IndieView with Caroline Walken, author of Behind the Fan

Get your copy of   Behind the Fan from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I will only portray my woman as strong women, they kneel to no one, own their decisions and mistakes, and seldom behave. Approximately 2 years
Where did you get the idea from? Although I am not adverse to fame and fortune I felt keeping the manuscripts locked within my computer was unacceptable. A dear friend of mine had lost her father and in assisting her mother to a retirement facility they family uncovered a wealth of personal details they were unaware of.   Believing this gives me a feeling of peace and hope. My fellow aides taught me the key to success with Cookie. Why? I always think of him when I read one of her older books. How long did it take you to write it? I do present my women in my stories as strong independent people. However, I still use an editor and proof reader, you simply are paged blind at the end of any project. I consider this a high compliment since this is a pivotal point of the overall story. My favorite will always be Patricia Cornwell but it is an emotional pull I feel from her books. But, in the end, I hope they find it inspirational. In the summer I ride and show a quarter horse and in the winter I hibernate and write! Being me however I had to ask, what if you found something you never expected? It wasn’t long and found myself facing off with Cookie, her arms crossed and head turned in defiance! I’ve outlived friends, my children and my love, Nicky. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? About the book
What is the book about? I keep threatening to move to a warmer climate! The remainder of the day Cookie smiled and nodded to someone that only she saw.  
Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Behind the Fan lived in my heart for a very long time, the love story was inspired by a chance meeting when I was in my mid-twenties.   When did you start writing the book? Do you have a target reader? I prefer to believe that Buddy was there with her. If you don’t mind the plug; Talia’s Book Covers did this cover. Several of my friends appear in the tale, Richard, Angie and of course Roxy Black the blues singer. “Let the trouble begin!”
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For more from Caroline, visit her website and follow her on Twitter. He became a huge fan and we enjoyed sharing her works together. Forgotten photos open the door to a past they never imagined. I had submitted my work to agents and still do in an effort to find a home in a larger publishing house but I have stayed an indie author. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I feel that editing as you go along makes much less work for you in the end. I was very pleased to hear that those sections flowed easily and my readers have actually stated that this was done very well. This small house evaporates, and I return to where it began. Their support and friendship have been paramount and what better award than to have their personalities live forever in these pages. From the time I was very young until I became an adult she drilled the same lesson into me every opportunity she had. Being me however I had to ask, what if you found something you never expected? They are perhaps stubborn and headstrong, my husband claims they are familiar to him. Now although Cookie was very sweet the majority of the time, she had dementia and suffered the emotional upheaval that accompanies this disease. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Invest in a good grammar software package, no one is perfect and believe me this will be your best friend!  
Caroline Walken – 20 November 2018
The Back Flap
“Baby, come to me.”
  We are together; his voice intoxicates me, it’s as potent as whiskey. I don’t think I had the first chapter down when I was searching the title to see if it had been used! Visit the person now and forget about visiting the resting place. Still, she would touch her hand to her bare throat, and with my encouragement, she could feel her favorite strand of pearls, a gift from Buddy. Where do you live now? I experienced the same when I lost my parents, it is a common cord we share. Then, I held my breath as my proof reader and then reviewers read the book. What would you like readers to know about you? On occasion, she just wasn’t cooperative; wouldn’t get dressed, join the others for meals or take her medication. I did extensive research to learn how best to present this. I find this helps keep the story from rambling. About Writing
Do you outline? We all know how important it is for writers to read. I do use a professional and she is simply amazing! I read and review books quite regularly but I am drawn to action and murder mysteries when I read for pleasure. She slowly turned to appraise me as I held my breath. My goal was not to become famous or make a million dollars, it was to be a storyteller. I hold on tightly, but he still departs; leaving me behind. Why remind her that her family was lost to her, that she was alone now. I took a deep breath and sweetly ‘reminded’ her we were dressing to have dinner with Buddy. Why not help her to connect to the days when she and Buddy danced to their favorite band, enjoyed quiet dinners, help her feel the warmth of his hand in hers. I do a rough outline mapping how I would like to see the story progress. I have always been independent, headstrong and passionate. By the facility rules, jewelry was seldom permitted. I hit publish on Nowhere, opened my ‘Fan’ folder and began writing! Being a hopeless romantic, I do like tying the love story up in a tidy bow at the end. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Simply tell her that her husband, Buddy was coming to see her. The change in her overall demeanor was mystical, furthermore, regardless of what she wore, she saw her favorite dress. I won’t apologize; not about the burlesque club or the mobsters I’ve known and loved. About Publishing
