Interview and Giveaway with Carol Oates

28 December 2010

About Carol:
Carol Oates has never been one to remain still for long. After her mother’s mad dash to the hospital through the empty city streets of Dublin, Ireland, Carol made her debut into the world in the early hours of Christmas morning. Since then her pace has not slowed down in the least.
Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb of the north Dublin known as Clontarf; famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story of “Dracula.” This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. When that passion was combined with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, Carol Oates, the author, was born. Carol’s love of writing about anything not entirely “human" emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, “Shades of Atlantis,” came to life.
Carol still lives in Dublin, but spends a great deal of time traveling though the counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland with her partner and her son. When not traveling through the countryside, Carol spends her days at the office and her evenings immersed in the world of legends and mythical creatures

1.       What was your inspiration for Shades of Atlantis?
The main inspiration for Shades of Atlantis comes from my love of Ireland and the heritage.  I do a lot of traveling around the country and spent a lot of time driving by the hill of Tara, one of the main locations. It’s one of my favourite places in the country.  We learned about the legends of old Ireland in school and it was when I was revisiting these legends that the idea for Shades of Atlantis was born.
2.       What motivated you to finish and publish your novel?
I’ve been writing all of my life in one form or another. I love to write. I’ve finished several novel length stories. Some people write for their own pleasure. I write a journal for that, the fiction I write is meant to be shared and publishing is a way to take it to a larger audience. My ultimate goal is to be able to write full time. It hasn’t been an easy road and I do get frustrated. I’m been rejected. Being a writer means having a thick skin and having respect for people in the industry as well as readers  and their opinion while keeping faith in your work. Above all keep writing.
3.       Is there a message you want to get out to your readers through your book?
 Shades of Atlantis isn’t meant to preach, it’s a piece of fiction and it’s meant for enjoyment. There is the Romeo and Juliette element with Triona’s parents. So obviously there is the underlying theme of people being the same all over and everyone should try to respect others and show tolerance.  We are all born, we all die, we all have the capacity for love, forgiveness and hate but it’s up to us to choose what we do with that ability.
4.       What’s your favourite place to think?
My favourite place to think is anywhere I’m alone, the fewer distractions the better. I love long journeys in the car alone. Sometimes when the weather is mild I go to the hill of Tara, bring a coffee with me and go for a walk.
5.       Chocolate? ^_^
Yes, I love chocolate.  At the moment I have a passion for White Mochas.
6.       Do you like the scent of old book pages or new pages?
I have to say I’m a new book girl. Although I do have a couple of old books, normally they are because of sentimental value. For me, there is nothing like the sound of the spine on a book cracking for the first time to discover if the pages have that silky satin feel to them or slightly rougher, heavier pages then being hit by the scent of clean paper and ink. Can’t be beat. 

    Since Carol's from Ireland, and Ireland is the setting of my current novel, I was thrilled! She patiently answered all my questions with detail, and I've learned a lot. And for that, I love her ^_^
  And Carol also generously offered an e-book of Shades of Atlantis of her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis for a lucky winner!

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2 thoughts:

  1. Great interview! I found her answer to what motivated her an interesting one.

  2. Hey Kirthi! Fabulous interview! It's great when you can bombard authors with questions and get them answered. :) Congrats on that.



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