1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
It’s the second in my series, THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES. The series came about because I had this story banging around in my head that just had to come out. After that, the ideas kept flowing. The setting is a fictional town, but it’s inspired by my small hometown.
2. When did you take up writing?
It was about four or five years ago. I only dabbled in it then. Now I’m writing full-time!
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
Very important, especially in this series. Like I said, Liberty is based on my hometown, so I want the reader to feel like she is home when reading my novels. The setting is almost like another character to me.
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
Yes, my favorite is Brad. He has a very small role, and I didn’t even bother to give him a last name. However, his dialogue was the most fun to write. I had to put on my “jerk” hat for that one. I also got to use the Urban Dictionary extensively.
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
To develop a thick skin. Criticism comes at you from all sides as an author. Ultimately, you have to write what speaks to you. It helps if what speaks to you sells books.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
Yes. I write when my kids are at school. It’s just like going to work for me.
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
Both, really. I plan out a timeline by each “day” in the story. Most of the time my book takes on a life of its own and the story goes where it wants, so I always start out with good intentions but end up winging a lot of it.
8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
I love reading series books, and my favorite series authors are Deborah Nam-Krane, Wendy Roberts, Patricia Cornwell, and Kristan Higgins. As a one-off, I liked Gone Girl.
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
I’m working on something totally different that I usually write. It’s still going to be a series with a female lead, but the mystery is going to be a lot more procedural than cozy, with a heavy emphasis on Forensics. I’m taking a college Forensics class this semester in preparation.
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
Don’t give up. The publishing industry works so slowly sometimes I could just scream. You have to have patience and drive in this business. And, surround yourself with other writers for support and encouragement. You’ll learn a lot and make some wonderful friendships.
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC
Release Date: February 3, 2015
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC is the second book in THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series. It is the sequel to Caroline Fardig’s bestselling debut novel, IT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH.
Lizzie Hart hoped her first day back at work after nearly being killed would be uneventful. No such luck. Before she can finish her morning coffee, Lizzie and her co-workers find a dead body on the rooftop of their office. Media vultures that they are, the Liberty Chronicle employees are psyched to have first-hand news to report. Lizzie, however, is devastated when she realizes that the victim is her ex-boyfriend’s brother.
When evidence begins piling up against one of Lizzie’s friends, she reluctantly dons her detective hat once again, determined to find the real killer. She’s not thrilled about chasing another psychopath around, but she’ll do anything for a friend. Lizzie’s love life is rapidly becoming a hot mess, too. Her latest attempt at sleuthing isn’t leaving much time for her budding romance with town hunk Blake Morgan. Add that to the fact she’s hiding a secret so big it could rock the very core of their relationship, it’s no wonder that Lizzie’s in a tizzy.
Poor Lizzie ends up juggling a murder investigation, a wacky Wiccan coven, and two men vying for her attention—all while nursing injuries left over from the last time she decided to play Nancy Drew. It’s a good thing she always has a few tricks up her sleeve.
About the Author:
CAROLINE FARDIG was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. Her working career has been rather eclectic thus far, with occupations including schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom. Finally realizing that she wants to be a writer when she grows up, Caroline is currently hard at work churning out more novels in the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series. She still lives in that same small town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
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