Change the Word: Can you please tell us a little about the inspiration behind The Truth About Caroline?
Randi M. Sherman: The Truth About Caroline picks up where my second novel Caroline Starts Over ends. Caroline has a terrible problem with honesty, she simply doesn’t see the upside to it. I am absolutely fascinated with people and their lies, why they do it and how they attempt to manage every one and every outcome. It seems exhausting.
RMS: I'd have dinner with a minor character named Dreama Phelps because she knows her worth and how to teach people about the way she wants to be treated. She is a little rough and tough, but she has a good spirit.
CTW: What was your favorite part about writing this story?
RMS: I love that I get to live as my alter ego in my stories. I can be bold and daring and take risks that I might not in real life. In The Truth About Caroline I experienced how difficult it is to be chronically dishonest.
CTW: What was the biggest difference between writing this and your first novel?
RMS: The Truth About Caroline is my third novel. The first, Paula Takes a Risk was fun a breezy, a quick beach read. As I worked on my second book, Caroline Starts Over and now The Truth About Caroline, I focused more on plot an character development - they are both much richer novels.
CTW: What has been the best piece of advice you've received as a writer?
RMS: Write every day.
CTW: Where do you spend most of your time writing?
RMS: I have a bright, fabulous office. However, I always have a pad of paper to write down ideas, no matter where I am.
RMS: Coffee in the morning, then usually water. If I pour a glass of wine, I'm done writing for the day. Cocktails and writing don't mix well for me.
CTW: What's another genre you might like to try writing?
RMS: Mystery, intrigue - but I don't think I could keep humor out of it.
CTW: If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?
RMS: "Come Fly with Me" - because I feel inspired and fabulous, like I'm about to take off on an incredible adventure. I want everyone I know, my readers to come with me.
CTW: What can you tell us about your next writing project?
RMS: I currently have one book at the publisher, due our Spring-ish 2016 – It's a contemporary, humorous, character-driven novel made up of over fifty intertwined stories, with more than 200 characters and it all occurs in one location. It was a labor of love and... math. AND –I am currently about 75 percent done with a humorous but inspirational character that is bawdy, bold and an unusually kind of hero. I hope to send it off to the publisher by the end of 2015.
Thank you for the interview.
About the Book
Honesty has always presented a problem for Caroline.
Manipulating situations and navigating around blunders and deceptions have become second nature to Caroline. She could justify every lie she has ever told, and any truth she ever stretched. Honesty and revealing secrets would only keep her from moving forward with her life. What good would it do anyhow?
Even all of those bad financial decisions, flawed relationships and questionable life choices seem like child’s play compared to being arrested for the solicitation of her husband’s murder, and what follows. Could someone figure out Caroline? And what would happen if someone did?
About the Author
With an eye for detail, an ear for well-tuned dialogue and an incredible grasp of the obvious, all honed while performing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and improvisational theater in San Francisco, Sherman adds just enough bawdiness to delivercharacter-driven contemporary novels that will have the reader laughing, thinking and even connecting with the characters in her books
Writing has been a part of Randi’s life since she was a teenager, one hundred and fifty thousand years ago. But being pragmatic and realizing that she preferred having an income, living indoors and eating regularly, she reluctantly put her dreams on hold and entered the corporate world, yet never left behind her sense of humor and creative storytelling ability, skills which were not always appreciated during budget and strategy meetings.
Now, after living indoors for a while and eating regularly, albeit too much, Randi has picked up her pen again and her third novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLINE is here. It is the continuation to her second novel CAROLINE STARTS OVER (2014). Randi's first book PAULA TAKES A RISK was released in 2012. Look for Randi's next novel THE LOBBY, Spring-ish 2016.
Randi lives in the California wine country. She would never claim to have a genius IQ, the body of a super model. However, she can spell “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Randi maintains a trim, well-toned body that is cleverly concealed beneath twenty pounds of soft protective layering and she has the appetite of a bird (vulture).
Things that Randi cannot live without: people to laugh with, her car horn, a gym membership where there are chubby women who break into a sweat while putting on a jog bra, wine, waist capes, and her wife, Carol.
Randi can live without: mean-spirited people, liver, left-overs, communal dressing rooms, tight underwear, and people who point.
Randi is five-foot-seven.
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