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Author Interview: C.J. Carson
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
This first book Murderous Envy was originally written as a screen play. I chose this genre because I love writing it for film. After writing the pilot I realized there was a lot more story to tell so I made the decision to covert the story into a trilogy.
2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?
I am the youngest of three daughters in our family. For as long as I can remember, I have loved telling and writing stories. Being the youngest, there was always an audience to entertain. The older I get and the more life experiences I have, the more motivated I become to put pen to paper. My interest in the arts and history has undoubtedly helped in my endeavors to write.
Another thing that has been helpful to me in my writing is the opportunities I have had to travel both here in the United States and abroad. I have visited places some people can only dream about, like the Giants Causeway in Ireland or the Castle of Versailles. These life experiences have lit a spark in me, and I have only just begun to be inspired by them.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I have carved out a warm and comfortable place in my home for an office. Next to my desk I have a large picture window that looks out in my back yard. Out there we have created a little oasis with a pool, palm trees, a hammock and lawn furniture.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
Although I do have some characters that have been killed in my books, the remains have not been hidden so far.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
This is a really tough question for me. I do love James Patteson and Mary Higgins Clark. As for a burning question, I’m not sure if there could be just one. I would definitely ask them what their inspiration is for writing.
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I was so scared when I loaded my first book up on amazon, I worried about it for days!
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
Matches, a good knife, and a mirror to use as a signal.
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
9. Favorite snack?
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
You can’t do the speed limit when you do the Indy 500, but the goal of that experience is the journey, to know where you are in that experience at all times, and to get to the checkered flag first.
by C.J. Carson
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery
Allie Callahan had her whole life mapped out – run her family’s marketing firm, make her first million, and get that next big contract. Destiny had another plan. After a catastrophic event forces her to rethink her life’s path, Allie discovers that the heritage she’s tried so hard to deny is about to lead her in an entirely new direction.
Unable to ignore her grandfather’s Native American heritage, Allie embarks on a journey that will test her fortitude, strength, and courage, but it will also bring her the one thing she never dreamed possible – Love.
HOURS WENT BY, THOUGH I COULDN’T be clear how many. I awoke from a dream where I was reliving my attack. Panic swelled in every cell of my body. Disoriented and completely confused; where was I? What had happened to me? Soft lambskin wraps restrained my wrists, with an IV in the back of my hand. My body hurt all over and my left eye was swollen shut.
A gentle hand touched mine. I opened my eyes to a small girl, wearing a hospital gown, gazing at me through the bed rails. The warmth of her smile gave me a sense of calmness. That’s when I realized I was in the hospital.
A matronly nurse with a heavy Southern accent stole my attention from the little girl.
“It’s okay, child, you’re in the hospital. There has been an accident. Please try to stay calm. Let me take off these wrist restraints. I’m so sorry we had to put them on, but you were thrashing so much during the night we thought you might hurt yourself or pull out your IV.”
The feeling of desperation overwhelmed me. “Where am I? What’s happening?”
She caressed my face, bringing my gaze to her. “My name is Laura and you’re safe. You’re going to be okay. You had an accident, so to speak, and you’re in the hospital.
“The hospital? What kind of accident?”
“Look, honey, try to stay calm. You had a rough night. Doctor Kennedy will be in shortly to see you.”
My throat felt raw and I could hardly speak. “Where is the little girl?”
“What little girl?”
I pointed to the side of my bed where the child had been standing less than a minute before. “She was right there!”
“Honey, I didn’t see any child. The children’s ward is on another floor.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
From a very early age CJ Carson has been inspired by a great story, but what has brought her to this juncture in her life and inspired her to put pen to paper are the many rich experiences and opportunities her life has put in her path.
Her love of learning and new adventures has afforded her opportunities to reinvent herself many times over.
While working in the medical field she became a licensed massage therapist, attending a number of classes to learn energy work. She then went on to become a Polarity Therapist and Reiki Therapist.
As an artist, she has explored many modalities that have taken her on many a journey.
Her acting has brought her into the world of theatre both on the stage and behind the scenes.
Painting introduced her to a group of artists that shared her passion of bringing a scene to canvas.
Her love of singing afforded her the opportunity to travel twice to Europe as a soloist with conductor Sonja Dahlgren Prior and a chorus out of Boston. Sonja, affectionately known as Sunny, inspired her to do something, she never dreamed possible.
But something CJ Carson has always wanted to do is write. As a young student in high school, she had a teacher who implored her to pursue a writing career, but life had other plans for her first.
Now she is finally introducing to the world her first published work, “Murderous Envy” from her trilogy, Veils of Parallel Times.