Join Our Author Chat With Caryl McAdoo

15216001_10211688175467834_1791175952_oWelcome, readers! As we say in Texas, I knew the first moment I laid eyes on Caryl McAdoo I wanted her as a friend.

How right I was! 

Gather ’round as we chat with Caryl Lawrence McAdoo. I think you’ll want her as a friend too.

**Caryl’s giving away a signed copy of Vow Unbroken to someone who comments below. *Congratulations to Marilyn Ridgway, winner of Vow Unbroken!*

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Before Caryl McAdoo, the Author 

What a great opportunity! Though born in Long Beach, California, my parents got me back to Dallas, Texas at six months old, so being a TEXAN is all I know! An only child for eight years might have made me think I was special, at least that’s what all my cousins accused me of.

I went to Letot Elementary in Dallas from the first through the seventh grade. Then we moved to Irving, a suburb and my home for more than fifty years.

Love Shows Up

mcadoo_caryl-and-ronIn my sixteenth summer, I met Ron McAdoo and from our first date on, he and I were together, marrying as soon as we graduated at eighteen!

Well, together except for two of the six months we were divorced…we remarried on our sixth wedding anniversary. Added my only born daughter that next year; she had two big brothers. Then when she was seven and the boys teens, God surprised me with another blessing, a third son who just married his beloved October 29.

mcadoo-familyWriting with my husband began in earnest in the mid-’80s, then first published in ’99 after being mentored by some awesome folks at the DFW Writers’ Workshop.

I LOVE being an author and pray my story gives God glory! 

A Debut for Caryl McAdoo

Back in ’98, Ron and I were asked to write a antique guide book for a local, regional press. The best part was seeing McAdoo on the spine!

15224810_10211688175947846_1413082226_oThough I had nine titles when Simon and Schuster bought VOW UNBROKEN, they counted me a “new” author, and THAT release was exceptionally exciting…the entire process…all the different editors and seeing the cover, holding that book for the first time.

I’d love to give a couple commenters a print copy of VOW as a giveaway. *[Readers, Marilyn R. is the winner of Caryl’s Vow Unbroken!)

Writing, a Journey 

Writing is mostly all about sitting at your computer and doing it! (Tweet That!) Keep at it! Keep getting new books out, and you must keep the buzz gong by posting and having contests and attending parties. 

15215916_10211688233189277_1401570473_oWhen Simon and Schuster elected not to exercise their option on book two in the series, many writing friends offered their condolences, but I said, “No, no! I’m not upset at all! This only means God has a different plan!” (Tweet That!)

One day after my contractual release, I independently published book two, HEARTS STOLEN. That was in September 2014. 

In 2015, wholly with God’s help and blessings and favor, I released eleven new titles and marketed successfully enough to get over 250,000 copies of my stories into the hands of readers all over the world.

15153011_10211688226349106_1426731975_oWhen 2016 rolled around, God told me to SLOW DOWN. I want to obey Him since that’s how we show Him we love Him. 

But it was like I didn’t know how. It seemed very hard. So I landed up in the hospital three times in the first few months.

Then He sent me on a month long all-expenses paid vacation on a yacht, island hopping in the San Juan and Canada’s Gulf Islands. I did cut back to three releases in 2016 and many, many more new readers—still learning how to slow down!

Author-ly Advice from Caryl McAdoo

mcadoo-familyMy advice? Study your craft. The elements of creative writing can be learned, but it is different from most every other type of writing. I don’t think you can learn storytelling. It’s a gift.

If God has called you to write, study to show yourself approved. 

Do not rush any step and put out an inferior product. It will only hurt your reputation and writing career. It is HARD to be patient, but those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength and mount up with wings as eagles! Woo hoo!

15152922_10211688221868994_37908920_oI LOVE being up high! I want to soar in the Kingdom and accomplish every plan He had for me the day He created me in my mother’s womb.

 (Tweet That!

Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by and reading my guest post. Thank you, Linda, for inviting me to come. It’s been a lovely visit because I love you! Linda and I met at ACFW in 2013, that year before VOW UNBROKEN debuted in March. The bonding was instantaneous!

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Caryl is absolutely right. Our bond was instantaneous! My head has been spinning the past three years as Caryl has released title after title after title. This girl’s on God’s mission, ya’ll!

