Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I retired from a career as a Computer Applications Analyst/Programmer.
I also have a lifetime experience playing guitar and bass in rock, country, and variety bar bands.
I am a lifelong reader of a wild variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction.
I have written several books, but I have published two of them so far.
The first is SPECULATIVE ENCOUNTERS: New Stories from the Slipstream.
Speculative fiction stories from C. L. Nichols In “Jump!” a lineman is transported to an alternate reality after a lightning strike, or is it only an hallucination? Someone awakens to find handwriting actually within his concrete bedroom floor in “The Silent Chatter.” A man’s wife is turned by a group of vampires; he follows and teams up with a female vampire to find them in “Till Death Do Us Part.” Other speculativve stories explore the unusual and bizarre environment of the slipstream. Added bonuses include selections from novels by C. L. Nichols for your enjoyment.
My second book is: MY GUITAR TUTOR Basics & Beyond. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BDK54KG
Learn the necessary skills to progress from beginner to intermediate player to advanced guitarist. Quickly become a competent rhythm or lead musician. Master the basics, then move beyond! Learn open and barre chords, progressions within a key, how to use a capo, how to transpose between keys and the other required knowledge necessary to play guitar. Then, move on to play lead guitar by mastering pentatonic/major/minor scales, modes, arpeggios, triads, etc. MY GUITAR TUTOR’S massive amount of information, charts and diagrams will speed your way to fun and profit. Have fun at home. Join or form a band. Realize your dream of becoming a true musician. Master the basics … then go beyond!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest is My Guitar Tutor, in which I draw on my life experiences as a guitar player in a number of bar bands.
Just published a few months earlier than the above, Speculative Encounters is inspired by my favorite genres of science fiction and horror.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
No, just try to produce something I like that I hope others will also enjoy.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
What are you working on now?
Two novels in progress:
REMNANTS — a post-apocalyptic, and
DEAD OF WINTER — a small-town horror.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Pinterest, Facebook, and my own website caryandcate.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Copy written on your worst days are not that much different from copy written on your best days — they just may require a little extra editing attention.
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
Continue writing on my in-progress novels.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
and short story collections from several prolific authors.