Carol Mcphee

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 01, 2007

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If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

I would be Val MacIver in Jeweled Seduction. She was spunky, not easily defeated and gave the hero a run for his money.

What's your favorite genre to read?

Contemporary romance I love if it's the kind of story to curl up in a chair on a rainy day.

Who or what influences you when you write?

My mood at the time. Early in the morning my emotional level is highest and that's the easiest time for me to collect my thoughts and write.

What do you do on a typical writing day?

I start at 4 a.m. on fresh writing for an hour and a half. The rest of the day is spent on editing, critiquing the work of other author and promotion.

When you have writer's block how do you break free?

I've only had it once after receiving a series of particularly mean-spirited critiques from another writer. I requested he not read my work any more.

Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?

Alaskan Magic has an older hero and heroine. With Alaskan scenery, involvement from wild animals running interference, a worrisome native and a nuisance raven it's sure to have exciting aspects for readers who like to be entertained.

Please tell us what you have planned next?

I'm thinking of an historical, taking place during Loyalist times in Nova Scotia.

In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career

Probably still sitting at my computer pounding away at the keys.

Who is your perfect hero? And why?

I like an alpha hero who can be beta when needed. The loftier the hero, the father he has to fall at the heroine's hands.

What do you do for inspiration?

Travel to places I think might provide a good story. I took three Alaskan cruises for inspiration on Alaskan Magic.

Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?

I've not written an historical romance. And I would like to write an action-adventure story.

What type of book have you always wanted to write?

I've haven't wanted to write until the past ten years.

What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?

I do enjoy the research. What works best for me is to visit the locale and museums in the area. I also make a lot of use of the internet.

Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?

I don't work under deadlines. My work is done as soon as it is requested.

When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

Ten years ago a story kept circulating in my mind. I felt if I wrote it down it would get rid of it. I met Deborah Hale at a RWA conference and she wanted to start a writer's group in Halifax so I decided to join and learn how to write my story.

What would you like to tell your readers?

To drop me a line on my website if they like my books. Also I write for both Champagne Books and Wings ePress and that's where my work is available.

What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?

The best advice was to persevere. The worst advice was to persevere with the big publishing companies. Knocking one's head against a stone wall is not something I want to waste time doing. The smaller presses are more forgiving and accepting of a new writer's work.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I just write. At some point I will draw up a scant outline but seldom keep to it.

Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?

I belong to two wonderful critique groups. We Publish is mostly sci-fi- writers and a male fiction writer, Womensfictionexchange is all female writers and I appreciate their POV on the romance aspect of my work.

What was your first published work and when was it published?

My first published work was Something About That Lady published in 2004.