My interview today is with author Carol Braswell, author of romance/suspense “Saving Jamie”. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my questions, Carol.
1) How long have you been writing?
Off and on for over twenty years. I took is serious about eight years ago. I wrote stories in grade school but never considered writing a novel. I have to say, I love the novels much better than short stories.
2) Is Saving Jamie your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
When the Past Came Back (out of print) was my first published book. It is about Danielle Ward who is abducted from her office by a handsome stranger and whisked away to a secluded island. After being abducted again, her stranger comes to the rescue. But it doesn’t stop there. She is taken a third time by a powerful drug lord who is out for revenge against her first abductor.
3) Why did you choose romantic suspense as genre for your book?
I couldn’t find books that had enough suspense. I wanted more suspense than romance. I don’t like reading three or four pages of steamy sex scenes. I like a lot of action and not between the sheets. I do want the sex scenes but I don’t need the description.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Never give up. Take every class and attend every conference you can afford. Write every day. If it’s only to describe your trip to the grocery story, write. Read books on writing. I’ll read them and highlight passages I want to refer back to. I’ll attach a small sticky to that page with a reference written on the sticky.
5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I have started the third book in the Garrett series. It is about the youngest Garrett brother. Unlike his two older siblings who are both in law enforcement, he is a Veterinarian and finds himself in a world of trouble at a Veterinary Convention in Las Vegas. He is determined to solve his own problem refuses to call on his brothers for help.
About The Book
Author: Carol Braswell
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Her secret can get her killed!
The only thing standing between Jamie and the Cartel is FBI agent Rex Garret, but he can’t protect her when she disobeys orders. When a dead body turns up and evidence places Jamie at the scene she becomes the number one suspect. Will he have to arrest the woman he’s come to care about or will he find her dead?
Can he save her this time?
Jamie Kenner barely escapes abduction alive, but at what cost? A traumatic head injury leaves what little memory she has left almost useless. An unlikely friendship with a reclusive, but kind rancher eases her pain and frustration. Yet something isn’t right. Fear haunted her. A secret is locked inside her head, dancing just out of reach…a secret someone is willing to kill for.
Carol Braswell has been writing since 1994. She took it seriously three years ago when a newspaper story caught her eye and Finding Amy was born. But Amy had an identical twin and her story had to be told as well. Saving Jamie dictated her story, Carol listened and Jamie’s adventure came to life.
“Several beta readers told me they didn’t like Jamie in the first book. That’s exactly how I wanted her to come across. But I had to redeem her in Saving Jamie. My editor said I had.”
Mrs. Braswell says she writes what she loves to read. That is a lot of suspense and a little romance thrown in to keep the emotions flowing. Her page turners keep you on the edge wondering just what will happen next. And you never have to wait long for a hunt and capture or a steamy roll in the sheets. Her books are loaded with both.
At present Mrs. Braswell is working on three books and plans to release two more after re-writes. “It is a daunting task, to say the least, but will be well worth the effort.”
She lives in east Texas with her hero husband who can fix anything and three very spoiled Maltese. She says her home was built for comfort and tranquility. Hubby built her a pergola where she escapes to writes.