Please join me in welcoming author Carol J. Post to the blog today to chat about her new Love Inspired Suspense novel, Dangerous Relations!
Carol J. Post splits her time between sunshiny Central Florida and beautiful Murphy, North Carolina. She writes fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Her books have won two Royal Palm Literary Awards and been nominated for two RITA® awards and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She also enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of two sassy black cats.
SERIES: Baby Protectors #6
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2019
He’ll do anything to save his niece…
In this The Baby Protectors novel
When her sister’s murdered, navy man Ryan McConnell insists on protecting Shelby Adair and their niece—especially after someone tries to kidnap little Chloe. But can Shelby trust the child’s uncle? After all, she’s convinced his family’s behind the attacks. But the longer Ryan shields them, the more Shelby wonders if becoming a forever family is their only shot at survival.
Hi Carol! Welcome to the blog!
Carol: I split my time every month between my home in Florida and my sister’s place in North Carolina. Summer is my favorite time in North Carolina and winter is my favorite time when I’m in Florida.
Carrie: oh wow! that’s a lot of travel every month. Family makes it worth it though 🙂
Carol: All my life, I’ve been a cat person. Then 11 or 12 years ago, I adopted a couple of long-haired dachshund sisters and fell in love. They’ve both since passed away, so now I’m back to just cats. I guess I’m still a cat person, but dachshunds have a special place in my heart.
Carrie: Dogs do take over your heart!
Carol: I love both. (I sound really indecisive, don’t I?) One thing I love about where I live in Florida is I’m within an hour and a half of either coast. I used to do a lot of sailing, so I’ve spent a lot of time on the water. But I love the mountains, too. Every vacation, if we’re not on the water, we’re camping and hiking in the Smokies.
Carrie: The Smokies are my happy place but i love the ocean too (in cooler temps lol)
Carol: That one’s easy, since I always do my reading before going to sleep. I turn the lights out and read on my phone. So definitely ebook.
Carrie: Ebooks are quite handy that way, aren’t they? 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Carol: If I have a superpower, I’d say it would have to be organization. I live by schedules and have lists and spreadsheets for everything. When getting ready to travel, I print out the necessary packing list—camping, cruising, writers’ conferences, etc.—and check off the items. My extreme organization is defense against a bad memory. I even have a spreadsheet titled, “Where I Put Things.”
Carrie: Oh goodness, I need a spreadsheet like that lol
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Carol: My favorite book character from childhood was definitely Nancy Drew. I was obsessed! Those books spurred my love of mystery and suspense, and I read every one. My heroines are older and the danger is a little more intense, but I think those books laid the foundation for my choosing to write suspense.
Carrie: Yes! Nancy is my girl.
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Carol: I’ve Googled lots of strange things while doing research, such as what poisons are difficult to detect, steps in freebasing cocaine and how to build various types of bombs. (I should explain here that I write suspense, and my bad guys do bad things!) Every time I fly, I always have TSA pre-check. I say it’s because the FBI has already checked me out and decided I’m harmless!
Q: Which of your characters was the most difficult to write?
Carol: Paige Tatem in Fatal Recall. She wakes up in the woods near the Appalachian Trail with no memory of who she is or what happened before that moment. It was the first time I’d ever written a character with amnesia, and it definitely has some challenges. A character’s backstory and memories play such an important role in who they are and how they react. When you’ve got a character with no memory, it’s like working with a blank slate, and I found myself having to rethink everything.
Carrie: I hadn’t thought before about the implications of writing a character with amnesia – that’s so interesting!
Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?
Carol: I’m a major plotter, so I always have the whole plot outlined before I start writing. I come up with a very basic idea for the plot and what characters should populate the story, then build the characters and plot together. Once I fully know my characters and what is going to happen in each scene, then I’m ready to start writing. Some of my writer friends use a process similar to mine, and others say that by the time they got through all of that, they would no longer want to write the book!
Carrie: haha i think i would fall into latter camp 😛
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Dangerous Relations?
Carol: Sometimes bad things happen to good people. It doesn’t mean God has abandoned you or doesn’t care about your situation. In all things, God works for the good of those who love Him. We may not see healing or resolution of our problems in this lifetime, but eternity awaits.
Carrie: Amen ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Carol: What’s coming up next is one of three projects. (There I go with that indecisiveness again!) I have a three-book series I’m plotting for Love Inspired Suspense set near Pensacola, Florida and have sent my ideas to my editor. I also have a series that has more of a cozy mystery feel that centers around a female private detective agency in Micanopy, Florida, which I plan to self-publish. Lastly, I just got my rights back on my first series published by Love Inspired Suspense back in 2013 and 2014, which I will rewrite then reissue. Which series is actually going to be next remains to be seen.
Carrie: ooo all of those projects sound wonderful!!
Carol Post is offering an autographed print copy of Dangerous Relations to one of my readers! (print copy is available for US residents only; international winner will receive ebook) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you the most about this Q&A and/or Dangerous Relations?