Featured Interview With Candace J Carter
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a South Carolina-based writer, but grew up in rural Ohio, near Kentucky. I joined the military and did a little traveling. Following military service, I received veterinary degree from Iowa State University. Private practice wasn’t my passion, so I took a job in Colorado with the US Department of Interior. I ended up spending most of my professional career with the National Park Service, where I’ve worked with several threatened and endangered species including the black-footed ferret, Florida scrub-jay, and four species of sea turtles. Muddy Waters is my first published mystery.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading books. I probably started writing in grade school but didn’t get serious until college. It still took a long time before I actually got serious about finishing and editing a book. So here I am, retired and finally published.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I grew up reading books about horses and westerns by Louis L’Amour and Max Brand. Of course, my favorite books are traditional mysteries. I enjoy British mysteries, too. Occasionally I will read a romance or a western.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
It’s about a Colorado range detective, Henry “Whispering” Smith, who goes home to North Carolina for his uncle’s wedding. He hasn’t been there in a long time, and of course there are issues to deal with while there. His uncle pushes him to reconcile with his father. He runs into an ex-girlfriend. It wouldn’t be a mystery without someone being murdered. The local police think cattle theft is involved. Henry has mastered some unique skills as a range detective, and he uses them to try and track a killer.
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