Mystery Mondays: Carol Balawyder on Subplots

Today I am fortunate to be featured on Kristina Stanley’s blog as part of her Mystery Mondays series. Make sure you check out the other writers who’ve been guest in this series and also to browse through Kristina’s blog where you can pick up some valuable tips from her Write Better Fiction series.
http://kristinastanley.com/?s=write+better+fiction

KRISTINA STANLEY

Welcome once again to Mystery Mondays.

I first connected with Carol Balawyder when she graciously agreed to have me guest blog on her seriesHOW I GOT PUBLISHED.  DESCENT had been published less than a month previously, and I was nervous about guest blogging. Carol’s generous nature made it easy for me, and now I feel very lucky to have her guest blogging on my series.

Carol writes the The Getting To Mr. Right series.

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Thank you so much Kristina for inviting me as a guest on your Mystery Monday series. It’s a true honor for me to be in the midst of so many flourishing writers.

In my writing, whether it is women’s contemporary fiction or crime genre they both have in common a subplot which deals with the complexity of domestic relationships – specifically, relationships between an adult and…

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Two Interviews

I have been blessed this month to be interviewed twice.

Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut novel, The Hangman’s Noose is an Amateur Sleuth with an Edge mystery. She also runs a series of interviews with authors on her blog. I am so happy to be part of her Interview With Authors Series.

Interview with an Author: 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 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.

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 The other interview was with Heather Debreceni from The Divorce Summit website. 

This was my first experience doing a voice interview and by listening to much more seasoned and very interesting guests that were part of this Dating Edition summit, I discovered how much I love listening to interviews while lying in bed at night! 🙂

In case you didn’t catch it the first time I posted it, here’s my interview again.

 

Hold Unto Your Dream

 

 

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

This quote from Dr Seuss hangs at the entrance of Suzy Paradise’s cafe. Seeing her dream crumble before her eyes, Suzy faces the tough decision of whether to hang on or to let go.

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Do you think dreams have an expiration date?

Empowering Divorce Summit: Day 2

Dear Blogging Friends,

I hope that you are all having a good day. 🙂

I just want to let you know that my interview with Heather Debreceni, host of the Empowering Divorce Summit (Dating Edition) that started yesterday, is now live.

In this interview I talk about how my post divorce experiences influenced the writing of my contemporary women’s fiction books.

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The interviews go on for 10 days. In Day 1 Heather gives great advice for high conflict divorce cases and the inspirational Amita Patel offers 7 skills to improve any relationship. 

http://www.empowereddivorcesummit.com/day-one/

 If you haven’t already reserved your spot to the summit you can do so Here.

 

 

DATING EDITION SUMMIT: Get Your Access Pass

 

 

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I am both honored and excited to be alongside top experts in Heather Debreceni’s Empowered Divorce Summit, the Dating Edition.

“Here you will find tips and strategies on how to maintain a healthy relationship with your children while intentionally creating the life & loving romantic relationship that you crave.”

The summit begins September 7. Get your all access pass to this ground breaking online summit here:

http://bit.ly/1Euq24N

 

My experiences in dating after a divorce were transposed into a series of novellas and a novel where I write about mid-life dating (and some not so mid-life dating) experiences and other womanly concerns. The silver lining. 🙂

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Check out these amazing women who will be there alongside little ole me. 🙂

http://www.empowereddivorcesummit.com/experts/