Carole Brown


Please join me in welcoming back author, Carole Brown. Welcome, Carole, I’m honored to feature you on my website again!

Carole, to start off, please tell us about your latest book, With Music in Their Hearts.

Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.

He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.

While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is.

As Tyrell works to keep his double life a secret and locate the traitor, he refuses to believe that Emma Jaine could be involved even when he sees a red-haired woman in the arms of another man. Could the handsome and svelte banker who’s also determined to win Emma Jaine’s hand for marriage, be the dangerous man he’s looking for? Is the trouble-making renter who hassles Emma Jaine serving as a flunky? Worse, is Papa Rayner so worried about his finances and keeping his girls in the style they’re used to, that he’ll stoop to espionage?

Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?

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How does this book relate to your love for God? What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

Letting God lead your life. That’s the theme. Both Emma Jaine Rayner and Tyrell Walker have desires for their lives but learn that God does know best. I had to learn that lesson early in life and continue to realize how true it is.

If I can help others see the importance of trusting God for our lives, then it’s well worth writing this book. It’s a hard thing to do at times, but it’s also always the BEST thing. When life is sailing along smoothly, it’s easy to believe it, but when faced with trials and temptations, hurts and problems, we humans tend to forget God is still there, and he will not lead us where he won’t go. He knows the particular path that is right for us, and we’d do well to remember that!

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this novel?
Two people were important to me while writing this book:

  • The man who gave me the idea for the plot. He’d written a small account of a man who served as a civilian spy. It was hinted--not by him--that he was that spy, but he never confirmed it. The thought made for a great plot in With Music in Their Hearts
  • My mother lived during the 1940 years. I’ve always admired her for so much love she has shown. I enjoyed the tales she told and the pictures I’ve seen and wanted this novel to be dedicated to her as a token of my love to her.

What did you enjoy most about writing With Music in Their Hearts? Least?

I enjoyed the whole bit of it. Sometimes there are some novels where you run into tough chapters, but this was an entirely enjoyable book to author. No “least” about it! I loved researching more about WWII and the fashions and songs thru this time. Swoon material! Lol

Carole, give us a fun fact, or a few, about your book or series.

  • I didn’t realize till the end that my co-protagonist, Tyrell Walker, played the piano. That was a surprise even to me but it made for a very sweet ending.
  • Emma Jaine could be quite bossy at times, and I should have seen that one coming.
  • Ben Harding, Tyrell’s FBI cousin, keeps prodding me to do a novel on him. He hasn’t convinced me yet, but he makes some valid points why I should.

Do you have a Scripture you stand on that makes you know like you know that you are called to be a writer?

No, not really. I’ve always--since grade school--felt I was a writer. It was just a matter of acting on it.

Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of both? Summarize your writing process.

Idea, develop pre-writing plot, develop first chapter, delve deeper into plot actions/events, begin writing, use critique partners to deepen the writing, change and/or develop the plot more as I write, finish novel, critiques, edit numerous times. Submit.

That’s a super vague writing plan, but similar to the way I write.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?

I especially enjoy many of the classical writers and some of those I read growing up. I know by today’s standards, their writing might not be considered “good” writing, but they still helped develop a love for books in me. Mark Twain, Jannette Oake, Emily Loring, Grace L. Hill, Lillian Jackson Braun, Jack London, Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Gilman, Victoria Holt, Louis LaMour, Catherine Marshall, and many, many more.

I know you’re working on multiple projects, but which one will be releasing next?

It should be Bat Crazy, the second book in my Denton and Alex Davies mystery series later this spring. Hopefully, the second book in my Spy series will be out next winter.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it a success?
This question makes me happy. Two things!

  • Read and review are so very important to an author. A pure gold gift!
  • Refer my books to others by word, sharing on social media outlets and asking for it in libraries!

Carole, thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website and tell us about your new novel. It’s been a pleasure having you, and I’ll be sure to have you again in the future.

Thank YOU. I always enjoy visiting with you and appreciate your support!

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