Meet the Lady from Texas
Caryl McAdoo. Though she’s not a native Texan, she is a true blue, loyal lover of the great Lone Star State.
Caryl loves the rich history of Texas and especially the Red River Valley with its rolling prairies and heavily timbered land. But what really helped win her affections were its people.
McAdoo loves the state so much she set her Christian Romance novels in Texas set in the 1800’s. She takes us back to an era that still beckons us today with its history and romance. A time of the Texas Rangers, Indians, cowboys, and making a living off the land farming and raising cattle. A time when people of the territory were working to become annexed into the United States.
Like most of us my age we were introduced to this era by going to a Saturday matinee and watching our heros like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lash LaRue, Alan ‘Rocky’ Lane and Randolph Scott lasso and rope cows to horse thieves to rustlers and then they got the girl! Who didn’t leave the theatre as kids, go home, and play cowboys and Indians?
So it is with great pleasure we welcome Caryl McAdoo today.
To welcome Caryl I prepared a hot drink, Sunburst Spiced Tea. You will find the recipe below, so fix you a cup and join us.
Ingredients: 2 medium oranges, l medium lemon, 4 cardamom pods, 4 whole cloves, 4 tsps. English breakfast tea leaves (or other black tea), 4 cups boiling water.
Directions: Use a citrus zester; remove peel from oranges and lemon in long narrow strips. Place the peel strips, cardamom and cloves in a large bowl. With the end of a wooden spoon handle crush mixture until aromas are released. Add tea leaves and boiling water. Cover and steep for 6 minutes. Strain tea and discard peel mixture. Serve immediately. (For this recipe go to http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sunburst-spiced-tea )
(Originally published as Sunburst Spiced Tea in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007.)
Thank you for joining me today Caryl. We are so excited about having you.
Thank you Susan, I’m glad to be here.
You just released Hope Reborn,a book in your historical Texas Romance series. Tell us a little about it.
It’s about a New York dime novelist, May Meriwether, who decides a heroic Texas Ranger will make a great love interest for her new heroine. She is bored to tears and loves adventure so she sets out to the Lone Star State with her constant companion and confidant Chester in tow. She meets a widower and an unexpected romance surprises them both but he is still in love with his dead wife and he also has strong religious beliefs. She is perplexed because she doesn’t know if he will have room in his heart for her and give up his fanaticism for God.
Caryl, tell us something you’d like your readers to know about you they don’t.
Besides writing, I love to sing. Not because I have a beautiful voice. I love making music, and never learned how to play an instrument, so I sing. While I have trouble remembering a movie, even a good one, the tune and words to a song are forever etched into my brain. Once in the role of taxi-mom singing unashamedly with the radio, I overheard my seven-year-old in the backseat tell her little girlfriend, “My mother knows all the words to all the songs, even the ones she hasn’t heard.”
I guess some readers might guess that though because I often sing all over Facebook. A song like: ♪♫•*Our God ¨*•.is an awesome God!¸¸.•*¨He reigns*•♫♪ from Heaven above!♪♫•*¨*•. With wisdom!.•*¨*•♫♪ Power and Love! ♪♫•*¨*• Our God is an awesome God!¸.•*¨*•♫♪♫♪
What kind of work did you do before you became an author?
Before writing, I successfully supplemented my husband’s fire department income mostly as a salesman, sold about everything in my life from Avon to asphalt. I enjoy interacting with people, love making new friends!
Those skill sets have come in right handy because after an author writes, marketing is essential. I also drove a taxi for a time. That proved interesting and gave me extra sitting time to read.
You were fortunate that you picked up those skills before you started writing. As you said, authors do have to market their books.
When you are writing do you like to snack?
I love salty and sweets both, and best together! Popcorn and chocolate… yum! But I don’t snack while writing. Talking about being as big as the side of a barn! Sitting in the chair in front of the computer as much as I do already has taken its toll. I keep saying I’m going to set a timer and get up every hour and walk up to the road and back, about a mile, but though it’s a good idea in theory…it hasn’t happened because I’m always so busy and right in the middle of something every time that dinger goes off! I do keep a bag of chocolates in my desk drawer, and every night before I lay the old girl down, I reward herself with one lovely, creamy, dreamy piece of heaven to melt leisurely in the mouth.
I know just what you mean. I have to watch eating at my desk. I would sit at my desk for days on end if I could so I could get everything done.
You wrote a number of books before you started this new series, Christian Texas Romance. Tell us the story behind that.
Jack Ballas, who is a prolific western writer, also my mentor who I love and respect imparted to me his wisdom saying, “Caryl, pick a genre. Then at the North East Texas Writers Organization’s 26th writers conference I met Mary Sue Seymour of the Seymour Agency in New York. She told me, “If you’ll write a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, I’ll sell it.” I did, and she did–to Simon and Schuster.”
