Tell us about your newest book.
With Music in Their Hearts is a book of love I wrote. Here’s the blurb:
Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.
He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.
While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.
As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?
Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?
With Music in Their Heart
What inspired you to write this book?
I developed an idea I got from an older friend of ours who served as a civilian spy during WWII. And I took my mother’s name and some of the memories to develop Emma Jaine Rayner and her character. Once I did, I fell in love with the 1940s. The nostalgia, romance, beauty, bravery, and loyalty of the men and women were outstanding and so attractive. What was not to like?
What was your favorite part to write?
It’s been a joy to write this book, probably the most fun of any book I’ve penned so far and for sure the easiest. It was a delight in every way, I suppose because that era fascinates me so much.
What was the hardest part to write?
I can’t remember it being a hard book to write at all. I loved writing this one–all of it. Some books I struggle to get through every chapter, but not this one. A total delight.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
- The WWII era, including the war itself
- Radio shows and programs
- Household items such as end tables, pictures
- Volunteer jobs such as young ladies would be apt to join
- Fashion (fun!): men and women’s attire: hats, clothing, young girls’ clothing
- Music such as songs, especially love songs
- Released (or close to) plays
- Cincinnati (although I’ve lived there, it has been awhile ago). Studying this town again refreshed my feeling for it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Creating books that others might enjoy/be entertained/be inspired or encouraged/sigh with happiness. It’s music to an author’s ear to read/hear how much they’ve enjoyed your book. It’s such a joy when readers look forward to your next book.
What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
The pressure to push through another book. It’s not like it was before being published. Then, you could take your time; now, you have readers depending on you getting the next book out. I seldom have a lack of ideas for a book, but I, like many others, reach plateaus where I struggle to write, to get that next chapter done, the next scene, the next page. With God’s help, my hubby’s and critique partners’ help, I push on!
What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?
Always: Never, never quit. Develop your talent, be yourself, make the best decisions you can, but write. Only you and God know your writing journey. Be faithful to what that is and rest in God’s plan
Anything you would like add?
I love readers! Anyone who would like to be added to my developing newsletter (perhaps two or three times a year delivery), would be welcomed! Just private message me on Facebook or let me know your email addy here in the comments or to my email addy at: browncarole212(at)yahoo(dot)com
Thanks for having me, Melissa! Enjoyed it so much.
Brown not only has her award winning (Winner of the 2015 Christian Small Publisher Award in General Fiction, nominated for an Epic Award, RWA International Digital Awards finalist in Inspiration, Laurel Award finalist, Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel.
November, 2013, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. Look for the second book, Bat Crazy, late 2014 winter.
Released November 1, 2014, is the first book in a new WWII romantic suspense series: With Music In Their Hearts. Three red-headed sisters. Three spies. Three stories.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
Connect with her here:
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
I also am part of several other blogs:
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/
Thanks so much for visiting with us again, Carole. It’s always nice to have your here.