An interview with Carol Tetlow, author of the books “Out of Practice” & “Faith Hope and Clarity”

CarolMargaretTetlow_1000x1000Carol Margaret Tetlow is a fairly recently retired family doctor who now has the time to live life to the full, write, play tennis, walk dogs and train donkeys and ponies. Coming from a medical background, it is no surprise that her novels are based in family medicine. But people love medical matters. So, set against a backdrop of everyday life in a medical centre, add in some good characters, personal dilemmas and a soupcon of romance and hopefully…. what’s not to like?

Out of Practice tells the story of one of the doctors and how she has to cope when her professional and personal lives fall apart simultaneously.

Faith Hope and Clarity tells the story of another of the doctors, an insecure woman who copes with life’s ups and downs by comfort eating and how she finds out who her real friends are.

What is your preferred genre?

My writing is commercial women’s fiction though I’ve had some very good reviews from male readers. From a reading point of view, I enjoy the same genre but also thrillers and detective novels. There is also something special about a book that makes me laugh out loud.

How many books have you written? If more than one, are any a series… or trilogy?

I’ve written a series of five books, Out of Practice and Faith Hope and Clarity are the first two in the series, all based at the same medical centre, with the same characters. I have also written two stand alone novels and am putting the finishing touches to my current novel which is not medical.

Do you have plans for a new book?

My latest novel, which is almost completed is a move away from the medical backdrop. Instead, I’ve set it in a tennis club. Since I retired, I’ve taken up tennis again (after many years) and have stumbled across a wealth of characters who are begging to be written about. This novel started out as a story for my sister, who was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. I sent her an instalment every week, to keep her entertained.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

Usually I start off with a plot but then the characters take over as they develop. In my current novel, I had no idea whatsoever when I started where it was going to go and it turned into a huge adventure for me.

Did you have an editor edit your books?

I have a wonderful friend, Helen who deserves a very special mention. She proof reads and copy edits part time on a freelance basis and she has been a continual support and help to me since I started writing seriously in about 2007. If you’re reading this Helen, thank you, as always.

Who designed the cover of your book?

Editions Dedicaces – and I was thrilled. I couldn’t have hoped for better.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?

Frequently, with mixed results. I’m sure we’ve all bought books on the strength of the cover and been disappointed sometimes.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

It has been known! Occasionally I do have to get up in the middle of the night to write, when I’m at a crucial point in the plot. I’ve also been found writing in my tennis gear but usually it’s jeans and a jumper. It’s also been known for me to have a hot water bottle on my knees in the winter, when I can’t persuade the cat to sit on me and keep me warm…

Cats or dogs?

Both please and also some donkeys and ponies. If push came to shove, then I’d have to say dogs and that’s not because there are four of them gazing at me as I’m writing as it’s nearly their supper time.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?

When I’m writing a novel, I like to try to be strict and write every day. At least a thousand words, though of course there are some days when it takes hours to string two sentences together and other days when I can write three thousand words without realising that I’ve done it. Occasionally there are days when it’s impossible to write anything and then it’s best to get up and walk away from it and try again later.

Sleep in or get up early?

I am a lark. This dates back to my doctoring days, I’m sure as I’d have left the house by 0630 every day. Now I still like to get up early. There’s something special about that time of day, especially when it’s light. It’s so peaceful and quiet and there’s nothing like that first cup of tea of the day.

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop every time. It can move to where I want to be. I’ve worn one out and have just bought a fabulous new one.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

My favourite place is at the kitchen table (easy access to the kettle) and I like to write best late mornings and afternoons, once all the routine jobs (housework, shopping, dog walking) are done so I can concentrate

One of your favorite quotes –

Nil illegitimi carborundum – (don’t let the bastards grind you down). My senior partner at work used to say this to me repeatedly when I was having a bad time and getting stressed out. It is, of course, easier said than done.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Book links:

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  We hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better.

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Coming soon at Editions Dedicaces: “Evangeline. Eagle Rising”, by Robert B. Vink

Evangeline-Eagle-Rising_FrontISBN : 978-1-00000-000-0
Format : — pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Interior Ink : Black & white
Binding : Perfect-bound Paperback

In the idyllic pioneer paradise of Acadia, Evangeline pursues her medical studies and the affections of Gabriel, a soft-spoken, curly-haired youth who makes violins by hand. In the blush of first love, she wonders at what their bright future will be like together.

But then the Empire comes and everything changes forever. The Redcoats quickly eat-up the lands, stealing and breaking treaties until all the French settlements are encircled by their battle forts.  Evangeline and her people stand in their way and are given an ultimatum – swear allegiance to Protestant England or face the wrath of the British war machine.

