Fun with Caryl McAdoo on the Coffee Corner (with Giveaway)
The Coffee Corner Welcomes Caryl McAdoo
For this story, I needed lots of titles and skeletal premises. The Bedwarmer’s Son was one of those. I stopped after thirty-five thousand words to write my next historical for the Texas Romance series, but that title proved so intriguing that I couldn’t get it off my brain…so I wrote it!
It launched this past September. A top fifty Amazon reviewer who’s read all my books, said it earned his personal SIX-Star rank; that the story was perhaps my magnum opus to date, certainly a piece de resistance. It has 79% 5-Star ratings and 21% 4-Star! Woo Hoo!
Caryl: I love naming books and characters and pets and goats. I had a herd of eighty Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and knew everyone by name! For titles, I choose a theme that goes with the story. I hope that they will be interesting enough to grab a reader’s attention. I loved it when Simon and Schuster kept my title for book one in the Texas Romance Family Saga series, Vow Unbroken! Since it’s book one, I’d like to offer a couple of FREE PRINT COPIES to one of your friends who stops by and chats with us!
Renee: You are such an angel, Caryl! That’s such an awesome gift. Thank you! Did you hear that, folks? See what I mean? This lady has a heart of gold. Check out how to win one of these PRINT COPIES after the interview! Until then, onward with the interview we go…Caryl, what’s the favorite part of your novel and why?
Caryl: My favorite part of The Bedwarmer’s Son is near the end when its two stories collide! I hadn’t thought of it and as I wrote, it just came out. Holy Spirit helps me write all the books! He’s good, too!
In Vow Unbroken, I love the scene where nine-year-old Becky gets Mister Henry to sing. I’m a singer lady…I love music. But I married a man who is tone deaf. Really. My family (all singers) used to love for birthdays to roll around to get to hear him sing the Happy Birthday song. I used that (my Ron is my inspiration for Henry, my hero) for a heartwarming scene I hope everyone will enjoy!
Renee: I’m laughing so hard right now that I’m almost in tears. My husband can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but he loves to sing. In fact, he raises the rafters. He turns heads! I have to admit…he actually sounds BETTER the louder he gets. He puts new meaning in the words “joyful noise.” I may have to borrow that for one of my characters too! Do you have any hobbies or things you like to do when you aren’t working?
Caryl: Singing is what I love to do. Husband has banned show tunes, but he never makes me stop singing praise or worship songs! God’s given me many ‘new songs’ and recently I’ve been trying to get them all up on YouTube… I think I have nine up so far. I haven’t got the most beautiful voice you’ve ever heard, and may not be much to look at when I sing, but I love the songs He gives me and want to share them.
I also really enjoy gardening, making my surroundings more beautiful. Getting up and down isn’t so easy anymore though.
Renee: I can understand that! Although, you don't want me gardening. I don't have much of a green thumb. I’ll have to check out your YouTube channel. I’d love to see (and hear) you sing. I can’t believe I haven’t yet! What about vacations? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Caryl: Jerusalem! If God provided the funds, I’d be off in a flash! I can;’t imagine how it would be to walk in the Holy City. One day soon, I believe I’ll get to go there once a year to pay homage to the King of Kings Who will be sitting on the throne there ruling over the world. Can you imagine? It gives me glory bumps just thinking about it!
Renee: What about a bit closer to home…do you have any pets? If so, I’d love to hear more about them. We already know you love goats!
Then there’s my horse, Bliss. We inherited a herd of American Quarter Horses when Ron’s father passed—from no horses to twelve almost overnight. When clearing out PawPaw’s house, I found a note he’d written that said “Bingo foaled May 3, 2001” We knew Lady Bingo. She was PawPaw’s first horse and ALL the others were her descendants, so the six-month-old filly at her side that November had to be the one who shared my birthday! I claimed her and we have a fun relationship.
Renee: I think it’s cool that you use things (animals, traits, etc.) close to you in your books. I do that as well. It makes your stories come to life. It makes them real, both the good and “bad” parts.
It’s been awesome to have you here, Caryl. I love you so much! In closing, is there a special quote or saying you wish to impart to the readers? Something that comes to your mind in times of need or adversity?
Caryl: The thing that I always say, no matter what is going on…how bad something gets, is “It will all be okay because God is still on the throne and in control!” Trusting Him has made my life so wonderful. I am at peace. I never worry. I have no fear—ever, all because I know He is altogether trustworthy. He has proven it o’er and o’er, and my heart is full with gratitude that He loves me so!