Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Racing Around with Author Caryl McAdoo!

And she's coming around the track! Caryl McAdoo in the lead, with one, no, five, no TEN books! Look at her go!

Okaaaaay . . . . So maybe there's not an actual race for turning out the most books in a year, but if there were, Author Caryl McAdoo would be right there at the photo finish! So grab your pony and mount up.  Let's meet her in the starting gate.

PT:  Well, hi, howdy Caryl McAdoo! Not sure you have time to pause with us with your racing writing schedule, but let me grab the reins for just a quick Q and A.  Would you give us a quick pedigree?

CM:  Well, first, thank you so much Peggy, for having me at the Diamond Mine! In 2012, I discovered, 'Christian Fiction,' as a genre.  Granted, I should have known, but with rearing four grandsons and writing, I hadn't been reading much, and my mentors at the DFW Writers' Workshop forever cautioned me about putting in too much, 'Christian.'  But an agent asked me to write her a historical Christian romance set in the 1800's and said she'd sell it.  And she did . . . to Simon and Schuster's Howard Books.
         I haven’t looked back, not even a quick glance. I’ll never write anything again that doesn't give God glory. He is my everything, the air I breathe, my daily bread, my all in all. This is what He wants me to do for the Kingdom, well, sing, too. He gives me the most beautiful songs. I wish there was some way for me to sing one for you! I imagine it would resonate beautifully in the mine. J I also enjoy painting, but nothing fancy. I do love painting on my walls!
       My background is fun, met my husband when we were sixteen, reared four children, have fifteen grandsugars and reared four of those, except now I’m down to two. I got gloriously saved at the age of nine and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1975 (25 years old). But what is exciting is what’s ahead. He even gave me a new song about it!
  ♫♪*`•. I'm just so EXCITED.•*♪¨*•♪♫ ‘Bout what the Lord is doing!!♪♫•*¨♪ I'm just so EXCITED.♪♫¸¸.•*♪*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸Of what I know He will do!•*º° I'm just so EXCITED!•.¸.•ڿڰۣ and He is delighted(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ♫♪*with my anticipation`º°¨•.¸.•*♪♫• of what He’s going to do!!♪♫¸•*♪♫♪*¨*♥•♪♫       
 - - - - 2nd VERSE - - -
        ♫♪*`•. And I get to be a part.•*♪¨*•♪♫ of what the Lord is doing!!♪♫•*¨♪ I get to be a part.♪♫¸¸.•*♪*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸Of what I know He will do!•*º° I get to be a part!•.¸.•ڿڰۣ and He has a GOOD plan(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ♫♪*He’s called me for His purpose•.¸.•*♪♫• I have a role to play!!♪♫¸•*♪ ♫♪*¨*♥•♪♫  

PT:  Incredible! We've never had anyone sing here at the Mine, and you're right. The resonation in here is terrific, and that was beautiful! But I'm right with you as far as researching for historicals. Sometimes searching makes you chase bunnies, and you never get back to the topic at hand! LOL Or at least that happens to me. (Ooopsie) Whoa! don't run off yet!  I know you've got more books to write, but I've got more questions!  Like how prolific you are!  Could you please tell us about all the novels you have coming out this year?

CM:  A part of what was the two year period it took from VOW UNBROKEN’s contract to shelf, and six months after before I could sell another book, I think I wrote six new titles in those years. And another part is my husband the challenger. Just like the other day. He said, “Well, I think if we’re going to publish TEN, we might as well publish Eleven!” Yeah, right, says I! J
       I’m writing July, August, and September now – the earlier ones are written and in various stages of edits and proofs, formatting, and cover design. I list them in the back of the books with titles, a short blurb, and their debut day. Ron thinks we ought to put out a non-fiction on top of these that I started a while back about writing - - - tips on creating great fiction stories, where to open the curtain, characters who steal hearts, and satisfying endings.
       So Here’s the ten: 3 historical romances, 4 contemporary romances, and 3 Biblical fictions; one every month except June and December. All Christian, of course: 

January 9: Hope Reborn, historical Texas romance, Book Three /  February 2 : The Preacher’s Faith, contemporary Red River Romances, Book One /  March 6: Then The Deluge Comes, Biblical fiction, The Generations series, Volume Two /  April 17: Sing a New Song, contemporary Red River Romances, Book Two /  May 3:  Sins Of The Mothers historical Texas romance, Book Four /  July 7: Token Of The Covenant  Biblical fiction, The Generations series, Volume Three /  August 13: Acquiring A Wife, contemporary Red River Romances, Book Three /  September 1: Daughters Of The Heart historical Texas romance, Book Five / October 7: Untitled, contemporary Red River Romances, Book Four /  November 2: Promise of Blessings  Biblical fiction, The Generations series, Volume Four.

PT:  So let’s latch onto Hope RebornIt’s part of a series which you just released last month. Is this the final book, or is there more to this Western Adventure series?

CM:  Oh, I’m so glad you asked this question. A fan the other day was saying she didn’t want Hope Reborn to be the end, but it definitely is not! Besides Sins of the Mother, and Daughters of the Heart, this year, I’m planning at least five or six more. I’m writing toward one of the very first titles, The Chief Of Sinners (1929-1950), in which the hero is the grandson of four- year-old Charley in book two, Hearts Stolen, and book six, Son Of Many Fathers

PT:  You seem to have so much time tied up in your family, especially your grandchildren. How do you have time to squeeze in so much writing and releasing of new books?

