Wednesday, 26 April 2017

An interview with Authoramp


 Available from Amazon Kindle, in paperback and free if you subscribe to KU
Today we have an interview with the renowned author Carol Arnall. Her latest book ‘The Other Place’ which has often been ranked number 1 on Amazon for Kindle (Supernatural and Reincarnation Category), and has been ranked number one in the Kindle List. It has been in the top 100 over 382 times!

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
Practically all my life. English Literature was my favourite subject at school so I have always had a keen interest in reading and writing.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Normally about 12 months from start to finish.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I try to spend at least an hour every day working on the current WIP.
 What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know about interesting but I like my desk to be as clear as possible. I just have my specs case, and a notepad and pen handy. Any clutter and my mind won’t settle.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A word I hear can spark an idea. Even a colour. For The Other Place it was my fear of enclosed spaces that made me think of writing the book.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I wrote my first book when I was a child! I filled an exercise book with stories I’d made up. No-one ever saw it. I haven’t a clue what the stories were about now.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I do a lot of fabric painting which I then embroider. I love walking my dog in the woods and countryside. I take 100s of photographs when I’m out and about. Reading is one of my fav hobbies as well.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’ve written 15 books – this includes fiction and nonfiction. If I have to choose a favourite it would be Birmingham Girls, my autobiography.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Practice, practice, and more practice. Seriously, I think everyone approaches writing in a different way. I think whichever way works for you, go for it.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I have heard from readers and also family members I didn’t know about. And lost-lost school and work-friends. A few via snail mail, email, and via Facebook.
Readers have thanked me for my books. Particularly BGs, and my book Choosing Your Psychic Pathway – they say this has helped them. Also, women have written and thanked me for writing The Other Place. This was a complete surprise. I never expected to receive mail about it.

What do you think makes a good story?
Well developed characters, good descriptions, and an interesting plot-line that will make me want to keep turning the pages. It must have a happy ending and leave readers happy.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I was never particularly ambitious. I wanted to get married, have two children – a girl and a boy. I did. But from an early age I always wanted to write a book.
The Other Place is available now from Amazon and on Kindle

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Interview with Kim the Bookworm




Interview with Carol Arnall



I’m delighted to be joined by a lovely lady who is very local to me called Carol Arnall. Carol and I have chatted via social media and email for the last couple of years or so even though we probably only live about 5 miles from each other. Carol’s writing completely fascinates me. I have read a few of her books now and have found them completely enchanting and fascinating. I thought it would be nice to chat with Carol today and ask her questions behind her writing.  If you would like to find out more about Carol’s work, do check out her website which is www.carolarnall.com and she also blogs here.  You can follow Carol on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Elvaennia
You can also find my reviews of two of Carol’s books called The Other Place  goo.gl/s913As link to Amazonand A Haunted Past Life   https://goo.gl/BKTgJr   by clicking on the link.



Thanks so much for joining me over at my blog Carol.  I just have a few questions for you today if you don’t mind answering them for you?
I’d be delighted to Kim.  Fire away!
Where did your writing journey start?

When I left school at 16 I started to write to magazines. Sending to reader’s letters. Occasionally I wrote the newspapers as well.
What makes you want to write?

I’m compelled to write. I always have been. Even as a child I wrote stories. English Literature was my favourite subject at school.
Who inspires you?

Anyone who writes!
What advice would you give to someone who feels that they have a book inside that would not know where to start?

Have confidence, just do it, it doesn’t matter where you start in your book, you can start at the end if that makes sense. If you mess up along the way, don’t worry about it, no one will see it apart from you. Simply, go for it, you will never regret it.

What book are you reading right now?

I’ve just started Touched by the Light by Linn B Halton which you recommended on Stafford FM.   I like to listen in to youe show on a Thursday night and listen to the books you’ve read Kim, and find out what your book of the week has been.  This sounds like a great book and when you told your listeners that the book was free for Kindle, I downloaded it straight away. 
What types of books do you like to read and who are your favourite authors?
I love books with ghostly happenings in them, particularly if they are about past lives, even better if the main character discovers the love of her life from a past life.
Diana Gabalon is my favourite author. I reread her Jamie and Claire novel – time travel – time and again. I can’t wait for the next one in the series. It can take her up to four years to write it!


