Interview with Neven Carr

Why do you write?
It’s something I have always done and have always loved doing. I began my first book at ten years old but never completed it. I turned to short stories, songs and poems for a while, then found my way back to novels.
I find writing, particularly the creating process, very cathartic, energising. Better than spending money on therapy! Lol! I love existing in my own world for a while, toying with character’s lives.
What genre are your books and what draws you to this genre?

It’s what I love to read. I also love solving puzzles, analyzing clues. It’s been fun to actually write my own books creating such puzzles and clues.
What have you written?
I have written a series of five novels called ‘The Araneya Mystery Series’. The first novel, ‘Forgotten’ has just been published. Am so excited and a tad nervous at the same time!
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I began writing part-time as I was still teaching. I have now given up 'work' and devote my time to writing my novels full-time. I’m very fortunate to be able to do that.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?
It’s a weird thing. I just start with an idea and it seems to take on a life of its own… it’s very exciting as some days I have no idea where it’s going to take me.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love all my characters; I feel a personal connection to all of them. However, I do have a soft spot for Ethan. He is such a loveable, fun guy and has such a crazy sense of humour… I call them “Ethan-isms.” He’s also a bit of a womanizer but a respectful one. E.g.. "Gave up one hot, one very exclusive chick tonight.” Ethan slowly shook his wrist and whistled. “Francesca. Her name alone brings unhealthy pictures.”
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read, read, read every day! Write, write, write every day! Develop a routine and stick with it. Put some distance between the writing and editing process.
Which writers inspire you?
Definitely Stephen King. And I don’t mean because he writes mainly horror stories. [I use to read them when I was younger]. It is his incredible ability to make his characters so real, so alive. You want to cry with them, laugh with them, feel their fear. He’s amazing.
Thus, I have tried to make all of my characters different, with different quirks, ones that readers can identify with. I hope I have succeeded.
What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
To accept criticisms as a positive – it took me a while but once I did, it became my strongest writing tool.
Published 2017-05-17.
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Books by This Author

Not Forgiven
Series: Araneya Mystery, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,960. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Claudia Cabriati is going back. Back to Araneya, a place that harbours a shocking secret. What really took place at Araneya all those years ago? As Claudia battles for answers, she begins questioning her relationship with Saul Reardon, the man helping her. With a fresh group of hostile players on their heels, time is paramount. Will Claudia finally remember? More importantly… … will she want to?
Series: Araneya Mystery, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 108,810. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Twenty-eight year old Claudia Cabriati has no memory of her life before the age of eight; not something she thought unusual, until a strangely familiar woman possessing knowledge of that life, is killed in the grounds of Claudia’s home. With her trust challenged by those she loves, Claudia turns to the mysterious Saul Reardon. Together they embark on a dangerous journey in search of answers.