Tell us about yourself and your books.:
CAROLYN BOWEN is a mystery author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous, imaginative spirit to inspire and entertain. Bowen uses travel as a muse to explore cultures and dialogue to bring her stories to life. Her writing credits include Cross-Ties, a romantic adventure; The Long Road Home, a contemporary crime fiction mystery; Cross-Stepping Your Way To Success; The Sydney Jones Series, Book 1: Primed For Revenge, a mystery thriller, and Book 2: Chance – A Novel.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I enjoy awakening before sunrise to start my day with a good cup of coffee.
What authors have influenced you?
I have been most influenced by Ernest Hemingway. I especially liked his advice to authors. I have written about him several times in my blog. My favorite advice from him is for authors to never compare themselves to living authors. If you want to be great, study the authors whose work has stood the test of time.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes! Prepare yourself by reading, studying your craft, and daily writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
What’s your biggest weakness?
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Old Man and the Sea: Ernest Hemingway
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I am most inspired by travel and exploring the cultures of different regions.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the final novel in the Sydney Jones Series, trilogy.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I am active on social media and blog about my writing life. I work with marketing professionals to expand my reach and meet new readers.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I plan to continue writing, reading and studying the craft.
How well do you work under pressure?
I get it done when due, often earlier.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I know the characters and use the tone that fits their personality and traits.
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