Interview with Carolyn Brown, Author of The Sometimes Sisters

Posted February 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Book Tour, Interview / 16 Comments

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Howdy, Delighted Readers!

Today we have author Carolyn Brown over for a visit to talk about her latest release, The Sometimes Sisters. Are you as intrigued as I am by a title like that?

Hi, Carolyn! How’s the world treating you this fine day? There’s a cold drizzle and a blustery breeze going on out there, but I’ve got it toasty and dry inside with a cup of cocoa for you.

Oh, I really, really like hot cocoa. Thank you for making it and for inviting me to visit with all y’all today. It’s a pleasure to be here.

First of all, congratulations on your latest book release. So, sisters, eh?
Do you have sisters? If so, any funny stories about you and your sisters?

Thank you! I’ve been waiting anxiously for this book to hit the shelves. It’s been getting some really good reviews at Goodreads, and I’m hoping all my readers enjoy the store. Yes, ma’am-sisters! I had two sisters. One I never met, because like Dana in The Sometimes Sisters, my father had more than one family. My half-sister died before I ever met her. But my full-blooded sister and I were best friends and she took many secrets to her grave a few years back.

A funny story! My sister, Patti, and I neither one needed rocks in our pockets to hold us down in a fierce wind storm. We came from sturdy stock and were build pretty close to the ground. So Patti decided many years ago, in the days of Jack Lelane, that we would buy his tape and get skinny. Now my sister had an outfit for every ocassion-from births to funerals, to weddings or taking out the trash. So she bought leotards and tights because a woman had to have the right attire if she was going to get skinny. Her outfit was yellow and black stripes-horizontal stripes. I figured I could just wear gray sweats. So there we were, me looking like a worn out old football coach. And my sister looking like a life sized bumble bee. We were empowered! With those outfits and a tape we would be skinny in a week. She was already seeing visions of cute little suits in single digit sizes. So we turned on the tape and got with it. Five minutes into it we were panting, but we had gotten past the warm up stretches. Ten minutes into it we were groaning. Fifteen minutes, I was lying on the floor sweating, and I don’t do sweat. Twenty minutes, she was beside me. Twenty five, and we looked up the number of the undertaker. Thirty, we got out the ice cream and made sure our under britches had good elastic. Granny would have been mortified if we’d been taken to the hospital and had on old underwear. Thirty five, we took out the tape and put it in the trash can, ate the ice cream and swore off all forms of exercise.

What a hoot, thanks for that! I totally use my outdoor chores and walks as my exercise these days. The fervor for tapes and exercise programs just do not work for me.

What led you to writing about reuniting three half-sisters?

Well, these three sisters popped into my head one day and swore they wouldn’t leave until I told their story. Then they threatened me with Jack Lelane. What could I do? I’d rather write than sweat.

I may be going out on a limb, since I haven’t read The Sometimes Sisters yet, but there seems to be strong, bittersweet themes going on there and each sister might have her own private struggles. What exactly are these gals up against?

It’s been ten years since they’ve spent much time together and they’ve brought a lot of baggage with them. Dana is harboring a secret about her daughter and her marriage. Tawny’s been kicked out of college. And Harper, well the guilt she’s been experiencing for ten years is so heavy that it’s about to do her in.

Were any of the sisters harder to write about than the others?

Not really, but I have a confession. In the beginning Zed was going to be a very minor secondary character, but he soon became a very major player in the story.

I love the setting of a summer lake resort. I have fond memories of staying at an old family-run resort. Did you pattern Annie’s Place after a real location or a real summer resorting experience of your own?

I did some research down in that area so the location is real. As I sat there at the end of the bridge, I could see Annie’s Place in my mind’s eye, and the whole story began to take form. But other than that, the whole business is only real to me, and hopefully my readers as they read the book.

Is The Sometimes Sisters standalone or will there be more books connected to this story?

It’s stand alone. The story is told, and now the sisters can be forever sisters instead of sometimes sisters.

And now, I have a curiosity question that I’ve wondered about before. You’re a very prolific writer and release a few books each year. Lord knows I try to keep up. LOL How many stories do you work on at once? And how ever do you keep them straight while you’re working on them all?

