Carole Price didn’t start writing until she retired. Twisted Vines is her first published novel, and the first in her Shakespeare in the Vineyard mystery series. Her protagonist is a cop/crime analyst from
who inherits a vineyard and two Shakespearean theaters
in Ohio . Livermore, California
Carole is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Carole is also a Buckeye. Born and raised in
, she moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1980 with her husband and two daughters. Livermore,
Question: What is the genre of your novel? Why did you select them?
Answer: I write suspense with just a touch of romance. I love international intrigue crime novels, but alas, am not qualified to write them.
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
Answer: I took a college course on Shakespeare, but when my daughter moved to
, home of the great Oregon
Shakespeare Festival, my husband and I attended several performances. I fell in
love again with the Bard and the theater, and after a couple behind-the-scene
tours, I was hooked. Why not write a mystery about a Shakespeare festival set
in the Ashland,
Oregon Livermore wine country?
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your latest novel?
Answer: Crime Analyst Caitlyn Tilson Pepper inherits a vineyard and two Shakespearean theaters in a northern
town from a mysterious aunt and becomes a target for murder. Cait has a huge
decision to make. If she accepts her inheritance, she has to move to California
and give up the job she loves in Ohio.
If she refuses the inheritance, the estate will go to a foundation for the arts
already set up by her aunt Tasha.
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published novels?
Answer: Twisted Vines is my first published book. Island Paradise is the tentative title of the first book I’ve written, but has never been published. After numerous rejections by agents, I tucked it away in a file drawer. Recently, I’ve taken it out for another look and have plans to edit it and try again. It takes place on
I did extensive research on this book and visited the UK
where my protagonist is from. My hope is that a publisher will love the plot
and characters as much as I do.
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: Sour Grapes is the second book in my Shakespeare in the Vineyard mystery series. The first draft is nearly completed. While Cait Pepper is learning how to run a Shakespeare festival and cultivate a vineyard, someone from her past as a cop is trying to kill her.
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: My love of a good mystery—the intrigue, the puzzle solving. I love the hunt to solve the crime, and to watch the characters grow in their quest to solve them.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?
Answer: Never give up. Enjoy the whole writing process, the ups and downs. Care about your characters. Take a creative writing class and join a critique group. I went through
and became a volunteer. I work events, like the wine festival and the Citizens
Police Academy Livermore
rodeo, and I role-play with the SWAT team. Volunteering has provided me a
better understanding of police procedures and the passion the men and women
have for their job, and the pride they have for their city.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?
Answer: Twisted Vines was released by Five Star/Gale on
August 15, 2012.
It’s now available on Amazon and also Barnes and Noble.
Comments and/or questions valued here.