Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Author Interview – Carol Preston

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What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? I think the most challenging part of writing a novel, is to develop characters with whom readers can identify; those they can love and hate, see themselves in, get emotionally involved with, and learn from. As a reader, it is only once I have become attached to a character and invested myself in their journey that I am hooked into a book. This is what I think is the most challenging thing to accomplish as a writer.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Currently I am completing a series of novels based on my ancestors from the First Fleet of convicts to Australia, up until the third generation of their descendants.  Tangled Secrets is the third in that series, and although the stories are connected from one generation to the next, each story is also complete in itself. In Tangled Secrets the story begins with teenage children who are brought to Australia to be reunited with a father who was sent as a convict. It draws the reader into the expectations, hopes, dreams, and disappointments of those children and the journey that unfolds as they begin to build a life for themselves in their new country.

How did you come up with the title? The title of this novel – Tangled Secrets – depicts the main theme of the story, which is about the struggle we bring about for ourselves and others when we try to hide the truth.

Can you tell us about your main character? The main characters in my stories tend to be women, although there is always a strong male character, be he a negative or positive influence in the woman’s life. The main character in Tangled Secrets is Beth, daughter of a transported convict, who felt abandoned as a child in England when her father was taken from her. The opportunity to be reunited with him in Australia is a dream she’s held to throughout her childhood. Her hopes and dreams for her new life with her father are really high, but unfortunately she is faced with further abandonment and loss in her new home and must find the strength and resources to build a life for herself, and find the love and support she has longed for, outside her immediate family.

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – G

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