I have tunnel vision so I usually work on one book at a time. Unless, I have edits and then they get my attention immediately. When I’m working on a book, it has my full, undivided attention for about ten hours a day. The characters are real, and they whisper in my ear. They wake me up at night to tell me if I’ve got something wrong. If I don’t fix it then they stop talking to me…now that’s even more scary than an exercise tape.

Speaking of your books, what’s next for release?

The Sometimes Sisters is my second release this year. Following it will be Cowboy Bold (May), the debut cowboy romance in the Longhorn Canyon Series; Small Town Rumors (July), a stand alone women’s fiction book; Cowboy Honor (Sept) the second book in the Longhorn Canyon Series. Then in early 2019, Cowboy Brave, the final Lonhorn Canyon book will be published, and also The Magnolia Inn, a women’s fiction book that I’m working on right now.

Thanks so much for dropping by for a chat, Carolyn! I love cracking open your books and I can’t wait to read Dani, Harper, and Tawny’s story.

Thank you again for the visit. It’s been fun!

About the Book

Title: The Sometimes Sisters
Author: Carolyn Brown
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance

When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart.

Now she’s gone, leaving Annie’s Place to her granddaughters—twelve cabins, a small house, a café, a convenience store, and a lot of family memories. It’s where Dana, Harper, and Tawny once shared so many good times. They’ve returned, sharing only hidden regrets, a guarded mistrust, and haunting guilt. But now, in this healing summer place, the secrets that once drove them apart could bring them back together—especially when they discover that their grandmother may have been hiding something, too…

To overcome the past and find future happiness, these “sometimes sisters” have one more chance to realize they are always family.


About the Author

Carolyn Brown is a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist. Her books include romantic women’s fiction, historical romance, contemporary romance, cowboy romance, and country music mass-market paperbacks. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing—and reads the local newspaper on Wednesdays to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. When she’s not writing, Carolyn likes to sit in her gorgeous backyard with her two cats, Chester Fat Boy and Boots Randolph Terminator Outlaw, and watch them protect their territory from all kinds of wicked varmints like crickets, locusts, and spiders. Visit her online at



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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Wow! It’s so neat to meet the great Carolyn Brown, and this book sounds quite intriguing and different. It’s interesting to hear how characters speak and drive the story until it’s written, and my goodness – 10 hours a day! Thanks for the awesome interview! Hugs…and Happy Tuesday! RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  RO

Hey, Radiant Ro! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

She’s a trooper working her ten hours, right?

3 years ago

Love this interview Sophia Rose. I haven’t read anything from the author yet but her new release looks interesting. Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

You betcha, Vanessa! I’ve been a fan of her books for at least five years and they are such cheerful heartwarming stories that they perk me right up. 🙂
Good luck for the win!

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Oh that sounds awesome. I have a half sister and 3 half brothers. The relationships can sometimes be challenging.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

You said it, Mary. Family can be the biggest relationship challenges.

3 years ago

I have 5 younger brothers and a 2 year old sister, so the relationship with me and her will be a little different. She will more than likely see me as an aunt. Great interview, I think if I was to start writing, I would wake up in the middle of the night too because my mind wouldn’t turn off and that’s when I think the best.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Cricket

Oldest child, eh? 🙂

3 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I am 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Cricket

Me, too!

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

I love the siblings exercise story. I have 2 sisters, we are all 18 months apart and I am the oldest. We have a brother who came along 11 years later. When we were in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade our mother told us we had to clean our room before we could go out and play. Somehow we decided throwing everything out the window onto the porch roof top made sense. Boy did we get a beating that night when our father came home.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I just laughed like a loon. I can just picture your folks’ faces when they spotted your solution. Haha!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

The exercise story is hilarious! I laughed a bunch! Love this interview, ladies, and I love Carolyn’s books! The Sometimes Sisters was one of my favorites! 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

That was a great story, for sure, Rachel.

Thanks for saying so. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Goodness it sounds like these girls have a lot to work through. I’ve heard good things about it so far 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

It was a very poignant story. At first, I wanted to hose them down when they were sniping, but then they started to come around and their secrets came out along with the sisterly affection. Old Zed was wonderful about corralling them. 🙂