Have you been writing for a long time?
I started writing as a teenager as a way to vent my emotions and express myself creatively. I even thought that it would amazing to write a full-length book.
But life brought a lot of change for me. I met the love of my life, got married, and moved across the province. During this time writing was set aside as I focused on my new role as a wife and found full-time employment. It wasn’t until 2006—and after a thirteen-year hiatus from writing—that I was reunited with my passion. Since June of that year, rarely a day has gone by that I haven’t been writing, reading, editing or doing something related to publishing.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I was working for a larger company but they were in the middle of reorganizing things. This meant that my job would be moved to the Toronto area and I would be looking for work. But I wasn’t the only one facing this predicament. There were others in my department and a woman who worked as the receptionist who were also coming into work every day wondering if today would be the day we’d be given our walking papers.
Needless to say, we weren’t very motivated. One day about four in the afternoon, the receptionist—who I also had lunch with most days and became friends with—emailed me and said “tell me a story.” I fired back a few paragraphs from the top of my head.
At the time, I didn’t even really give it any thought: I just responded instinctually. Well, she loved what I had wrote and requested more. So I fired back a few more paragraphs. She came back and told me that I had to finish what I started. And that’s just what I did. About one year later, I had completed writing my first full-length novel.
That day in June 2016 changed the course of my life. It reunited me with my passion and my purpose.
Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?
In the Line of Duty is part of a series, but it’s also designed to work as a stand-alone.
Why did you choose this genre?
I love everything about mysteries and police procedurals. I enjoyed watching crime dramas and reading in the genre.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. No matter what. Focus on why you do it—to feed your passion, to entertain others, or whatever else that may be. Put blinders on when it comes to other authors in the sense that you don’t compare yourself to them. No good ever comes from comparing yourself to others. Better to look at your own successes and celebrate the hurdles you have personally overcome.
About the Book
Title: In The Line of Duty
Author: Carolyn Arnold
He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?
It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.
When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.
With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.
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