Hi Carolyn. It's great to have you back for an interview after six years. :) It's time we caught up with you again for a quick Q and A. Thanks for joining us. Please tell us about your latest release, "THE LULLABY SKY".
In The "Lullaby Sky", Hannah’s lived in an abusive marriage for the past seven years and it’s finally come to an end. Her four friends and two elderly neighbors are her support system through the court visit and the months following. It’s finally all over—Hannah O’Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It’s like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother’s spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sassy five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her. But that’s not so easy, especially when she feels guilty that she is so relieved to be rid of the sorry egotistical manipulative man who’s made her life miserable. Shouldn’t there be a little guilt?
Now that the court date is over, Hannah wants to make a difference. With the help of her warm, close-knit circle of friends—including her high school crush, Travis Wilson—Hannah begins turning her home into a safe house for other women who’ve endured the pain she’s known. But even as life and laughter return to Hannah’s home, she’s haunted by the memory of her dangerously unstable ex. With a second chance at love on the horizon, Hannah must face down her past in order to let the sunshine back into her life and Travis is patient enough to let her find her way through the emotions and feelings that haunt her.
What should readers expect from your titles?
They can expect humor, hope and an emotional ride.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
You are so right. From an idea that pops into an author’s head to a finished product takes a village to produce. Starting from the beginning to the end, Mr. B, my husband supports me through the rough drafts, the times that I stare into space and he doesn’t complain when we eat burgers or pizza three nights in a row while I get the next chapter into the computer. Then there’s Montlake, my publisher, who continues to believe in me and buy my stories; Anh Schluep, my editor, who lets me write books like The Lullaby Sky and my developmental editor, Krista Stroever and my whole team who creates amazing covers like this one and does the copy edits, the promotion and all those awesome other things that go on behind the scenes. Then there are my readers—as my sweet aunt used to say, “God love all their souls.” Without readers authors would soon top the list of the endangered species list. I do not want to ever be on that list!!
What's a writing day like for you?
I’m an early riser and my office right across the hall from the bedroom. So my day starts with writing 1K words and then Mr. B and I have breakfast. After that, I go back to the office and write 2K more words before lunch. We take an hour to discuss anything from building a new garage in the back yard to the antics of the two tom cats to the books we might both be working on that day and I head back to the office to write the final 2K more words before my day is finished. If my characters are really visiting with me I might not stop there. But 5K is my daily goal when I’m working on a rough draft. Sundays are usually my days off and Mr. B and I go out to lunch after church.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
Many! But my favorite one is when my daughter brought her friend over here one evening to meet me since I was her favorite author. Mercy! That lady could tell me details and things about my books that I couldn’t even remember. But it was her story that really touched my heart. She said that she’d been on the bottom of the emotional roller coaster after her divorce and couldn’t pull herself up by her bootstraps. She wasn’t a big reader but she went to the library and our librarian suggested that she read one of my historical series. She checked out all five of the books and she said by the time she finished them she was climbing up out of a deep depression. I think she’s read everything I’ve written and those original five are now signed and occupy a shadow box in her house. It humbled me and brought tears to my eyes that my simple stories had helped someone find their way back out of a dark place.
What's next for you as an author?
I’m working today on "The Strawberry Hearts Diner", another romantic women’s fiction and I’ve just finished up "The Toughest Cowboy in Texas", a cowboy romance. After "The Lullaby Sky" my publishing schedule looks like this: "Merry Cowboy Christmas" (Sept. 27), "A Heap of Texas Trouble" (Dec. 6—a reissue of "The Red Hot Chili Cook Off" with a new title and new cover, story is the same); "The Barefoot Summer" (Jan. 3), "Wicked Cowboy Charm" (Jan. 31), "The Lilac Bouquet" (April 18), "Lucky in Love" (Reissue on May 1), "The Toughest Cowboy in Texas" (May 30) and "The Strawberry Hearts Diner" (July 18). But keep your boots on, there’s more on the way after that.
Thanks so much for joining us again.
About Carolyn Brown
Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, as well as a RITA finalist. She has written several beloved and popular romance titles, ranging from historical to contemporary to cowboy-themed. She and her husband live in Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children, and enough grandchildren to keep them young.