Carol Ayer

Carol Ayer

  • Author
Benicia, California
I write The HSP Mysteries published by Camel Press. My other credits include Woman's World, The Christian Science Monitor, and True Story.

Interview

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I'm a native Californian, currently living in between San Francisco and Sacramento. I love reading above all else, and there's nothing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book and my cat, Rainn.

2. When and why did you start writing books?

The moment I realized that humans created books and they didn't just magically appear in the world, I started making and writing my own. I couldn't think of a better job than writing stories.

3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

See above. I've always wanted to be a writer but didn't seriously pursue it until I was in my 40s.

4. Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

Of the two books out now, Peppermint Cream Die and Stabbed in the Tart, the latter is my favorite, mainly because Kayla and her father work together to clear Kayla's name when she becomes a suspect in a murder case. In the process, they resolve some of the difficulties they've experienced over the years. Sugar and Flour, Kayla's cats, are probably my favorite characters. They are fun to write. : )

5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

I've been working on a psychological thriller, and that has been a huge challenge. I've rewritten it several times, trying out different POV characters, different tenses, and different structures. I'm still not completely satisfied with it.

6. Who is your favourite author and book?

That is a difficult question! If I absolutely had to pick, I would say Ann Patchett is my favorite author (but there are so many!) I love her works Bel Canto and State of Wonder.

7. What book are you reading right now?

I'm reading two books right now (it's not unusual for me to be reading two or three at the same time). One is My Perfect Family by Teresa Driscoll. I'm also beta reading a cozy.

8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Like my protagonist Kayla, I am an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person). I thought an HSP might make a good amateur sleuth because we tend to be good with details and notice when something is off. At the same time, there would be a conflict because solving a murder is obviously very stimulating. Some elements of my psychological thriller are based on personal experience.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

See above. I love to read! I also like watching movies and walking by the water. I just moved to a city that is close to the water and I can't wait to walk there.

10. Do you have any new books in the works?

In addition to the thriller, I'm working on a new cozy series featuring a mother-daughter realty team.


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