I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Nancy Cole Silverman and her new release Reason To Doubt. This is the fifth book in her A Carol Childs Mysteries Series.
Reason To Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
5th in Series
Henery Press (November 6, 2018)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Paperback: 256 pages
Digital ASIN: B07G9MCWWZ
Carol Childs is in the middle of one of the biggest stories of her life. Her daughter Cate has returned from college with a boyfriend in tow. A photographer who police suspect to be The Model Slayer, responsible for the murder of three young women.
Not since the Hillside Strangler has Los Angeles been so on edge.
And when the police arrest Cate’s boyfriend, Carol’s personal life and professional worlds collide. A tattooed cocktail waitress calls the radio station and asks to speak with Carol off the record. She knows the true identity of the real Model Slayer because she says she killed him.
Tensions mount as the clock ticks. The police are convinced they have the right man. Mother and daughter aren’t talking. Carol can’t reveal to investigators all she knows, and unless Carol can find the real killer before the trial begins, an innocent man may spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.
Nancy Cole Silverman credits her twenty-five years in radio for helping her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001, Silverman retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. In 2014, Silverman signed with Henery Press for her new mystery series, The Carol Childs’ Mysteries. The first of the series, Shadow of Doubt, debuted in December 2014 and the second, Beyond a Doubt, was July 2015. The third, Without A Doubt, was released May 24, 2016. Room for Doubt was released on July 18, 2017, Reason to Doubt hits stores November 6. For more information visit www.nancycolesilverman.com
When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
I’m not certain one decides one will be an author. Rather I think stories pick the writer and if we’re receptive things work out, books get written and, if we’re lucky, we get published and somewhere along the way we start to think of ourselves as writers. Or maybe slaves to the craft that has seduced us.
For me, I knew from the age if seven I wanted to write. I think there is something magical about that age. It was then I knew I was most at home by myself with my ideas and a blank piece of paper in front of me. The possibilities were endless. I could go anywhere. Be anybody and invent so many interesting worlds and people.
With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
I like to think it’s my characters and the settings. The Carol Childs Mysteries take place inside a radio station. I worked in talk radio for twenty-five years, and the idea of listening and talking intimately with someone you cannot see and wouldn’t recognize if you met them in person is full of intrigue. Ob more than one occasion I heard a listener say to the on-air host, “I wouldn’t tell the cops, but I’d tell you…” It made me think, radio of all mediums is perfect for mystery. As for Carol, she’s witty, smart and conflicted. A single, 39-year-old working mom, with a twenty-something-year-old, whizkid for a boss who refers to her as the Worlds Oldest Cub Reporter.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
More and more I work from an outline. It helps with deadlines looming to know where I’m going.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
I confess I do peak at reviews, but I never respond to them. As for doing anything to get them? No. I’m always amazed when they come in, and very appreciative.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Worry less about what others think and more about what you think.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
I do think a good book cover helps to sell books, and I’ve been very appreciative of the covers my publisher does for me.
Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?
Carol, my protagonist, wants very much to prove herself worthy of her new position with the radio station as an investigative reporter. This is a midlife career change for her, and her money and reputation are on the line. Not helping her, or should I say, skeptical of her abilities is her boss, Tyler Hunt, who would have preferred to have a younger, less middle-aged mom-type for the role. Conflicts arise and Carol, despite the poor assignments Tyler gives her, proves her nose for news is exactly what Tyler needs to keep the station and the newsroom competitive in the market.
What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?
Aside from learning what works best for me when it comes to the craft of writing, I’ve also learned writing is like peeling an onion, there is always another layer beneath. So much of writing is about uncovering things about yourself and those around you and how they affect you. Learning how important that dynamic is and how to best bring it to life on the page can be both challenging and rewarding.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Full-time. I write three to four, sometimes five or six hours a day. And even when in not writing in running the story in the B-reel in the back of my mind.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I’m working on a new series I hope will be out next year. Aside from that I’m always working short stories. Remember that comment I made about writers being slaves to our craft? That’s the way it works. Writers write. And then write some more.
What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?
Plowing through when things aren’t mixing. Often I’ve got a good idea for a climax scene and an ending and trying to find the bridge to bring them together logically can be a brain teaser.
What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I like a variety of books from non-fiction to fiction. But for fiction I like Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, Michael Connelly…the list goes in.
What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
I can think of more things I’d like for them not to know about me, But if there is one thing I’d like to share it would be to slow down and enjoy the journey. All the money in the world won’t buy back tomorrow.
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
I’d like to thank them.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
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