Interview With Author Carolyn Dismuke
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a California native that just self published my book Drink Your Words about the 25 months I lived in a different wine region of this big Golden State. I was a corporate city girl but the memoir is about how I transformed into a vineyard vagabond and appellation adventurist.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I earned a Level 3 Award in Wine from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, an international organization. After masting the classic European regions, I set out to learn more about my home state, experiencing the soils and climates first hand while interviewing some of the most creative characters that make the velvet nectar. My book Drink Your Words covers what was overlooked by the WSET and what you can learn beyond the classroom.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write in confined spaces. A library, a cabin in the woods with no internet or TV, even on the train. It works. I don’t know why.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Hemingway, Steinbeck, Stephen King, Angelou, and Robert Frost
What are you working on now?
Telling winemaking stories is fun. How people migrated to that career or were born into it is fascinating. Also, how winemakers cook with their wine is compelling because they are busy and certain not fancy yet they have sophisticated palates and unique techniques.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
HAH, if I knew that, my name would be as well known as Oprah or P!nk. I’m hoping this and my TikTok (#booktok) posts will reach savvy readers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do what you do best, using the help of others for the rest.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Let all you love drive you more than all you fear. Follow your passion despite your doubts.
What are you reading now?
Currently, I’m reading how to market books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Lots of fun ideas for my next book as I build a platform of savvy wine enthusiasts, road tripping mavericks, and adventure travel fans.
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?
Hmm, is there a book about How To Get Off A Desert Island?! Probably poetry really. The complete works of Shakespeare (dramas poetry and all) would keep my mind interested. But I’m always entertained by Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Steinbeck’s Travels With Charlie.
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