Carole Matthews is an internationally bestselling author of hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world. As well as appearing on the Sunday Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Carole is published in 31 different countries. Her novel Welcome To The Real World was shortlisted for the RNA romantic novel of the year award. She has recently been given an award from The Festival of Romance for her Outstanding Contribution to Romantic Fiction. Previously very unlucky in love, she now lives happily ever after with her partner, Lovely Kev, in a minimalist home with no ornaments or curtains. She likes to drink champagne, eat chocolate and spends too much time on Facebook and Twitter.http://www.carolematthews.com
1.What got you into writing? I entered a short story competition and won a thousand pounds which I spent on a writing course. When I was on the course, the tutor liked my work and recommended that I send it to an agent. The agent took me straight on and that book became my first novel, Let’s Meet on Platform 8. That was seventeen years ago!
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? I usually have an early start in the office – anywhere between 4 and 8am. I’m not a great sleeper, so am often working pre-dawn. Then I work through until about 6pm and take an hour for lunch. I also usually end up working a few nights in the wee small hours – my punishment for having a busy brain! I write two books a year, so I’ve got to put the hours in. I do fritter quite a lot of time on social media too!
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Never had it. Thankfully! My writing pays my bills and I don’t think my bank manager believes in it.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? Yes, definitely. Everything is thoroughly plotted, but when I’m writing things naturally develop, so it doesn’t always end up as I’ve intended. But then that’s one of the joys of writing.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors? It’s hard to get a start now, so determination is important. A lot of people I meet are in a rush to get their work out there when it’s not quite ready. Making sure it’s the best it can be is so important.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Thanks to my lovely readers, my current Christmas book – Calling Mrs Christmas – is currently at number 7 in the Sunday Times bestseller list, I’d say that was pretty much up there among my best moments!
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? Calling Mrs Christmas is the story of Cassie Smith, who decides to set up a Christmas planning business when she’s made redundant from her job. But when divorced millionaire Carter Randall calls on her to organise the perfect Christmas for his children, Cassie doesn’t realise that it’s about to turn her world upside down. I’m really proud of this book and it’s one of my personal favourites. Thankfully, my readers feel the same way!
8.If you could be a superhero, what powers would you possess? The power to eat anything I liked – particularly chocolate – and not put on weight.
9.If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be & why? I’d like to change places with the Queen. I currently have a cardboard cut-out of her in my conservatory – left over from the Diamond Jubilee. I reckon she has a pretty nice life.
10.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers? My readers are the most fabulous, funny, friendly lot on the planet. They give me constant support and encouragement. Without them I’d have no job, so I’m always so very grateful they love my books enough to go out and buy them.