In fact, about a week after interviewing her I was pleased to find a package from her in my mail box that included one of my all time favorite books 'A Dangerous Summer.'
Carolyn has been writing novels for nearly fifty years now and admitted to me during our interview that she "always struggle[s]. I cannot outline, so I have to write in faith that if I keep looking I will find the story. Every book is hard."
I loved this interview. It was a real treat being able to pick the brain of the author who so strongly impacted my love of the written word.
Here are some more highlights from our correspondence:
What is your favorite quote?Carolyn: From a hymn: "Work for the night is coming when man shall work no more."
Growing up as you did, during WW2, I’’m sure you were able to see first hand the power and influence words have upon a society at large, as well as on the smaller scales of community and family. I read in one article that this had a great affect on your education path. As a comparison, do you feel that our lives today are more or less influenced by the written word than they were in the ‘‘40’’s?Carolyn: I think we continue to be influenced by the written word though the medium of delivery - ebooks and the iPad - changes every day. However, there is also great impact from movies, films, TV and the Internet.
Did music play as much of a role during WW2 as words?Carolyn: Music was very important during WWII. Music spoke of parting, danger, sadness, love of country.
Does music play a role in your writing process?Carolyn: Occasionally. A particular scene will bring to mind a certain song. This is especially true in the ghost books because Bailey Ruth lived in the 20th century.
What types of music do you prefer?Carolyn: Latin music. Rock and roll. Cole Porter.
Have you ever had a book remind you of a song?Carolyn: A certain passage in Ghost in Trouble (out this fall) brought to mind Clair de Lune.
Is there anything that you would like to add or that you feel I didn’t touch enough upon?Carolyn: I am very grateful to the wonderful readers who share their lives with me by reading my books. They have made it possible for me to be a writer and that has brought me great happiness.
Author: Carolyn G. Hart
Books: Death on Demand, Ghost in Trouble, Dangerous Summer
Music: Cole Porter, Claire de Lune