10 best reasons
It’s official there are 10 best reasons to love Caryl McAdoo.
I am so excited to introduce my lovely friend Caryl McAdoo whose latest book Chief of Sinners has recently been released. Congratulation my friend on this achievement. You can read more about Caryl’s new book at the end of the interview.
What a blessing Caryl is to her friends and readers.
Welcome, Caryl (round of applause please).
Margaret, thank you so much for inviting me to visit! I’ve just loved getting to know you over the years since e’meeting you! This is an honor, and I’m thrilled to be with you!
Let’s begin. You have written many books during your time as an author, have you visited the places in your books?
For the most part, my novels are set in Texas, even to placing my original heroine of the Texas Romance Family Saga, Susannah “Sue” Baylor right on the 900 acre McAdoo Ranch in Northeast Texas where Ron and I live—the land isn’t ours, it belongs to my brother-in-love and his wife. I grew up in Dallas and one of its suburbs, Irving, and Ron’s maternal grandparents lived in the hill country. I was born in Long Beach California and have visited to San Francisco. He’s been to Alaska, but we’ve never been overseas.
Sounds like your life has been busy enough!
Tell us, have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage of a favourite book that you have read if so where you have gone?
Never. I’ve had children in my care since the age of nineteen. I spread my own four out over fourteen years so that before my youngest left the nest, we’d taken on four grandsons and reared the last fourteen years, so . . . not much opportunity for literary pilgrimages! The only place I want to go in the world is Jerusalem.
Yes, I agree, Jerusalem would be an awesome place to visit.
Oh, I cried in book one, VOW UNBROKEN, and most every one of the historicals since. It wasn’t until book eight though that my emotions were such that I could barely read the chapters at our bi-monthly read and critique group for weeping.
Oh, those characters do tug your heartstrings, Caryl.
I like this question, if you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
Start earlier, self-publish, and write more! I wrote for twenty years for traditional houses and VOW UNBROKEN—that Simon & Schuster’s Howard Books published (their Christian imprint)—was my tenth book to be published. It debuted in March 2014, and three years later, as a hybrid author (published traditionally and independently) here I am, having just launched CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten in the family saga series, overall my thirtieth title published. So in twenty years, ten books released, and in the last three years, twenty more! Woo Hoo! See what God can do!
He certainly is amazing Caryl.
Now I am interested in this question as I love research. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Oh, I just jump in and then research as I go. 22nd Century writers have it so good. I’ll be writing along in Word, come to a point where I want to write about something I don’t know about, so I click right over to Google and find out whatever tiny piece of information I need. Like how much postage cost in 1867 from Texas to California, or how long it would take to get from one place to another, or what book launched in 1885 then am able to talk just like a historian, plugging in interesting little tidbits. I have a whole document where I keep slang of the 19th century! But I do it as I go.
That is what I am like, but sometimes I get carried away!
Naming the characters is one of my favorite things. It’s like I had that many babies, only these don’t get me up in the middle of the night! I had a herd of eighty dwarf Nigerian goats and knew all their names. Some characters are named after people I know and some after my animals.
That makes me laugh – I wonder if anyone can tell which have been named after your animals!
Plenty! We wrote it twenty-five years ago, back when we were in our forties—‘we’ being Ron and me. Back then, it was written to a more secular audience to get them to read a story in which the Lord worked miracles and sinners got saved. It still had the same theme back then, that obedience to God can overcome ruinous choices, and with the repentance of wicked ways, His faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail. But it had more secular elements that its new ‘cut’ version—mostly too much steam for my tastes as a sixty-seven-year-old Christian and Grami.
The scene is there, but we close the door earlier, allowing the couple much more privacy. And there was some moderate cursing, too—all taken out. We even took out words like heck, dang and shoot as expletives. Out of our story and our own vocabularies; didn’t allow our children or grandsugars to use them either.
I think that is what cuts it with your books Caryl. They are very visual and gritty but clean in a way that makes the scene real with action but without the actual action written down.
That would definitely be a spoiler, but I can say when one of these people I love died and leave it there. It hurts my gut. I cry and can hardly see to type for the tears blurring my sight.
Having read your book I can see why it was hard to write it.
Last question, what was your favourite childhood book?
BLACK GOLD by Marguerite Henry about a horse. I also loved MISTY OF THE CHINCOTEAGUE by the same author. NATIONAL VELVET, MY FRIEND FLICKA. All the horse stories! As I grew older, I think the DIARY OF ANN FRANK was a favorite and touched me very deeply.
