the Universe of a beautiful day. By then, I have a cup of Café de Monde coffee in my hand, and loving my kitties, Ollie and Tooker. This sets the mood for my writing.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Quit dreaming about it, and just do it.
What do you believe make for great writing?
A creative mind that you allow to take you places you’d never dreamed of and then write about it. Also adventure, travel, and immersing yourself in the cultures you visit add much to the plotting of a great story.
How do you measure success as a writer?
I look at the demand for my titles and the readers’ reviews and comments as an indicator of my success as a writer.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
Fear – What’s that? We haven’t met! <Smiles>
Describe your latest book to our readers
The Long Road Home is a low country murder mystery with alluring romantic suspense. There’s no doubt about it – this crime fiction will tweak your thinking about Southern living.
The Long Road Home: Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half-brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
I would like for my readers to know they can meet challenges head-on and come out victorious. Maybe not with the outcome they expected, but with one that’ll work for them.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
I think it’s important to keep reading books that inspire you. Life experiences, however, are the most important things in my opinion when writing, even when those experiences turn into fiction.
What’s next for you?
Answer: My immediate plans are to promote The Long Road Home through social media and any other legal means possible. At the same time, my husband and I are planning an East coast road trip with stops in Asheville, Raleigh (tri-cities), Baltimore, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. We are planning on bringing our children (cats), so it should be an adventure and hopefully inspiration enough for a new work of fiction. Hope the cats feel the same way!
By Carolyn Bowen
Kate’s life was in turmoil after the death of her parents. She’d always been protected and sheltered by them. Suddenly she finds herself with a conniving fiancé living under her roof, a powerful businessman with terrorist ties from across the ocean trying to kill her and more family secrets than most American politicians. She was also unaware that a half brother she knew nothing of was about to enter her life. Her situation was getting precarious right at the moment she was least able to cope with it.