Q&A With Carol Marvell!

Today’s Q&A Interview is with Wild Child Publishing Author Carol Marvell!

Why did you start writing
and when did you decide to go professional?
I began
writing some twenty-five years ago, only because there weren’t many heroines
around, in books or movies, which lead me to create my own – Detective Billie
McCoy. I wrote a series of stories, all based around Billie and a few of my
other main characters. My writing was strictly a hobby, one I enjoyed
immensely. I never had any intention of publishing my stories and actually put
them away for a few years. When computers became popular, or should I say
affordable, I dug out my notes and began editing them in more detail. My
daughter got hold of Slave Trader after I printed it out. She loved it and
convinced me to publish it.
  
Do you read other author’s
books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something
different?
I do
read, but not as much as I’d like to. It takes me a while to get through a
book, only because I find it hard to squeeze it in between my day job, writing,
family, my music and other things that seem to pop up. I even work in a school
library and still don’t get much time to read. I have to say though, since
being published with Wild Child Publishing, I’m enjoying reading what my fellow
authors are writing. Some of the genres are quite different to what I’d usually
read but I’m finding them fun and entertaining. With the growing number of
ebooks available, this new technology makes it much easier to search and find
genres to suit. 
What is the most difficult
part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
I would
probably say hitting the delete button during editing is the most difficult
task for me – but it is getting easier. It’s probably because I wrote Slave
Trader so many years ago, having been over it many times, I knew it as I
originally wrote it. So, when my publisher asked me to adjust scenes, take out
scenes and rewrite new ones, I definitely found it hard to hit that little DEL
button. But, times have changed and so have writing styles since I first put
pen to paper. Biting the bullet, I lay trust in my publisher and went with her
ideas and guidance.
If you could have the same
type of career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?
J. K.
Rowling. She is such a genuine person who doesn’t seem affected by fame and
fortune. She has given pleasure to so many readers, both young and old. To have
fans lined up to buy my book would be such a buzz, and then to see it hit the
big screen would top it off.
Bio:   Carol
lives on a small property in Queensland, Australia. She works in a local
primary school as a School Officer / Librarian / Community Development Officer.
Born in Childers, she grew up on a cane farm. Carol has been married for
twenty-six years and has three children, two girls and a boy. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting the US, Canada, UK, Europe, China,
Japan, Thailand, Bali, New Zealand and of course, Australia. Her other passion
is music. She plays bass guitar in a country rock band with her husband and two
other guys, and is also a member of a symphony orchestra. With over fifty
members, the orchestra is voluntary and visits retirement villages and small
towns.
Slave
Trader – In the Name of Freedom is Carol’s first novel. The action/adventure
story follows Detective Billie McCoy in her fight for freedom after she is
caught up in a modern day slavery trade run by a corrupt cop. The sequel,
Providence Road – In the Name of Friendship is coming soon from Wild Child
Publishing.
Blurb:
For the
past three years, young prostitutes and destitute women have been vanishing
without trace. Their fates unknown, the only common links to their
disappearances are their good looks and prison records.
Never
before has a cop been taken.
Detective
Billie McCoy, a member of an elite undercover squad, is on assignment when she
stumbles onto a slavery racket that goes deeper than she could ever have
imagined. Plunged into a web of corruption and evil, not only does she have to
contend with the slave traders, but her fellow prisoners – all who hate cops.
Stretching
from the streets of Sydney to the rainforests in far north Queensland, it’s a
race against time. Filled with determination, disappointment and twists, the
story follows Billie’s fight for freedom and her greatest ever challenge. She
will need all her cunning and skill to get out alive and see justice done.
Blood
will be spilt, hopes will be destroyed – all to uncover a plot so unpredictable
that only fate can decide . . . .
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