Carolyn: Wilfred would be a superb Wiggins. Thank you! Dead Man’s Island was a tv movie starring Barbara Eden and William Shatner in 1995. Currently a Hollywood producer holds the options on the Death on Demand and Bailey Ruth series. She is looking for a home for them. Kaye: Why did you make Bailey Ruth a spirit? (Review of Ghost at work can be read here.) Carolyn: I love ghost stories. I enjoyed the Topper books and movies and I always wanted to write a mystery with a ghost. However, my Bailey Ruth books differ from the usual ghost story because she is the protagonist, not a secondary character.
Kaye: One thing I always wonder about mystery writers, do you come up with the crime first and then create the characters or do you make a list of characters and develop a plot around them?
Carolyn: The victim is the catalyst. I think of a person who could be embroiled in quarrels and the story flows from there. Kaye: Is it harder with each new book in a series to keep it fresh or is it easier because you already have the character development in place? Carolyn: A series is very challenging, especially the Death on Demand series. I have to be careful not to create a story similar to one in the past. Kaye: Every time I have read a Death on Demand book, I keep a piece of paper handy to write down all the books and authors that are mentioned in the monthly contest Annie holds. You have such a vast knowledge of mystery writers and books. Is there a favorite author for you? Carolyn: Agatha Christie, always. Kaye: What other genres do you like to read and do you think you have enough time to read all that you want to? Carolyn: I don’t read any fiction but mysteries. I also enjoy non-fiction. I don’t get to read a lot because I am now writing two books a year and that absorbs my time. Kaye: Wow, two books a year is a lot of pressure. I know I always look forward to each new book you write. Carolyn, this has been such a pleasure visiting with you. I do appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to give us a little more insight into a writer's life.
Carolyn most generously sent me Dare to Die and that will be reviewed soon on a separate post. Carolyn has a wonderful website www.carolynhart.com with a lot more biographical info including all the numerous awards she has won. And rightly so! A chronological list of the books in each of the three series is also there. I have read every book in each of the three series and loved them all.