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GIVEAWAY & ROBIN CAROLL INTERVIEW


ROBIN'S BIO (From her website) 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.

Robin's 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.



How did you come up for the idea for In the Shadow of Evil?

I was on a trip to Dallas and knew I needed to come up with a story idea for the last book in the trilogy. I had no distractions and needed to brainstorm. No ideas came to mind, so I called my friend and fellow writer, Pam Hillman. She picked up magazines she had lying around and flipped through the pages and began telling me headlines. There was one about the south's building rebound following hurricanes and tropical storms, shortcuts taken, and the end results. Pam and I spent about 3 hours on the phone, but when I hung up, I had my basic plot.



What questions and feelings do you want your book to provoke on a spiritual and emotional level? Above all, I hope my stories not only entertain, but provoke someone to question their own spiritual journey. A lot of my emotional themes in the stories I write revolve around forgiveness because I feel that is probably the largest difference in the life of a Christian versus a non-believer: Christians make mistakes just like non-believers, but we know we're forgiven. We know that as soon as we ask for forgiveness and turn in our hearts from the sin, we're forgiven. I can't imagine living without the knowledge of the vast grace available to all of us, all the time.

Did you come up with the title for In the Shadow of Evil? If not what was your working title?




Funny thing...this was the only title in the trilogy that was the original title. The first book in the series, Deliver Us From Evil, was originally titled Exposure. Unfortunately, another CBA author had a book scheduled to release four months before mine with the same title, so we had to change mine. The second book, Fear No Evil, had a different working title, but the B& H team felt it didn't fit the story, so we can up with Fear No Evil. I wanted to keep the word "evil" in all the titles, so I liked Shadow of Evil. So did my editor, and the B&H team, so it's the only one that stayed original.



Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has been surprising to you?

I have the best job ever, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. Okay, it's rarely easy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. :) The biggest enlightenment for me was the fact of how much else an author has to do besides just write and revise. There's marketing, and publicity, and promotion...mixed in with the creative part, as well as the create-on-demand deadlines. I'm always humbled that I'm blessed to write for HIM, doing something I truly love every single day.

Can you give us a sneak peak into what book you are working on right now? Can you tell us something about it? When does it release? Right now, I'm working on the revisions to the first book in a new trilogy, titled INJUSTICE FOR ALL. The concept for this story came to me when I was traveling to Denver and I wondered, what would make someone who witnessed the murder of a federal judge run from authorities. The plot for INJUSTICE FOR ALL was born. It will release January 2012.

What made you want to write about this subject matter in your novel In the Shadow of Evil? Have you had contractor, building and House of Hope experience? What research do you do in preparation for one of your books?

Before I wrote In The Shadow of Evil, I really didn't have any personal experience. A family member is a building contractor and I gained a lot of insight from him. I did a lot of online research, and through that, "met" several wonderful contacts at NARI.

In Deliver Us From Evil you have a discussion question I’d like to ask you. Child trafficking is a serious and real tragedy. In the story Roark has an opportunity to bring those involved to justice. Do you think our current laws are too easy or too harsh on those involved with exploiting children? How can we help deal with this issue?

Before writing Deliver Us From Evil, I had no idea how often child trafficking happened. During my research for the book, I realized how ignorant I was about the subject. I began asking my friends and family about it, and they were as clueless as I, so I think the harshest part of this crime is that so many people are totally unaware that trafficking happens right here in the states. Frequently. Now, since so many government officials and celebrities are involved, laws ARE changing. Awareness is the first step, but then, involvement by letting your elected officials know where you stand is a big advancement in halting human trafficking.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!

1. What three things would you rather not live without?
I'm assuming you mean aside from being a Christian, my family and friends? Materially, I would rather not live without Dr. Pepper, coffee, and steak.




2. What three movies can you watch over and over again? Gone With The Wind (c'mon, Scarlett's characterization ROCKS), Gladiator, and Cutting Edge.











3. What were three of your favorite books as a child? Why?At about the age of 8, I found the Trixie Belden series, and was hooked immediately. I ended up with the entire series...yes, I still have them today.








 4. A friend of yours has a time machine that they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?

The birth and crucifixation of Christ, because those two events happened FOR ME. While the crucifixation would be nearly impossible to witness, I just can't imagine the love He displayed dying for ME.





