Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Author Interview: Carlene Havel

Carlene Havel
author of A Hero's Homecoming

Give us a bit of your background

I was born and raised in Texas.  Courtesy of the US Air Force, I’ve also lived in six or seven US states, the Republic of the Philippines, and Turkey.  My husband loves to travel, and we’ve had lots of fun satisfying his wanderlust.  Although I prefer peaceful mountain forests, he enjoys big cities, exotic locales, and archaeological excavations. My home is now in San Antonio, Texas, in the midst of a big, extended family.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

How about Petra, in Jordan?  I would love to use that spot as the setting for a first-century novel.  If that doesn’t work, I’ve always wanted to see the Taj Mahal in India.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

Reading has always been my passion, and my taste is eclectic. If you look at my reviews on, you’ll see I flit from one genre to another. I must have read fifty books about Queen Elizabeth I of England--when a new one comes out I hit the buy button instantly.  I just started Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews.  It has been out a while, but I just discovered it.  Thoroughly enjoyed Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers also.  Love the classics, Mere Christianity, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Iliad, A Passage to India, and a jillion others.

What is one silly fact about you?

I once wore pajamas on a flight from New York to London.  That was before I learned how easily luggage gets lost on international flights…

What got you started on your writing journey?

Becoming a Christian in 2005 awoke my urge to write.  Before that, I had nothing I cared to share.  Now I do.

Where do your ideas come from?

Some people see the glass half empty, others see it half full.  I see the glass and say, “Hey, let’s get some paint and glitter and make this tumbler into a vase.”  I’ve always had more ideas than sense. They simply elbow their way into my mind.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

Early this year I completed a novella entitled “A Sharecropper’s Christmas” to be published during the upcoming holiday season.  Co-author Sharon Faucheux and I have finished our second novel based on a woman mentioned in the Bible and started a third.

A memoir about my grandfather’s life is underway, and my contemporary romance Here Today GoneTomorrow is awaiting release by Prism Book Group.

Please share about your book

A Hero’s Homecoming is my first published novel.  It sprang into my mind all at once, from start to finish.  I’m a pretty good typist, but my fingers couldn’t keep pace when the story flowed through the keyboard into my computer.  It’s a romance combined with Rich Martino’s personal quest to rebuild his broken life.  Rich begins this journey with no belief in God.  How can he find his way home alone?

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Rich Martino is a charming, gregarious, skeptical scoundrel.  Charlotte Phillips is kind, compassionate, emotionally scarred, and overly cautious.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

I’m going to call this a tie between Jerry McClain and Lottie Browne, both from A Hero’s Homecoming.  Lottie captured my heart by making me laugh. Jerry? Because he fails to disguise his teddy-bear heart under a crusty exterior.

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