Carole Nelson Douglas

Carole Nelson Douglas, author of more than fifty fantasy and science fiction, mystery, mainstream, and romance novels, was an award-winning reporter and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. After writing some bestselling high fantasy novels and SF thrillers, she imported fantasy notions into her Midnight Louie mystery series, which features a hard-boiled Las Vegas PI who’s a feline “Sam Spade with hairballs.” Her Irene Adler historical series made Carole the first author to use a woman from the Sherlock Holmes stories as a protagonist in the 1991 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Good Night, Mr. Holmes. She’s won or been short-listed for more than fifty writing awards in nonfiction, sf/fantasy, mystery, and romance genres, including several from the Romance Writers of America and Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine, and the Cat Writers’ Association. In 2008, RT BOOKreviews magazine named Carole a “pioneer of the publishing industry. Carole and husband Sam Douglas, a former art museum exhibitions director and kaleidoscope designer, are kept as pets by five stray cats and a dog in Fort Worth, Texas. She collects vintage clothing, and does a mean Marilyn Monroe impersonation, and, yes, she does dance, but not with werewolves. As far as she knows.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. If you're not busy being born, you're busy dying, to paraphrase Bob Dylan

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Defying the "common wisdom" that you can't make a living in the arts by quitting a "forever"-secure, well-paid journalism job to write fiction full time.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not grabbing the chance I'd won at 21 to go to New York and get the job Anne Hathaway's character had in "The Devil Wears Prada."  As the only child of a widowed Midwestern mother I heeded her fears, not my heart. After seeing the movie . . . maybe she was right.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. After writing and cats, my favorite thing is water, so I'd be on a tropical beach listening to Jimmy Buffet.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. My writing has allowed me to "be" any gender and species from a cat to a queen to a counter-terrorist to an albino vampire. I wouldn't trade my multi-personalities for any one state, but if I was a tree,  Barbara, I'd be a Hollywood Twist.

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