Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Carol Ashe whose book Out of the Storm captivated me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love detective novels with hints of romance but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Carol Ashe, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Carol will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author biography about the wonderful Carol Ashe
CAROL ASHE is an author and police officer with a passion for travel and outdoor adventure. Her first novel, Out of the Storm, was an honorable mention for the Whistler Independent Book Award in 2016 and was a shortlisted title for the 2016 Northern Lit Awards. The novel also won the romantic suspense category of the Cover Me Contest through the River City Romance Writers (RCRW) chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). She lives with her husband, two sons, and two dogs in Marathon, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior.
Now, how wonderful does Carol sound?! I love the fact that Carol has a passion for travel and adventure, I believe this adds to the story and she truly is an exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of their work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Carol, I hope that you enjoy Carol’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Out of the Storm is a fast-paced suspense romance novel involving detective Isabelle Carte, a Winnipeg cop who would prefer to be shopping than falling in love. When forced by crime to take refuge at the family cabin in North West Ontario Isa ends up on the shore of Alec Reed’s camp in distress and learns that she has little control over matters concerning the sexy neighbor. Isa has to take care of business in the city to save lives, and that doesn’t leave her much time for love. Successful businessman Alec Reed isn’t interested in a woman who can’t stay out of trouble. Or is he?
The inspiration for Out of the Storm wasn’t just one thing; it was many for different parts of the story. My day job inspired me to write about crime and the life of a police officer because I’m able to give that reality to my characters. Although my stories are fiction, there will be an element of truth that I would hope when it’s read; it would be a meaningful message for someone who needs it. For example, Isa struggles after being a victim in the story to a stalker, and the characters discuss PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) briefly and the importance of seeking help. In my second novel, Out of Focus, the detectives investigate human trafficking. The story is fiction, but the message of human trafficking is that unfortunately it exists, and I think it’s essential that we are aware of it.
The inspiration for the cabin in the woods scene comes from where I live, North West Ontario. There are some breathtakingly beautiful locations in this part of Canada. I can drop my kayak on a freshwater lake, and be the only paddler out there for the entire day. Often there are lakes with only one or two cabins. It was meaningful to me that my first novel was one hundred percent Canadian, but I’m excited to see what part of the world my writing takes me to next.
Falling in love should be an adventure, and I think the story of Alec and Isa delivers.
I think it is so incredible that you have drawn inspiration from your work into your literature and really appreciate how you explore PTSD throughout your book as that is such an important topic. What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
My advice for aspiring writers would be to write every day. Even if it’s just one word, because one word leads to a sentence, then a paragraph, then a chapter and then you did it, a finished story. My second piece of advice would be not to get caught up in the opinion of others. I’m not referring to editors, a professional edit of your work is necessary. I’m talking about if a reader doesn’t like your story, it’s okay. Anyone who reads comes across a story that they didn’t love. When I write it’s with the attitude that if I reach one person who enjoys my story, if I sell one copy of my book, then I’m successful. Mission accomplished. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t let your dream of writing be crushed by those who don’t dare to put themselves out there. Never think you’re not good enough because of course, you are.
See question number 2! There was a passion in me to write since I was very young and even after graduating from University with an English degree, I put writing on the back burner. Once I had that support, that one person who is saying to me, you’ve got this, go for it, then it happened. I would tell my younger self what I would say to any writer today, be confident and go for it.
For me, the most important thing about a book is the ending. When I finish a story I want to know, is everything taken care of, are all of the characters and their part in the story accounted for and am I satisfied that not only was I entertained, but that I have a good feeling at the end? Personally, if I spend hours of my life that I’ll never get back reading a story and then have a negative sense, sad or depressed when it’s over, I feel disappointed. It’s like watching a movie with someone that has a terrible ending, and they turn and say to you, “well, that’s life.” Seriously? I don’t want to be entertained by “life,” we live it, we know how it goes, I want the impossible. Good conquers evil, and love wins. The novels in my current series, Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) Series, have an ending that leads to the next story. It leaves readers satisfied that the book has ended and yet curious about the next story.
Book two of the WPS (Winnipeg Police Service) Series, Out of Focus, was recently released in April and I am currently writing book three of the set. I’m not sure how many stories the series will include, but after the third novel, I will take a break to pursue the adventures of other characters and their tales.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Carol! Carol’s second book Out of Focus has just been released and I will be sharing my review for this over the next coming weeks! If you have liked what you have read about Carol Ashe and are interested in learning more about them and reading their work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the previews below too! You will not regret it.