Before we get to her unique interview, let's learn a little about Carlene.
Carlene Havel is an award-winning writer of Christian-themed fiction. She has lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and numerous US States. After a career in human resources and software development, she began writing in 2005. The Havels live in Texas, surrounded by their extended family.
Now on with the questions.
Did you always want to be an author?
Occasionally I would say, “I should write a book!” but never really meant it. In 2005 I became a Christian. That decision changed everything, and I developed a sudden, intense passion to write.
Where did you get the idea for “Baxter Road Miracle”?
When I was in high school, my father planted a church in a Dallas suburb. “Baxter Road Miracle” is loosely based on our family’s adventures during that time. In case my mother reads this blog, I categorically deny ever doing anything in any way similar to either of the Youngblood girls! The story is particularly close to my heart, since it’s dedicated to my Dad. He’ll never read it—he’s far too deep into the clutches of Alzheimer’s—nevertheless, it’s my attempt to celebrate the faith he once had.
Carlene I understand your frustration. I have a mother going down the ugly Alzheimer’s road and a step dad with Dementia. It hurts to see our love one’s minds slowly taken away by this disease.
If you had no limitations of time, resources, and family ties, what would you do?
I’d love to go to China and teach English for a year or two. My church occasionally posts ads for this kind of adventure. Although this will probably never happen for me, wouldn’t it be exciting? Fun to dream about.
Do you ever suffer from “writer’s block”?
Nope, never. There’s always another story to be told. My problem is squeezing out enough hours to transfer what’s inside my head onto paper (or screen). Maybe that’s genetic? You may already know my mother and father are authors. After they started writing, they kept a dozen or so sharpened pencils at the ready. Mom labeled the wooden pencil holder their “writer’s block.” So, everyone still knows what a pencil is, right? Ancient artifacts used to draw pictures on Big Chief tablets and cave walls?
Tell us something unusual about you.
I once worked for a banana importer. Our office was a couple of blocks from the wharf, but the longshoremen brought us stalks of bananas to feast on while we worked. After considerable research, I can tell you the tastiest banana is chartreuse-yellow, slightly green at the tips, with NO brown spots anywhere on the skin. When the skin turns golden or gets the tiniest brown spot, it’s time to think banana bread.
Carlene that does sound interesting. Tell us what’s the best thing you’ve ever done?
Easy one. I trusted Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. You could call me a “Jesus freak”, a label I gladly accept.
Amen! Carlene, I feel the same way. I always say that regardless of who you are, everyone will go through trials, but having a relationship with Jesus makes the difference. I too am happy to be a follower of Jesus.
Here is the blurb about Baxter Road Miracle and a few purchase links.
Can faith move mountains? The Youngbloods are about to find out.