You can find Caryl on Twitter at

On Facebook at

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the-delugeDear Lord, only You are AWEsome. We are filled with wonder in Your presence! Whether reader or writer, knowing we’re on mission with the God of Heaven is beyond every dream or desire. Bless Caryl as she spreads the Good News of Jesus Christ in her stories. Touch the hearts of readers and give us writers more and more of You each day. ~ For Jesus’ sake.


17 thoughts on “Join Our Author Chat With Caryl McAdoo

  1. Milly Grason

    I love learning more about my new friend, Caryl. I’ve read 7 or 8 of her books already and am reading another now. Caryl, your stories never fail to draw me in, inspire me to better myself, and most importantly, draw me closer to my heavenly Daddy. Thank you for putting Him first so that we know you are writing what He gives you.

    1. Thanks so much for joining our chat, Milly. We’ve enlarged our circle of friends, haven’t we?

  2. Karen

    I am a Texan as well but at this time we live in Oklahoma. I was born and raised in a town about an hour north east of Dallas.

    I am just starting to read Caryl’s Texas Romance series. I have read so many good reviews on all the books in the series.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

    1. Caryl’s books are entertaining and inspiring, aren’t they? Thanks for joining the chat! Linda

      1. Thank you, Linda! As are yours! Is there a sequel in the works for sweet Ella McFarland?

        I wanted to let everyone know that book two HEARTS STOLEN is free through tomorrow!

        1. Yes, Caryl, I’m working on Book 2 as we speak.

    2. Howdy, Karen. I;m sorry you’ve been temporarily displaced form the great Lone Star State! 🙂 But I have relatives in Oklahoma and visited Eufaula often as a child…before the lake was even there! I live in far NE Texas now, only about 30 minute south of Idabel.

      Kaufman? Greenville? Rowlett? What little town did you live in?

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories. You’ll like the contemporary romances, too, and the Biblical fiction I think! One grandma read The King’s Highway twice in one day because she didn’t want it to end! Isn’t THAT a compliment? 🙂
      Blessings to you!

  3. Phyllis

    Good to read about Caryl’s successes and of her dedication to God and family. I want to read more of her books.

    1. Isn’t Caryl an inspiration, Phyllis? Thanks for joining the chat! Linda

      1. My friend, you are too kind 🙂 Thank you so much for your prayer and for inviting me for a chat. I’m so blessed to come! 🙂

    2. Hello Phyllis! I’m glad you enjoyed the visit with Linda as I surely did! I’m glad that reading my stories causes you to want to read more. I pray each one give God glory and draws my readers closer to Him. Blessings!

  4. Marilyn R

    Always nice to learn more about my dear sister in Christ, Caryl McAdoo. I’m looking forward to reading the complete saga for her Texas Romance series. God bless. Thank you for featuring Caryl.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn. You’re name’s in the drawing for one of Caryl’s books!

    2. Hello there, Marilyn! I so appreciate you coming by and hope you enjoy every story! I pray God’s blessings on you! Love and hugs!

  5. Debra Duncan

    I loved reading this. Its always interesting learning about our favorite authors. I have 6 of Caryl’s books on my kindle. Love, love them.
    Yes we definitely need to listen when God tells us to slow down. I didnt and I had a stroke. Now i pay attention. God bless both of you. Linda, thank you for this!

    1. So glad you stopped by, Debra. Sometimes we need spiritual hearing aids, don’t we?

    2. Hey Debra! Glad you enjoyed our chat this morning! Slowing down is just difficult for me. Whatever would I stop? But…while I wont say I was ‘stressed’ about everything on my plate, I have figured out the world will not stop spinning if something didn’t get done today! God’s timing is always so perfect!


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Author Chat: Peter Leavell

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14

Reader and Author Friends,

Waiting is hard for everyone, isn’t it?

Psalm 27:14 is a favorite verse of authors. Mainly because we wait. A lot. It’s downright grueling as an author keeps plugging along, keeps writing, keeps creating. And keeps praying and trusting God. (Check out Peter’s words at the bottom of this interview for a peek into who he is as a writer before God.)