Are your characters based on real people or are they completely fictional?

I should imagine like most authors I pick up the traits of different people we have met along the way, and transfer them into our characters. My characters are all ficticious, I would never write about anyone living. Never!

Where do you write and what is it about that place that inspires you to write?

In the dining room or my office cum sewing room. I have all my favourite pictures around me and my cds, happy memories help me along the writing path.

Do you have any spare time and if so what do you enjoy doing?

I love walking my dogs, embroidery and reading.

What is next for you?

Hopefully another book or two!
Once again Carol, thanks so much for joining me and answering these questions.  Perhaps your answers may inspire those who would love to write a book, to pick up the pen and get on with it.  Love and hugs Kim xxx   

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A write up about The Other Place

Press Release – ‘The Other Place’ by Carol Arnall

The Other Place
goo.gl/s913As link to Amazon

Gripping supernatural mystery, which follows the struggles of a young woman to overcome severe childhood trauma, has inspired its readers to face up to – and conquer – their own demons.
Chrissie James is a troubled soul. Her father deserted her before she was born and her stepfather, Alf, is a jealous man who inflicts terrible mental and physical abuse on Chrissie and her sister, Babs. Chrissie feels trapped inside her own head and is wracked with chronic fears, including claustrophobia. As a result, she is a very lonely child, with the sole exception of her imaginary friend, Amy. With Amy for company, Chrissie slowly begins to put her miserable childhood behind her, growing older and leaving school to find work. But still her fears and her nightmares remain and Chrissie even starts to suffer from random panic attacks.
One day, as a young adult, Chrissie notices a sign advertising a hypnotherapist. On their first meeting, Kitty, the hypnotherapist, immediately recognises Chrissie’s distress and suggests that she may have been tormented in a previous existence. By regressing to that past life, Chrissie hopes to find the source of her problems. While hypnotised, she finds herself living the life of a girl named Emily, who also has an abusive stepfather. Chrissie begins to realise that her imaginary friend, Amy, may in fact be more significant that she could ever have imagined, and could hold the key to helping Chrissie face up to the secret history that haunts her.
The Other Place is an engaging and suspenseful supernatural novel, beginning in 1950s Birmingham and charting the life of its damaged heroine Chrissie over the course of several decades, as she battles to isolate and overcome the fears that plague her. The Other Place has built up a terrific fan following, reaching number one in the Amazon Kindle Best Seller list for Supernatural and Reincarnation titles. Many of Chrissie’s challenges and conditions are inspired by the author, Caroll Arnall’s own experiences, having been blighted by claustrophobia, and at times, sleep disruption and panic attacks. In fact the act of writing this book became therapeutic in itself for Carol, who found that her anxieties began to disappear as she worked with her complex characters through their own healing processes. Readers too have praised The Other Place for inspiring them to confront their most profound problems; many women who have suffered domestic abuse have written to Carol to thank her for helping them to finally vanquish their most painful memories.

About the author
Carol Arnall was born and raised in the slums of Birmingham, where the early chapters of The Other Place is set. Arnall read tarot cards, the crystal ball and practiced psychometry until 1987 when a road traffic accident left her severely injured. Unable to work away from home she dedicated her time to writing, at first recording the many ghost stories she’d collected over the years as a psychic. After having a series of articles published in local newspapers and magazines, Arnall found the confidence to start writing books.
Her first title, Mysterious Happenings, was a collation of local ghost stories, which was followed by four other non-fiction books. In 2007, Arnall began writing fiction, and has since released five novels. Carol Arnall lives in Staffordshire.

‘The Other Place’ is available now from Amazon Kindle, goo.gl/s913As
Available from KU,  and in paperpack

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Other Time. To be published summer 2017.



THE OTHER TIME
Life has been wonderful for Chrissie since marrying the love of her life, Dan Breen, and having two daughters. Her unhappy past is well and truly buried.
However, Chrissie is shocked when she receives a letter from a woman called Joan claiming to be her sister. After meeting Joan, Chrissie’s life spirals out of control; her family deserts her and her company begins to fail. The claustrophobia and panic attacks that once blighted her life return with a vengeance.
Will Chrissie be able to accept that her daughter Karen time travels, as she did years ago?
The Other Time
is a story of supernatural happenings, time travel and fractured relationships.