Tell us about Vow Unbroken that was released in March of this 2014.
Love and determination conquers all on the Jefferson Trace in the fall of 1832. Desperate young widow Susannah Baylor recruits War of 1812 veteran Patrick Henry Buckmeyer to help transport her cotton from the Red River Valley to market in Jefferson, Texas despite of his bad reputation. With her daughter, nephew, unsaved hireling and his dog, Sue overcomes every obstacle.Love comes, but she’s made a vow to God, and will not wed again without her father’s blessing.
Then you followed up with Hearts Stolen that released in September 2014. What was it about?
Sassy Nightengale, stolen off the prairie by Comanche, almost gives up hope until a company of Texas Rangers rides into Bold Eagle’s peace camp, come for the negotiated exchange of stolen white women, except her name isn’t on their list. Determined to escape captivity with her blue-eyed four-year-old, she does everything she can to be noticed.
Tell us about your research, what are some fun facts you learned.
One of the most amusing things I came across was researching for VOW UNBROKEN, book one of my historical Christian Texas Romance series set in 1832 when Texas was actually still Tejas, claimed as a part of Mexico. President Bustamonte had declared no more whites could cross the Red River into his country. But more often than not, his presidios often hightailed it south after skirmishes with the settlers streaming in from the East. In light of our present-day troubles protecting our southern borders, discovering this tickled my funny bone. I suppose the old cliché what goes around comes around truly has something to it.
Thanks Caryl, that is an interesting part of our history.
I knew quite a bit of Texas history from high school days. Being Texas-proud as most residents are, I actually remembered it, but hadn’t delved into the details of living in those hard pioneer days before writing this series. Their vernacular, the toys children played with, exactly how they’d get a fully loaded wagon across a creek or river—but I was so blessed to have Google! How did writers of yesteryear do it? Mind boggling, indeed!
So what’s next for Caryl McAdoo?
I’m presently writing three novels at one time. Book five in the historical Christian Texas Romance series DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART debuting in September, 2015, God willing. It’s the story of Henry Buckmeyer’s three youngest daughters who are all reaching courting age. Also TOKEN OF THE COVENANT, volume three of my new Biblical fiction series The Generations planned for release in July, 2015. It tells the story of Noah’s family on the ark and those early years after the waters subsided. It follows volume one A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, which released November 2014, with Adam and Eve and their children to Seth, and volume two THEN THE DELUGE COMES, March 2015, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah and his three sons Japheth, Ham, and Shem.
And lastly, ACQUIRING A WIFE, a contemporary Christian Texas Romance that I’m writing as my Thank You gift to all those who subscribe to my newsletter The Caryler! I give them a free novel every quarter to let them know how much I appreciate them. This story is fun because Ron, my high school sweetheart husband of forty-six years, and I love playing this game called Acquire, and I’m using that game in the story! It’s for the third quarter. I already have the stories written THE PREACHER’s FAITH to give away first quarter, and SING A NEW SONG the second—both contemporary Christian Texas Romances.
I wanted to mention that you are not only a writer, but you are also a grandmother. How many grandchildren do you have now and what do they call you?
I have fourteen “grandsugars” and they call me Grami. Just ask me to talk about my “grandsugars”! My oldest is twenty-five, and the youngest, almost two; a total of eight boys and six girls. I always say there is no greater blessing God gives than a new baby. I’m so very proud of all my blessings from the Lord. AND… I’m looking forward to more “grandsugars” from my youngest son who may be marrying pretty soon .
Doyne Phillips, with Southern Writers Magazine, did an interview on you, in their March/April 2014 issue. In that interview you talked about starting your writing as a child. Can you tell us a little about that?
I wanted to write a book and be an author ever since my youth. Assigned a homework essay on what I’d be doing in the year 2000, I wrote about being an intergallactic, famous author hopping from planet to planet autographing books! Not so totally ridiculous in the mind of a twelve-year-old since they were talking about sending men to the moon, but what can I say? The space program didn’t live up to my expectations.”
Who finally helped get you into writing as an adult?
My husband Ron inspired me and led the way.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
From the history of the Red River Country of Texas, it’s rich in history. This area has been known as the Gateway to Texas since the 1830’s. I feel since most of the most famous names in Texas history came through the Clarksville area I would never run out of ideas.
Is there something you would like to share with other writers?
If I could go back and do anything over I would settle on one genre early on. I would have started writing Christian romance years ago. I love historical and contemporary both. It so suits me, a perfect fit. I love writing stories that glorify God.
I am so glad you dropped by today. It was a pleasure getting to talk to you about your writing. I am anxious for your new books to be released. Please let us know when they are.
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