When I first started writing, I composed short horror stories and enjoyed doing so. But I always wanted to write mysteries. I grew up on them and loved trying to figure out the killer. Even now, although I read a variety of books, I always return to mysteries. I knew mysteries were my passion, but I wasn’t sure what sub-genre I wanted to write until I talked with a fellow writer. She asked me how I’d feel if I was a detective. My answer was, “Terrified.” That’s how my cozy mystery series, “The Terrified Detective” came about.
What do you find most challenging about the writing process, and how do you deal with it?
It seems I’m always in a hurry. So the most challenging for me is taking my ideas and slowing down so they’re as clear on paper as they in my head. I deal with that by reading what I’ve written out loud and make additions as needed. Then I read the latest version to others. I must admit, reading my work out loud isn’t easy for me. It’s like exercise, though. Once I’m done, I feel so much better.
When and where do you do your writing?
I write mainly in my office on the second floor of my house. Best time for writing is early morning, like 5 a.m. Once it’s past noon, my mind is on food and what I’m going to eat.
What have you learned about promoting your books?
I’ve learned it’s not for the faint-hearted or for those who like to remain in the shadows.
What are you most proud of as a writer?
I’m most proud of completing the first three books in my series, The Terrified Detective.” I’m currently working on the fourth.
If you could have dinner with any writer, living or dead, who would it be and what would you talk about?
It would be Neil Gaiman. We’d let our imaginations run wild and see what unusual or bizarre ideas we could produce. It’d be so much fun for me.
Carole Fowkes is the author of the cozy mystery series, "The Terrified Detective." She has also had stories in a number of "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books and other similar anthologies. She is a registered nurse and lives with her husband in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.
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