A Cozy Author Interview With Kim Carter The Prolific Writer of The Clara & Iris Mystery Series. Book 1 & 2 Now Released on Amazon…

Hello and Welcome Readers, Visitors, and Friends!

About Kim Carter:

“I’ve been writing mysteries since 1999 when I became ill and housebound for a couple of years. I always loved reading and figured I’d try my hand at writing. Those novels remained on my computer for years before friends encouraged me to put them in print. It’s been quite the ride! I live in Atlanta, Ga with my husband and three retired Greyhounds.

I have three grown children, no not the Greyhounds, none of which have given me any grandchildren yet. Just adding that, should they read this and need reminding. LOL…. I love sharing my novels with readers and enjoy attending book clubs that choose my novels. It is such a humbling experience to know that someone picked your book to read when there are so many wonderful authors to choose from!”

What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by beautiful and sometimes haunting places.

Tell us about your writing process.
I have the strangest writing process. My books always begin with inspiration from the location where the novel will be set. I initially have a few characters in mind, but they quickly take on a mind of their own, and walk all over me! I never have an outline or ending in mind. I allow the characters to do all the work. As the characters become more complex, I write down details about them on wipe off boards that cover every wall in my office, along with any chronological dates that I may need to refer back to as the book progresses. I also post enlarged photos that will help with detail as I write. I also have a lot of inspirational quotes tacked up everywhere. My office is a disaster, but it works for me. My husband, however, is mortified, and quickly shuts the door every time company arrives.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. Many times I have had all intentions of a character being a certain way, either a villain, or a person with upstanding character, but that often goes out the window as they show their true colors. I allow them to be who they want to be. No, I’m not as big of a nut as I sound… LOL…I do know that they don’t ACTUALLY exist, but I respect them just the same. I cry with them, I laugh with them, and I grieve with them at the end of the book when we must say our goodbyes. It is a very hard day for me when I must wipe off the boards and put them away, only to begin anew.

What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t rush your writing…. I don’t have set times to write or a quota for the day. I have to be in the right mind set to make it work. I suppose we are all different. And most importantly, NEVER write in uncomfortable clothes. Pajamas work best….. who cares what the UPS or Postman thinks if you go to the door in the afternoon still in your pj’s???

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have done both self-publishing and gone with a publisher. Both have their pros and cons. Do your research and only sign with someone after you have checked references and get a good ‘gut’ feeling!

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What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I can’t begin to predict the future of publishing, and e-books are wonderful things, I just keep my fingers crossed that actual, physical books don’t go by the wayside. By far, they are my preference. #oldschoolandproudofit I put old school and a hashtag together. My grown children will be mortified! Ha!

What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer

What genres do you write?: Mystery/Suspense Thrillers.

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Paperback

Website(s)
Kim Carter Home Page Link
Link To Kim Carter Page On Amazon

Your Social Media Links
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***Interview Courtesy of Bookgoodies and Cat Lyon’s Reading Den***

Memoir: A Few Thoughts About My Life

One of my favorite blogs and one amazing story of a friend I know well. A must read on Marilyn Davis’s helpful site! 🙂
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Giving up is conceding that things will never get better, and that is just not true. Ups and downs are a constant in life, and I’ve been belted into that roller coaster a thousand times.

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08/14/2017

A few mornings ago, when I woke up, I realized that fifty-six years of my life have passed. A few days later, my thunder buddy, my little dog of twelve years had to be put down because of a tumor. I’m disabled, in a wheelchair, needing three operations. I live in a small apartment with my other two dogs and a personal aide and his dog. I spend most of my time alone with my dogs, writing, listening to music, and thinking about how I can continue to change the world for the better.

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Here is my interview with Diana Mugano.

A Fabulous New Author Interview by a new friend I have met, Fiona McVie… Interview with Authoress and Motivational writer Diana Mugano from London! 🙂 Enjoy Readers. Cat

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?  

My Name is: Diana Mugano.

Fiona: Where are you from?

London South East

Fiona: A little about your self (ie,  your education, family life, etc.).

Was raised with two strong parents who believe working and education is a must, and i  hold a degree and currently pursuing a MSC in cognitive behavioural therapy.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news

I have relesead my 3rd book titled: 7 Pillars that set great achievers apart

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Started writing back in 2013

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When i first published my first book

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

To help people and just a passion of…

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New Book Release and Cat Welcomes Author, Diana Mugano. A Writer of Motivational Self-Help & Financial Books.