CM:  Outwardly, they don’t like me being an author, but I think inwardly, they’re a little proud sometimes. It is hard to balance, especially being so old – officially in May--65! But with the exception of the two still living with us, (I’ll be 70 when the baby graduates), the other dozen are growing up and busy getting their lives started. They come visit now and then, but it stays pretty quiet out here in the woods.

PT:  So tell us about your latest title.

CM:  I really enjoyed writing The Preacher’s Faith. I intended to write a novella, and maybe it is one at 47, 938 words—50K being a bona fide novel, I think—but it got longer as I went.

PT:  Let's take a sneak peek:

A black sedan rolled across the main entrance cattle guard. Faith sat a little taller in the saddle. Shame it wasn’t a new truck pulling a full Featherlight horse trailer, but hey, any new business would be a Godsend. Instead of coming to the barn though, the car stayed right and went up to the house. New nurse, maybe?
Whatever. The gelding needed at least another fifteen minutes. She worked him hard—several times around with a right front lead, turn around the other way on a left lead, backed him one complete lap—then took him into the wash stall. She’d never known a horse who loved baths better than the beautiful paint, and so intelligent, almost too smart for his britches. Definitely one she wouldn’t mind calling her own.
Halfway to having him brushed out, the barn’s main-door opened.
“Miss Johnson?”
She looked over the gelding’s back. The form of a man stood in the doorway silhouetted by the late afternoon sun. Tall with broad shoulders, he filled the opening. She couldn’t see if he looked like money or not, but hey, even poor guys needed their horses trained. “Yessiree, that’d be me. How can I help you?”
“I came about the position.”
“You’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not hiring.”
The guy stepped in and closed the door, his face still dark and undistinguishable. “That isn’t what your Aunt Iris said.”
“Bless Auntie’s heart, I don’t know what she’s thinking, but she’s just wrong. I’m not hiring. Sorry you came all this way for nothing.”
Her eyes started adjusting, and the man, maybe a few years older than her, came into view. A sort of good-looking type in a townie kind of way, but… “Maybe you need to come tell her yourself, Miss Johnson.”
Oh no, the place was a wreck. Faith needed to get in the house and stop the old dear. “Auntie’s here?” The perfectionist would have herself a heart attack for sure.
“Yes, ma’am. She rode out with me.” A sly grin etched the man’s face.

PT:  Fabulous!  Absolutely fabulous! I know our readers can't wait to snuggle up in the loft with that little jewel! (Caryl tosses her silver mane and prances on anxious toes.)

CM:  Thank you again for inviting me to the Diamond Mine! I thoroughly enjoyed visitin’ and will be looking forward to sending a book to your winner this week! 

PT:  Hey! Waitoh, never mind.  She's off galloping after the next novel. Wow, she's amazing! But worry not, my dear readers.  You can catch up with her on these websites:

All Books   -        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsAmazonPage
The Preacher’s Faith      http://tinyurl.com/PreachersFaith
Website       -        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com    
                                     (All First Chapters are offered here)
                                     (Get FREE books for subscribing!)
Blog            -        http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com
GoodReads -        http://tinyurl.com/GoodReadsCaryl
Google+       -        http://tinyurl.com/CarylsGooglePlus
Twitter        -        http://www.twitter.com/CarylMcAdoo
Pinterest     -        http://www.pinterest.com/CarylMcAdoo

PT:  (Hollering) Thanks for joining us Caryl McAdoo!

Bio: With sixteen titles released by six publishers, Simon & Schuster’s hybrid author Caryl McAdoo is excited about her newest Biblical fiction, volume two of The Generations series, THEN THE DELUGE COMES. The novelist also edits, paints, and writes new songs. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes the books will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to all their readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State. 

You, yes, YOU can win one of Caryl's novels! Simply leave a comment below to be entered!!! DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT!!!! Lol.  And as always, thanks for stopping by at the Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction!!! Announcer out.  Load up the trailer.  J


Marianne Barkman said...

I. Love. Your. Blog! I just signed up to flow you, and find your voice inspiring! The post is great. Thanks for the chance to win one of Carol's books

Erin Unger said...

That would be amazing to be able to write that prolifically. Congratulations on all of the books coming out, Caryl. Nice interview.

Peggy Trotter said...

Thanks, Marianne! Isn't Caryl great! Loved having her. Yes, Erin, wouldn't it be nice to churn out 10 books a year! Yowza, I would LOVE that! (Plus editing, plus promoting, conferences, etc. LOL) Thanks, Ladies!!!

Renee Blare said...

Hi Marianne, welcome to the Diamond Mine. Thanks for stopping by! :) Isn't Caryl great?

Holly Michael said...

LOVE Caryl McAdoo! She's an outstanding author and I'm blessed to call her a dear friend and sister in Christ. She's amazing!

Caryl McAdoo said...

I know not what I was doing on February 18th or 20th. It's actually difficult keeping track of my todays, so I let bygone ones fade, but I got some grand advice - to put all the blog interviews' URLs on one page at your website and your friends and readers can click and go see any of them at will! SO, I started gathering the 2015 Blog URLS and here I am!

What a F*U*N post, Peggy! I love it! :) Erin, the most of the ten were already written--well Jan Feb Mar April May and July were complete manuscripts when I started - written in the two years it took SImon and Schuster to get VOW UNBROKEN - first book in the historical series. And Aug, Sept, and Oct are started. Not a word written on November yet, but I've got June off :) tee hee hee ALL God willing, of course, but I believe 'twas He told me to go for it :)

And absolutely Peggy! Editing and covers and marketing...now that keeps me plenty busy :) Here I am in April tomorrow and May's book is almost ready! Hey, I'd love yo come back any time! :) Love and hugs and Blessings to all!