Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gritty, Realistic Suspense and Tender Romance Mixed with God's Redeeming Grace: The Perfect Recipe for a Great Read

Anyone who knows me well knows that my favorite genre is inspirational romantic suspense. I often lose myself in the thrill of the action, searching the clues to find the perpetrator, and watching as a tender romance develops in the midst of all of the chaos. Add in the messages God inspires the author to place throughout the book on topics such as His redemptive grace or forgiveness, and which He uses to touch my heart, and you have all of the components I anticipate in a great read. Today's author weaves these components into her stories and creates amazing books that keep me riveted to the very end. It is my privilege to introduce you to one of my favorite Christian authors. Please welcome my friend Robin Caroll! 

Who is Robin Caroll?  “I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Born and raised in Louisiana, I’m a southerner through and through. My passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. My mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in me and my sisters the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects I’ve tried to weave into each of my novels.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? What’s free time? LOL I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and watching movies.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you identify with the most and why? Hmmm…that’s hard. A little bit of me has snuck into each of my characters.

Where do you get the ideas for your novels? Everywhere….news, television, even snippets of conversation eavesdropped on a recent flight. lol

What are the major themes of your newest release? Forgiveness.

What kind of research did you have to do for the book? I did a lot of research in the legal system and prison systems. Sentencing guidelines. 

What is your newest release, To Write a Wrong? In Angola State Penitentiary, a man is serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Riley Baxter is an eager reporter desperate for a story to make a name for herself. When she stumbles upon the daughter of the incarcerated man, Riley sees a little too much of herself in the teen, and vows to help prove her father’s innocence.

At the same time, Hayden Simpson has his hands full with keeping his little sister in line, worrying about his job as Police Commissioner, and dealing with his past emotional baggage. The last thing he needs is someone blowing the lid off his emotional bucket. But when Riley Baxter storms into his life, struggling to understand why God would let bad things happen to good people, Hayden has no choice but to follow his heart.

Now, Riley and Hayden must work together to uncover the truth of the past . . . before someone shuts Riley up for good.

Who is your favorite author and why? Stephen King because the way he creates characters is nothing short of brilliant.

How did you get involved in writing? I’ve always written…in journals, short stories, poems….even as a child.

What do you enjoy most and least about the writing process? Most is the brainstorming process…I LOVE that part. Least? Hmmm….not having control over how to get the book into readers’ hands.

What advice would you offer an aspiring author? Study, learn, attend conferences and don’t give up!

What story ideas would you like to explore in the future? I’m very excited about broadening my genre to include young adult mysteries. Stay tuned for info about that!

What other projects are you currently working on? I’m writing a book for a Guidepost series….my book will be the second in the series, and I’m having a great time working on it.

What has God been teaching you lately?  That despite my efforts, I am NOT in control.

Where can readers learn more about you and your books? Website:  Blog:  Facebook: and my author page on Facebook: and Twitter:

Thank you for visiting with us today, Robin. If you haven't yet read one of Robin's books, I strongly encourage you to. While I love having her books on my home bookshelf, you can also sample her writing by checking one of her books out from your local library. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. May God bless each of you richly. 

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