14 Dec 2014

Meet the author: Carol Arnall

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be on your beautiful site.
My pleasure, Carol! Can you tell us a little about your latest book.

Chrissie James is a troubled soul: with family problems, unexplained phobias and a stalker to contend with, she seeks help with a hypnotherapist. Whilst in therapy, Chrissie discovers she has led a past life.
Will living a previous life help Chrissie to discover the truth of what caused her fears and phobias, and will she find out who is stalking her?
The Other Place is a paranormal mystery. Its many twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end.

What inspired you to write it?
I suffered from claustrophobia all my life. I never discussed it with anyone. One day I decided to research the subject. After that Chrissie & co jumped into my head.

Is it part of a series?

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?

What made you want to become an author?
Since I was a toddler I have loved books and writing stories. I think POD was intended for me as I have always been obsessed with printing.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
Somewhere in Time Richard Matheson

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabalon. Because it’s about time travel and starts in Scotland an area I love. I have always had an interest in the supernatural.

Who, or what, inspires you?
The colours of autumn.

Where is your favourite place to write?
At home. I have a small space at the back of the house. It overlooks my garden.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Somewhere in Time. It has it all.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
Diana Gabalon, because she writes the books I love to read.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Enid Blyton, because she kept me happy throughout my childhood. Barbara Erskine and Diana Gabalon. Barbara and Diana write about the supernatural, and I would like to ask them where they get their inspiration from.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I love every day of my life.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
There are beautiful woodlands walk and countryside within five minutes of where we live. It’s wonderful.

Carol Arnall was born and raised in the slums of Birmingham, where the early chapters of The Other Place is set. Arnall read tarot cards, the crystal ball and practiced psychometry until 1987 when a road traffic accident left her severely injured. Unable to work away from home she dedicated her time to writing, at first recording the many ghost stories she’d collected over the years as a psychic. After having a series of articles published in local newspapers and magazines, Arnall found the confidence to start writing books.
Her first title, Mysterious Happenings, was a collation of local ghost stories, which was followed by four other non-fiction books. In 2007, Arnall began writing fiction, and has since released five novels. Carol Arnall lives in Staffordshire.

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