 5. If you had 48 hours to hang out with any two people alive or dead in this history of the world that would you pick and what would you do? (besides Jesus)

Edgar Allen Poe-he HAD to have been as twisted as I am and probably a lot of fun to just hang out and talk with. Stephen King....need I explain? LOL







ANY FINAL COMMENTS THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS?

I love hearing from readers...not just of my books. I'm an avid reader and love discussing books with other readers. On my blog (http://www.robinswritingworld.blogspot.com/), I give recommendations in the suspense/thriller genre on Wednesdays and other genres on Saturdays. Readers can connect with me through my blog, my website (http://www.robincaroll.com/ ), or on FaceBook and Twitter (RobinCaroll).

Thanks for having me on The Book Club Network.It's been a pleasure. Looking forward to speaking to your book club too!

Robin

THANKS Robin for stopping by and letting us get to know more about your series. Thanks also for the give away and the opportunity to get to know you better. Your stories have been a real delight and quite the action adventure ride. I liked the spiritual struggle it was believable and added so much depth to the story.  I’m thrilled that the ladies in both of the Finding Hope Book Clubs voted your book to be our June book club pick. I can’t wait to talk to you on speaker phone! I also enjoyed The Shadow of Evil, can’t wait to read Injustice for All! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity too!

Until next time.

Nora :D


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org


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Blessings

Nora :D

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33 comments:

  1. I don't see anything about the giveaway, but I'm assuming it involves commenting, so here is my my comment. Very interesting and informative article. It's nice to learn a little background about the books I read.

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  3. I love that she wants to meet with Edgar Allen Poe, he does seem like a very interesting guy! Plus, Dr. Pepper? BEST drink ever!!

    Great interview
    (Please don't enter me in the giveaway, Mom. I'll read your copy. ;) Thanks!)

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  4. I too could not live with out Dr. Pepper and coffee! Sounds very interesting.

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  6. I love your idea of plotting with a friend and am going to try it out tomorrow. :)

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  7. I'm a follower. :)
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  8. Love your interview and how you came up with the idea for your book. That is great that you had someone that you could brainstorm with for so long to come up with it. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  9. my teen daughter loved trixie books she loves suspense/thrillers. she'd love it if I won this book thanks

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  11. Great interview. Would love to win the book!

    Gail Mundy

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  12. I love who you would want to chat with if you could! Poe is definitely one I would want to talk to, but you can keep King :)Thanks for the opportunity to win. I have a question for you...Seems like there are an abundance of books out this last year and current year already that have to do with human trafficking. Is that planned?

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  13. I'm a follower.

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  15. Interesting interview. Would love to read the book.
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  16. follower of your blog
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  17. I would love to read this one!

    Blessings -

    Andrea
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  18. I already display your button on my blog! : )

    Andrea

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  19. I already follow your blog!

    Blessings -

    Andrea
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  20. I greatly enjoyed this interview. I found it quite interesting to learn about how the titles for the books in this series were selected. Robin's comment caused me to remember one trip I made to the local public library and I came home with three different books by three well-known writers and each of the books had the exact same title.

    Please enter me in this drawing - I have been wanting to read this book since I first read about it. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. I am already a follower of your blog.

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  22. I also already have your button on my blog @ Write About Now.

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  23. Enjoyed the intervies, and I follow your blog!\
    Blessings....Joy
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  24. Love what she said about the forgiveness theme! It's definitely something Christians wrestle with again and again. And Gladiator's one of my favorites, too :)

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  25. I'm following your blog via GFC!

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  26. Can't wait to read this new one!

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  27. I adore the Trixie Belden Books, also...
    Dr.Pepper is my favorite soda pop!
    I know I would enjoy reading Ms. Caroll's
    book.
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  28. I follow your blog publicly via Google
    Friend Connect! (windycindy)
    Thanks, Cindi
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  29. "Tweet!"
    http://twitter.com/cmh512/status/47399406160445440.
    Again, many thanks to you!
    Cindi
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  30. Edgar A. Poe & Stephen King are great choices!
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  31. I would love to read this book.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  32. Great interview. Couldn't go on without my coffee either!

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  33. Any Dr. Pepper fan, has to write fabulous books! Can't wait to add you to my list of favorite authors.! canscrapforu2 at gmail dot com

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