What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I simply love gangsters, lawbreakers and heartbreakers! They might think my life is unimaginable; my connection with Nicky is unbelievable. You may simply have to experience some trouble along the way! I am Dorothy Kennedy-Denham, heir to Kennedy Electronics. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I have wanted to write about my encounter with Cookie for a very long time. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? As stated previously, Dottie is based on an actual person but she is not the only one! Finally the inspiration for the setting and back story hit me. She smiled then pointed to the closet with detailed instructions as to what she would wear. Strangely, I like the chapter when Dottie and her Granddaughter Kim find themselves at the cemetery. FB is still very social and you do run the risk of having your site locked or in my case-taken down! About You
Where did you grow up? It wasn’t anything I struggled with but I worried that the sections of the story when Dottie drifts into the past would be cumbersome for my readers. They warned all the aides that we should instead remind her of the present, confirm for her where she was. She had been my favorite and I recommended her to my Dad. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I sent her the synopsis and the blurb and she created the perfect illustration for the book. What came easily? I can thank my Mother for this. I worked as an aide for a short time in a nursing facility; it was there that I met Cookie. I live on a small farm in southern Ohio with my soulmate of 30 years. It represents the message I wish for everyone to embrace. I was writing another book (Nowhere on the Map) but found myself sneaking off to jots notes for this book. As far as social media goes, Facebook is nice however Twitter works better for writers who are trying to build a fan base. The rest will then fall into place. I can’t say that I do, as in I don’t gear my works towards an age group or genre. The nurses and doctors would chastise us for allowing Cookie to lapse into these moments. I would much rather enjoy my readers now, I am ok with fame once I am gone! I grew up in northern Kentucky, many of my stories are based in that area or around the city of Newport. Books are often bought by this image, you want the best. If like me you are artistic but not computer savvy; hire a talented artist for that cover design. The lure to remain is powerful, but I have unfinished business. At times I would pass to find her humming to a forgotten melody. Cookie passed quietly in the night; and sadly alone since she had no living relatives. I witnessed a miracle as she fell back in time, returning to a period of her life where happiness waited for her. I experienced the same when I lost my parents, it is a common cord we share. Taking her hand as their favorite song played in the background, he led her away from us. Their concern begins the process, and they descend on me, it’s decided I should move into a nursing home. You can find this very affordably by searching the internet; try Reedsy first they have a great list of professionals. Like many, I was skeptical at first but, I was willing to try this to avoid Cookie’s wrath! Packing my life into boxes, it’s not long before my home is bare. (Oh Yeah!)
Be aware you can’t do it all, if you struggle with social media there are affordable sites that will manage this for you. I only appreciate snow from inside a warm house with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of full-bodied wine! I have created a marketing plan but to be fair this is the first book I fully launched with it. In closing; yes you do need an editor/proofreader, we all do!   She was over ninety years old and the last surviving member of her immediate family. I have learned what has worked and where to wisely invest in the future. I stood amazed and a little jealous of her bliss. It was touching as she recounted her experience of reading through love letters sent when he was oversees, the discovery of a box of military awards they were unaware of and simple items such as inscribed watches. She was a feminist long before there was a term and certainly before it was fashionable. Although, as with any writer I can tell you there are time when the characters simply take off and all you can do is hold on for dear life! It is difficult when beginning but as in any profession, you have to invest in yourself. I expected this to be the only transformation, but I was proven wrong. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? My family calls this an absence of presence. I honestly closed my eyes and wrote from my heart during this chapter. I have received rave reviews of her work!