Appealing To the Muse

A good while back I began what was to be Book 2 of a romantic comedy.

The characters and story were fresh in my mind. I had great expectations at finishing the book in a matter of a couple of months. The storyline began like this.


Life took over-and every time I tried to write, the book turned to this.

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I struggled with too much on my mind and had left the book too long. The story became fuzzy and I was unable to connect.  A few months later I dug the manuscript from its file and read through what I’d written. I let it simmer, connected with the characters again and changed the outline. So, then I had this.


Things are looking up!

Now, I’m loving my characters again and appealing to my muse while I complete A Smoky Mountain Wedding in time for Christmas this year. I hope life is agreeable and the book comes to a close, because there’s Book 3 to jump into!

So watch out Muse! I won’t take no for an answer. 🙂

Name that deputy sheriff!  He’s a twenty-five-year-old, quiet young man and as honest as the day is long, from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. When things get too busy around the jail, he gets a bit rattled. Think Barney Fife.

If you have a catchy first name, and if I use your suggestion, I’ll be happy to send you a free digital copy of A Smoky Mountain Wedding when it’s completed.

So send in your first names for the deputy sheriff! Grab a chance for a free copy of A Smoky Mountain Wedding.

I can’t wait to read the names you come up with!

You can leave a comment here or email me at Please put “deputy sheriff contest” in the subject line.

The deadline for sending in your names for the deputy is March 19, 2016. I’ll announce the winner on my next post, which will be March 23, 2016. In case of a tie, I’ll have someone draw for the winner.

Please don’t forget to leave your name and email so I may reach you. Thank you!

Good luck and happy reading!

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About Carol

Carol falls in love with every character she writes in her books. She loves basing them on the good and the bad personalities that make up life. That's what makes them real. Carol feels as though she’s in a movie when visualizing characters and she jumps right onto the page with them. Often the theme of her books is forgiveness. Whether planned or not, forgiveness sneaks its way into her stories. That's okay, because Carol believes forgiving others is essential. She favors a great story, with slices of twists that cause her to reflect on the problems life throws at us and how we react. Carol believes in happy endings. Humor is a big part of her stories and daily routine, and yes, she laughs a lot! Travel is one of her favorite things to do. She dabbles in art, always has popcorn and hot chocolate on hand. Carol is a small-town girl at heart and her stories are peppered with a dose of humor, based on Southern roots. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family.
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17 Responses to Appealing To the Muse

  1. E. Ayers says:

    Joey-Ralph McHane. I can see his big sister callin’ across the holler, and a young Joey-Ralph tossin’ the last of his carefully selected rocks back into the stream where he’d be happily entertaining himself by skipping stones. Now grown-up, Joey-Ralph has unexpectedly walked into novel. Oh-my!

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  2. Joan Reeves says:

    Joey-Ralph? *LOL* Carol, I loved your picture comparison. Too funny.

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  3. leighmorgan1 says:

    Elmore Queen—like Steve McQueen but with a little goofy sprinkled in. 🙂 Names are tricky, hope someone proposes one that resonates, Carol! Congratulations on: A Snowy Mountain Wedding, hope it comes smoothly now and that you love it.

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  4. susanrhughes says:

    I like Elmore McHale.

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  5. ginaarditoauthor says:

    I love when things gel again after they’ve scattered into pieces. Congrats on reawakening your muse! For your deputy sheriff, Dudley Henshaw. I’m thinking Dudley Do-Right, but a good solid last name to give him credibility.

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  6. Carol says:

    It’s like putting a puzzle back together after the cat’s danced over it. LOL Dudley Henshaw is a good name for the deputy! Thanks so much.

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  7. Mona Risk says:

    I wish I could help! But you had great suggestions here.

    Liked by 1 person

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