Thursday, March 21, 2013

Interview with Carol Marvell

Welcome, Carol Marvell! 

      1.    For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

      (CM) Love to, Kameron. I live in Queensland, Australia and work in a primary school looking after the library (tough job). I have been married for twenty- seven years and have three beautiful children. I have travelled extensively   throughout the world and hope to keep doing so. There are still a lot of places I’d love to visit. My other passion is music. I play bass guitar in a country rock band with my husband and two other guys. I’m also a member of a symphony   orchestra on electric bass (I’m a bit of a ring in). We perform at retirement villages and small towns, all which is voluntary.

My writing began some thirty years ago. At the time, there weren’t many heroines around, in books or movies, which lead me to create my own – Detective Billie McCoy. I wrote a series of books based around Billie and my other main characters, all which flowed on from the other. My writing was purely for pleasure with no intentions of publishing any of my stories. This was before computers, believe it or not. When I finally bought my first computer some years later, I typed up and edited my very basic notes for Slave Trader. My daughter got hold of it after I printed it and liked it so much, talked me into publishing it. It’s been a wide learning curve but I’ve enjoyed it all the way.

      2.    All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.

(CM) I’ve been quite lucky and haven’t had too many blocks. My ideas seem to flow and I just go with it. There have been times where I’ve led Billie into some pretty tight situations and then thought, how do I get her out? The best thing I’ve found is to leave it and think about it for a while. It might be a matter of hours or sometimes a day, or even longer. When I come back to it, I find I am able to rewrite it with a clearer mind  and continue on.
I think having so many books on the go at once also helps me avoid the dreaded ‘block’. I wrote them quite quickly, in basic note form, so they all need a lot of polishing. I’ll edit one book and then go on to the next. By the    time I get back to the first one, it’s like reading a new story. By using this method, my stories don’t become stale or bog me down.

      3.     Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?

(CM) If only there were more hours in the day. Although I’m not a romance writer, the busted bubble is still the same. I do have a day job so that takes up a lot of my time. The up side to that is, I work in a library in a primary school so I still get to be around books, and savor the smell of new ones. My music is a big part of my life and I have a lot of fun in the band playing at gigs on weekends. The orchestra also brings me pleasure, even though it is completely different to the band. It’s nice to see the smiles on our audience, which is mostly elderly retirees who don’t get out much, when the big group performs. I go fishing and camping with my family whenever possible and I spend as much time as I can in my garden.

      4.     I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

(CM) They do now. When I started writing, I kept it to myself for many years. I was never a big writer at school so no one expected me to take it up afterwards. My friends and family were all surprised, particularly my mother. She, and everyone else,  have since read Slave Trader and all enjoyed it.
I think another reason I kept it a secret was because of its genre and the era in which I wrote it. With a kick-arse female protagonist taking on slave traders, something not heard of back then, I wasn’t sure if readers would like it, which is why I wrote strictly for my own pleasure. I guess I didn’t have the confidence to share it with anyone, not until my daughter lifted my self- assurance with her enthusiasm.

      5.     Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.

(CM) Unfortunately I don’t get a lot of time to read these days, at least not as much as I would like. Matthew Reilly is one of my top authors. I have been a fan of Peter O’Donnell and J T Edson since my teenage days (I still have every book). I have enjoyed some of Dan Brown’s books. Really, I’m happy to read books from new authors, which I have been doing, and I must say, I’ve enjoyed them as much as well known authors.

     6.     If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

(CM) I would love to see Slave Trader up on the big screen. It is a dream I am pursuing and have been playing around writing it as a script. It’s quite a challenge as scripts are so different to novels. I’ve had readers tell me they’d love to see it as a movie, which only inspires me to follow my dreams more so. Though my kids have put their hands up for a part somewhere in the movie, I envisage the cast with totally new and unknown actors. If it ever did happen to make it as a movie, I’m hoping the sequel, or maybe even the series, would follow. That way, the cast could grow with each movie, like in the Harry Potter movies.

     7.     Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

(CM)  Providence Road – In the Name of Friendship is the sequel to Slave Trader and is currently with my publishers. As publishing is a slow process, I’m busy editing and polishing my third novel. As yet I haven’t named it. I find thinking up titles is the hardest thing to do.

     8.     Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?

(CM)  As I only have one book released, Slave Trader – In the Name of Freedom can be found at:


Barnes & Noble:

     9.     Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?

(CM) You can contact me through my website:






     10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

(CM)  Thanks so much for inviting me, Kameron. I’d just like to say, keep on writing. No matter what hurdles you may find on the way, your passion will find a way around it. Thank you.


Ladies and Gents, I hope you enjoyed our interview with Carol Marvell. If you have any questions or comments for the lovely lady, by all means, leave Carol a message below. Thank you in advance for your visit! 


  1. Thank you so much for having me, Kameron. It's a pleasure to be here.

    1. Please feel free to come back anytime!

  2. Great interview, Carol! Why didn't I know you worked in a library? I love libraries. (Surprise! LOL)


    1. Thanks Marci, glad you could drop by. I didn't realize you didn't know about my library job, lol. As it is a primary school, I only deal with ages 12 and under, which is a lot of junior fiction. There are some great books out there for kids and I enjoy reading them when I can.

    2. I didn't. I was a librarian for about 6 years, but I have loved books all of my life. :D