Interview with Author Caroline England

 

 

Caroline England

 

 

 

Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline became a partner in a Solicitors practise and instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, will be published by Avon HarperCollins on 5 October 2017.

 

 

 

 

Beneath the skin

 

 

No-one remembers your past. But you do.

 
 Three women. Three secrets.

Antonia is beautiful and happily married. Her life is perfect. So why does she hurt herself when nobody’s watching?

Sophie is witty, smart and married to the best-looking man in town. She likes a drink, but who doesn’t?

Olivia is pretending to be a happy wife and mother. But her secret could tear her family apart.

Their lies start small, they always do. But if they don’t watch out, the consequences will be deadly.

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Were you born and raised in Yorkshire? 



I was born in Sheffield but was sent to a Derbyshire boarding school at the age of eight! It was a struggle to turn my Yorkshire accent into ‘received pronunciation’. Even now it’s a strange mix of the two!

I’ve been to England once several years back. London and Cambridge. Cambridge was beautiful! 

 

 

 

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Name at least three catalysts that made you a writer today.



Hmm, an interesting question. It’s like being in The Psychiatrist’s Chair! My enjoyment of reading, praise for my writing from when I was small and my inherent work ethic are three I can think of.

I love asking this question. It’s fascinating to see the evolution of each writer and what influences that had early in life. 

 

 

 

 

How did you get into poetry?



I won a poetry competition at school when I was nine. Boy, did that feel good! I was in a sort of ‘poetry society’ in Sixth Form, exchanging silly ditties with the boys. I continued to write more serious efforts, especially at low times. A few of them even got published!

I’ve always enjoyed reading poems (especially out loud). As a school girl I was riveted by Ted Hughes’s poetry and the icing on the cake was seeing him perform live. I can still recall being mesmerised by his deep Yorkshire timbre when he read out The Thought Fox.

Wonderful. I started with poetry too, which reminds me I need to write more. Poetry is AWESOME. Keep writing and please do share. 

 

 

 

Can you share with us one of your poems?


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I listen as you wrap
me in your smile
but I don’t really hear.
A penny for them
I want to say, a coin
to climb inside, to
examine and explore,
to dig and delve, to
hold up to the light
and say what’s this?
What does it mean?

You show me yours
and I’ll show you mine.
But I know I’d renege
on the deal. I’m not
prepared to share the
murky depths of my

closest friend, that critical
cow, sometimes truthful,
rarely kind but always there,
protective, comforting,
supportive, righteous,
outraged and smug.

I suppose I am as you are
but I don’t know that
for sure and so I’ll keep
the coin and invest in
something that’s a safer bet.

 

 

 

 

 

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What area of law did you practice in? 



Criminal law as a trainee, then divorce and matrimonial, then finally professional indemnity work, mainly representing other lawyers who may – or may not – have made a mistake in their job. In short, people at their lowest ebb, something that has very much influenced my writing.

Oh wow. Sounds interesting. I always find the law interesting. 

 

 

 

 

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Why did you decide to write a domestic noir? 



I’m really interested in people, dark secrets, human desires, frailties, needs and ‘what goes on behind closed doors’, but I also like suspense and a mystery. ‘Domestic noir’ covers that combination perfectly! An author coined the phrase and I’m so pleased she did!

I interviewed another author who has written a full trilogy about her Noir. The Reykjavik Noir trilogy. 

 

 

 

Who is Antonia?



She is a thirty year old character who bookends my debut novel, Beneath the Skin. On the surface she is perfect. Her husband describes her as a ‘chiseled honey marble statue’ but inside she’s alone, damaged and afraid.

That’s an interesting description!

 

 

 

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Describe your process creating her wounds and flaws



Like with all my characters, I try and step inside her body and absorb how she must feel given her childhood, background and life events. If a character has suffered something I haven’t, I research other people’s similar experiences, talk and listen to those in the know.

I find this the most fascinating and difficult to write. 

 

 
Do you outline your work or employ character arcs in your writing?

 

No! I wish I was that kind of writer. I’m not a plotter, I’m a PANTSER! I had to look that one up – I fly by the seat of my pants!

Hilarious!

 

 

 

 

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Does Antonia have a mentor? 



It’s a little tricky to answer this without giving a spoiler. Not a mentor as such, but events change her life and help her start to come to terms with her past.

I guess I’ll have to do some detective work. 

 

 

 

Where does the story take place? 



In the area I live. South Manchester and Cheshire in the UK. But it could be set anywhere as it’s a universal story – flawed human beings struggling with life, hiding secrets, fears, illness and so on.

Hmm. I wonder what it’s like. 

 

 

 

 

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What did you learn personally by writing Beneath the Skin?



