Interview with an Author: Carol Balawyder

Carol Balawyder

Carol Balawyder

My guest today is Carol Balawyder. Carol holds degrees in both criminology and literature. It is this mixture that brings her to want to write crime novels, but it was her divorce that led her to write fiction about being single in mid-life.

Carol’s short stories have appeared in The Anthology of Canadian Authors Association, Room Magazine, Entre Les Lignes, Mindfulness.org and Carte Blanche. She also manages a blog where she posts series on: Female Nobel Prize Laureates, Famous Writers’ Desks, The Femme Fatale, Interviews with crime writers on How They Got Published, Ten Great First Dates and posts on writing.

Cafe ParadiseJudy: Tell us a bit about your latest novel, Cafe Paradise

Carol: The protagonist in Cafe Paradise is Suzy Paradise (who also was one of the four main characters in Getting To Mr. Right). At fifty-two she’s finally fulfilling a long cherished dream of owning her own café when a giant chain opens across the street. As she fights to save her business she learns to re-define the meaning of work, family and romance so she can find her own formula for happiness.

Cafe Paradise takes place in  two two up-and-coming boroughs in Montreal. Griffintown or The Grif, was quickly becoming a vibrant neighborhood. As part of a revitalization project, the city was building parks, playgrounds and bicycle paths in the area and attracting artists and hi-tech enterprises. It seemed like the perfect place to open a cafe .

The second setting is in The Plateau, specifically Prince Arthur Street. The street had been Montreal’s hippie haven and the home of its counterculture movement in the ‘60s. A number of artists and playwrights still lived around the square.

What’s the best writing advice you have ever read or been given?

There’s so much good writing advice out there. My library is filled with books on writing and I’ve been to many writers’ workshops, writing retreats, conferences and taken several creative writing courses. A great piece of advice I got was at one of Nathalie Goldberg’s workshops: Say what you want to say not what you should say. I learned that if you want to be a writer, look over your shoulder: nobody cares whether you write or not.

For those who might be interested in further reading you can go to my post on http://carolbalawyder.com/2010/11/16/what-i-learned-from-natalie-goldberg-go/

Judy: What advice and/or resources would you recommend for aspiring writers?

Carol: It’s been said so many times before but it’s worth repeating. Write the book you’d love to read.

Judy: What’s next?

Carol: I have two crime novels which are at different stages of editing and I hope to add at least two books to my contemporary fiction series. I also want to continue my blog series on How I Got Published where I interview crime writers. If you’re a crime writer and would like to be featured as a guest, contact me via my website.

Thank you, Carol. 

Thank you so much, Judy, for this opportunity to be on your blog and I wish you all the best in your writing career.

 

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13 responses to “Interview with an Author: Carol Balawyder

  1. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Robin, that is a truly generous gesture!

  2. I admire Carol B. And have followed her for over a year, since she is genuinely nice, interesting and gets great discussions started. I requested my library to order her books and hope to fund them there. If not, I will gladly pay for them and pass them on! Sincerely, Robin

  3. Thank you all who commented. It is so greatly appreciated as I am certain that you all know this! 🙂 We are all in the same boat, some more out at sea, others still close to shore. Your support is precious. 🙂

  4. Kristina Stanley

    My pleasure.

  5. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Debby for stopping by!

  6. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Joanne, for stopping by!

  7. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Kristina, for taking the time to comment!

  8. So lovely to see Carol here and learn more about her.

  9. Excellent interview and advice! Thanks for sharing, Carol 🙂

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  11. Kristina Stanley

    I just finished reading Cafe Paradise last night. A lovely, witty, inspiring story. Way to go, Carol!

  12. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Carol for being part of my Interview with an Author series!

  13. I’m so happy to be part of this series of yours. It’s a true honor. 🙂

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