Hello, and Welcome Readers and Visitors,


I am so happy and honored to welcome back my dear friend Author, Diana Mugano and her third new book release titled; “7 Pillars That Set Great Achievers Apart”

Diana is a best selling UK author and her new book is the third is packed with inspiring and motivational tools and techniques on how to achieve all your goals and give you a leg up over others. She is an expert on both life goal setting and planning as well as her second book gives fantastic tools for planning a wealthy and sound retirement. Here is more about her new book!

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About The New Release;

Most people find it incredibly challenging to turn their dreams into a reality. The world is your oyster. You should go for it if you want to achieve all your life goals! Don’t settle for mediocrity. You always have a choice.

It’s up to you as ‘Great Achieving’ is simple. If you would like to implement the benefits of achieving in your life, look no further! This book will help you with ideas on:
Planning, Pattern, Positive Attitude, Passion, Persistence, Prioritising, and Purpose, which highly successful people use every day.

“Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the traits to be successful and change the world.”

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About The Author:

Diana is an Inspirational UK Writer and Motivator to others and shows how to Discover Principles on how to live your life to the Fullest. Unlock potentials within you while rubbing off negativity.

Move from bad decisions to better ones and learn how to cope in times of challenge, as you find golden tips to motivate your life and “LET GO of Unreasonable FEARS.”

She believes you are here now with the power to shape your today and your tomorrow. You never know where you are whether what you are experiencing will turn out to be right or wrong until enough time has passed. She firmly believes that everyone carries an impressive powerhouse within ourselves and people should celebrate their individualities.

“Her message is simple, to empower, encourage and motivate.”

Diana resides in the UK, and when not writing, Diana enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. Diana Mugano is a motivational writer and author of the books, “Relentless Mode,” “7 Ways to Retire Wealthy,” and now her new release; ” 7 Pillars That Set Great Achievers Apart “


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Book Review:

well done Diana for yet another brilliant book. Inspirational

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“Really interesting, well done Diana for yet another brilliant book. Inspirational, and though we tend to think we know how to achieve our goals, as it is a bit of common sense, it’s not when you read this book and when you realize you weren’t doing enough to get there.

Diana has used a lot of examples to try and make one understand what she is trying to get at. So, yes, there is a lot in this book that can get you going in the right direction. This book will enrich anyone’s life. Just brilliant!   By Penny C.

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Come connect with Diana on Social Media and you’ll be updated on future books!

On Goodreads
On Twitter   and On FaceBook
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Purchase her book today here:  on Amazon

 

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It Is Time “Mystery Readers!” Kim Carter Mysteries Release of Book Two ~ ‘Murder Among The Tombstones.’

It is here! The Time Is Here Mystery Readers! My girl Kim Carter has released book one AND NOW BOOK TWO of The Cara and Iris Novel Mystery Series,” dropped titled; “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES!”

Kim is a ‘Mystery Fan Favorite’ among readers and they all have been patiently waiting for her new series. With fresh new book covers and fantastic new publisher, Raven South Publishing for both “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” and “Murder, both reads of this series will blow your mystery socks off!

 

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And? Hold on to your thriller hats because soon after book two releases? Book one will be on E-Book Special Promo Price too! So let’s learn more about both books and go grab “Sweet Dreams” so you can be ready to read….the continuation of this fabulous novel series…

 

ABOUT Book One – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle now released on 

Waitress Lizzie Headrick thought she had finally met her prince charming in Dr. Grant Chatsworth. She was young and in love, and their quick courtship ended with the four karat diamond engagement ring of her dreams.
 
Now residing in one of Buckhead’s finest estates, Lizzie soon learns all that glitters is not gold. Her handsome husband, a renowned cardiac surgeon, and developer of a new congestive heart failure drug was becoming cruel and controlling. She finds herself captive in the vast expanse of his estate without a phone or car, and under the watchful eye of Flossie who runs the household. 

When Lizzie discovers that Cardiac Care Research, his drug development company, is a Ponzi scheme, she realizes her life could be in danger if she doesn’t somehow escape the gated mansion on the hill. Her only hope is to get to Biloxi, Mississippi and seek refuge with her sister, Maggie. Maggie and her husband, Leland, quickly find a safe harbor for Lizzie in a house on the bayou. However, the house at the end of the street might not be the quiet retreat Lizzie was hoping for. 

As the confines of her hideaway close in on her, she retreats to the small historical cemetery next door where the small, damaged tombstone of a child soon catches her eye and captures her heart. Just when Lizzie Chatsworth thinks her world can’t get any more complicated, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery from the 1800’s that is pulling her in and demanding she seeks justice. 