I learned that I was capable of writing a whole novel! So then I caught a bug that no medicine can cure!

Anyone who can write a novel is awesome. So, you’re awesome 🙂

 

 

What are you writing next?



My next novel, My Husband’s Lies, will be out on 3 May 2018! It’s already on Amazon, available to pre-order.

Looking forward to it!

 

 

Thanks Caroline!

 

 

 

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Undevoured Memories

This poem is dedicated to my Dad who passed away from cancer 5 years ago today. May you rest in peace and God bless your soul in paradise. I will see you yet again one day, it is the word of God. 

Should I allow the swarming locusts of grief to burrow deep into my heart? Too late. Perhaps they’ll be merciful in this heart of flesh. In earnest they arrive to devour the land of the living, leaving little to be desired in its wake.

In unison they come seeking bold entry;their deep prying eyes bore into one’s soul, and escape is not an option. 

One can only hope to endure the warm summer breezes bringing endless myriads and armies prancing on the horizon. Their cold steely gaze take aim, a plentitude of jaws set forth, their appetite destruction itself. 

Will they devour me? Lay waste the sweet fortified towers of laughter, love, and affection? Can they reverse the inevitable course already drawn? 

Although the thunderous clap of their dreaded wings spread like strident wildfire, they will not consume. Though their devilish jagged teeth clench like poisonous asps, they will not consume. Though they effortlessly breath gangrene and their message is death, they will not consume. 

They will not consume this heart of flesh, for they will never devour the memory of the living. 

RIP Dad

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Book Review: Elderhaus by Anne Carmichael

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Gertrude spent the better part of her adult life scouring Europe for Helmut Klingenfelter, the father who vanished not only from her life and that of her mother but had forsaken everyone in his past.
With midlife looming on the horizon, Gertie made the decision to stop chasing the ghosts of the past and return to her childhood home of Pitch Pine, where she purchased a century-old house at 1211 Castle Lane sight unseen.
Elderhaus, as it came to be known, had a mysterious past of its own, one that would threaten more than Gertrude’s desire for finding happiness.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

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There is something about this book that draws you into it’s story. Who is Gertie Klingenfelter? And what happened to her father Helmut? It takes you down a path discovering her roots and mysterious family history. Finally she decides to return to her home town, Pitch Pine.

I found the setting of Pitch Pine with it’s characters to be very endearing ! There’s something about them that sticks out begging you to find out more. Gertie’s family history is heart wrenching but makes the story that much more resonant.

Quality writing with good characters. What else can you ask for? Recommended!

 

 

 

 

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Audiobook Review: Cryptic Lines

 

 

 

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I’m happy to announce a brand new series deemed Audio Forensics! It will exclusively be about audiobooks and everything related to them. News, reviews, interviews from the latest and the greatest. Some will go here and others will go to my other site at Mystery Thriller Week. I’ll mix it up and try to keep things interesting. It should be epic fun! There’s more interesting things I’d love to say about Audio Forensics but I’m much too pooped to say more. Another day I promise!

If you would like to do a guest post in relation to this drop me a line in the comment section. The more the merrier.

The growth of audiobooks has been steadily booming the last several years and bound to only get better. Time to give them some lovin’.  I listen to about two per week so this will be a nice outlet for what I’ve experienced.

So, on that note let us introduce my favorite audiobook of 2016. And the winner is….

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CRYPTIC LINES

 

 

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Written by Richard Storry

Narrated by Jake Urry

Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 03-16-16

Publisher: Richard Alan Storry

 

 

 

Goodreads

Set in a sprawling gothic mansion in a remote coastal location, somewhere in the British Isles, the elderly recluse Lord Alfred Willoughby is deciding what is to become of his vast fortune after his death. Whilst his head is telling him to leave nothing at all to his wastrel son, Matthew, his heart is speaking differently. After much deliberation, in a last-ditch attempt to try and show to his son the importance of applying himself to a task and staying with it to the end, he devises a series of enigmatic puzzles cunningly concealed within the lines of a poem – the cryptic lines. If he completes the task successfully and solves the puzzles he will inherit the entire estate; but if he fails he will receive nothing. However, from Lord Alfred’s Will it emerges that Matthew is not the only interested party. The mysterious old house holds many secrets, and nothing is as it first appears

 

 

 

My rating

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Performance: Narrated by Jake Urry

Jake had the perfect voice to go along with this story. Absolutely perfect. He has that creepy, eerie, mysteriousness to his voice that brings out the story to the fullest degree. His performance was off the charts in my estimation.

 

 

Story: by Richard Storry

This story was amazing! I honestly didn’t expect it to be as good as it was, but was pleasantly surprised. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book. That’s probably what I enjoy most about it. The SUSPENSE was brilliant. The plot twists toward the end are even better. This one had it all. Out of all the audiobooks I’ve listened to this year, this one resonated with me the most.

