Today we get write to the point with Caryl McAdoo. She visited us a few weeks ago. You can read her first interview here. Read on to learn about her newest release.
Tell us about your newest book.
I love writing this TEXAS ROMANCE series and am so very blessed that it seems readers are liking each story better than the last. Music to an author’s ears, right? I’m saying! And I love music! SINS OF THE MOTHERS, book four of these historical Christian, western-adventure novels is set in 1851-1853 and continues the saga of Henry and Sue Buckmeyer. Their offspring are growing into young adults, and this story begins the next generation featuring their oldest daughter, Mary Rachel. Blind love propels my seventeen-year-old heroine to defy her father and elope with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds run off to California and partner with his cousin in a dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead, wanting both his love and his new wife’s money. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. But she cannot stand the man who might be the only one to love her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself. Mary Rachel travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s San Francisco gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Marketing probably takes up the most of my non-writing time. If only it were finished when I wrote ‘The End’ on my manuscript, but in reality, it’s only the beginning of the new phase—namely getting the news of your novel out to the masses of readers. The industry changes so much—it seems every day, but a few months race by and there’s new technology and software, promotion groups, and places to build your platform. Though a sixty-five-year-old Grami, I still am primary guardian to two of my fifteen grandsugars (ages fifteen and twelve), so I still have school and sports events and sixth-graders to pick up from band practice. Those boys are always hungry, bottomless pits! And they create mounds of laundry weekly, too. We go to church three, sometimes four times a week. I have two or three Writers’ Workshops a month and a book club. I love gardening and plating flowers, working on making my little space on this world God loves so much a beautiful garden. And, last but so close to the top of my most favorite things to do, I sing! Praise and worship songs—many that God’s given straight to me—scoop me up and carry me to His throne room where I love to bask in His presence. Certainly, I stay plenty busy!
Where do you get your ideas?
Life, personal experiences and those of my close friends, and the Bible. It’s full of wonderful stories!
Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?
A panster, though I prefer to say that I write ‘for discovery’. Much classier for an older lady who loves the Lord? Besides, I don’t wear ‘pants’ because God said He doesn’t want women wearing any garments that pertain to a man. When I was little, in the 50s’, I wore dresses. It was the norm. I still do, by choice, trying to please my Father. Fashion needs no statement for me. Long full skirts are a thousand times more modest. I take “Be ye Holy as I Am Holy” quite seriously. Since my thirties (in the ’80s), my heart desire has been to please Him, be satisfied with myself as He created me. This led to quitting make-up and coloring, cutting, or curling my hair. Back to writing for discovery. One reader asked me if I knew how Hearts Stolen would end in the beginning, and I can truthfully say, as the mess got deeper for my hero and heroine, I had no clue how it could ever work out. Didn’t know until I got to the end, what would happen, how God was going to untangle the knots I’d created.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Well, yes. A historical romance that is set in the Texas hill country though it also takes readers to be beaches of Normandy, too. It opens in 1926 and ends in 1950. One of the first novels I wrote back in the ’80s, THE CHIEF OF SINNERS, proved too ‘religious’ for the secular publishers and too secular for the Christian houses. When I acquired a New York agent, and she asked for a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, I used the last names of the characters in the Texas Romance series – – – Buckmeyer, Nightingale, Baylor, and Abbott. I knew the backstory of those families already, so I included that, but in the present in the 1800s. For example, in the early ’50s, Travis Buckmeyer starts renovations of the old family mansion. The west wing had burned due to a lightning strike. So in the 1800s’ story. His ancestor—Henry Buckmeyer—builds that house.
Are you like any of the characters in your book?
Oh, yes, of course. There’s a part of me in every heroine and the villains, too. And I have such strong wonderful heroes because they are all in-part, my husband Ron. Many of my friends appear, too, some only in attitude or dialogue patterns, and some by name as well. I can’t imagine writing any character totally different from someone I know.
Are you working on a new project now?
I am. Book five in this series, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, due to release in September, four months away, and we all know how fast the summer flys by!
Anything you would like to add?
Only that I pray my story gives God glory!
Bio: Christian, hybrid (Simon & Schuster & Indie) author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fifteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
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Thanks so much for visiting us again Caryl 🙂 See you next month.