Joining me today on ARCBookblog is Louann Carroll, an interesting lady with several books to her name who has agreed to answer some questions so we can all get to know her a little better. First though, here is what Louann says about herself.
Louann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis.
Mother to three children, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter who enjoys sharing her finds with family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology.
After leaving her position as C.E.O. in the Bay Area, she has pursued her writing career with much success. Winner of the 2010 Crescent Moon Press award for best novel, she has gone on to write radio talk shows and articles on adoption.
She is the author of the Gemini series including Gemini Rising, The Light and the Flame (coming soon) A Shadow of Time, a paranormal romance, Shadowlands, a prequel, Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf, and numerous children’s stories.
You can reach Ms. Carroll at:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
And now it’s time for the questions, I hope you like what Louann has to say
Me – Is writing a full-time occupation, or do you have a job that keeps you from it?
Louann – Writing is always a full time occupation. I have a day job, but writing is always on my mind. Every spare moment I have I either work on a blog or an article or a manuscript. If I’m not working on my writing, I am filled with guilt because there is so much I have to say. Of course, that is not to say everyone wants to hear what I have to say. It is just that I am driven to say it regardless. I am sure I drive my family and friends nuts
Me – What aspect of publishing do you find the easiest?
Louann – Writing is the easiest. I love to write. Stuff flows from my fingertips. I also like the sound of the keyboard when I type. It is like music to me.
Me – What do you find the most difficult?
Louann – Marketing, editing, anything that resembles work. Writing is not work to me. It’s the stuff that goes with it.
Me – What is your perfect writing environment.
Louann – I can write with stuff happening in the background but I prefer quiet. I can get lost in my thoughts and I like it there.
Me – Do you have a process you follow when writing a book?
Louann – My life would be so much easier if I had a process. My muse lets me see into the next chapter but that’s it. I am also a social journalist for Blasting News. When I get upset and need to vent they let me do some commentary. My blog is like that too, but fiction? I have to wait and the wait kills me. I even had a temper tantrum and refused to write. It didn’t do me any good. I just felt guilty and had to wait for the muse to take me where it willed.
Me – Would you rather be critically successful or financially successful?
Louann – I really don’t care about being critically successful so I guess financially successful. My goal is to give people what I call mind candy, a place to get away from the real world for a little while. If I can do that I consider myself successful.
Me – If you could pick 1 celebrity to read your book and give an opinion on it, who would it be?
Louann – Anne Rice. She let me post A Shadow of Time on her website and I nearly died.
Me – Do you find it easy to avoid being distracted when you sit down to write?
Louann – I find it easy, my husband not so much. He thinks I am ignoring him.
Me – If you have published already, what has been the most successful technique/site/opportunity for you in terms of getting either exposure or sales?
Louann – Making connections with other writers, authors and readers-networking so-to-speak. Also, Twitter has been great. I also belong to Triberr which is a blog platform where we tweet our blogs for each other. Right now I have a reach of over 500,000 people by using Triberr. I really recommend it. Just go to triberr.com and you can pick the groups that fit your genre, start blogging and you are off and running.
Me – Last but not least, and something a little fun, what is your favourite animal, and why?
Louann – My little Agatha. She’s a purebred Fox Terrier who was rescued from a puppy mill. She’d lived in a cage for 7 years and had little human contact except when breeding. It was like her eyes met mine and we both fell in love. Because she lived in a cage, when she gets happy she walks in circles the exact dimension of her kennel. Even though I’ve had her 2 years now, she still runs in circles when she’s happy. Omg she is so cute.
They call him the Pope on Dope.
Danny Fisk has a secret no one outside his family would believe.
Danny sees things others can’t: like ghosts and the future. In his teens, he used drugs to escape his gifts, but with help from his family, Danny cleaned up his life. For fifteen years, he lived the American Dream. He had a loving wife, kids, a great job, and proud parents.
That ended when renewed pressure from his abilities drove him back to drug abuse. Now, Danny’s on a mission to save as many as he can from the streets that would destroy them all.
Pursued by corrupt cops, drug cartels and his own inner demons, Danny must find a way to survive his gifts. If not, he’ll continue a downward spiral that could cost him the lives of those he’s trying to save.
As well as his own.
If you like the sound of this, you can buy it on Amazon