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An Interview with Carole Wolfe, Author of My Best Mistake

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Carole Wolfe writes women’s fiction that makes you smile. She enjoys running at a leisurely pace, crocheting baby blankets for others, and drinking wine when she can find the time. After moving nine times in twenty years, Carole and her family have settled in Texas.

You can buy My Best Mistake here.

Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?

My college journalism professor wrote a memoir. When I congratulated him on his work, he said to me, “Someday I’m going to read a novel you wrote.” Those words have stuck with me for years.

What other professions have you worked in? What’s something about you that your readers wouldn’t know?

I’ve been in pharmaceutical sales and project management in addition to being a stay-at-home mom. After raising three kids in nine states, writing is a piece of cake! (I’m joking. Writing is harder!)

Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?

Everyone thinks that mistakes are bad. But sometimes, mistakes can be good. Mistakes are how you learn and grow. This was an easy title to find, and it was nice to be able to carry it throughout the rest of the five-book series.

How did it feel when you first saw your book cover? Or when you first held your book in your hands?

Holding the book when it first came out was surreal. I’d worked on the book for about seven years, so when it finally came out, it was the culmination of a lot of hard work and tough lessons learned. I wouldn’t change a thing!

What is one thing you hope readers take away from reading your book? How do you envision your perfect reader?

I hope that readers take away the understanding that good can come from bad. I also want to tell stories that make my readers feel. It doesn’t matter what they feel as long as they feel something.

What was the most rewarding/meaningful part of publishing your book?

My children see me working hard on my writing. They know when things go well and when things are less than stellar. I share my lessons as an author in a way that I hope helps them during their own journeys.

What new writing projects are you currently working on? Or, other projects that are not writing?

I’ve got a women’s friendship fiction series in the works. It is about four friends in their fifties in a running group and how they support each other as their lives change. I’m also playing around with a psychological thriller. It’s been on the back burner for about ten years. Who knows when it will be fully cooked!

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