Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll
Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll is a fast paced, riveting suspense that delves into the world of human trafficking. Robin is a best friend and critique partner so I can tell you, she is the real deal. Her heart for writing and her passion for God shine in all her books. Plus, she's an excellent storyteller!
Robin stopped by to share about her writing, her latest book, and gave us a glimpse to the sequel due out later this year.
By the way, one commenter will have a chance to win a copy of this fabulous book! You can also enter her contest to win a GPS! Check out her blog for details.
Robin, you have helicopters, shoot outs, and human trafficking packed into this riveting story. What kind of research did you have to do?
The most heartbreaking research was the child trafficking. I’m ashamed to admit that I was so unaware until I began researching. It’s appalling how frequently human trafficking occurs—right under our noses! It’s nothing more than modern day slavery. The helicopter research was quite easy, actually. Years ago, my husband took helicopter flying lessons, and we became good friends with his instructor. He would fly out to our house and take me up in the helicopter all the time, so the sensations were easy to recall. I’m blessed that my best friend’s husband works with the LifeFlight program in Louisiana, and was able to help me with time, speed, and flight calculations. The shooting part was fun. I love shooting, love guns, so that research involved heading to my local range to see what I could and couldn’t do with specifics. I have to add, the ranger stations in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park that I spoke with were so helpful and friendly. It truly made that aspect of researching fun.
In what ways do you believe writing Deliver Us From Evil stretched you as an author and as a person?
There were scenes that wiped me out emotionally while writing. Child trafficking is a horrible travesty, and portraying that without being graphic had me crying at times. Working with my wonderful editors during the revision and editing process helped me grow as a writer. Having another person step into my characters and storyline and give feedback is nothing short of a true blessing.
What’s your favorite part of writing a new story?
I LOVE brainstorming and pulling in ideas for subplots, motivation, conflict, etc. I find I become very passionate in this stage of the writing process. And I absolutely love interviewing my main characters. I uncover so many of their secrets, then plot how to use those against them. LOL
In what ways do you hope your books will speak to readers of God’s love?
I never sit down and plot the spiritual arc of the book, I wait for God to share with me what He’d like presented. Sometimes I’m lucky and He gives me that thread very early in the story. Other times, mostly when He’s dealing with me on a particular issue, it takes me a little longer to get it. LOL What I hope most is that readers will get a glimpse of God’s love, mercy, and that no matter what, God is faithful.
Can you share a little about the sequel, Fear No Evil?
Fear No Evil is Lincoln Vailes’s story. Lincoln was the heroine’s best friend in Deliver Us From Evil. With his father in a nursing home and his mother needing support, former Great Smoky Mountains park ranger Lincoln Vailes moves to the bayou town of Eternal Springs, Louisiana, to become a police officer. Recent college graduate and eager social worker Jade Laurent has also moved there to try and right the wrongs of an abusive past. But someone is running her car off the road and pointing guns in her direction. As Lincoln investigates her case, he uncovers ties to big-city gang warfare up north that appears to be making its evil way down south.
Now for some fun… You’re driving down a deserted road at twilight. What direction does your suspense driven mind wander toward?
It’d be too clichéd to say the car breaks down and a deranged serial killer is in the woods. LOL I would think more along the lines that I have someone in the car with me, someone I trust and consider a friend, who suddenly begins acting weird. As we get further from civilization, I realize this isn’t my friend at all, but an alien who has taken over my friend’s body. Oh, wait…I don’t write sci-fi! LOL Oh well, better stay off the dark and deserted roads, hadn’t I?
Thanks for the visit, Robin!
Thanks, Dineen. Always a pleasure to hang out with you.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a Southern through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s books have placed/finaled in such contests as Bookseller’s Best, Book of the Year, and Reviewer’s Choice Award. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty years, her three beautiful daughters, and their four character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else? An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she’ll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin’s website at www.robincaroll.com.
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