Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Interview with Avalon Author Carolyn Hughey

Q: Tell us the first thing that pops into your head when I say: Tell us about yourself.
A: I’m a down-to-earth, friendly, jovial person who loves to entertain, and be entertained.
I have to be busy every minute—even when I’m on vacation—one of those A-type personalities. My mind is always creating stories, and as my husband would say, it’s hard to keep up with my imagination.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? What was the biggest influence on this decision?
A: Years ago, I met a published author, in the hot tub during a cruise of all places. As most lay people say to published authors, I mentioned writing was something I’d considered. From that point on, she nagged me every day via email until I joined RWA, and a writing chapter. Because I didn’t have a journalist background, I took every writing course, every workshop, and read every book I could get my hands on about the craft, and ultimately produced Cupid’s Web.

Q: Tell us about the first thing you ever wrote.
A: This answer always gets a rise out of people. LOL The first thing I ever wrote was Cupid’s Web, and Avalon was the first publisher I submitted to, expecting a rejection—because that’s what mostly happens, but thirteen months later, I received the call. Talk about being flabbergasted!

Q: Tell us about the genre in which you write and why?
A: I actually write in two genres. The first being, humorous contemporary, because I love making people laugh—and I love sharing some of the funny things that have happened to me in my stories. Cupid’s Web is actually about my life. Over the last few years, I’ve begun to write romantic suspense, and I’m loving it. I’ve always loved learning about law. Maybe in my next life, I’ll come back as a law enforcement officer—or maybe . . . I was in law enforcement in my previous life.

Q: Tell us about your latest book. Is it with Avalon or another publisher? What is your most recent or next Avalon Book?
A: I’m currently writing Cupid’s Arrow for Avalon, and revising The Last Witness. Because it’s over 100,000 words, and not the type of story Avalon publishes, it’s aimed more towards houses who publish the genre. When this is finished, I’ll write a mystery for Avalon.

Q: What do you like to do besides write?
A: I have many vocations besides writing. I’m a licensed hairdresser, a professional chef, and I still maintain both. I entertain a great deal. In the fall, I’ll begin teaching cooking classes in my home, and I make jewelry.

Q: What would you like us to know about you or your writing above anything else?
I’m totally dedicated to writing and still learning the craft. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and believing in yourself is your stepping stone to success. I’ve never been a quitter, and don’t plan to become one now. Dreams do come true—you just have to work at it.

Q: Where else can readers find you, besides clicking on your Avalon Author link on this page?
A: Besides my website at www.carolynhughey.com, I’m also on Facebook, under Carolyn Esposito Hughey.


Beate Boeker said...

. . . a chef AND a hairdresser! I just love the way writers combine so many different jobs. I had no clue you had that many covers, Carolyn! Great interview - thank you for sharing!

Janet Kay Gallagher said...

I will look for your books, this made me want to read yours.
Do you use your hairdressing experience to get the gossip or is that only in the books and movies?
I love the mysteries with the chefs and recipes, do you have one of them on your agenda?

Jane Myers Perrine said...

Laurie Alice--thanks for the interview. Carolyn, it was fun finding out about you!

Carolyn said...

I apologize for not getting back to you. I've been out of state for a while, but to answer your question, my current WIP is about a hairdresser entitled Cupid's Target, and yes, the inspiration I get from customers is amazing. :-)

I've also finished writing a mystery, but it doesn't include any recipes--maybe a recipe for love, but not food.

Thanks for commenting.

Carolyn said...

Thank you for reading about me, Beate. XO

Carolyn said...

Thank you, Jane.