About Caroline Clemmons:
Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To make up for this tragic error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a small office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their rescued cats and dogs. The books she creates there have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won several awards. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest.
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What inspires you to write?
Inspiration comes from many directions: a news story, travel, an overheard conversation, an overactive imagination. I have so many ideas for new books that I'll have to live until I'm at least 200 to have time to write them.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I wrote longer books, I used a detailed plotting board outline. Now that I write shorter books, my outlines are shorter. I do as much research as possible before I start the book. Questions always pop during writing and I have to stop and find the answers. I first answer email then go to writing. After lunch I write until about half past six in the evening. Then, I watch television or read with my husband. At around ten pm, I go to my office and work on my book. When I write, I first reread the last few pages I had written before I start on that day's words. I try to write three thousand words a day. Life often interferes, however, in the form of family responsibilities.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to and talk to my characters. Often, I see and hear them in my head as a movie. Don't call the asylum–I know other authors who have this experience. This is why when I'm asked which actor/actress my characters resemble, I can't answer. They are totally from my imagination and don't resemble anyone. The exception is that the hero usually has the same features as my personal Hero with blue eyes, brown hair, and tall.
What advice would you give other writers?
Authors should never let anyone steal their dreams. Persevere while honing your craft. Don't try to follow trends but write what you like to read. Be true to yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I began with a big five NY publisher. I've also been with a small house. When friends urged me to try indie publishing, I was skeptical. However, indie has been my greatest success. In addition, I can write what I choose, when I choose without having to have whatever cliche trend is current. I'm am NOT disparaging those who choose traditional NY publishing. I am simply stating what has worked best for m.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
This is a question to which we all wish we knew the answer! Publishing changes almost daily. I believe indie publishing will flourish. How much is anyone's guess.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: historical western romance, contemporary western romance, time travel romance, mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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