Welcome to Writing for Christ Carol Cox, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
One of my dreams growing up was to play the piano and guitar. Instead, I wound up taking accordion lessons for ten years. Ten long years. I don’t take it out of the case very often these days, but at one time I played a mean rendition of “Lady of Spain.”
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
My reading covers a wide range of genres. One of my favorites is historical mystery/suspense. I love the nostalgia of old-time settings combined with the fun of solving a mystery. Books like that can be hard to find, though . . . maybe that’s why I gravitated toward writing them!
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
In the early days of my career, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to fix my characters’ problems so they could reach their goals. Then a teacher at a writing conference told me I should focusharder for my characters, not easier. That was a tricky concept to grasp at first, but once it “clicked” in my mind, what a difference it made! My characters still get their happy endings, but there are a lot more problems, a lot more tension—and a much more interesting story—along the way.
5 things you love?
Time spent at the beach, walking along the sand and watching the waves roll in. If a beach isn’t available, I’ll take a lake . . . or even a river. Remember, I live in Arizona, and we don’t have an abundance of water here!
True friends who accept me just the way I am. Relationships like that are rare, and they’re something I treasure.
Walking (even it isn’t along a beach). My family recently visited Alaska. The scenery was incredible, but one of the things I enjoyed most was the fact that we walked nearly 35 miles that week. Instead of being exhausted by all that activity, I felt recharged, energized, and ready to go!
Chocolate, which should be classified as a food group unto itself. And if I do enough walking, it helps to cancel out some of those calories. See how it all fits together? ;-)
Teaching music in our church’s Vacation Bible School. When I inherited the job a few years ago, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to work out, since there’s a lot of choreography involved. As it turns out, I love doing it! It’s one time when releasing my “inner child” is perfectly okay!
What novel have you recently read that has stood out to you that both teens and adults will find enjoyment in?
My whole family loved Rooms by James Rubart. After reading it, we talked about it for weeks on end. Not only did the story carry me away and keep me turning pages at a breathless pace, but it changed the way I look at my life and being the temple of God’s Holy Spirit.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
I love to connect with readers online! Visit my website at: www.AuthorCarolCox.com to learn more about me and my books.
Then there’s my Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/carol.cox
I also blog at Writes of Passage on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month: http://www.writespassage.blogspot.com/
I’m just getting started with Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/authorcarolcox/ I’m still trying to learn my way around all those fun boards, so if anyone would like to share helpful hints, I’d love to hear them!
Thank you for being with us today!
Thank you for inviting me to stop by, Casey! It’s been a pleasure to get to spend time here and get to know you better!
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