Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
CAROLYN BOWEN is a mystery author who calls on her life escapades and an adventurous, imaginative spirit to inspire and entertain. Bowen uses travel as a muse to explore cultures and dialogue to bring her stories to life. Her writing credits include Cross-Ties, a romantic adventure; The Long Road Home, a contemporary crime fiction mystery; The Sydney Jones Series Mystery Thrillers; Book 1: Primed For Revenge, and Book 2: Chance – A Novel.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Chance – A Novel is my latest mystery-thriller and is now available for preorder. The official release date is November 5, 2019. This novel is book 2 in the Sydney Jones Series (trilogy). Chance – A Novel picks up where Primed For Revenge ended with Sydney Jones suspenseful life.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing habits center around early morning coffee before sunrise.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Ernest Hemingway is the most influential author I’ve read. He was colorful, adventurous, and insightful.
What are you working on now?
The Sydney Jones Series – Book 3 *Trilogy
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My method of promoting books is always under review for what’s working or not. Just say constant-never-ending change is my go-to including updates to my website and social media accounts. I continue using results-driven social sites, book promoters and publicist.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read and write – Never give up!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To quote Ernest Hemingway: “Never compete with living writers. You don’t know whether they’re good or not. Compete with the dead ones you know are good. Then when you can pass them up you know you’re going good. You should have read all the good stuff so that you know what has been done because if you have a story like one somebody else has written, yours isn’t any good unless you can write a better one.”
What are you reading now?
(Again) – White Orchid by Henrietta Mason
What’s next for you as a writer?
Sydney Jones Series Book 3
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?
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
White Orchid – Henrietta Mason
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Fixer – Joseph Finder