I’m delighted to be joined by Chill With a Book Award winner Carol Warham today to talk about all things bookish.
Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award, Carol! You must be so happy that your work has been recognised in this way. Now, before we carry on, would you please introduce yourself to my readers, just in case they don’t know you already.
Hello and thank you for inviting me to be under the spotlight. I live in a small village in West Yorkshire, close to the town of Holmfirth, well known in the television series, Last of The Summer Wine. I have had some short stories, travel articles and poems published but Resolutions is my debut novel.
So, your book has been awarded with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, what inspired you to write this story?
The story came to me on a trip to Disney World in Florida, strangely. We visited the town of Celebration. I loved the idea of a town with that name and thought a great story would come from it. I eventually decided on naming the town Resolution and set it around New Year. Unfortunately, I quickly realised there would never be a town called that in Yorkshire. However, with a few tweaks the story was born.
What does the award mean to you?
I am over the moon winning the award. I know so many authors and readers respect Chill with a Book, so to win is quite an achievement.
Are you working on a new book? Tell me about that …
Naughtily I’m working on two books. When I get stuck on one I turn to the other! One is set in Scarborough a place I love. Although I am writing a contemporary romance, there is a little bit of history and mystery to be found in the plot. The other book is an historical romance, set in Shetland.
When not writing, what can you be found doing?
I belong to various village organisations. My husband and I travel as much as possible, our next holiday takes us to New England for the fall. I am really looking forward to that. We also have two grandchildren who keep us busy.
Which three authors have most influenced your journey to becoming an author?
It’s very difficult to pick three! However, Dorothy Dunnett is one of my favourite authors. I love the Lymond series and re-read them as often as possible. I find her style of writing unique. Paula Martin, author of the Irish Mist Na Mara series, has taught me a lot about characters and points of view. She is an amazing author. For sheer escapism and good stories, I love reading Rosamunde Pilcher. I do find I learn a lot from reading books of all kinds.
Why did you choose the genre you write in?
On this occasion I would say that the genre chose me! The idea came as I described earlier, and it fitted the romantic genre.
Which other genre would you choose if you had to change?
History is my first love, which is why I’m looking to either include some history or write an historical novel for the next book.
Quick fire questions …
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook. I can’t get to grips with Twitter!
Tea or coffee? Tea every time
Marmite – yes or no? No!
Early riser or sleep in? Very early riser
Pj’s or ‘normal’ clothes when writing? Normal clothes. I have a dog who gets walked early
Planner or pantster? Pantster although I’m learning to plot
Book or kindle? Both. I love a book to hold but kindle is so practical
Pineapple on pizza – yes or no? Not for me
And finally … What is your favourite book of all time?
So difficult to choose one! However, my comfort read is The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher.
Thank you for joining me today and many congratulations again on your Chill with A Book Award.
Many thanks for inviting me along, Emma. I’ve enjoyed answering the questions.
Carol’s book, Resolutions is out now, here’s the blurb …
Tirgearr Publishing (9 Aug. 2017)
A few days before the New Year, Carly Mitchell returns home to the small town on the Yorkshire moors. Her intention for the short visit is to make her apologies and offer an explanation for her action. A year earlier, she fled, leaving her bridegroom and friends bewildered.
She’s met with mixed reactions, ranging from curiosity to open hostility. However, when an emergency arises, Carly agrees to change her plans and stay a little longer. Falling in love with the new local doctor, Ben Thornton, was not part of her original plan either. Especially when it appears his past is shrouded in mystery.
Complications and tensions increase during the town’s New Year celebrations and she begins to doubt whether she has done the right thing by coming home.
Can she find the resolution she needs to overcome the challenges facing her, or will she run away again?
You can get your copy over at Amazon now!
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