Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Carol McKibben was a magazine publisher for more than 20 years. She began a new career in freelance writing and editing in 2007. As well as editing other authors’ works to realize their dreams, she has completed Luke’s Tale, Snow Blood Seasons 1 and 2 and published a memoir, Riding Through It. Carol is currently working on Snow Blood Season 3.
Carol currently writes from the heart and through a dog’s eyes. Often telling her stories to Laberdoodles, Basset Hounds and any stray that happened by, it wasn’t long before people stopped to have a listen as well. Now Carol writes for people and speaks to large audiences, dogs included.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Snow Blood: A Vampire Mystery Thriller (Season 2). It is the sequel to Snow Blood Season 1, which is the story of the original vampire as told through the eyes of his kindred dog. My publisher and I both love vampire novels and because there weren’t any stories about the first vampire, we thought it would be fun to create one (based on the legend in the Vampire Bible). Because I write through the eyes of dogs to show people how to love unconditionally, it all came together. Yes, even vampires can be lovable.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really. I’m fairly traditional.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
John Irving and Stephen King the most. I try to combine Irving’s quirkiness with King’s horror to some extent. I loved the character development in To Kill a Mockingbird, so that’s at the top of my list.
What are you working on now?
Snow Blood: A Vampire Mystery Thriller (Season 3). Each story always has some dark menace hell-bent to destroy Brogio, Snow Blood and their kindred. I always incorporate a lot of mythology. This time it involves Hecate, the Goddess of Witches.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Creating a relationship with readers. I have a growing list, and I use MailChimp to communicate with them. I’ve tried everything under the sun, and I will keep on trying.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get a great editor. Don’t skimp. Find someone who supports and inspires you. You need positive constructive criticism. Listen and incorporate it. It will make you better.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You can if you think you can.
What are you reading now?
In This Together by Ann Romney. It’s about her fight to overcome MS through therapy and riding dressage. I compete in dressage with my horse, Aramis, and this is a fascinating story about overcoming obstacles against all odds.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My publisher wants at least four books in the Snow Blood series, so that, and my author clients keep me hopping!
What is your favorite book of all time?
To Kill a Mockingbird. Isn’t that on everybody’s list? That, and anything by Irving and King. No surprises here!