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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Authors, HL Carpenter

Beginning March 2019, Colleen’s Conversations will change to a monthly author interview feature.

Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you a mother/daughter writing team. I asked these ladies to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

First, please meet my guests, HL Carpenter.

About HL Carpenter

Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo. The Carpenters are multi-genre authors of family-friendly fiction. Their published works include cozy mysteries, middle grade/young adult novels, middle grade/young adult fantasy novellas and novelettes, a futuristic speculative novella, and a satirical short story.

The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

To contact HL Carpenter, find out about their work, and read excerpts of their books, visit HLCarpenter.com. While you’re there, sign up for Top Drawer Ink, the official newsletter of Carpenter Country, to keep up with the latest happenings.Hi, there! We’re happy you’re here! We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter duo. We write family-friendly fiction from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. When we’re not writing, we enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

In addition to being multi-generational writers, we’re also multi-genre writers. You’ll find a list of all our work here and a list of our fiction here.
And don’t miss the Carpenter Country essays, brief slice-of-life peeks into our escapades here in Carpenter Country.

Hello, Colleen! So happy to meet you! Thanks for the opportunity to guest on your blog! Hi, everyone! (Waves) We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter author duo. We write from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue.

Hello ladies. It’s great to meet you. You have a great selection of books available. Do you want each of your books to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

This is such an interesting question, Colleen. Though we’re not averse to creating a series at some point, at present each of our nine books stands alone. That means no connections between them in terms of “visiting” characters from other books or a common supernatural world that follows a similar set of rules.

However, all our books do have similarities. Besides our “author voice,” those generally include strong female leads, companion animals, minimal offensive language, adventure, and sweet romance. We like to think that when a reader picks up an HL Carpenter book, they can expect a story that’s as familiar and interesting as an afternoon spent with a friend.

That’s wonderful and your books sound like fabulous reads. So, how important is research to you both when writing a book?

Research is tremendously important. We want our books to be accurate, and we generally haven’t had the experiences our characters do. Among other shortcomings, we have never solved a mystery or met a ghost. Yet. Instead, we have to absorb all the knowledge we can and then use that knowledge to make our books realistic.

That could sound like drudgery. It isn’t. We love to learn and research is fun. As an example, while we enjoy gardening, we’re not as deep into plant science as the main character in our book, The Ghost in The Gardens. Since the story sprouted from a brief article about a small botanical garden and a woman who spent her entire working career cataloging the plants in that single garden, we had a lot of learning to do.

So, we dug in (sorry for the pun!). In the process, we learned how vital plants are to everyday life. For instance, you probably have a plant in your house right now. Even if you don’t tend houseplants, you may have salad greens in the refrigerator and bags of vegetables in your freezer. The cotton garments you wear, the aspirin you take for granted, the wood chair you sit on—these are all plant-based.

Our research brought home to us that plants are everywhere, living on light, communicating with each other via underground root systems and with other species via color and scent, and demonstrably conscious of their environment.

Isn’t that fascinating? We think so.

As a bonus, we were so interested in what we discovered we ended up with acres more information than we could use in “The Ghost in the Gardens.”

Never fear—the extra will not go to waste. We have an idea for another book that will feature plants, as well as the familiar HL Carpenter hallmarks: a strong female lead, a companion animal, minimal offensive language, adventure, and a sweet romance.

Amazon Author Page: HL Carpenter

Amazing! I’ve always thought plants were sentient beings so your book sounds intriguing. Thanks for stopping by. 

You’re welcome, Colleen. We had a great time. 

How to contact Authors, HL Carpenter:

Blog: HLCarpenter.com





k luv u bye
 Thanks for stopping by to meet the fabulous writing duo of HL Carpenter. <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Thank you, Colleen, for the opportunity to share your blog. We had fun with the interview.

  2. Nice to find out more about our writing friends here. Great interview! <3

  3. Thank you ladies. You are the first mother daughter collaboration I have met online. I particularly love the sound of “The Ghost in the Gardens.” Many thanks Colleen.

  4. Thank you Colleen for introducing Carpenters here, it is interesting to know more about them and their books. Mother-daughter collaboration seems to work so well for them! 🙂 Love their bonding.

  5. Sounds interesting, i always like to work with other people🌸

  6. Writing partners always interest me. I don’t know if I could do it, but it’s wonderful that you do.

  7. Great to learn more about this dynamic writing duo who are so supportive of others.. thanks Colleen…♥

  8. Nice to to meet you, Carpenters!

    I’ve always been intrigued as to how Writing partnerships work!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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