To the dismay of the village priest, a fiery Evangeline stirs up the settlers to fight. She then disobeys her parents and secretly sneaks away with Gabriel to join up with the French rebels.

In an often gritty, personally jarring journey, Evangeline sets out to fulfill what she has convinced herself is her holy calling. However, in the violent crucible of war, her youthful ideals are ground away. She becomes a participant in death and destruction as the lines between right and wrong… and good and evil blur.  Gabriel is captured, condemned to be executed and Evangeline is shot and almost dies.

Feeling empty and lost, Evangeline returns to church. Then during her anguished confession that what she did was not in God’s name, but in her own, she discovers her true calling. However, Evangeline’s euphoria is quickly replaced with dread at the hard road she must still travel to save her people and redeem herself.

In development to be a Major Motion Picture 2016.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

RobertVinkAfter graduating with Honors in Journalism from Canada, Vink spent 15+ years writing business, politics, and feature articles for print, radio, and TV. Then wanting to broaden his international experience, he moved to Europe and for more than a decade, Vink has lived in The Netherlands. Working in the Publishing industry, he traveled extensively around the world involved in the creation, buying and selling of digital content.

Two short years ago, Vink transitioned to the film industry, having studied and graduated from the industry renown ScreenwritingU and placed in various screen writing contests before he started his own company and turned full-time to film and book writing.

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Cannes Film Festival Award winning and Oscar nominated Canadian, Deepa Mehta has confirmed to direct the film version of Evangeline: Eagle Rising. This is only the 2nd time in 25+ years of film-making that she is interested to direct a script written by someone else. Deepa has been previously voted Best Canadian Director and has been awarded Canada’s highest honor, The Order of Canada.

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Here an interview with Jo M. Sekimonyo, author of the book “Cast Away : For These Reasons”

Jo M. SekimonyoJo M. Sekimonyo can be best described as a realist, a philosopher of socioeconomic inequality, a humanitarian, and a person that is not afraid to speak his own mind.

Through “Cast Away: For These Reasons: Economic Jihad” he challenges mankind to wake up and realize that evil exists and is taking place right around them. Unless we wake up and change the way we are living our lives, our existence is one that is in danger of being destroyed” (Midwest Book Review).

Here the interview:

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What are your pet peeves?

I always prided myself for having rhinoceros tough skin, safeguarding me against absurdity. And yet, if you ran into me and rode the previous rollercoaster, Cast Away: For These Reasons, you probably already know that I am fiercely opinionated and allergic to badly patched arguments. In the face of two major issues that pierce my heart, I am all for the death penalty when it comes to punishing dummies brandishing intellectual sheriff badges who are aiding and abating social and economic injustice. They make my fingers and toes tingle with ire, and I feel compelled to either shrewdly shock someone or emotionally jet away. Foremost, I am elated that my longwinded pieces intersect with numerous self-enslavement abolishment pleas that will ultimately form streams and lakes of insurgences.

Do you have a bucket list?

No. But after exhaling my last breath on this suffocating planet, I plea for thirty three strips of flesh to be torn from my chest then shekkeh. My soul would not rest in peace until my head is served as a feast to five Korowai tribe children, five years of age, while they are being serenated by a blind Danish comedian singing Con Te Partiro, and the ashes of my remains spewed around Cateura, Paraguay.

One of your favorite quotes:

“[…] it is the peculiarity of the human mind that it understands and acts through ideas, because it is very closely tied to the body.”  Anton Wilhelm Amo

Do you have plans for a new book?

Well… between traveling to the most socio-politico-economically depressed places on earth, gearing up for the release of Ethosism in November, and campaigning for Donald Trump,  I am writing another book, “Insomnia”, that should be coming out in 2019…

Where can your readers stalk you?

I recently started to give away chapters of my previous oeuvres on my author website, Ethosism.com. Like everybody else, Facebook and Twitter accounts. But I do occasionally put away my gadgets and rally against the information obesity that is crippling all of us.

A short presentation of the book:

Cast AwayFifty Five Shades of Political Economy…. Economic theorists since their inception over 200 years ago, have struggled with the question of how to distribute wealth and continue to come up short. The author is not only criticizing capitalism, but finally has brought to the table, a new thought provoking alternative to the economic cannibalistic system. The author’s unconventional line of attack, will raise your heart rate and make you nauseous. By the middle of the book, you might be searching for a long rope to hang yourself with, thinking that humanity is doomed… but you will be missing out on the spectacular finale. This book is not one more economic liturgy. The author offers a thought provocative remedy to global socio-economic inequality; the rise of Ethosism. – Tara Casimir, Editor.

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