Tangled Lives Author Interview & Giveaway!

About the Book

Book: Tangled Lives

Author: Carol McClain

Genre: Women’s fiction

Release Date: July, 2023

Two sisters and one man. Both women love him, but only one is meant for him.

Crystal Snow struggles with the paralysis caused by her biological parents’ drug use. She convinced herself no one will ever love her. Roxie, devastated by chronic childhood rejections, knows anyone who loves her must be intrinsically flawed. Both want only what is right for their sister who is also their best friend.

Dreams upend careers. Destroy friendships. End love.

When searched out by their biological grandmother, the past tangles with the present. Issues the girls wished to forget resurrect and threaten their dreams.

Who gets the man and career of her dreams?


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About the Author

Carol McClain is the award-winning author of five novels dealing with real people facing real problems. A fifth book will be out next summer.

She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, a budding glass fuser. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband who finally gave into her dreams. They own five goats—three of them does who she milks from which she makes yogurt and cheese and butter. She’s raising bunches of chickens.

More from Carol

Have you ever:

  1. Had a crush on your sister’s boyfriend?
  2. Loved your sister beyond measure?
  3. Hated your sister beyond measure?
  4. Been confused about your career?
  5. Waylaid by your past?

If your life’s been tangled, you’re not alone. You laugh at, root for, and not be able to put Tangled Lives down.

Author Interview

  • How do you overcome writer’s block? Do you have any advice for others in finding their process to overcome it?

I overcome writer’s block the way I taught my English students—by writing. When I can’t think of the next thing to say, I write anything. I don’t stop to think about what I’m typing—just get words down on the page. Usually, something useful comes from the exercise. Other times?

I move to my second option.

In my younger days I ran. After the first mile all my brain clutter disappeared, and my mind returned to my writing and figured out the tough details. Today, I walk—not quite as effective. I walk in silence—the same as when I write. I want nothing but Jesus and inspiration and calm.

  • Do you read the genre you write? Why or why not?

I absolutely read what I write because women’s fiction is my favorite. The genre is psychological. The solutions aren’t pat. For example, in murder, the villain is always the least obvious. In romance, the hero and heroine always get together. In women’s fiction, like real life, the solutions aren’t the obvious.

I love and read most genres: dystopia, YA, crime, mystery, fantasy. I’m not a fan of sci-fi or romance.

  • How did you come up with the title for your book?

The theme generally generates the title. In this series, Borrowed Lives, Book 1, speaks about the fact that all our lives are only leant to us for a season. Prodigal Lives, Book 2, is the proverbial bad girl looking for a way out. Tangled Lives, Book 3 shows how all our lives are interwoven.

  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

Don’t give up.

And for aspiring writers, I say, don’t talk about writing. Write.

  • Is your writing space pristine or organized chaos?

Absolutely neither. Chaos? Yep. Organized? Nope. Currently the room I use as my study is my “kitchen cabinets.” We’re redoing our kitchen and have torn out every cabinet. All their contents are strewn across my floor. And what does one do when molasses leaks all over your floor?

Yep. Cry over spilled molasses.

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For the Love of Literature, January 20 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, January 21

For Him and My Family, January 22

Beauty in the Binding, January 23 (Author Interview)

Pause for Tales, January 23

JESUS in the EVERYDAY, January 24

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, January 25 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.