How Carole Brown Picks Her Book Settings

A member of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of 10 books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books. She and her husband reside in Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally.

What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
Carole: Keeping instances in order. I like to take lots of notes: questions I want to make sure are answered when I go through the draft, that timing is correct and that details are happening at the right time, that personal descriptions hold true throughout.

How do you come up with titles for your books?
Carole: I brood constantly about any new book I begin for a title. Most times, with a little musing, I know and feel what the title should be. Sometimes, not often, I will ask friends or fellow authors for suggestions. Most times, I will get enough fodder to put together one that pleases me. They come easy, and they come with work. 🙂

Have you ever regretted killing off a character? Why?
Carole: No, but I’m planning a second, follow-up, book for my debut novel. In it, I feel there has to be a traitor in the new church family, and I’m dreading that. Those who came out of the cult from the first book all hold a special place in my heart. I don’t want to be disappointed or sad over them, but, so far, it looks as if it will come to that. Someday…

How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
Carole: We’ve traveled through a lot of the United States, so, with research, I can usually get the feel of the setting in my books. In an upcoming new series, the setting is up in the air, so we’ll either vacation there (with research that I enjoy) or do extensive research online and/or with physical materials, as the area will be totally different than I’m used to.

I also like to study pictures of states where my settings take place. There’s an online site where you can sign up to get regular emails from states that you choose. It’s a valuable resource with lots of pictures, articles about different towns, activities, places to eat, and lots more.

Current book: Toby’s Troubles
A ghost, a thief, a girl in love, and unsuccessful bidding at the auctions keep Toby and his antique shop, Undiscovered Treasures, on edge.

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