Caroline's been celebrating the release of Janie Face to Face with us this week by visiting us on her board! We've been chatting with Caroline about her writing process, how she kept Janie in mind after 23 years, and more!
Here's what we learned about Caroline:
- While Caroline doesn't have favorite authors, she has favorite genres: suspense novels and mysteries. She's also reading a lot of history
- Caroline was first inspired to write The Face on the Milk Carton after seeing a missing child poster in the airport
- Caroline got her start when her sixth grade teacher made her class do writing exercises
- Caroline used to want to sing grand opera and be a ballet star
- Caroline's editor was the one who told Caroline she ought to write a fifth book - to find out what really happened to Janie and Reeve as adults
- When Caroline was a senior in high school, she taught a 100 voice girls' chorus as there was no music teacher to run it
- Caroline loves watching Downton Abbey
- One of Caroline's favorite songs is Top of the World, by The Carpenters
- The Face on the Milk Carton was originally intended to be a standalone
- Caroline's first YA books were romances (with elements of historical fiction and suspense)
- Caroline decided to take a gamble and update the technology in just Janie Face to Face
- Caroline never bases a person on a real person cause then she feels obligated to write character reactions in line with what the actual person would - which is limiting
- If Caroline would change anything about the Janie books, she'd maybe change the sibling's names, but otherwise she's pretty happy
- Two of Caroline's favorite "before writer" jobs: choir director and church organist
- Caroline's favorite character in the Janie saga is Reeve
- Caroline's old horror books are being re-released so you can now read them on your Kindle/Nook/iPad!
- Caroline's writing routine: write in the early morning after her coffee and newspaper, and she just writes until she's done. Caroline also likes to mentally prep the night before by thinking what she wants to write in the morning
- Caroline wrote eight books in her twenties that were never published, but she intends to keep it that way
- Two of Caroline's lesser known books that she loves are What Child is This? and The Lost Songs
That's just a little bit of what we learned about Caroline! To read the rest of her discussion on saying goodbye after 23 years, her relationship with Janie and Reeve, and the transition of updating the social scene of the Janie books, visit her board here!
If you missed Caroline's visit, don't fret! Next week, Elizabeth LaBan is visiting Randombuzzers to chat about her debut YA novel, The Tragedy Paper! We're giving away ARCs, so visit her board and leave a question for Elizabeth for a chance to win!