Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Author Spotlight: Carolyn Arnold

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming fellow author Carolyn Arnold to my blog!

Carolyn is the author of several novels in the mystery, thriller and suspense genres. TIES THAT BIND, the first in a police procedural mystery series surrounding Detective Madison Knight, was her debut novel and published May 2011.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in the rural town of Picton, Ontario. She lives with her husband and her two beagles in Southwestern Ontario. Her newest book ELEVEN was published in November 2011.

Q: When did you start writing and did you always want to be a writer?

A: I wrote as a teenager but life changed and it wasn’t until just over four years ago I rediscovered my passion for writing.

Q: What inspired you to write Eleven?

A: I love the television series “Criminal Minds” for one. Second, there is this small abandoned home outside of the city I live it. The idea for underground burial chambers just hit me when I saw it one day.

Q: What is the significance of the book’s title?

A: Eleven is the number of intended victims. Eleven is also the number of incisions the killer makes in his victims. Essentially the number and its representation factor symbiotically into the plot of the novel.

Q: What is your greatest challenge as an author?

A: I would have to say family. I love them and value all of them. However, they don’t necessarily agree with or support my genre choice. It makes it hard when you’re so very passionate about something and not able to share your successes along the way with those closest to you. However, with that said my husband is my greatest supporter.

As for a challenge when it comes to the craft itself, I had to hone in on character development to “create characters you can pinch”.

Q: What is up next for you?

A: December will see the release of JUSTIFIED, the 2nd in the Madison Knight mystery series. In the new year I hope to start writing a new novel before editing another novel for release. (I have written a total of seven novels to date.)

Q: Do you have any advice for new writers?

A: Most importantly keep writing. Don’t let anyone else, or yourself, stop you from doing so.


Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he'll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he's become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

ELEVEN, By Carolyn Arnold

Where to buy:
Amazon for Kindle or in Print

Where to connect online:

Amazon Author Page
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