Happy Holidays, everyone! It’s my pleasure to welcome my friend and Golden Heart sister, Caroline Fyffe, to Magical Musings for a special Q&A today!
1. Can you tell us the premise of your latest book? I’d love to. Three and a Half Minutes is a near-death experience woman’s fiction where the heroine goes on to self-discovery, faith, and hearing voices from a mysterious woman whom she spoke with during her visit to heaven–but is just now remembering. Think Eat, Pray, Love meets Going My Way. After Camille recovers, her doctor sends her on a long overdue vacation to Austria and a German Language school—the same one she has been studying with online for a couple of years. There she meets Günther Christove, her instructor, and his brother, Father Florian Christove. This book is a wide departure from my historical western romances…
2. What’s one scene from this story you loved writing and why did it excite you? The near-death experience scene! My mother actually had one when I was about two years old. We, her and my four sisters, were traveling home to America from Germany on an airplane. Over the years, her describing the experience fed my curiosity, and I’ve read lots of books recounting other’s experiences. So writing, Camille’s, was one scene I really enjoyed.
3. Do you have a favorite kind of food? Anything you really won’t eat? I love going out to Italian. I enjoy the warm feel of the restaurant and a nice glass of chardonnay with a scrumptious chicken piccata. I don’t eat raw oysters and I don’t enjoy sushi.
4. What has been your experience with indie publishing vs. traditional? Since I first selfpubbed my first books back in October of 2011, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every month. Things perked along slowly but nicely, and I couldn’t complain. Then Christmas hit and it’s been a wonderful ride ever since. It’s just great to know every Christmas more and more readers will receive some kind of e-book reader! I feel blessed to be in publishing at this time in history. It’s like the ol’ wild west—just being discovered!
5. Would your high school friends be surprised to discover you’d become a novelist? Oh, no doubt! LOL In high school I was quite shy. I was an okay student. Writing an essay was difficult. I passed, but didn’t excel. I wasn’t in any of the AP classes like many of my friends. Now, with my schedule today, it’s like having homework every day. 2000 words by five o’clock—and I love it!
6. What’s one piece of writing advice you’ve found valuable on your writing journey? Relax. Trust. Don’t over think anything as you write. Just get it down. Then later when you edit, it will play out in your mind because your subconscious has been working on it. With ease, it will polish up into a gleaming, heart-pounding, jewel.
7. What do you think readers might be surprised to know about you? I’ve been scuba diving with sharks, zip-lining in a mega cavern, ridden mules down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, even, skied under the Matterhorn. I’m not great at any one thing, but have been blessed to experience many wonderful experiences over the years.
8. Do you pay attention to reviews? If so, has there been any particular review that made your heart do a little dance? I’ll admit, I do read reviews. Yes, a recent review by Connie Brockway had me singing for joy! “Alternately heart-breaking and heart-warming, Where the Wind Blows is the sort of feel good western that leaves you sighing.” ~Connie Brockway, USA Today & New York Times Best-Selling author
9. What’s next for you? Is there a new book in the pipeline? Yes! Before the Larkspur Blooms will publish in May of 2013. It’s the sequel to Where the Wind Blows and is set in Logan Meadows, 1881. Chase and Jessie play a large part, as well as a new hero and heroine.
10. Any favorite movies you’ve seen? Ones you’ve watched over and over again? I’m a huge fan of Princess Bride, and watch it whenever I get the chance. Love Forrest Gump—who doesn’t love that movie? I love A Few Good Men and Master and Commander. The Intouchables, a French foreign film with subtitles is one of my very favorites. It’s truly one of the best films I’ve ever seen. If you get the chance—see it!!!
11. Did you have a writing mentor? If so, in what ways did he/she provide guidance? Two, actually. When I first started writing back in 1998—I didn’t know anything. Robin Burcell and Susan Crosby, both members of a long-standing critique group, took me under their wings. They were both so generous with time and talent. I owe them a lot.
We loved having you here, Caroline! Thanks for visiting, and best of luck with your books!!
And to all of you readers, a question: What is one really memorable thing you did during 2012? I’d love to hear about it!