Chatting It Up With Author Carol Ann Ross

WP_20141213_009Not only is Carol Ann Ross the author of the Topsail Island Saga, a historical romance trilogy set in coastal North Carolina, she’s the focus of today’s author interview.

My questions will be in bold.  Carol’s responses will be in regular print.



When it comes to a new novel, what/who usually shows up first? The idea for the story or the characters?

My character shows up first – but that character is usually the embodiment or contains the axis on which my story has been spun. Make sense?

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on their meaning or because you like how it sounds? What other things do you consider when naming your characters?

Some of the names are very important – others don’t mean a thing. If a name has importance it is because it is the name of a dear friend, a dear loved one, relative, significant a-hole in my life, etc.

Sometimes, there are people in our lives that we just don’t like. Have any of those people shown up in your stories?

In the present novel I am working on they are ending up either dead or obvious idiots – though, they may not have the same name as the actual person I am thinking of.

Your current work in progress -­ Care to share a couple of sentences?

“I never really did like you very much. You’re pretentious, obnoxious and a complete phony – I just needed you around to do the dirty work.”

When it comes to your writing career, where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself having shared my wealth with the needy and sick and living in my own ocean front home with my Yorkies – also spending winters in Florida.

At the end of your life, when it is all said and done, what would you want your tombstone to say?

Good mom, good friend.

Click here, to check out Carol’s blog.

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