What got you interested writing Sweet Romance books?
My agent at the time felt my voice would be a good fit for sweet romance, so I decided to write Instant Daddy. Thankfully, my agent was right.
Tell readers a little bit about the Noah’s Crossing series.
The Noah’s Crossing series currently includes four novels and a novella set in a small fictional town in northwestern Wisconsin where everyday people struggle to learn to love God and each other. Each book is a healing, stand-alone story that features a man and woman’s journey to love. As in real life, each is surrounded by supportive and sometimes not so supportive friends, foes, and relatives including couples that readers have fallen in love with in past books. It’s so much fun to discover whose story needs to be told next.
If you could live the life of your characters, would you?
I live in small town Wisconsin just like my characters. So I get to live intimately with some pretty amazing beings, both real and fictional and can still visit Noah’s Crossing every single day. J
Which character would you like to be and why?
Tricky question. Suffering together creates a permanent bond with each of my characters and each one earns a place in my heart. I’m struggling along with Leah and Aidan in Leah’s Hope, my work in progress. So if I had to choose favorite characters, I’d choose them.
What’s your favorite character that you have created and why?
I love all my characters. But I had a lot of fun writing Mary’s story, my just-turned-eighteen bride in After the Wedding. She’s a sheltered, unsophisticated girl who has grown up on a farm in northwestern Wisconsin and hasn’t experienced any of life’s losses and sadness yet, so her suffering didn’t seem quite as heavy. Also fun to write was secondary character, Zebadiah Krentz, in Daddy Next Door. And I get a kick out of Aunt Lou and Uncle Harold, Jessie’s aunt and uncle and Mary’s parents, who keep showing up.
Do you have any real-life stories that you have incorporated into one of your books?
In Instant Daddy, Peter researching neurological disease is based on two of my aunts’ battles with ALS and Parkinson’s. And Jake’s “Need ice!” when he falls is a direct quote from my little grandson. In Love of a Lifetime, Tony riding a Harley is a reluctant nod to my son who I refused to let own a motor scooter as a teenager. Of course, he now owns a Harley. Maggie’s flower gardens in Love of a Lifetime are based on my own love for my perennial gardens. The roses are all Maggie’s and Stella’s and Salvatore’s ideas though. And Aidan in Leah’s Hope is a veterinarian as is my younger son.
If you had to choose a different career other than writing, what would it be?
I have worked in government and business. I love writing.
What is your favorite book that you have ever written and why?
Every single one of them. Can’t choose among my children, right?
What do you like to do with your time when you’re not writing?
I love my home. I love to spend time with family, my Border collie and rescue cat, my perennial gardens, my friends, my reading, my writing, and very occasional traveling.
What’s a fun fact that your readers might not know about you?
My daughter, Ann Voss Peterson, is also an author who writes romantic suspense and thrillers. We brainstorm story ideas, critique each other’s work, and love our writing retreats.
What do you have in store for your readers next?
Leah’s Hope, the sixth book in the Noah’s Crossing series, is heavily into production and will be released later this year. Leah first appears in Love of a Lifetime. She’s Maggie’s college roommate who moved to Noah’s Crossing afterwards to work as Maggie’s accountant and to help get her businesses off the ground. She also shows up in A Baby for Sarah as Sarah’s friend and the person who gave Sarah her puppy. Aidan has been away at school and is now a veterinarian in Noah’s Crossing who works with Leah’s rescue animals. Aidan has a whole new venture in store for Leah.
Aidan kicks off the Noah’s Crossing sub-series The Foresters! If readers would like to receive a free copy of After the Wedding and an announcement when Leah’s Hope releases, sign up at www.carolvoss.com.