Yes, the diary of Ann Frank was one of my favourites too, we had to read it for history in school.
I have really enjoyed our time together Caryl. Thank you for visiting today and sharing with me and my readers some of your pearls of wisdom. It has been enjoyable learning more about you and your writing. I hope your book(s) bring many blessings to those that read them.
Thank you so much for having me again, Margaret. This was fun! I send love and hugs and blessings right across the ocean to you!
Thank you, Caryl.
There you go, friends, 10 books and 10 best reasons to begin this marvellous series if you have not already done so. Check out the series below and to read more about Caryl’s latest book, her bio and where to find and connect with her.
Chief of Sinners is a great read and you can find my book review of it here.
Here are my 10 best reasons for loving these books.
- They are written with real passion
- God the Father has an important role in all the books
- No sin is too big to be forgiven
- The characters are gritty and flawed
- The writing is beautiful
- The books are believable
- You grow to long for the next book
- The solutions to the dramas are not always easy
- The period, characters and language are of their day
- You grow to love the characters, warts and all
About the Chief of Sinners
Genre : historical Christian romance
ISBN-13: 978-154-8578-329 / AISN: B074JGVY3L
ISBN 10: 154-8578-320
Series : book ten of the TEXAS ROMANCE Family Saga
Jacket Copy : Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with the repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.
Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.
The faithful flock to his father’s revival tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sing fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, a beauty attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit-filled meeting. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller—not for his daughter.
Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .
Excerpt : Lightning lit the dark sky, revealing a pale slender thread dipping out of an ugly boiling mass of blackness.
“Papa! Did you see that? What was it?”
“Where? What?” The truck slowed.
“Over there. Watch. It’s real white. Like God’s finger coming down out of the storm.”
He pulled the truck up on the side of the gravel road and watched the sky intently. Electricity rolled again through the black clouds.
“There.” Sandy pointed.
The truck leapt forward, and he gunned it when he shifted into second. “It’s a twister. Watch it, Sandra. Tell me which way it’s going.”
Almost constant flashes confirmed the finger had grown thick and black. “It looks like it’s coming straight at us, Papa.”
He glanced over his shoulder. “Oh my God.” He skidded to a halt, grabbed Sandy’s arm, and pulled her out of the truck. A deep rumbling like a herd of trains running side by side drowned out every other sound. The roar deepened as though the trains raced to Hades with the devil as engineer.
I believe this one is my favorite, the most gripping and emotional. A few times I wanted to grab a couple of tissues. I just could not stop reading. So many twists and turns involved. Such a wonderful story that show the power of forgiveness, letting go, moving on and having second chances. The book is full of faith and inspiration. Christian Fiction cannot get better than this. Chief of Sinners is most definitely a must read. 100 stars! – Amy Campbell, reader
Caryl and Ron McAdoo’s storytelling never ceases to amaze! At over 400 pages Chief of Sinners is a tome! Dealing with tough topics, I’d not categorize this book as a classic romance, nor is it chic lit, but it rings true to life! Very believable characters, their struggles described in vivid terms, totally grab the imagination. No sanitized, saintly Christian read dealing with issues like mental illness and infidelity, but so good it took me hostage. Couldn’t put it down. If you’re looking for a sweet romance to cuddle up with, this isn’t the book for you. But if you loved the gritty, “Gone with the Wind,” you’ll love “Chief of Sinners!”
– Cass Wessel, mulit-published devotional author, and wordsabouttheWord.com
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Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.
Simon & Schuster –
BookGorilla – http://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00E963CFG/caryl-mcadoo
Southern Writers Magazine –
Sweet Americana Sweethearts – bit.ly/2q0tcfFbit.ly
(All First Chapters offered here)
(Hear Caryl sing her New Songs!)
The Word & the Music XXXXX
HeartWings (Devotional) – http://www.HeartWingsBlog.com
Stitches Thru Time (Misc.) – http://www.StitchesThruTime.blogspot.com
Sweet Americana Sweethearts (Historical) –
The Texas Romance Family Sagas
Book #1 VOW UNBROKEN, 1832
Book #2, 1839-1844
Book #3 HOPE REBORN, 1850-1851
Book #4 SINS OF THE MOTHERS, 1851-1852
Book #5 DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, 1853-1854
Book #6 JUST KIN, 1861-1865
Book #7 AT LIBERTY TO LOVE 1865-1866
Book # 8 COVERING LOVE 1885-1886
Book #9 MIGHTY TO SAVE 1850-60s &1918-1925
Book #10 CHIEF OF SINNERS 1926-1950