Vickie is a published author of two books with The Wild Rose Press: The Witches of Half Moon Island and The Ghost of Kathleen Murphy. Her third book, Murder at the Peach Blossom Inn, is with her editor in the final phase for a release late summer or early autumn. Her latest book, Loving Lauren, will be published by Sweet Promise Press. Vickie is also a contributor to Southern Writers Magazine.
Vickie has published many short stories and articles and has won various awards and commendations over the years. She has been a full time writer for the last three years. She is developing her blog site, Sweet Tea and Sympathy now, and plans to have it up and running this summer. The blog will focus on the writer’s life but in particular the life of a Southern writer.
An Interview with Vickie Carroll
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in north Georgia, smallish town, and couldn’t wait to get out. Moved to Atlanta when I was 17 to go to college. My home town once known as the carpet capital of the world, was complicit in smuggling illegals into the state to work in the mills.
What is your favorite part of writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
I love to write these kinds of stories. They are fun to write because the options for characters and places are so broad. Everyone needs a break from reality of bad news, and these stories can be uplifting as well as entertaining.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
When I was in 2nd grade my teacher let me put on a “play” I had written. I had been inspired by a Blondie and Dagwood comic strip. I was hooked once she praised me by saying, “not everyone at seven years old has such a talent and imagination, you know.” That was like hearing the angels sing, I guess. I was hooked.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I would be an anthropologist. People, cultures, belief systems fascinate me.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
Not at the moment but plan to have shortly. Have had in the past.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
My idea of this changes as I get older. I have learned to appreciate what makes me happy every day, rather than always searching for something.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
I think Little Women was the most impactful book of my young years. I saw how powerful love is and how strong women are! Later, I feel in love with Rebecca, the gothic-like classic story of an unlikely woman getting chosen by a man she thought was out of her reach. It was enlightening to see how a shy, self-effacing woman evolved into a strong and self-assured one.