From the outside, Ruth seems to have it all: a high-powered corporate career, happy marriage and family. But her inner Peace Corps Volunteer is hollering to be let out, and when she bumps into her former hut-mate, her internal tug of war gathers steam. Has she lost the best part of herself in the quest to be perfect?
About Face is a coming-of-middle-age novel that playfully walks the line between humor and wisdom.
Targeted Age Group:: 30+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I once had a forehead-slapping moment in which I accomplished something, professionally, that I always thought I’d wanted but realized almost instantly that I didn’t want after all. While the emotional backlash wasn’t pleasant, I observed that it was an interesting sensation and thought I’d write about it some day. Many years later, I used it as the germ of my idea for About Face. I created a plot and characters to go around it.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters are always an amalgam of people I’ve know — or, rather, characteristics of various people — and my imagination.
About the Author:
Carole Howard has published short fiction, personal essays, a walking guide to Paris, and two novels.
DEADLY ADAGIO is a murder mystery, set in West Africa, with a musical undertone. The protagonist chafes at being the wife of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. When her friend is murdered, everyone tells her not to get involved in the investigation because it might put her in harm’s way. But she does. And it does.
ABOUT FACE, her first novel, is a coming-of-middle-age story. The protagonist’s “contemporary marketing executive” self is playing tug-of-war with her “former-Peace-Corps-volunteer” self, while she’s in a power struggle with her new boss as well as her disobedient hot-flashing body.
Carole has traveled extensively, visiting and/or volunteering in about 50 countries, including 15 in Africa. Her African experiences inform both novels.
Carole lives in New York State’s beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley with her husband. Happily, her daughter (another wanderluster), son-in-law, and grandchildren live nearby.
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