Carolyn Arnold, Author of “Eleven”

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Carolyn Arnold is the author of several novels in various genres. Her mystery novels ‘Ties That Bind’ and ‘Justified’ have reached best seller status on Amazon United States for Kindle. Her FBI thriller Eleven released November 2011 made it on The Miami Books Examiner’s ‘Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011’ list.

She was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She currently lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near the well-known Canadian center Toronto.

Today, Carolyn discusses her book, ‘ELEVEN’.

What is the main premise of this book?

Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he’ll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he’s become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

Who’s your favorite character in Eleven?

It is hard to pick. Brandon is eager to please his new boss Special Agent Jack Harper. He’s strong but possesses vulnerabilities – he wants to prove himself valuable to his team, and stand out. He has fears, such as claustrophobia, which make him human. He has a wife he loves, but from whom the years and career decisions have torn him from.

Jack Harper can be gruff around the edges. He’s tough on his team, but it’s only because he wants to make them the best at their job. He knows what they’re capable of even if they don’t. And even though he can come across uncaring and stern at times, he would die for his team. He’s almost like your grumpy grandfather. You can be upset with him at times, but you can’t help but love him.

What projects are you currently working on?

Currently, I’m writing the fourth in the Madison Knight series and I’m about to start edit rounds on the third in the series to get ready to send to an editor.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?


Do you ever write in your PJs?

All the time! Is there another way?

Who designed this cover?

My husband did actually. He’s a graphic designer by trade. He took the concept of my book and made it visual. He also offers this service to other indie and self-published authors. For more information and how to contact him, click here.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

I prefer to do my writing in the morning before the day job, and on weekends. There’s no limitation on weekends and I just let the words flow, and the keys fly.

My office is a nightmare…it’s one of those rooms you toss stuff in and close the door LOL So I do most of my writing at the dining table. There are a lot of windows in the room so it’s nice and bright.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –

Oh, book reviews. I think the author has to remember reviews are the expressed opinion of one individual. A bad review doesn’t mean you’re a bad author just as a great review doesn’t mean you’re the next best thing.

I’ve found in life there’s always a balance – a good day, a bad day, a good review, a bad review.

Of course, I would be remiss not to say I love it when I hear from a reader who loved a book of mine! It makes my day. And on the flipside a review which isn’t as glowing, can bring me down. But an author has to stop focusing on the reviews and focus on what they love to do – write. Write for themselves and write for those who love their work.

Think of this way too: you don’t love every book you read so you can’t expect everyone will love yours. If you can accept this, you’ll have a realistic view on reviews.

What’s your bucket vacation?

Has to be Australia! I don’t know. I hate planes and this would be the furthest point for me!

And I don’t want to go to live it up in a resort either (although I definitely loved being pampered so go figure and hate camping). I want to be put to work on the outback, which is very ironic because I HATE spiders (they have HUGE ones there). I tell my husband this would be the only place I’d ever consider facing this fear in the face.

Your favorite quote –

Dream big, or don’t bother.

If you were to attend a St. Patrick’s Day Party, which one thing would you never leave behind and why?

A Leprechaun – he would bring me luck anywhere I went.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Amazon Author Page