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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Today, February 5th, Carol Wills is here on Come In, Sit Down, Tell us about....

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For the rest of the month of January and possibly into February of 2012,we will be interviewing new and seasoned authors, first at Gwen's and then over here.




Carol Wills is with us today, February 5th.   I had the opportunity and pleasure to team up with Carol with our book, A Whimsical Holiday for Children: To Benefit Children’s Charities, under the banner, The Peacock Writer.  We are hoping for another collection to be released this year.  Welcome, Carol ~

Hey, hey, hey Paula, sorry couldn’t help it. Having been out for the count since NYE with some awful bug I’m just beginning to smile again. Thanks for the opportunity Paula, I’d be honoured to have you interview me. Ok, here I go:

What inspired you to write?

I don’t know as anyone inspired me to write but my Aunt Gladys did inspire me to read, she would give me great books for birthdays and Christmas. You see, the books she gave me and my sister were the only ones ever to enter our house when I was a kid. I soaked them up like a sponge which lead to me making up little stories in my head. I never wrote them down, couldn’t spell and my handwriting left a lot to be desired.   

Do you have anyone you show manuscripts to and get advice from or are you a loner doing it all yourself?

Oh I bore the pants off my family with my stories. But they are so supportive they’d never tell me the truth so, I use peer feedback from my online friends. I can always rely on them for honesty.

What genre do you normally write in? Also, is there a genre you've always wanted to write in, but don't feel you could pull it off?
My writing never sticks to one genre, I write very short stories usually with a twist at the end. I guess I’m in the flash fiction gang although I also write children's stories.   

Do you ever base your characters on people you know?
Not consciously, although I do use ideas from real life and give them the ‘what if’ treatment.

What advice would you give to someone who was just starting off in writing?
Always carry a notebook, you never know where an idea for a story will come from. In the early days I got caught out many times with nothing to write on and lost the idea before I could write it down. I also keep a notebook by my bed, I can’t tell you how often and idea pops into my head just as I’m drifting off to sleep. And finally, write, write, write, it doesn't matter if you think it’s rubbish; sooner or later you’ll have a good story down, and like all aspects of life if you don’t use it, you loose it.

Do your stories tend to have morals, or special messages, included within them?
Well, I don’t start out with that in mind but they do have a habit of ending up with a moral here and there, my collection of short stories ‘Five Minute Fiction’ has quite a few. And of course my children’s ‘Titus’ stories are all about the value of friendship.    

This question was posed by a fellow author and I loved it so much I decided to throw it into the mix ~ Oh no! One of your characters has escaped. Luckily, I have caught them! I will interrogate them with the help of a lie detector. Welcome!Take a seat, make yourself comfortable. You will be returning to your book once this is over. What's your name, where are you from and what is your role in the book?
Ok, you got me, my name is Violet North, I’m from England and I’m the main character in the book. It’s even called after me, but the stupid woman hasn’t finished it yet. My role is that of a gung ho kinda girl; who manages to get herself caught up in a very dodgy situation in the middle of Africa. My writer says she’s stuck, but I think she’s just scared of writing anything that looks like it might be a novel instead of all that short stuff she churns out. Alright, I’m going back now, but I won’t wait for her much longer. You can tell her from me; I might just find another writer to finish it.

Tell us why we would enjoy reading your books?
Now that’s a hard one. Ok, if you’re a parent/guardian I think my children’s books are fun to read to children because Titus gets into all sorts of trouble and kids love that. My short stuff is ideal to read if you only have a few minutes to spare and don’t have time to get started on something long. I like short stuff with a good twist. When my kids were young that’s all I had time to read so, maybe that’s why I like to write this kind of story.

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Bio:
Carol Wills is married with a grownup family. She lives with her husband in Chesham amid the beautiful Chilton Hills. Her children’s stories are all about a little bird called Titus who has many adventures. She also writes flash fiction and an e-book collection of her stories called Five Minute Fiction, can be found on Amazon. You can contact her at www.purple​-​hat​.​blogspot​.​com, Google+ and http://www.indieauthornetwork.weebly.com

Book links to my Amazon astore
Amazon.com astore: http://astore.amazon.com/womswor0ef-20
Amazon.co.uk astore: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/womenswords-21

eBook's on Amazon Kindle.
A Titus Adventure US  
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006H3JK32
A Titus Adventure UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006H3JK32

Paperbacks
A Titus Adventure paperback on Createspace: discount code for A Titus Adventure LKUR7FJC
https://www.createspace.com/3739529

A Titus Adventure on Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Titus-Adventure-Carol-Wills/dp/1468026585/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

A Titus Adventure paperback on Lulu 25% off any books with Coupon Code: LULUBOOKUK305 Coupon expires 31 January 2012
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/a-titus-adventure/18737644?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/1

Promo Video for
A Titus Adventure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uJ0vIS6Os8
eBook's on Amazon Kindle
Five Minute Fiction US
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MG2A96
Five Minute Fiction UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005MG2A96

Parents’ Rules US
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006I30XLE
Parents’ Rules UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006I30XLE
Parent’s Rules paperback on Amazon US
http://www.amazon.com/Parents-Rules-Carol-Wills/dp/1467984728/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326282405&sr=1-1

Thanks Paula

You're welcome, Carol and remember our doors are always open.