In the process of Googling “Peter Leavell, Author” I decided he’s someone I’d like to know personally. I sense the spirit of Jesus in Peter. I suspect there’s wisdom tucked into his stories of adventure. So I intend to read everything he’s written. You might too.

Gather ’round as we chat with award-winning author, Peter Leavell.


Leavell-PeterThank you for joining our circle today, Peter. It’s an honor to have you as a guest.

~How were you inspired to be an author—in particular, a historical novelist?

History was always the passion, but historical fiction is the game. I feel that history is made on the backs of the common people, and I love coaxing out what it was like living in the past, without all the luxuries we have today.

Peter Leavell, winner of Operation First Novel 2011

~Your debut novel, Gideon’s Call, won the 2011 Operation First Novel contest and was published in 2012. Where did the idea for the story come from? 

Sitting in my Civil War history class at Boise State, my professor mentioned in two sentences how the Union took islands off the coast of South Carolina, and 10,000 slaves were freed in a single day. The North sent missionaries down to teach the freed slaves. The rest of the class period, my mind was in another world. I almost walked out of the lecture and started working on the book!

Gideon’s Call by Peter Leavell

~What was your greatest challenge as an author while writing Gideon’s Call

I had no idea if I was a good writer. I didn’t have a critique group. Instead, I hired an editor and boy-howdy, you should have seen all the red. But with some extra work, we wrestled it into shape! I learned so much from the editor.

~In your view, what is the book’s most important take-away?

Education is vital, hard work pays off, and the color of your skin means nothing. We are all people who love and need love. (Tweet That!) 

~Tell us a bit about your writing for publication journey since 
 Gideon’s Call.

Peter Leavell’s beautiful family

Slow. I’ve two teens in the house, and a gorgeous wife, so I spend a lot of quality time with them. Winning awards makes publishers interested in you, but when your family is as awesome as mine, you want to be near them. So I write when they go to bed. I’ve a western published as well that’s won awards [West for the Black Hills], and I’m working on book two of the series, plus another two projects.

~What’s your most important take-away from this journey as an author?

I could work hard and have my picture on the cover of Newsweek. But I know that someday, I would trade it all in to spend one more day with my kids. So I’ll work my tail-end off when they leave home.

West for the Black Hills by Peter Leavell

~Describe your typical weekday.

Roll out of bed at 6:46, day job by 8:05AM. I can’t really write on the job, but I get about 5 hours reading time. Then I take my daughter to ballet until 7:00PM or 8:00PM, hang out with the kids for an hour, then write until 11:00PM! Then I reach under the nightstand and pull out whatever book I want to read, and finally drift off to sleep!

~What do week-ends involve at your house?

Ballet all day Saturday, and church on Sunday. We follow the daily routine pretty closely.

~What’s on your “drawing board” presently?

I’m working on a kid’s book with an illustrator that takes place in the 1920’s—dinosaur archeologist adventurers. And I’ve always an epic historical fiction in the works.

Sounds intriguing, Peter. Can’t wait to take a peek!

~What’s one piece of advice for aspiring authors? 

Delayed gratification. You’re not going to feel good today about your work. Or tomorrow. Or in a month. But perhaps, with enough effort, in ten years you’ll see results. Depressing? No! The writing path is a spectacular path of self discovery. But even more, if God calls you on this journey, writing will lead you closer to Him. (Tweet That!) And there the rewards are indescribable.

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Lord, You are the Great Creator. You’ve set within each human heart a longing for You–for Your purpose and passion. You’ve given each of us unique gifts, fit for Your purposes.  Will You come alongside us as Your children and give us clarity of purpose? Bless us with Your passion. And keep us patient as we wait, all the while trusting You.
For Jesus’s sake …


3 thoughts on “Author Chat: Peter Leavell

  1. I met Peter (via email) when we were co-finalists in the Operation First Novel Contest that Peter won. The year later I met him in person at the ACFW Conference in Texas. The five finalists plus one editor have been friends ever since. Peter is who he says he is: a man of God first and a devoted husband and father next. He also happens to be an excellent writer. Can’t wait to read the second in his West for the Black Hills series.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Clarice. It was an honor to interview Peter Leavell.

    2. Clarice, so glad you stopped by! I remember when we first started sending emails back and forth, the six of us. So much fun. Now we have an amazing prayer group! And we’re all published! Cool to see God working.


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