Author Interview: Carolyn Arnold

Posted: November 15, 2011 in Fiction, Interviews, Publishing, Writing

I’m excited to announce my first guest author at, the lovely and very talented Carolyn Arnold. Carolyn just released her latest FBI thriller Eleven last week (on 11.11.11 to be precise) and has taken her book on the road with a promotional blog tour. Today she’s taken time out of her busy schedule to sit down and share a little bit about herself and her latest book. So grab yourself a beverage and make yourself comfortable. We’ll be back after this promotional video of Eleven.

My interview with Carolyn Arnold:

Carolyn, thank you for stopping by to visit to help promote your new book Eleven. I have been anticipating its release since I first watched your promotional trailer back in September. I know you have worked hard at promoting it and have had your eyes set on the 11.11.11 release date for what seems like an eternity. Before we get into talking about Eleven, I have a few general questions.

Aside from being an author, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been married for fifteen plus years to my best friend, and am a “furry baby momma” to two beagles, Max and Chelsea, who are two and a half years old.

When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

I used to write as a teenager and thought it would be amazing to write a full-length novel, but it wasn’t until over four years ago that I rediscovered this passion. From this point, writing became a huge part of my life and now I can’t imagine life without it.

What one author inspired you the most to begin writing novels? What specifically about that author inspired you to write novels?

As far as one author who inspired me to start writing, I can’t say for sure. As I mentioned I did have a desire to write a novel as a teenager – maybe writing is just something I’m meant to do?

However, as writing has become an integral part of my life two authors have influenced and inspired me. This is David Baldacci and Sandra Brown. Both of these authors have inspired me in different ways.

Baldacci writes rich character description, background and motivation. I learned from his example words used to develop and strengthen characters is not only a good thing but integral.

Brown pushes the edge of where I would normally dare venture and I love that.

When you’re not making the keys smoke on your keyboard, what do you like to read?

I love mysteries and thrillers.

When you write your novels do you use outlines, note cards, and intricate planning, or are you a seat-of-the-pants kind of writer… a “pantser”?

Panster! Before I start I have an idea how it’s going to end, but the journey there is with my characters. Before I set out to write, I interview them and get to know them. I find this process helps immensely in rooting out backstory. I also know them better from the first word I write in the book.

Now on to your latest novel…

Eleven published on 11.11.11. Tell us the significance of the number 11 in your latest novel?

Eleven factors into the number of intended victims. Eleven is also the number of incisions the killer makes in his victims. Essentially the number and its representation factor symbiotically into the plot of the novel.

What inspired you to write Eleven?

I love the television series “Criminal Minds” for one. Second, there is this small abandoned home outside of the city I live it. The idea for underground burial chambers just hit me when I saw it one day.

With that said, I’m going to give you the spot light to tell us about your latest thriller Eleven

Eleven Rooms. Ten Bodies. One Empty Grave.

Brandon Fisher never expected this when he signed up as a Special Agent for the FBI. Working in the shadow of Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper of the Behavioral Analysis Unit his career seemed set. But when the team is called to a small rural town where the remains of ten victims are found in an underground bunker, buried in an unusual way, Brandon knows he’ll never return to his normal life.

With one empty grave, and the case touching close to home, he fears he’s become the target of a psychotic serial killer who wants to make him number eleven. Only thing is, everything Brandon thinks he knows is far from the truth.

Carolyn, this book sounds awesome! I am definitely going to be adding this one to my collection. I look forward to seeing this book rise to the top of the Amazon best sellers list. It has been a great pleasure having you as my first guest author at and a part of the Eleven Blog Tour.

Rob, thank you for having me as a guest on your site.

Brief Author Bio:

Carolyn Arnold is the author of several novels in the mystery, thriller and suspense genres. TIES THAT BIND, the first in a police procedural mystery series surrounding Detective Madison Knight, was her debut novel and published May 2011.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in the rural town of Picton, Ontario. While her passion for writing dates back to her teen years, it wasn’t until 2008 that she completed her first novel. She lives with her husband and her two beagles in Southwestern Ontario

Where to connect with Carolyn online:

Amazon Author Page

Carolyn Arnold’s Books:

A note to my guests: Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my interview with Carolyn Arnolds. Be sure to visit Carolyn’s web site by clicking here, and if you haven’t done so already, you can get your copy of Eleven here.

  1. Great interview! I visited a couple days ago, but I didn’t have time to comment. I do now 🙂

    Have a great weekend!


  2. danniehill says:

    Great job, Rob. Getting to know more about Carolyn helps me enjoy her novels even more. And we have something in common. Her writing method is just the way I write. I think we belong to the Ray Bradbury school of writing without thinking- Words just flow through the fingers!

    Can’t wait to read Eleven!


    • The “pantsing” writing community continues to grow and now apparently has it’s own school! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Dannie. It’s always a pleasure seeing you make a visit all the way from Thailand. Take care, my friend!


  3. Betty, terrific to hear! Thank you for stopping by on Rob’s site and letting me and everyone know you’re loving ELEVEN.


  4. Betty Dravis says:

    I’m on Chapter ten of ELEVEN, and am here to tell you I’m having trouble putting it down. It really is a thriller… It has everything: suspense, excitement, a hint of sex, an endangered innocent that we might already know…and a sadistic serial-killer… Plenty of gore… Great, believable dynamics between the Fibbies, etc. You will love this book.

    Great review of Carolyn! I’ve read all her books but one, and I don’t believe it is out yet.

    Hugs and thanks for a great morning read (this blog). I save my thriller reads for night when I’m more susceptible to fright! I looooooove being scared. 🙂



    • Excellent! I love thrillers and being scared too! Reading at night is perfect for reading a great thriller isn’t it… especially if it’s raining outside! The sound of the rain, thunder and lightning just completes the atmosphere.

      I just DM’d Carolyn on Twitter to let her know about your comment here. Thanks for visiting, Betty! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog post.


  5. Thank you to everyone who has already stopped by and commented. Glad to hear the trailer and number Eleven hooked some of you 🙂


    • We had a great response to the blog tour at Sharkbait Writes. I had so much fun with this, Carolyn, and I hope I’ve been helpful in promoting your book. You are welcome to stop by as a guest any time you wish. Cheers!


  6. Sheila Deeth says:

    A novel where the number 11 is important. I think you’ve hooked me! Enjoyed the interview.


  7. Una Tiers says:

    Great interview, love the trailer.
    Una Tiers


  8. eden baylee says:

    Great interview, enjoying the blog tour, and it was great to visit you here with Rob too.



  9. Cool Carolyn!!! 11 rooms, ten bodies, One empty grave! Can’t fail to tantalise!!! Nice Blog!


  10. Rob, thank you for hosting me as part of my Eleven blog tour.