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Sunday, September 2, 2018

What Makes My Heart Beat Faster by Carolyn Brown - Guest Post & Giveaway

What makes my heart beat faster?
By Carolyn Brown

I’ve been asked a lot of questions during my twenty one year writing career, but this one is the first time I’ve ever been asked this one. I’m not even sure how to answer—I mean after all, are we talking liquor, events, food, men, or pure old physical heart palpitations? With that in mind, I can sum it up pretty good with one word. Characters!

I have a plaque on my wall that says, “I know the voices aren’t real, but they have such amazing ideas.” Every time I open up a blank page to start a new story, my heart really does beat a little faster. New people have come into my life, and they’re willing to tell me their deepest, darkest secrets.

Have you ever been awakened from a deep sleep? Your heart thumps around in your chest like it’s trying to find a way out, right? Well, if I don’t tell my characters stories just right, that happens to me, often times in the middle of the night. I awake, sit up in bed and hear them talking to me as plain as if they were right there. Shhh…don’t tell anyone or else those boys in the white coats will show up on my porch. And I’d far rather have sexy cowboys or sassy heroines at the door as those fellers. So I figure out what part of the chapter I didn’t get the right slant on, go back to sleep and the next morning I fix it before breakfast and my heart slows down a bit.

When I’m writing a sad scene, I cry with my characters. A happy one makes me laugh. Folks might think that’s downright crazy, but the way I figure it is if I don’t feel the emotions I’m writing about then my readers won’t either. Doesn’t matter if it’s anger, tears or laughter, I want my heart to beat a little faster when I feel what my characters do.

Of course there are a few more things on my “fast heart beat” list. Like really good doughnuts with maple icing, a shot of Jack Daniel’s straight from the freezer (whiskey doesn’t freeze but it can sure get icy cold), or my husband, Mr. B, coming in and asking if I’d like a hamburger from our local Sonic for supper. And then there’s the phone calls from my three children telling me about something wonderful that’s happened in their lives or in my grandchildren’s. I love my family—an afternoon in their midst can sure enough give me more ideas for books than I can write in a lifetime.

So what makes my heart beat faster? Maybe it could be boiled down to just plain old love, whether fictional or real.

About Carolyn Brown

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown was born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma. These days she and her husband make their home in Davis, Oklahoma, a small town of less than three thousand people where everyone knows everyone, knows what they are doing and with whom, and read the weekly newspaper to see who got caught.

A plaque hangs on her office wall that says I know the voices are not real but they have such great ideas. That is her motto and muse as she goes through the days with quirky characters in her head, telling their stories, one by one, and loving her job.

She has been married almost half a century to a retired English teacher that she calls Mr. B and he does not read her books before they are published because she cannot afford a divorce. They have three grown children.—and enough grandchildren to keep them busy and young.

When Carolyn is not writing she likes to sit in the back yard and watch the two tom cats protect the yard from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, other cats, spiders and blue jays.


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback or kindle copy (winner's choice) of Cowboy Bold by Carolyn Brown.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Great guest post. I like really good doughnuts too.

  2. Wonderful post, I can't imagine having characters talking to me though, so rather you than me. :-)

  3. I love the cover, it reminds of my teenage years when I helped out on my cousin's farm and helped with the bed & breakfast. I really enjoyed it.

  4. That's a great question. The characters are all important.

  5. looks like more success for a fantastic author! thanks xx

  6. Thanks for the chance, this looks great.

  7. OMG it's Great Books reading Blog i like this hindi story

  8. Gosh, this sounds amazing. I love reading Cowboy stories.

  9. I love that you experience the emotional ups & downs while writing that we readers also experience while reading those scenes.

  10. I haven't dipped into this style of book much but I love the sound of yours!

  11. I am loving the cover of this book :) and the story sounds great too :) x

  12. I love that Carolyn feels her characters' emotions as she's writing. Great characters make great books.

  13. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  14. Thank you for the chance, I love reading about cowboys :)

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  16. Sorry, I ve put wrong link to RC form, tweet for Sunday 7th of Oct.

  17. Oh I just love the books with cowboys! I am so excited to read this!

  18. Beautiful guest post, Carolyn. It really does all come down to love, doesn't it?