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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

12 Day Reader's Event SHAMROCKS-N-SIRENS Welcomes Featured Author Carolyn Arnold

The very first Author to be interviewed on the
Shamrocks-N-Sirens 12 day Reader's Event
is none other than the talented Author
Carolyn Arnold herself.

Carolyn Arnold is the author of several novels in various genres. Her mystery novels 'Ties That Bind' and 'Justified' have reached best seller status on Amazon United States for Kindle. Her FBI thriller Eleven released November 2011 made it on The Miami Books Examiner's 'Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011' list.

She was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She currently lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near the well-known Canadian center Toronto.

Today, Carolyn discusses her book, 'ELEVEN'.

What is the main premise of this book?

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.

Who’s your favorite character in it?

It is hard to pick.  Brandon is eager to please his new boss Special Agent Jack Harper.  He’s strong but possesses vulnerabilities – he wants to prove himself valuable to his team, and stand out.  He has fears, such as claustrophobia, which make him human.  He has a wife he loves, but from whom the years and career decisions have torn him from.

Jack Harper can be gruff around the edges.  He’s tough on his team, but it’s only because he wants to make them the best at their job.  He knows what they’re capable of even if they don’t.  And even though he can come across uncaring and stern at times, he would die for his team.  He’s almost like your grumpy grandfather.  You can be upset with him at times, but you can’t help but love him.
What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m writing the fourth in the Madison Knight series and I’m about to start edit rounds on the third in the series to get ready to send to an editor. 

What one word describes how you feel when you write?


Do you ever write in your PJs?

All the time! Is there another way?
Who designed this cover?
 My husband did actually.  He’s a graphic designer by trade.  He took the concept of my book and made it visual.  He also offers this service to other indie and self-published authors.  For more information and how to contact him, click
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I prefer to do my writing in the morning before the day job, and on weekends.  There’s no limitation on weekends and I just let the words flow, and the keys fly. 

My office is a nightmare…it’s one of those rooms you toss stuff in and close the door LOL  So I do most of my writing at the dining table.  There are a lot of windows in the room so it’s nice and bright.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad - 
Oh, book reviews.  I think the author has to remember reviews are the expressed opinion of one individual.  A bad review doesn’t mean you’re a bad author just as a great review doesn’t mean you’re the next best thing.

I’ve found in life there’s always a balance – a good day, a bad day, a good review, a bad review. 

Of course, I would be remiss not to say I love it when I hear from a reader who loved a book of mine!  It makes my day.  And on the flipside a review which isn’t as glowing, can bring me down.  But an author has to stop focusing on the reviews and focus on what they love to do – write.  Write for themselves and write for those who love their work.

Think of this way too: you don’t love every book you read so you can’t expect everyone will love yours.  If you can accept this, you’ll have a realistic view on reviews.

What’s your bucket vacation?

Has to be Australia!  I don’t know.  I hate planes and this would be the furthest point for me! 

And I don’t want to go to live it up in a resort either (although I definitely loved being pampered so go figure and hate camping).  I want to be put to work on the outback, which is very ironic because I HATE spiders (they have HUGE ones there).  I tell my husband this would be the only place I’d ever consider facing this fear in the face.

Your favorite quote –

Dream big, or don’t bother. 

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

A Leprechaun – he would bring me luck anywhere I went.
Where can your readers stalk you?

Carolyn Arnold
Best Selling Author of TIES THAT BIND and JUSTIFIED, Madison Knight Novels

Author of FBI thriller ELEVEN, A Special Recommendation on The Miami Books Examiner's "Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011"

All available on Amazon for Kindle and in Print




  1. Thank you for including me as part of this event Michael. It's a pleasure to be here.

    Remember, everyone, comment for your chance to win special mugs you won't find just anywhere. Every comment gives you an opportunity.

  2. I'm so glad to have your interview on the blog today, Carolyn. Thank you!

  3. Great interview, Carolyn! I'd like to visit Australia too, but like you, I'm scared to death of spiders. I've seen a lot of shows on Australia and they seem to always highlight the spiders. LOL I don't know that I'd want to be put to work there, but I'd love to do some camping there.

    It's been very exciting getting to know you. I truly appreciate everything you do for other indie authors. Success couldn't come to a nicer person!

  4. Very sweet Sandy! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Maybe we'll meet in the Outback some day : )

  5. This is a great start to the Shamrocks-N-Sirens event. I enjoyed your interview very much, Carolyn.

  6. Nice to meet you, Carolyn! I'm looking forward to reading your book.

  7. Your husband does nice work. You make quite a talented team!

  8. Thank you ladies :)

    Ptbertram, I hope you enjoy.

  9. I loved your interview and the opportunity to know more about you and your writing. I am sure I would love your books. I also love your favorite quote. We can never give up on our dreams. The cover of your book is also so unique with such impact. I think your vacation idea would be fascinating but I too am not fond of spiders….it would be a time to remember. Thank you for sharing

    1. Linda, thank you for taking time to read the interview and to make a comment. Should you decide to purchase one of my novels, thank you and I hope you enjoy.

      Best of luck to you in winning a set of 4 mugs in the contest too.

  10. great interview questions Michael and thanks for the answers Carolyn.

    1. Thank you for coming over to read the interview : )

  11. Great interview Carolyn :) What a great team you and your husband! Love the cover.

    1. Thank you Jennifer. : ) Yeah, I'm spoiled. All I have to do if I need any graphic: 'Oh honey!' LOL