 

 

 

Listen to an audio sample: Cryptic Lines

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Balancing Art & Business With Tara Gentile

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The Story of Bestselling Author Jordon Greene

 

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“Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story” Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

It’s time to read them.

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome back to Story of the Writer Series!

 

 

So who is Jordon Greene?

 

 

 

 

 

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The numbers speak for themselves…

 

 

Amazon Author Rankings

 

 

#1 American Horror

#1 US Horror Fiction

#1 Horror Suspense

#2 Horror Suspense

#3 Horror

#4 US Horror Fiction

#6 Psychological Thrillers

#8 Psychological Fiction

#17 Horror

#18 American Horror

#27 Suspense

#33 Thrillers

#35 Genre Fiction

#45 Psychological Thrillers

#45 Psychological Suspense Fiction Amazon Hot New Release

#45 Literature & Fiction

#49 Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense

#49 Horror Amazon Bestseller Lists

#56 Thrillers & Suspense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book Trailers speak for themselves…

 

 

 

 

 

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To Watch You Bleed

 

 

 

 

 

The Reviews speak for themselves

 

 

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Jordon Greene is the best-selling author of thrillers, They Call It Treason, and new dark psychological horror thriller, To Watch You Bleed. He is also one of many talented authors in this year’s Mystery Thriller Week event. Beginning February 12-22nd. Don’t miss it!!

 

 

 

Let the games begin…

 

 

 

You’re a writer; so what’s your story, or what inspired you?

My passion for writing started in fifth grade when a friend and I entered a local short-story competition in Caldwell County. I didn’t even write the story, my friend did, I just drew the illustrations. But, after going through that short process to put together the story, it ignited something inside me. It made me want to write. The following year I decided that I wanted to write a Star Wars book, and my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Hicks, did everything in her power to encourage me to make that desire a reality. She supported me so much that she actually allowed me to take a group of like ten classmates aside once a week and have little book planning sessions (because my classmates were characters in the book).

Since then I attempted to write one thing or another but could never find my method. It wasn’t until about four years ago that I finally found it, I’m a planner, not one of those gifted spontaneous writers, and it took me from sixth grade to college to figure that out. Yet, with the continued support of my sixth grade teacher and of course my family and friends, I wrote my first book, They’ll Call It Treason, and released it in 2016.

I love your story, Jordon. I also love that you found your rhythm as a writer. Finding what works best for us in the writing process is critical. I happen to be more of the spontaneous type.  Studying story structure, outlining, scene structure, plotting and character certainly has its merits. 




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What’s your GOAL in becoming a writer?

Primarily to entertain. However, at the same time for me it’s a creative and mentally stimulating way to spend my time opposed to sitting on a couch for hours every day watching TV. I have nothing against TV or movies, I love them, but the more I write the less time I seem to have for them and despite people thinking I’m a little behind on my TV, I like that I’m doing something proactive mentally rather and passively watching shows all the time. In the end though my goal is to entertain. Yes, I’d like to become a full-time writer, and if that comes it comes and I’ll gladly accept it, but for me the goals come step-by-step. Now is simply to enjoy writing and to entertain my readers, and that will bring each future goal as is fit I believe.

Another general goal for me also is to not be pigeon-holed into one genre. So, in an effort to ensure this my first book was a political conspiracy thriller called They’ll Call It Treason whereas my newest book that released January 10 this year is a dark psychological horror thriller called To Watch You Bleed. They’re both thrillers, but they are far removed from each other in every other aspect. In addition to this I’m hoping to write a young adult book, maybe a trilogy, as well as something in the full-on science fiction realm in the future as well. I don’t want people to expect one specific genre from me, but instead to be able to see me across a few different ones.

I can relate to this entirely. It’s amazing you were able to write two extremely different books, both as bestsellers. Hat’s off to you. 




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What 3 things have hindered you from completing your projects? (CONFLICT)

Well before I started planning my first published book, the thing that hindered me most was not knowing the method that worked best for me. I cannot just come up with an idea and begin writing and successfully write a first draft of an entire book by letting it flow from my mind. No, I have to sit down with an idea that comes to mind or that I’ve had brewing up in there, put the idea down on paper (digitally speaking of course) and then work out that simple idea into a slightly more complex idea with a clear beginning, building, conflict, climax and resolution. Then after that is done I have to step back and write out an entire chapter-by-chapter outline before I actually write the first word of my first draft. With that structure in place I can write away, but I have to have that structure it seems.