As her husband’s empire begins to crumble, he’s more determined than ever to find Lizzie and eliminate her. But, will the mystery of the small tombstone shatter Lizzie’s life first?

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ABOUT The New Release ~ “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES”

When Atlanta homicide detectives are called in to investigate the murder of a nineteen-year-old girl found dumped in historic Oakland Cemetery, they immediately begin working the case.  But with no leads to follow, and their case log growing larger by the day, the murder quickly grows cold.

Desperate to keep the investigation of her deceased sister going, Ginger Baines hires two novice sleuths to solve the case.  Widowed, well into their seventies, and new to the world of private investigating, Clara Samples and Iris Hadley aren’t your average private eyes.

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When a second body is found in a neighboring cemetery, the plot thickens.  With two bodies wrapped, almost lovingly, in a soft blanket before being discarded in a cemetery, could a serial killer be on the loose?

Joined by their young apprentice Quita, Clara and Iris are determined to stop at nothing to find the killer before they can strike again.  But, will their bodies be the next ones discovered among the tombstones? Grab your Copy Today!

 

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Early Reviews and Editorials:

“Two crafty septuagenarian widow’s turned private investigators; a crabby Atlanta cop recovering from a gunshot wound, and a cunning killer who dumps his victims rather appropriately in cemeteries. Those are just a few of the zesty ingredients in Murder among the Tombstones, the latest whodunit by Georgia-based mystery writer Kim Carter. It’s a fast-paced, twister of a mystery that keeps you turning pages until the very end.

–Ronald Yates, foreign correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and author of the Billy Battles Trilogy.

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‘A killer crime/mystery novel by the queen of suspense, Kim Carter. Unnerving, exciting, and captivating!’    – Best-selling Horror Author -Wesley Thomas


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“The wait is finally over and Author Kim Carter has blessed the readers with yet another great suspense -filled read. Her dynamic pen is one of the smoothest I have read. I was able to replay her words in my head, creating a consistent, flowing movie full of action and emotion. Carter has a gift for detail, dropping things here and there, just enough to give us a mental picture. She grabbed and twisted me up in her world from the first paragraph till the last.”   ~Lissha Sadler “MZWRP”

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About Kim Carter:

Kim and her husband Julius have raised three beautiful successful grown children and have vested in retired greyhounds, and they enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets they make after retirement.

Kim, a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology. She worked in Human Services in the Grant Division before becoming an author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

 

You can learn about all of Author, Kim Carter’s books, connect with her now on
GoodReads   Twitter and on her  Facebook Fan Page  

 


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Update on our Co-writing Journey. What Personal Info is Too Much Sharing When Writing Your Life Story in a Memoir and Legacy?

Hello and Welcome Readers, Friends, and Bronco Fans!

“Writing a Memoir is different than an autobiography”

A Memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject’s life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual.

But it is also a personal essay about a significant memory in the author’s life that uses narrative devices like setting, character, and dialogue. Molding your “chosen memory” and in our case, ‘ How Addictions, Money, and a Shift from God and The Loss of a Son,’  that I am writing for Vance and bringing his story to an appropriate structure, using vivid detail and examining the memory’s significance will help us write a strong memoir


So our writing journey has begun and is moving along. Now I want to be transparent as possible as Vance and I continue to write together. I spoke with Vance yesterday and he is moving forward with working with a marketer and making choices on what type of book cover to go with. Do we do that now? Or do we wait to read the full manuscript first? Your thoughts readers? I also want to share a little about the process of writing and how at times one can be unsure of themselves of what to share about one’s life. We would love feedback from all who visits this post as a ‘Wee Bit of Encouragement’ to my writing partner. We’re exploring the topic and feelings of writing about others in the memoir, but is there a line we just don’t cross?

THE DILEMMA:

When I wrote my book/memoir, and it turned into a book manuscript (all by GOD Intervention), I too was riddled with reservations about some of the personal family drama and dysfunctional episodes that went on in my home I grew up in. I was raised at a time when you never bring “shame” to the family and never talk about what goes on in our homes out in public. Well, needless to say, I felt I needed to share of the topics as those events were a direct link to some of the roots of why I had turned to addiction later in life. NO, I didn’t share to hurt my family or those I spoke of, I did it to give an in-depth look inside one’s life and share how all of the events, abuse, chaos, and trauma in my home had an effect on me. Especially into adulthood. Not all children are raised in a perfect home environment the “Brady Bunch or The Cleavers.”

