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Today’s author interview spotlights Carol Marvell, Author of the Action/Adventure Novel, Slave Trader: In the Name of Freedom.
WCP: What was your inspiration for Slave Trader?
Slave Trader has a long story behind it, in fact, twenty five years. Yes, that was when I first put pen to paper, and it was only because I was inspired to create my own Aussie heroine. Back then, there were very few around, both in books or movies. I’ve always been a big fan of action movies so this may have had something to do with it as well. I developed the story purely from fiction and never envisaged the modern slave trade to be as powerful as it is today.
WCP: Do you have any other genre you’d like to try your hand at?
Children’s books have held a small interest of mine. I wrote and illustrated a children’s picture book some years back, and used to read it to my kids when they were little. I’ve also played around with a story based around my son and his love for cows. Maybe I’ll get serious about it one day.
WCP: Do you have any favorite authors in the Action/Adventure Genre? Or ones that have influenced you more than others?
Matthew Reilly would be at the top of the list. I love the way he thinks big when it comes to plots and action, pitting his main characters against not one enemy but usually a whole army. His stories are well out of the square, leading the reader far beyond imagination. Peter O’Donnell with the Modesty Blaise series was an all time favorite of mine, particularly through my teenage years. I still have every book.
WCP: Is there anything you would like the readers to take away from the story?
Hopefully the pleasure of enjoying it, as well as a sense of connecting with my main characters – being worried for them through the bad times and sighing relief through the good. I can never get my characters out of my head so I’m foreseeing my readers might have the same reaction.
WCP: Do you have anything else in the works?
I have just signed a contract with WCP for my second novel,Providence Road– In the Name of Freedom, the sequel to Slave Trader. I am also working on my third novel that sees Detective Billie McCoy in another quest with new bad guys to take on.
WCP: Now for some fun questions: What about writing life/being an author took you by surprise?
The fact I have made it this far. My writing began as a hobby. I enjoyed creating characters and stories with no intention of having any of it published. Had anyone asked me when I finished school about becoming an author, I would have laughed in their face. I wasn’t all that interested in English at school so I’m not sure what happened. Once I did decide to take the plunge into the public world, that’s when the real legwork hit. I couldn’t believe how hard it was to find a publisher. I owe Wild Child a huge thank you.
WCP: If you could sit down and have dinner with anyone, living or dead, what would it be and what would you eat?
Umm, I’d love to get to know Shania Twain. She is so versatile in her music. I love the way she incorporates her lyrics around every day events and issues. Maybe John Mellencamp could join us. He writes with a heartfelt message in his songs and carries it on a good rock beat. As a bass player, I love jamming on his songs. I’m not sure what they would eat but I’d choose any dish with lamb in it.
WCP: Any last words? Um, for the interview, that is. (grin)
Love the Wild Child!