Who’s That Indie Author? HL Carpenter

Author name:  HL Carpenter

Genre: We’re multi-genre authors. We write mysteries for adults, young adult and middle grade fantasy, coming of age, and mystery novels and novellas, space operas, and short stories. All of our books are family-friendly, with minimal offensive language and sweet romance.

Books:
Murder by the Books, mystery
Taxing Pecksniffery, space opera
The Ghost in The Gardens, middle grade mystery
“The Demise of Fyne Literature,” allegorical short story
Walled In, middle grade/young adult
A Cause for Murder, cozy mystery
Pirate Summer, middle grade/young adult fantasy
The SkyHorse, middle grade/young adult fantasy
Jack and The Fountain of Youth, middle grade/young adult fantasy
Dream Stealer, a middle grade/young adult fantasy

When did you begin your writing career? Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Or maybe just yesterday. We lose track of time when writing and each story is a fresh beginning.

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? As you can probably tell by the varied list of genres above, we resist being boxed in. We like the freedom provided by structure, and we also like freedom from structure. This is one of the true benefits of writing with a partner—we balance each other.

What’s your working style—morning or late-night writer? This depends on the flow of the story. When the words of the first draft are tumbling over each other, the writing session that begins in early morning can last until late night.

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand? The computer for intense sessions; long-hand for those times when random ideas strike.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea? Water, please, either plain or with a twist of lemon. And hot chocolate on cold days. With whipped cream. Lots of whipped cream! 🙂

Favorite book: [Loud discussion arises] We have to pick just one? [Hems and haws around for a few minutes] Okay, this question should not be so difficult. Let’s just tell the truth here—our favorite book is the one we are currently reading.

Favorite movie: The last movie we watched in the theatre was Mission Impossible #4,569. Probably not a fave, though we do like Tom Cruise’s acting. We did get a good chuckle out of the longest motorcycle chase in the history of movies.

Favorite musician: This can vary depending on the book. Handel’s Water Music plays a role in our cozy mystery, and we enjoyed listening to it while writing.

Links:
Website: hlcarpenter.com
Twitter: @hl_carpenter
Pinterest: HL Carpenter, Author


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26 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? HL Carpenter

    1. Hi Robbie – maybe you and your mother should write more books together! Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend – I’ll be over soon to say hi – it’s been a busy week for me!

      1. Hi Robbie – that’s exciting for you – is it another memoir or are you writing something different with your mother? Thanks for stopping in to meet another writing team!

  1. Good to get to know these authors! Didn’t the last Mission Impossible movie come out quite a while ago? Not big movie goers, I guess (which is totally fine!)…and yes that was an extremely long motorcycle chase! haha!

    1. MI6, Fallout, came out in July 2018. We probably saw it in August.

      We used to do movies more often. Not sure what happened…hmmm. May be time to check the movie schedule!

  2. A talented and lovely duo, mother and daughter, who write in different genres. They have been guests on my blog. It’s nice to see them here too. Best of luck, Helen & Lorri, with all your wonderful books! 😘🤗 Thank you, Barbara, for featuring them.

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