After Dark: When and why did you begin writing?
Carol: I became interested in writing during high school, my teen years were difficult and I used writing as a form of escapism. It helped me cope with my problems. I loved writing so much that I decided this is what I wanted to do with my life. After graduating college in 2008, I began writing my first book Going Home Again, and it was published in February 2010.
After Dark: What inspired this story?
Carol: Soap operas inspired me to write this book series. I'm a fan of the daytime shows, and I thought it'd be fun to write a literary version of a soap opera with different characters and multiple storylines of romance and drama.
After Dark: Do you have a favorite character?
Carol: It's hard to choose because the characters have different personalities, but a few of my favorites are Charlotte, Alicia, Jack, and Wayne.
After Dark: Which of your characters are you most like?
Carol: I'd say I'm like Alicia because we have a mixture of tomboy/girly-girl personalities, and we're also dreamers looking to get the most out of life. I also can relate to Wayne because we've both been bullied throughout our lives and have had our feelings hurt, but now we're both finding our strength and not letting anybody push us around anymore.
After Dark: Which book(s) have most influenced your life and/or writing career?
Carol: One of the first romance books I read was Keeping Faith by Janice MacDonald and it helped inspire me to write for the romance genre.
After Dark: Is there an underlying message in your story?
Carol: There are a couple of messages in my books. One is the importance of family and people who really love you and people you can trust. Another message I convey in the books is finding out who you really are and staying true to yourself.
After Dark: Can you share a little bit about your next project with us?
Carol: I'm currently working on volume 4 of Westmore. In this book unanswered questions from the previous volumes are answered, including a huge secret in the Braxton family.