It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for another Author Influences and this week I’m delighted to welcome Carol Warham. Carol’s debut novel Resolutions is out now and I will tell you more about it a little bit later.
Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
My first love as a child was Enid Blyton. I never read The Famous Five, I preferred The Secret Seven. As I grew older I loved all her school books – Mallory Towers, Naughtiest Girl and St Clares. I was lucky enough to go to a school which encouraged reading and gave us reading lists for the school holidays. One memorable author, from these lists, that I grew to enjoy, was John Buchan.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
I was reasonably good at English. I was never a child that ‘stood out’ in any subject. However I had an excellent teacher for English and Literature, and I learned a lot from her and a love of classic authors such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
History is my first love, both fiction and non-fiction. This has not had an impact on my writing so far. However my second novel will feature some historical links. I do have an idea for an historical novel, which is a constant itch – I will have to scratch it one day!
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
I would love to write a paranormal or a fantasy novel. I enjoy reading this genre and watching these type of films. It would be wonderful to create your own world and settings, however, I’m not sure I have the imagination to do it.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
I think one of the authors which I would love to emulate is Dorothy Dunnett. I love her Lymond series. When I get stuck, these are the books I turn to. I also have a friend, Paula Martin, who is a great writer, and has a number of published books. She has encouraged me every inch of the way.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
I buy all of Paula’s books as soon as they are released. There are a number of authors that I enjoy and wait for their latest offering. At the moment I’m waiting (and have been for some years!) for the latest book from Hilary Mantel, on the Thomas Cromwell trilogy.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
Dorothy Dunnett has always made me feel like that when reading her books. The intricacy of her plots and the depths of her characters are amazing. If I could have a tiny fraction of her genius, in my writing, I would be thrilled.
Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
Not really. I have used my dog’s names in the story and I have a character mentioned, who lives in Houston, Texas, which is where my brother lives. These were put in for my own enjoyment.
A huge thank you, Carol, for taking part.
Thank you very much for the invitation. I’ve enjoyed coming along and, particularly, discussing my favourite authors.
Carol’s debut novel, Resolutions, is out now. Here’s what it’s about:
A few days before the New Year, Carly Mitchell returns home to the small town on the Yorkshire moors. Her intention for the short visit is to make her apologies and offer an explanation for her action. A year earlier, she fled, leaving her bridegroom and friends bewildered.
She’s met with mixed reactions, ranging from curiosity to open hostility. However, when an emergency arises, Carly agrees to change her plans and stay a little longer. Falling in love with the new local doctor, Ben Thornton, was not part of her original plan either. Especially when it appears his past is shrouded in mystery.
Complications and tensions increase during the town’s New Year celebrations and she begins to doubt whether she has done the right thing by coming home.
Can she find the resolution she needs to overcome the challenges facing her, or will she run away again?
About the Author
Writing has been Carol’s love since childhood. She started by making small comics for her dolls, progressed to training as a journalist for a short while. Once the family had grown up she settled down to writing and having published short stories, poems and holiday articles.
In recent years she has become a judge in the short story section for the HysteriaUK competition and also for the RNA’s romance novel of the year.
Earlier this year, she represented her book group on BBC Radio Leeds, talking about books and the work on her novel.
Carol lives in Yorkshire, surrounded by some beautiful countryside, which is ideal for her other passion of walking, often with a dog called Sam. This lovely area is the location for her first novel, Resolutions.