Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Caroline Johnston and Raincoats & Sunglasses

Posted June 24, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Caroline Johnston, Christian, contemporary, giveaway / 4 Comments

I am delighted today to chat with author Caroline Johnston about her book, Raincoats & Sunglasses! I fell in love with the covers for this series when I saw them and I can’t wait to read them soon 🙂

Caroline Johnston lives in Paisley, Scotland with her husband and three teenage children. She writes Contemporary Christian fiction and Christian Young Adult novels. Her contemporary series, Raincoats & Sunglasses, is set in Glasgow, Scotland – and comprises Raincoats & Sunglasses and Snowboots & Sunglasses. Her Young Adult novels – What If? and Why Not? follow the lives of a group of friends in a Scottish high school.

You can connect with Caroline on her website, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.

RAINCOATS & SUNGLASSES by Caroline Johnston
Raincoats & Sunglasses #1

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2019
PAGES: 299

In Glasgow’s autumnal sunshine Raincoats & Sunglasses are everywhere…

Kirsty wraps herself in her Raincoat & Sunglasses, blending in to the crowd. As yet another failed relationship crashes down around her, she wonders if true love does exist. But just when it all seems hopeless a new work project and a new hairdresser have her dreaming about love again.

Jennifer throws on her Raincoat & Sunglasses as she races to the school gates. But as her youngest daughter starts school her world suddenly seems empty. Where has her purpose gone? More to the point, where is her joy? As she picks up her paintbrush, she glimpses the possibility of a new career path. Will a new purpose restore her joy?

Paul can’t understand women’s fascination with bland Raincoats & Sunglasses. He also can’t understand why he’s feeling so unsettled. Desperate to regain peace, he questions whether being a senior stylist at a prestigious salon is enough. But Paul has to deal with more than just questions about his career when a tall, beautiful woman walks into the salon in her Raincoat & Sunglasses.

Join Kirsty, Jennifer and Paul as their lives intertwine around faith and Raincoats & Sunglasses.


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Hi Caroline! Welcome to the blog!

Caroline: Both??? I love winter (if there is snow!) but I love the light and colours of summer (as long as it isn’t too hot. I’m not good with heat!)

Carrie: See, I could get behind summer more if it wasn’t hot – I’m totally with you. Bring on winter!

Caroline: Dogs. I wish I had one, but my husband is not a fan.

Carrie: awww – my husband wasn’t a dog fan at all either… until I convinced him to get one 🙂

Caroline: Tea – I get through 6-10 mugs of the lovely brew a day.

Carrie: I think the idea of tea sounds so lovely – if only I liked the taste haha

Caroline: Mountains are my happy place, especially if they come with trees and lochs (lakes)

Carrie: yes please!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Caroline: Lol! My house is full of hard-core Marvel fans, so this is a common question around here. My answer: as a mum, my superpower is finding the things that no one else can! ‘It’s not lost until mum can’t find it.’

Carrie: haha! I think my mom has that same superpower.

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.

Caroline: As a self-published author, I’m a big fan of supporting fellow self-published authors. There are so many amazing books waiting to be discovered. Some recent fabulous reads: Joy Vee ‘They Whisper About Us’ is a brilliant dual-timeline book set in Russia and England. It’s a very poignant, and timely, YA read. I’ve just finished the second book in Emma Browne’s Heart series, ‘Heart of Us’. Contemporary Christian fiction set in Edinburgh. These books have a great cast of characters and deal with some deep issues. I’ve also been enjoying Carolyn Miller’s Original Six Series and Anne Perreault’s books.

Carrie: I definitely need to add Joy & Emma’s books to my TBR list – Anne’s are already on there – and I’m a big fan of Carolyn Miller’s books!!

Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?

Caroline: I love this question. It makes me laugh but I’m also a bit nervous about what my characters would say about me… I keep sending them out in the rain. I take delight in their misfortunes. But that I make up for it all by taking them to stunning locations.

Carrie: haha but at least you give them raincoats 😉

Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote Raincoats & Sunglasses?

Caroline: I have a number of creative friends, including several musicians. When I was writing Raincoats & Sunglasses, my friend Ellyn Oliver had just written a song about Jesus standing with his arms wide open. The lyrics perfectly summed up the faith journey one of the characters was on. I included it in the book. I also include songs by my friend Scott Nicol. I’ll tell him what my books are about and he’ll probably be in the middle of writing a song that fits with the book. Scott has played at each of my book launch parties. I love including friends in the process.

Carrie: that’s so cool!

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Raincoats & Sunglasses, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Caroline: Raincoats & Sunglasses was pretty much outlined when I started writing it. But something didn’t sit right with me and I ended up rewriting it so it was in first person rather than third person. It allowed the characters to speak for themselves. You always need to give your characters room to have their say.

Carrie: this is something new & fascinating I’ve learned since having writing friends 🙂

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Raincoats & Sunglasses?

Caroline: I weave the fruit of the Spirit through my stories, especially love, joy and peace. I would love readers to be encouraged by Jesus’ love, joy and peace and to know they have a story that matters

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.

Caroline: I’m currently working on the third (and I’m going to say last) book in the Raincoats & Sunglasses series. It’s called Raincoats & Wedding Dresses and will be released in March 2023.

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