#LeiCrimeKW Author Interview With Carol Shenold


How did you come to be interested in the Lei Crime Kindle World?

My friend, Amy Shojai, first told me about Lei Crime and then I became hooked on the books first, and then novellas. When Toby invited me to write for the Lei Crime World, it sounded like so much fun, especially urban fantasy being inserted into the world.

Tell us how your story links to the Lei Crime Series. 

DragonTouched-Shenold copy (1)Kat’s story in Dragon Touched takes place just before Blood Orchids. Stevens has just come to Hilo and investigates Kat’s guardian Hiro’s death. Also, Esther has information for Kat regarding her dragon.

The Lei Crime Series are police procedural mysteries with a twist of romance. What genres do you explore in your story?

My favorite genres are mystery and urban fantasy with some romance and paranormal thrown in. I’m a hybrid I guess. I love to pitch a normal person into an extra-ordinary circumstances as they find out the monster under the bed is real.

The Lei Crime Series is set in Hawaii, but these novellas could be set anywhere. Tell us about where you set your story, and why?

I loved the idea of setting some stories in Hawaii, just for fun, like a mini-vacation. I knew I’d need to do some research, but dragons and Hawaii seemed such a good fit.

Tell us a little about your main character. Why do you think readers will like her?

I hope the readers will learn to love Kat because of her resilient spirit, and ability to carry on in spite of all the loss in her life. She hasn’t built up walls to keep people out.

What major theme comes across the clearest in your story? Is this a theme found consistently in your other works? 

I think the ability to carry on with life, no matter what and the desire to protect family, all kinds of family, blood or chosen, is a constant theme.

In Fairy Dust and Dead Fairies, fae witch Ande Ryan has a “family of friends,” an elf, a pixie and a wolf, who help her fight off her enemies. In Privy to Murder and Bloody Murder, single mom, Tali Cates will put herself in danger to protect her family, even if she has to reveal her magick to fight a witch.

Share some of your story about becoming a writer. 

I’ve loved to read since I was in the third grade and realized I could read every book in the library if I wanted, even if I didn’t understand them. I went on to become a registered nurse and a voracious reader. In the eighties, when romance was at the top of its game, I saw a panel of writers, all women, and decided they had the right idea. I should do that too. How hard could it be? I wrote my first and last romance.

My grandmother was a story teller and my mother. I had to decide what stories I wanted to tell. I knew I wanted to give the same pleasure to everyone else that I had received from books, especially fiction and mysteries, magic and mysteries.

Do you have a background related to your writing? What makes you interesting outside of your books? Authors are often some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met!

I’m a mother, nurse, musician, artist, all around creativity junky. I play the hammered dulcimer, paint pastel portraits, write medical courses for nurses and pet care articles for Catster. I’m a member of Cat Writers of America. I was an RN for 30 years before I went into Infection Control to solve my own mysteries, and then after a total of 50 years nursing, retired to write full time. I’m a mountain junkie as well as bird watcher. I have three grown children, six grandchildren. One grand daughter is an RN and two granddaughters love the same weird tales I do.

What are you working on next, aside from the novella in the Lei Crime Series Kindle World?

I’m working on another Tali Cates mystery, Murder Most Fowl, where ancient evil comes to Love, Texas, as well as Fairy Eyes. Ande Ryan and Cal start a PI Company of their own and have to deal with a demonic ex-boss as well as redefine their own relationship.


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4 Responses to “#LeiCrimeKW Author Interview With Carol Shenold”


    Great to meet a new author! I love dragons… my Chinese sign. This one is already on my list!

  2. Amy

    Love this interview & nice to see another one of us is a nurse. Was so glad to see a dragon novella for KW – I love paranormal, even if that isn’t what mine are.

  3. Sonya Steele

    My favorite genres are suspense and paranormal. I love the Lei Crimes series, and I am intrigued to see how mixing urban fantasy into this series will be. i can’t wait to read this book!

  4. Lisa Hudson

    Nice Interviw! Thanks for sharing about yourself and telling about your book. I don’t read much in the paranormal genre so this would be very new & different for me. Thanks for participating!