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Now? Vance is struggling a little with some of these decisions as we write. What does he expose or not about his family, events or old memories about growing up as to NOT hurt or offend his parents, sister, or others?

I explained to Vance that his book and the journey are not about them or others, it is about him and looking at the past pain and events that had an effect on his life and had carried that into his adult life and how he made it through to the man “Standing In Grace and Saving Lives from Addiction today.  Am I Wrong?  How do you feel about that? GOD never promised us a Perfect Life without trials and lessons to overcome.  Vance has come through many storms and trauma from addictions.  My own side of the family and I had been estranged for about six years before my book was released. But Vance’s family are in his life, but just not aboard with this book project.

So, do we share the good, the bad and the UGLY? Or do we change direction or not write his memoir chronological and start in a different place? Isn’t this part of Vance’s healing process of taking stock, process and then turn it over to GOD? Or is there a fine thin blue line between the paper your not to cross?

Any feedback, advice, and comments would be helpful and appreciated. It is why we chose to invite everyone to follow our journey. Your voice and advice is important for our project.

Mystery Novel Series Cover Reveal and New Release Coming By, Kim Carter Mysteries.

_Kim Carter Mysteries_ Kim Carter an Award-Winning Mystery Writer is back! Her Novel Series _Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle_ Relaunch & New Release coming soon titled; _Murder Among The Tombst

” Just when Lizzie Chatsworth thinks her world can’t get any more complicated, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery from the 1800’s that is pulling her in and demanding she seeks justice. But, will the mystery of Baby Belle’s death end Lizzie’s life first? ”

Cat Lyon’s Reading Den Welcomes Back Kim Carter Mysteries!

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Kim Carter is a prolific writer of Thrilling and Suspenseful Murder Mysteries. Now she is relaunching her fantastic new novel series of “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” ~ A Clara and Iris Mystery Series as a new indie author and best-selling writer. It has a fresh new cover for the series and readers know it is an exceptional read with over 40 Amazon 5-Star reviews!

NOW book two of this series will be releasing soon titled; “Murder Among The Tombstones.”  Here is more about the writer!

 

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About Book One:

Lizzie, a small-town waitress, thought she’d finally met her prince charming in Dr. Grant Chatsworth. She was young and in love, and the quick courtship ended with the four karat diamond engagement ring of her dreams. Now residing in one of Buckhead’s finest estates, Lizzie soon learns all that glitters is not gold. Her handsome husband, a renowned cardiac surgeon, and developer of a new congestive heart failure drug was becoming cruel and controlling. Lizzie finds herself captive in the vast expanse of his estate without a phone or a car, and under the watchful eye of Flossie. When Lizzie discovers that her husband’s drug development company is a Ponzi scheme, she realizes that her life could be in danger if she doesn’t somehow escape the gated mansion on the hill.

With her parents deceased, her only hope is to get to Biloxi, Mississippi and seek refuge with her sister, Maggie. Maggie and her husband Leland quickly find a safe harbor for Lizzie in a house on the bayou. However, the house at the end of the street might not be the quiet retreat Lizzie was hoping for. The confines of her hideaway soon get to Lizzie so she begins sneaking out in the middle of the night to walk in the historic cemetery next door.

One night a damaged, carved lamb on top of the tombstone of a small child catches her eye, and the story of the child immediately captures her heart. Just when Lizzie Chatsworth thinks her world can’t get any more complicated, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery from the 1800’s that is pulling her in and demanding she seeks justice. As her husband’s empire begins to crumble, he’s more determined than ever to find Lizzie and kill her. But, will the mystery of Baby Belle’s death end Lizzie’s life first?

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Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, plant, flower, tree, grass, child, outdoor and natureMystery Writer Kim Carter Visiting The Real Baby Belle Grave in Mississippi…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoy all her books, as it shows with the many 5-star book reviews given by her readers. She continues to write for her mystery fans, as she enjoys interacting and engaging with them. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.

Kim and her husband Julius have raised three beautiful successful grown children and have vested in retired greyhounds, and they enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets they make after retirement.

Kim, a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology. She worked in Human Services in the Grant Division before becoming an author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

You can learn about all of Author, Kim Carter’s books, connect with her now on
GoodReads   Twitter and on her  Facebook Fan Page  

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Releasing SOON!  ~ “MURDER Among The Tombstone” Book 2 of The Clara and Iris Novel Mystery Series…

_Kim Carter Mysteries_ Kim Carter an Award-Winning Mystery Writer is back! Her Novel Series _Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle_ Relaunch & New Release coming soon titled; _Murder Among The Tombst

“Cover Reveal Presented By “Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den”