Carolina Dance (Author Interview)

Caroline Dance looks like a great start to a new thriller series.  How far along is book two?

The second novel is in the beginning stages of the first draft. There are also three Orlando Black short stories that will be published between the first and second novels. The first, Queen City Ruby is already published and the other two are not far behind.

What do you think makes a great action/crime/thriller book?

I think its story, character, and action, but not necessarily in that order.

What inspired you when writing Caroline Dance?

Well, there are a lot of issues that plague our society. Carolina Dance and the stories that follow tackle some of these issues. Knowing this gave me inspiration.

Also, there are many action-thriller heroes who fight bad guys and correct wrongs, but not many of them are black men. I’m a black man and an action-junky, so creating a protagonist who looks like me and is able to kick butt and save the day is inspiring too.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time?  Part time?

Right now I’m just enjoying creating, and being a creative is always full-time.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed creating stories, and have written, drawn, and acted out stories all my life. But to actually put a story on paper with the purpose of publishing it is something I started roughly three years ago.

When writing Caroline Dance did anything stand out as particularly challenging?

I believe the most challenging part was to start writing. I didn’t have many hang-ups when I started to write. Everything seemed to fall into place.

How did you come up with the story in Caroline Dance?

I had an idea for the main character and what I wanted the bad guy’s operation to consist of. I may have had an idea for some fight scenes too. Outside of that I just wrote and allowed the story to tell itself.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I like reading the bible, spending time with my loved ones, going to church, reading other action-thrillers, watching action-adventure movies, traveling, and working out and practicing martial arts.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

At my website,, I can also be found on Facebook at and on Instagram at

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