About the Book
Book: Duplicity at the Lowell House
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Mystery
Release date: January 20, 2021
There’s nothing covered that won’t be revealed. Greed weaves a tangled web at the Lowell House in downtown Dallas, 1866, but a murderer must get up pretty early in the morning to outfox the hotel’s proprietor. With the help of his friend and former sergeant, Morgan Lowell sees through the duplicity . . . but can he prove it? And will Charity, the love of his life, ever give up her matchmaking web? Enjoy an exciting mystery.
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Author Interview with Caryl McAdoo!
Hello Caryl McAdoo!
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me and my readers get to know the author behind the pages!
Kimmie, I want to thank you for inviting me to visit today! My motto is “Praying my story gives God glory!” That’s my life goal—to bring Him glory. I pray you and your readers will be blessed by reading my new release and all my books!
So Caryl, how do you pick your characters personalities, or looks?
At first, picking my characters is as simple as picking a name . . . then comes a backstory (for me to know, but my books never start with boring backstory. Readers meet my characters just as they would a new friend. They find out little pieces of backstory on a need-to-know basis as the story goes on. 😊 )
I wonder if my readers notice that I don’t describe my characters, hardly ever—only if there’s something out of the ordinary that’s pertinent. I want them to have their own picture of the characters in their heads. Of course, when I get the cover from the graphic designer, then “there’s my heroine—or hero!”
Once an idea takes root, how long does it take you to write it down Caryl?
I always have a story in progress. I plan my books ahead for the year—always with “If it be God’s will” in mind. I have two multi-author collections that I organize: Prairie Roses—covered wagon tales with strong heroines that debut in May, and the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection with a poignant story set in the 1800s that have a major Thanksgiving family dinner; those debut in September.
Then I add two titles to my Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga each year; one in January usually but this coming year it’ll be in March, and the one in September (the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection)—so that’s three titles. In 2021, I’m adding two new Cross Timbers Mysteries in January and July.
Having that skeleton, I’m always thinking ahead as to the characters and storylines. With the family sagas, it’s choosing who will have the next romance. For Prairie Roses, it’s the premise of why the woman going west. And the mysteries are new, replacing other multi-author collections I’ve been in like ‘Lockets and Lace’ and ‘Nursing the Heart’ last year.
All that in mind . . . when I finish one title, I start the next, usually writing about thirty thousand words a month average—which is a novella, one hundred twenty-five pages or so. So, a ninety-thousand-word novel (three hundred-plus pages) takes about three months.
When I start a story, I begin with my characters and premise at Chapter One and write it straight through without a plan or outline to the end. I don’t know how it will end other than the heroine gets the hero for a happily-ever after MOST of the time. Every now and then . . . life doesn’t give us happy endings, but God . . .
What are your hobbies other than writing?
When God created man, He instructed them to ‘tend the garden’ which I love doing. I love making the area around me more beautiful. Though it isn’t a pretty picture trying to get off the ground and back on my feet, sometimes I just sit on the ground and get my hands in the dirt to plant more flowers and shrubs and ground covers. My dear husband Ron digs my holes for me and loads the fifty-pound bags of compost, topsoil, and mulch to the wheelbarrow for me.
Do you have a genre that you would never write? (In the Christian genre sphere i.e. speculative, historical, contemporary, etc.)
My opinion gleaned from God’s Word is that you cannot mix God’s “holy” with anything that is “unholy.” Thus, I would never write a story with things of the devil—magic, witches, wizards, divination, wishing, or luck to name a few. Several holidays would be included in that list as well: Valentine’s, Easter, Halloween, or Christmas which all have pagan origins and traditions, are not in the Bible, and God told me didn’t honor Him.
My characters do ‘sin against God,’ as we all do. If they didn’t, they’d be cardboard—not three dimensional. They couldn’t seem real if they never made bad choices. I get comments all the time from readers in reviews about how much they love my characters and feel like they’re friends or family. Some don’t like it when they drink too much, or fornicate, or commit adultery (all off-scene intimacies, of course), but they are usually all redeemed and repent during the book!
I do love and celebrate Thanksgiving—no pagan origins, no devilry, just thanks to God for all His blessings.
P.S. Giving up the December 25th celebration was one of the hardest things Abba has ever asked of me.
What is one thing in your life that you would say has had the greatest impact on your writing? Or in your life in general?
God of course would be number one—His Word and Holy Spirit’s revelation to me. And the number two influence in my life is my husband Ron—the wisest and kindest, most Christ-like man I’ve ever known. He has the patience of Job with me . . . and it has taken that so many times in our lives together—coming up on fifty-five years in 2021! We were both sixteen when we met and then married at eighteen.
Thank you again for letting me share today, Kimmie. I appreciate it!
Hugs and blessings!
Thank you again for sharing more of who you are with me and my friends. I truly appreciate it.
About the Author
Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-to-be grandsugars with Ron, high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, Caryl and Ron live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.
More from Caryl
Something new for this author! I call it a historical, romantic mystery! If you’ve read QUINCY & PRISCILLA At The Lowell House, then you know a favorite couple–Morgan and Charity Lowell (book four, LEAVING TEXAS) own the hotel.
In the twelve years since they opened the Dallas hotel, there had never been a murder until—of all people—a Mister John Smith is found dead in room three-thirteen, and his clandestine demise needs to be solved posthaste.
The chief deputy sheriff in town, Tatum McCarthy, served as sergeant alongside Captain Lowell under General Henry Buckmeyer during the war, and the men remain good friends. So guess who comes to Dallas as a character witness . . . Henry! Along with his beautiful wife May Meriwether (book three HOPE REBORN) Buckmeyer!
That’s right! The patriarch of my Texas Romance Family Saga series!
What fun to discover the wonderful connection of these Texas heroes! I’ve never enjoyed anything more in my writing career than to link these two series! Cross Timbers and Texas Romances make DUPLICUITY At The Lowell House a rip-roaring good time as Charity pulls out all the stops entertaining her favorite author—other than Morgan, that is!
This first mystery will be followed by others that Morgan and Charity will work on together. I’ll promise you now, there’s no telling who might pop up when there’s a murder to be unraveled! I pray you will all enjoy the fun and seeing these characters, natural friends in early Texas, come together for new stories!
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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
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