Meet today’s guest, Carolyn Arnold.
is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker,
teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and
has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler
series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and
entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED
BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
she answers a few questions for us and gives us insight into her life and
journey as a mystery author.
motivated you to start writing?
I started as a teenager as a way of
dealing with my emotions, and from there I wrote novella-length romances.
However, it wasn’t until I was thirty that I wrote my first full-length novel.
In fact, I’d been away from writing for thirteen years. Since 2006, though, my
life changed and writing’s been a part of my daily life since then.
keeps you going throughout the writing process?
Writing is something I love to do,
but refining a story to publication it is a lot of hard work. What keeps me
going is focusing on all the readers who love my books. They are why I keep
writing. I want to entertain and inspire people and writing lets me do this.
What is the hardest part of writing?
I love the writing part and even
the editing process, but I’d have to say that the latter takes a lot more focus,
dedication, and hard work. You definitely have to be committed to a project to
pay good money for editors and to read and then for you to rewrite a manuscript so many times
that you lose count.
describe your work ethic as an author.
I have always viewed writing as
something very important. Even before I made a dime with my writing, it was
never a hobby. Once I decided to self-publish, I’ve always approached the
industry with the respect and professionalism it deserves, and I have emulated
the traditionally published market. Some authors will drink while they write or
edit, but you would never catch me doing that!
do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?
I have goals and deadlines, but on a
daily basis, I go with the flow of life. If I’m stressed or get feeling
overwhelmed, I’ll step back and see what needs to be adjusted in my schedule.
Walking my beagle Max or taking him to the dog park, or visiting a beach
(during the summer) helps me to step away and clear my mind as well. And, of
course, I always make time to catch up with friends.
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