I was born and raised in Northern Ireland, near Belfast. I emigrated to Canada in my mid 20’s and while there, started writing. My daytime job was as a medical secretary to various health care professionals, but my spare time was dedicated to my writing. I lived in Canada for 12 years and during that time had almost completed seven novels in a series. After living at home for a year, I moved to the United States and continued my career as a medical secretary. My writing was shelved for just a little while during my time in the States but, since my return to Northern Ireland upon my husband’s retirement six years ago, I have been able to resume my hobby and complete the seventh novel. I currently work full time with the Education Authority and dedicate as much time as possible to my family and my writing.
When did you first start writing?
My interest in writing started when I was a young girl going through English Language and English Literature classes in school. Although I was never one to enjoy poetry or the classics, I was always, even at an early age, intrigued by a good plot. My characters were dreamed up long before I had a solid storyline. I had always wanted to be a Police Officer but back in the late ‘70s, the Northern Ireland Police Service, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), now known as the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) had a height restriction of 5’4” for a policewoman. Unfortunately, I didn’t grow any taller than 5’2”. The older I became, the more disheartened I was at not being able to follow my childhood wishes of being a police officer and eventually I came up with the plan that if I couldn’t be one, then I could at least write about one. Or, in my case, I could write about two policemen and two policewomen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Newtownards and raised in Dundonald, near Belfast in Northern Ireland. I emigrated to Canada in my mid 20’s with my first husband and while there, started writing. I lived in Canada for 12 years and during that time had almost completed seven novels in a series. After living back in Northern Ireland for a year, I moved to the United States. My writing was shelved for just a little while during my time in the States but, since my return to Northern Ireland upon my second, current, and hopefully last husband’s retirement 6 years ago, I have been able to resume my writing and completed the seventh novel. I currently work full time with the Education Authority and dedicate as much time as possible to my family and my writing.
The Bathville Books series tells the story of two PSNI officers, Cathy Edwards and Krista Nolan paired with Detectives Paul Cameron and Dave Andrews in a special transfer program with the police department in the fictional city of Bathville, Massachusetts. Combining crime, police procedure and romance, it follows the relationships and adventures of this crime fighting team.
What would you do to keep your life safe and your wife and friends free from harm? What would you do to clear your name of a charge you didn’t commit? When all else seems hopeless, disaster strikes again.
Home is where the heart is and should be a warm, welcoming haven. When home becomes a dark place fraught with danger and murder it destroys the fairytale memories and anything familiar is forever tainted with blood.
This sequel to "Murder Is Just the Beginning" provides an easy read and will hopefully lead to a great series of crime thrillers by Carol.The four detectives are tested once again, through a chilling plot which highlights their vulnerability yet focuses on the bonds of their deep friendships. The element of mystery surrounding the background of the main characters also intrigues the reader.
Hard to believe "Murder Is Just the Beginning" is her first book! Action and romance packed novel about the adventures of 2 female detectives from the Northern Ireland police department that are sent to the United States to work with 2 male detectives in a police department in Massachusetts. A very enjoyable story with great character development. A fast, easy read for anyone!