Interview with Carol Kennedy

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cruising the inland waterways of the United Kingdom on our narrowboat
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading thriller/mystery books such as those by Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter.
That's not to say I don't enjoy romantic books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It used to be a Sony e-reader, but is now a kindle.
Describe your desk
Organised, but cluttered. I have reference books piled at the back of the desk and on a shelf above the desk. It's the bed next to the desk that is the problem, covered in all sorts of information I use when writing.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing earlier this year. I have always wanted to write books, but they never came to anything, probably because I hadn't found my genre. I finished my MA in English, which I'm proud to boast I passed with merit, and just started writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I read an article about paintings that were found in an abandoned house, that were found to be worth money. I wondered how they could have been found and whose house was it. I invented a French artist and looked into the work of different artists of the period.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is opening up a new avenue for publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the finished product. Having friends and family read the books and enjoy them.
What are you working on next?
It's early days, but it will probably be based on a private investigator and a kidnapping scenario.
What is your writing process?
I buy a small notebook for each book and write all my thoughts down in it. This enables me to start building characters, background stories, and scenarios. I often write memo's in it about looking at something in particular on the internet.

After a few weeks, I start to write. Not everything I write ends up in the book, but a starting point is needed. After the first twenty pages, I have more of an idea of where I'm going with the story. The first chapter is often replaced by another one.
Published 2017-11-17.
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Books by This Author

Ophelia's Flowers
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,070. Language: British English. Published: November 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Set on a canal system, a young couple are found dead at separate sites. DCI Anna Anderson and Dr Maisie Shaw, forensic pathologist set out to find who killed them? Full of family intrigue, this whodunit is full of twists and turns.
Conspiring Black Sheep
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,650. Language: British English. Published: November 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A young woman has woken up in hospital, after being found unconscious on a ski slope, not knowing that she is the rightful heir to the Finch Estate. As her memory returns, she investigates the death of her cousin, and finds out who is responsible for the death of her parents, aunt and uncle and her cousin.
The Legacy of Eugene Ingres
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,080. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Inspector Kevin Fenton is investigating the murder of a young woman and an older man found in storage units, owned by C Reynolds. ‚Äč While renovating the house that belonged to her great, great grandmother, Charley Reynolds finds paintings by Eugene Ingres, in packing crates, stored in the attic, which she later finds copies hanging in a country house. This novel is full of twists and turns.
Love Lies Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,380. Language: British English. Published: November 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jenny’s husband, Michael, is not who she thinks he is. Having disappeared from her life after two years of marriage, he stages a return a year later. Jenny discovers that she is the recipient of some of the missing treasures that disappeared after the downfall of the Russian Imperial Family, including a Faberge Egg, and her marriage is revealed as being based entirely on untruths.