Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today we welcome Carrie Green, author of Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, and Sugar is Sweet. A trilogy of shorts stories in the horror genre.
Let's get to it.
VH: For what are you grateful?
CG: Friends and family are on the top of that list. My husband has been a rock in my life. We're a true team. We accomplished great feats together like the complete and total remodel of our home. He's fearless, willing to jump into any new project (while I'm great at coming up with solutions when problems crop up). We balance each other. Boy, I sound much more like a romance author than a horror author, but it's the truth.
VH: At what age were you the happiest? What triggered such joy?
CG: No particular age, it seems to me that true joy is fleeting. Reading has always been a reliable source as well as watching movies. I'm actually happiest at old time family activity centers such as drive-in movie theaters and amusement parks (Indiana Beach is my all-time favorite vacation spot, Wisconsin Dells is number two). Apple picking is a blast as well as visiting public gardens. Zoos and museums are delightful. Pets are an endless source of joy that you can experience daily. The feeling of joy, or perfect contentment, doesn't last forever, usually it's shared in a smile or a laugh.
VH: If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself?
CG: To really enjoy my grandparents and value my time with them (everyone was alive when I was seven). A grandparent is often the first relative to pass for most of us; his or her death is how we learn to live in the moment and to never forget to say 'I love you.' I recall being devastated at the loss of each one of my grandparents throughout my childhood. Birthdays and holidays are never the same. It's important to never take for granted the people who love you and whom you love. Children can be extremely self-centered. I'm not sure how I would convey all of this (mortality) to my seven year old self, but I would try.
VH: It truly is amazing just how much we change. It was a pleasure, thank you Carrie.
ROSES ARE RED, A Collection of Short Stories (Book 1 of the New Blood Trilogy)
A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP--Drunk, Allan ended an all-nighter of partying with a hit and run that escalates into First Degree murder.
A LUCKY HUMAN--Traveling the Universe aboard a space cruise ship may be the hottest trend, but a young man may be exchanging his life for this privilege.
CASH ONLY--This bounty hunter only cares about the paycheck.
"The sudden violence of a domestic dispute, a curious futuristic world where computers fall in love and choose their mates, a bounty-hunter reeling in his charge... An author who neither minces nor overplays her words, Carrie Green is one to read." Sheila Deeth, Gather.com Reviewer, Author of Refracted, Black Widow, and Flower Child
VIOLETS ARE BLUE, A Novella (Book 2 of the New Blood Trilogy)
Newly-wed Sarah was delighted to move in with her mother-in-law, Martha, a widower who had raised her son, by herself, on an isolated Midwest farm.
A kid from a broken home who had been raised in a group house in Chicago, Sarah had struggled to put herself through college on scholarships. She considered herself to be self-reliant and willing to work hard for her dreams. She wanted only one thing, a real family. Todd was the love of her life, so that she was sure that she'd love Martha, too.
It never occurred to Sarah that Martha would see her as competition, to be eliminated.
SUGAR IS SWEET, A Collection of Short Stories (Book 3 of the New Blood Trilogy)
PLAYING FOR KEEPS--Sometimes a mother/daughter bond can be too close.
LOVED--Being loved is sometimes a fairy tale, sometimes, a nightmare. It all depends on who falls in love with you.
CHRISTMAS IN STRIPES--An ex-con spends his first holiday back home with his family and realizes that you can never go home again."
A trio of disquieting short stories offered up by author Carrie Green, who quickly shows readers sugar is not always sweet. At the heart of each is a twisted family dynamic gone horribly wrong. The characters are believably drawn, and contains family interplay that rings true if not a bit disturbing. Most of us know families like these." Mark Souza, Horror writer and storyteller featured in numerous anthologies, Author of Second Honeymoon, The Dead Shoe Society, and The Love Shack, among others...
Carrie Green "a powerful new voice in horror and suspense" will have her first novel, 'Walk a Lonely Street,' published by McMullin Press in 2012. Set in Chicago, a jazz nightclub owner is found dead in the parking lot with a bullet to the brain. Police have written it off as a suicide, but his wife and best buddy think that it's a murder and they embark on their own investigation. Carrie is excited to build her audience, in the meantime, with the 'Roses are Red,' 'Violets are Blue,' and 'Sugar is Sweet,' trilogy of shorts stories and a novella being released as eBooks for a limited time. Born and raised in Chicago, Carrie now lives with her husband in the northern suburbs of the city. Contact Carrie or sign up to receive notification of the publication of her next book at www.CarrieGreenBooks.com.
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