Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Features: Louann Carroll

Louann Carroll

Featured Author

Louann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis.

Mother to three children, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter who enjoys sharing her finds with family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology.

After leaving her position as C.E.O. in the Bay Area, she has pursued her writing career with much success. Winner of the 2010 Crescent Moon Press award for best novel, she has gone on to write radio talk shows and articles on adoption.

She is the author of Gemini Rising, a sci-fi romance, A Shadow of Time, a paranormal romance, Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf, and numerous children's stories.

1.       Where's the strangest place you've ever written?
We have a Maidu grinding stone in the family. It has eight circular depressions where the Maidu would grind acorns. In the middle of the stone is a comfortable, shallow circular depression where I can sit. Thankfully, my computer has a long battery life.
2.       What book do you wish you had written?
The Stand, by Stephen King. The novel has everything I enjoy—paranormal , mystery, horror, and apocalyptic elements.  *yummy*
3.       What inspires you?

Inspiration comes when I’m driving home from work. It’s about a twenty-minute commute and while I’m driving, tons of ideas flood into my mind. Sometimes, all it takes is a little peace and quiet to get my brain in gear.

4.       When did you start writing?

In college, I took a philosophy class from a wonderful person who had left the clergy and became a teacher. His name was Dr. Steinke. We had to write a thesis and one of the things we discussed in class was multidimensionality. I was fascinated with the concept as it takes into consideration physics and philosophy.  I wrote my thesis and when I got it back, he’d taped a note to it that said, in large caps, “WHY AREN’T YOU A WRITER? I am convinced!”
That’s when I started writing and I’ve never stopped.

5.       Tell us three things about you that aren’t about writing.

a.       I have seven grandchildren.
b.      I’ve been married forty-two years.
c.       I’m fifty-seven. You do the math. *grin*

Connect with Louann

Twitter @LouannCarroll
 Amazon Author Page    

Consumed by a childhood filled with terror and pain, Kellyn O’Brien strives to create the perfect family. Then, disaster strikes. Her husband is dead. Three weeks later, she discovers her son is heir to Shadow Ley, a nineteenth century estate located in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Still reeling from Michael's death, Kellyn moves to Shadow Ley. Soon after her arrival, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: broken drinking glasses repair themselves, stair rails that were once old are now new, and suddenly the estate of Shadow Ley is not what it seems. 

She turns to the local historian and hears the tale of Shenahobet, the portal guardian, and the Hutto-pah, a tribe of Native Americans related to the Maya. She meets John, a doctor, who experiences visions of other times and places. Her dreams turn into nightmares with windows into past lives, hints of multidimensionality, and the promise of life beyond death.

 Legends abound and so Shadow Ley, the home Kellyn had hoped would bring peace to herself and her children, becomes mired first in doubt, then in terror, and finally in love eternal.

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