Carol is taking part in our coming Home is a Feeling show in Faversham on 13th and 14th November.
Describe what you do as a creative.
I write contemporary full-length novels in the urban fantasy and action Sci-Fi genres. These are aimed at young adult/adult and adult 18+ readers.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in relatively poor, working-class home with two parents and an older sister who despised me. My mother was illiterate and as a child I never knew. Not understanding what passing an eleven plus exam meant, she sent me to the nearest school.
I worked from the age of nine, and upon leaving school at fifteen went into nursing. I’m still nursing full-time forty-seven years and a whole host of nursing roles, later.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be an astronaut, but it wasn’t something girls did in my youth.
How did you begin doing what you do?
My teacher at primary school encouraged my interest in reading and made me one of the school librarians. In secondary, the English teacher there gave me the role of school librarian which I loved, despite the ridicule I received from other students.
I have been reading Sci-Fi since the age of eleven. I started writing poetry at eight, then short stories in my twenties & thirties. I wrote my first full-length novel at forty-four whilst watching my son play and reading an Anne McCaffery novel.
What turns on your creativity?
My dreams, my thoughts, situations, other people’s stories and their lives.
For example, today I was speaking to someone about anxiety states and relaying an episode where someone discovered their panic attacks were set off by baked bean cans. Eureka I thought, a story, The baked Bean Detective. It might amount to nothing but a hill of beans (pun intended) its just how things start for me.
What do you like best about your work?
Free will to write and hearing folk enjoy my work.
When were you most satisfied in your work?
Winning the Faversham Eye Writing Competition in 2020 for the short story, Life After Covid. It’s the first accolade I’ve ever received for anything in my life.
Describe a memorable response to your work.
My sister is my harshest critic, she is hard to please full-stop. When she told me she’d read (Aquasapien) solidly over 5 days and absolutely loved it, I couldn’t believe it. She even wrote a review, something I would have never imagined in a thousand years.
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
Seeing all my work in Waterstones.
What is your dream project?
Always my next novel.
Which artists / creative people are your heroes and inspiring figures?
Any book by Terry Pratchett, or E.E. Doc Smith. Really too many to count, but any fantasy, sci-fi book, TV Programme, film.
Your idea of happiness.
An increase in book sales.
Recognition by a traditional agent/publisher.
My family members staying healthy.
Though not in that order.
What art/creativity related book should everyone read?
That’s hard, because I never read a book more than once and I’ve read over 6,000!
Tell us a lesson life has taught you.
Out of every negative comes a positive. It may not be there at the same time, but it will come, nevertheless.
Anything else you would like to add?
Please think about leaving a review, if you like my work. On Amazon, Goodreads, Waterstones or my Estore.
I also run free Podcasts of my work on my YouTube channel Carol M. Salter