The Other Time, is the sequel to my best-selling novel, The Other Place. The Other Place, is available fee if you subscribe to KU, it is also available from Amazon Kindle, and in paperback.
If you would like to read, The Other Place, before the sequel is published here is a link to the UK site. It is also available from .com and other Amazon sites.    goo.gl/s913As

Monday, 27 February 2017

Embroidered pictures for sale.

Bluebell Wood Embroidery
If you would like to buy a similar embroidery please email me, carol.arnall@ntlworld.com for details.
The above embroidery is embroidered using freestyle machine embroidery with a little fabric pain added to highlight various areas. 



Bluebell Wood Embroidery 
If you would like to buy a similar embroidery please inbox me for details.
The above embroidery is embroidered using freestyle machine embroidery with a little fabric pain added to highlight various areas.

I will be adding more embroideries shortly.

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Bluebell Wood -Painting and embroidery in progress.


Sorry this one isn't quite straight. I will alter it. I painted it with acrylic paints, and machine embroidered the tree foliage with zig zag stitch, using free style embroidery.
I have to add foliage to the sides of the path and add more bluebells, and greenery on the woodland floor. It will take quite a long time. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

A write up about The Other Place





 goo.gl/s913As 
An Amazon number 1 best seller in two categories, Supernatural and Reincarnation.
Available from Amazon Kindle and also in paperback


Gripping supernatural mystery, which follows the struggles of a young woman to overcome severe childhood trauma, has inspired its readers to face up to – and conquer – their own demons.
Chrissie James is a troubled soul. Her father deserted her before she was born and her stepfather, Alf, is a jealous man who inflicts terrible mental and physical abuse on Chrissie and her sister, Babs. Chrissie feels trapped inside her own head and is wracked with chronic fears, including claustrophobia. As a result, she is a very lonely child, with the sole exception of her imaginary friend, Amy. With Amy for company, Chrissie slowly begins to put her miserable childhood behind her, growing older and leaving school to find work. But still her fears and her nightmares remain and Chrissie even starts to suffer from random panic attacks.
One day, as a young adult, Chrissie notices a sign advertising a hypnotherapist. On their first meeting, Kitty, the hypnotherapist, immediately recognises Chrissie’s distress and suggests that she may have been tormented in a previous existence. By regressing to that past life, Chrissie hopes to find the source of her problems. While hypnotised, she finds herself living the life of a girl named Emily, who also has an abusive stepfather. Chrissie begins to realise that her imaginary friend, Amy, may in fact be more significant that she could ever have imagined, and could hold the key to helping Chrissie face up to the secret history that haunts her.
The Other Place is an engaging and suspenseful supernatural novel, beginning in 1950s Birmingham and charting the life of its damaged heroine Chrissie over the course of several decades, as she battles to isolate and overcome the fears that plague her. The Other Place has built up a terrific fan following, reaching number one in the Amazon Kindle Best Seller list for Supernatural and Reincarnation titles. Many of Chrissie’s challenges and conditions are inspired by the author, Caroll Arnall’s own experiences, having been blighted by claustrophobia, and at times, sleep disruption and panic attacks. In fact the act of writing this book became therapeutic in itself for Carol, who found that her anxieties began to disappear as she worked with her complex characters through their own healing processes. Readers too have praised The Other Place for inspiring them to confront their most profound problems; many women who have suffered domestic abuse have written to Carol to thank her for helping them to finally vanquish their most painful memories.

About the author
Carol Arnall was born and raised in the slums of Birmingham, where the early chapters of The Other Place is set. Arnall read tarot cards, the crystal ball and practiced psychometry until 1987 when a road traffic accident left her severely injured. Unable to work away from home she dedicated her time to writing, at first recording the many ghost stories she’d collected over the years as a psychic. After having a series of articles published in local newspapers and magazines, Arnall found the confidence to start writing books.
In 2007, Arnall began writing fiction, and has since released five novels. Carol Arnall lives in Staffordshire.