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Author Interview with Carol Underhill

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with Angelica’s Christmas Wish by Carol Underhill

Angelica’s Christmas Wish

By Carol Underhill



Release Day: November 15,2019

Book Blurb:

When Serena Cole sees a car careening toward a little girl, she jumps in to save the child with no thought for her own safety. Later, Serena wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. Everyone calls her a hero, but she doesn’t recall anything—not even her name. 

Mark Harper, the child’s widowed father, isn’t looking for romance, but the beautiful stranger who saved his daughter’s life captures his interest. But when no one steps up to identify her, he brings her home with him. He doesn’t realize that his decision may make his daughter’s Christmas wish come true.

About the Author:

One of five siblings raised on a farm, Carol has a large extended family. She attended a little country church where she learned Bible verses and songs that have stuck with her for life. She has three adult children who inspire her to chase her dreams. Her household includes a spoiled black Lab and several rescued cats. Her favorite things are reading, spending time with family and listening to music. She likes quiet mornings with a cup of hazelnut coffee.

Facebook: Carol Underhill

Twitter: @underhill

Do you have a favorite author or book?

Favorite book of all time is A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. It gives an authentic picture of homesteading in the 1860’s.

What book are you currently reading for fun and are you reading anything for research?

I read Love Inspired books, and other Christian and sweet romances I find on Kindle.

Can you think of anything you wish you had known before you started writing?

I wish I had learned the art of showing vs. telling. That concept has been hard for me to get right. My editor, Kara Leigh Miller, has been great at working with me on this. I’ve learned a lot through the editing process.

What’s next for you as an author?

I am always thinking of my next book. I have several stories, both historical and contemporary, in various stages of completion.  I try and write a few pages on at least one of them every day.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

It’s impossible to get into a guy’s head and really know how he would express himself. It’s hard to know if you are making them authentic, or if they are too sensitive and “perfect” to be real.

How do you select the names of your characters?

I’ve always kept a baby names book at my desk to look for names and meanings. I also use the Social Security website. You can put in a year and it will bring up a list of the most popular male and female baby names for that year. Sometimes I easily choose a name for a character, and at other times I change it two or three times until I have one that seems to fit. Last names are a little harder to come up with, but I have searched the internet for specific Dutch and Swedish surnames when I needed them.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

For me, it’s the discipline of sitting down at the computer and writing without being distracted. Social media is the biggest distraction, so I have to limit the time that I spend on it. I start writing early in the morning while the house is quiet to be able to focus.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

My family members are my biggest fans. They encourage me when I need it and help with author events. My daughter is helping me with my website and social media.


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