Beyond that, I find that I have to schedule things, and if something gets in the way of my schedule or makes me have to alter it, I tend to have a harder time getting back on track, and often times my writing time is what suffers unfortunately. I’m a creature of habit it seems so I have to have my schedule for the most part. Other than that, I guess the occasional bought of writers block gets in the way every once in a while, but that is usually only during my planning stages, not during the actual writing fortunately.

The adventurous aspect of discovering our writing process is most exciting to me. What a glorious moment! Of course, this is a evolving experience over time. But it sounds like you have all the right nuts and bolts in the right place. 





“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”-Albert Einstein





What keeps you motivated in achieving your dream? (DESIRE)

Before I actually published my first book, the thought of what it must be like to see my book in print and have some one read it kept me motivated. Now, hearing readers tell me what they thought of the book and how much they enjoyed it is what motivates me most. I still find it hard to see myself as a genuine writer, and it just feels odd when someone says they are a fan, but that’s definitely what motivates me now beyond simply the love of writing.

That must be a very surreal feeling!  Face it, Jordon, you’re a writer! And I’m a fan. It’s very encouraging to those who have day jobs (me) hoping to break into the writing game. 





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What’s your ANTAGONIST? What’s in the way?

If you are speaking to my latest book, To Watch You Bleed, my antagonist are three young boys in masks and I cannot really go into much more detail than that. I don’t want to ruin the story.

I’m very familiar with them. I don’t think I’ll ever forget!





“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”-Stephen King. 





Why do writers give up, quit or never complete their projects?

I think a lot of why writers throw in the towel so-to-say is because they expect too much or they feel like it’s too far out of reach. I know when I was getting started, I would read up on authors trying to get their works published for years, only to be rejected time and time again. I imagine that that kind of response, no matter how confident one might be in their story telling, can be a real blow and cause even the most stalwart writer to bend and bow. At the same time however, there are many stories like those very ones were after tons of rejections they finally get that one acceptance letter than changes it all and gives us a huge hit. Of course, there are also other avenues of publication as well, but I think many authors feel that only the traditional route is “legitimate” unfortunately.

Then you have authors I think which are surrounded by people who negatively impact their confidence in their own ability to write by telling them it’s a “pipe dream” or it’s just too difficult, it’ll never happen. Yes, some people may not have the talent that’s needed to write, but I think for the most part, those who want to write, can at least learn to write and people need to be there to support them and encourage them to make the right decisions but to not give up. I had a lot of people cheering me on even when I didn’t think I could do it or that it would be a flop and that helped me out a lot.

We’re glad you kept going, Jordon. It certainly wasn’t a flop. The numbers don’t lie. I have a lot of the same reservations. This is good medicine!




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What would you say to a struggling writer who’s given up?

Get back up, dust off and try again. Maybe you hit the wrong turn. Maybe the story you chased was just not the right one for you. Don’t let people get to you if you really want to write, just do it and be confident about your story but still humble enough to see where you fall short. But, at the same time keep writing and improve as you go.

Amen to that buddy. That’s the gospel truth. 





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BONUS: What else do you have coming down the pike? 

Right now, I’m working on book 2 in the Ethan Shaw series, which is the book following up from They’ll Call It Treason, and I’m planning a spaced-based psychological horror thriller standalone novel, nothing too out there, no monsters or aliens, just horror in the vastness and loneliness of space. Both of these are in the initial planning stages so far though, so it’ll be a while before I have more details about them available. However, I am aiming for a Fall/Winter 2017 release for the Ethan Shaw Book 2, and a Spring/Summer 2018 release for the space thriller.

Thanks,

Jordon Greene
jordon@jordongreene.com
www.JordonGreene.com

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Author of the Amazon Bestselling Political thriller They’ll Call It Treason and the upcoming psychological horror thriller To Watch You Bleed

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Home by Thriller Writer Harlan Coben

 

 

 

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Home by Harlan Coben

 

 

  • File Size: 1005 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525955100
  • Publisher: Dutton (September 20, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01COJUGOE

 

 

HOME  according to Goodreads

Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben’s next gripping thriller, to be published in September 2016.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

 

 

 

 

MY RATING

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In this book, internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben delivers quite a punch. He really knows how to weave a tale with intricate plots that flex their muscle. There’s clearly some major biceps in this one! Largely entertaining and jam packed with suspense. It’ll keep you guessing until the end.

 

 

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I really enjoyed spending some time with Myron Bolitar, who seems to be a normal level headed guy with an itch to learn the truth. He’s seems like a calm, yet determined person. Which makes him perfect for solving crimes!

 

WIN

The book actually begins with a character named Win, who showcases his skills in the opening scenes. If you like a mysterious no nonsense assassin, then you’ll love Win. Together with Myron they make a great team.

 

 

Wildly entertaining and jam packed with suspense!

 

 

 

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