© 2013 Clive Eaton
Carol lives on a small property in Queensland, Australia. She works in a local primary school as a School Officer, Librarian and Community Development Officer. Carol has been married for twenty-seven years and has three children. She has travelled extensively throughout the world, visiting the US, UK, Ireland, Europe, Thailand, China, Japan, New Zealand and of course, Australia. Her other passion is music. She plays bass guitar in a country rock band with her husband and two other guys. She is also a member of a symphony orchestra. With around fifty members, the orchestra is voluntary and visits retirement villages and small towns.
Slave Trader – In the Name of Freedom
Set in Australia, Slave Trader – In the Name of Freedom is filled with fast paced action and twists. It is based on a modern day slave trade run by a corrupt cop, Captain Bates, chief of Missing Persons. The story follows Detective Billie McCoy's fight for freedom after she is kidnapped and transported across the country with six other women, all fresh out of prison and all who hate cops, to the waiting buyers. Can Billie defeat her enemies or will she be sold to the slave traders and flown illegally out of the country?
What do you do to relax when you are not writing?
I love getting out in the boat fishing, working in my garden, going camping, reading, playing in my band and travelling, when I get the chance.
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
Slave Trader has a long story behind it, in fact, thirty years. That was when I first put pen to paper. I was inspired to write mainly because of a strong desire to create my own heroine. Back then, there were very few around, both in books or movies. I’ve always been a big fan of action movies so this may have had something to do with it as well. I developed my story purely from fiction and never envisaged the modern slave trade to be as powerful as it is today.
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
Slave Trader is my first and current novel. The main reason I wrote Slave Trader was, as I mentioned above, I was inspired to create my own heroine. I wanted someone genuine who readers could relate to and cheer on, someone able to look after herself, and with all the trouble I send Billie into, she definitely needs her expertise to get out of it.
Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) The story is set in Australia.
2) Bates has been running his slavery racket for three years and has never taken a cop before.
3) Mrs Bland is Bates’ sidekick, a cruel burly woman whose job it is to keep the prisoners in line.
What research did you need to do for this book?
I haven’t done much at all. The plot doesn’t really require a lot of research. As I’ve seen a lot of Australia, I had a good idea of the country between Sydney and North Queensland where the story is centred. Other than that, it is strictly fiction.
Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?
No, not in the least. I simply developed a wide range of characters to create a contrast, and at times, clash of personalities.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.
Providence Road – In the Name of Friendship is the sequel to Slave Trader. I have just begun editing it with my publisher and I’m hoping we’ll get through it fairly fast.
What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
A lot of notes and then editing, more editing and re-editing.
What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?
Noise. I like to be on my own without any distractions so I can immerse into my writing and connect with my characters.
How easy did you find it getting a publisher?
I would say finding a publisher is the hardest part of the entire process. To me, the writing side of it is easy, but finding a publisher to take you on is a whole new experience. Rejection certainly hits on your emotions, and I had a few of them. Despite my disappointment, I kept sending it out, positive someone would like my story. It finally paid off and I am now with Wild Child Publishing.
What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) Finding enough time to write.
2) Thinking of a title. I can’t believe how hard that is.
3) Keeping it to a reasonable sized word count. I tend to go way over the average limit.
Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?
I have been pretty lucky and haven’t really suffered with writer’s block. My stories just flowed with very few hiccups. If I did find myself stuck, (usually when my main character couldn’t get out of a situation I’ve led her into), I find it helps to leave it and come back at a later date. It could be an hour, a day or longer. The break seems to refresh my ideas and I am able to write a solution.
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Never give up on your dream, and always keep writing.
What genre does your book fall into?
Action / adventure and crime.
How did you get interested in this specific genre?
I’ve always loved action movies and books are no different.
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) Matthew Reilly. His books are extreme action. Sometimes a little farfetched, but you can't help enjoy them. They move fast and leave you coming up for a breath.
2) Dan Brown. He writes with a mixture of action and truths. You never know where his stories will take you or what you will learn from them.
3) Peter O’Donnell. I loved his characters, the action and his unusual plots.
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Modesty Blaise series. I still have every book J
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves.
What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly. In fact, I’ve recommended it to a few friends because I enjoyed it so much. It’s almost like a movie in book form. Ice Station was the first book I read of Matthew’s, only because it was recommended to me. Fast paced with plenty of action, it was completely different to anything I’d read.
Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?
I have the best of both worlds. For novels, I’m afraid I’ve switched to electronic readers. I love how many books they can store and I find them so much easier to read and buy. On the other hand, working in a school library allows me to glance through kids books, particularly picture books. There’s nothing nicer than opening a new book and enjoying the wonderful smell it comes with.
Hollywood is calling
You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?
I often think about this but I haven’t really decided on anyone in particular. I think I would like all new and upcoming actors. That way, they could grow with all my other movies that would surely follow.
The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?
As my storyline moves fairly fast, I think most of it would be synthesized to build with each tense scene. It would be nice to have a song in there somewhere from Pink.
Drink – Bundaberg Rum and coke
Meal – spaghetti
Holiday destination – Fraser Island, Queensland
TV programme – X Factor
Film – Ghost
Method of travel – plane
Sport – Extreme (watching, that is)
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