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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