Author Interview with Robin Carroll

Get to know Robin…

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters, one precious grandson, and their four character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. 

Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as RT Reviewer’s Choice, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she’ll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more, visit her website.

Let the conversation begin!

Are you an outliner or a seat-of-the-pants writer?

Definitely a seat of the pantster. However, I do an in-depth interview (25 pages) with each primary and secondary character prior to starting to write.

What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?

I love to scrapbook with my kids; I’m a huge movie buff with my husband; and reading a good book tends to relax me enough to recharge. Sometimes just getting outside, alone with Father for prayer.

Are your characters completely fictional?

Ah, trying to get me in trouble? LOL. Seriously, most all of my characters have some little quirk or something “borrowed” from someone I know. For instance, in Fear No Evil, the heroine “rocks” herself. My oldest sister does that and always has. Annoys me silly, but it worked great for my character. Annoyed the hero just enough…

Where do you get your ideas?

Wow, where DON’T I get ideas? From the newspaper, special reporting shows like Primetime and 60 Minutes, the airport where I’m an unabashed eavesdropper…

What initially drew you to writing?

My mother loves to tell people that I was making up stories from the time I could talk. I don’t know about that, but as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read to visit a new and different place.

How many words do you write each day?
I don’t have a set word count each day, unless I’m on tight deadline. But I average about 2,000-5,000 a day.

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