Carol Rivers

Mother-of-three Carol Rivers, whose family comes from the Isle of Dogs, East London, now lives in Dorset. Visit and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @carol_rivers

Books by this Author

Molly's Christmas Orphans
A Promise Between Friends
The Fight for Lizzie Flowers
Lizzie of Langley Street
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Author Revealed

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Being a Mom.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Lady Barbara Skelton - better known as the fabulous 17th century socialite, the Wicked Lady!

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Nuts of all types.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Harry Lime. Clue - Da de da de dahh...

Author Voices

March 17, 2014

In advance of my next book, TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS, to be published in October by Simon and Schuster, I've been updating on social media. I would like to reach even more people in the centenary year of the Great War. My story is set from 1914 to 1918 and tells of three orphans, best friends whose lives are changed forever during the conflict. Twitter is a fantastic tool. And I have to admit, my favourite. There are little tricks involved here. I draw a parallel in writing. Dialogue catches the attention at once. Just like Twitter. Dialogue informs a wide audience of what is happening at this very moment. Just like Twitter. Looking at my work in this way... see more

February 04, 2014

Reflecting on 2013 and I can’t believe that in the 3 months A WARTIME CHRISTMAS has been published in paperback and ebook, this novel has clocked up over forty reviews at Amazon. Of course, this might be a drop in the ocean when it comes to BIG book writers. But for me, I’m over the moon! So I’m taking this opportunity to thank readers and reviewers everywhere, those on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and blog sites, and perhaps places I don’t even know about, for their time and trouble on my book’s behalf, all of which, these days, amounts to a considerable amount of effort and expense. In a busy world, where lives are packed... see more

January 09, 2014

It’s an amazing feeling to have reached a New Year! A writer who is preparing their work for deadline, in my case, mid-February, begins to tie-up all the loose ends of their story. Quite a nerve-wracking time as it’s now that a wrong turn taken in the plot, or a loose-cannon character who has monopolized the dialogue, can pose a problem. Even with constructive and comprehensive outlines, this can quite easily happen. The result? Whole chapter rewrites, perhaps. Deletions or additions. Some can be spotted and dealt with. Others lurk in the shadows. But one thing is for sure, the story must have a purposeful ending. Without this, no book is... see more

December 05, 2013

Christmas 1940 for many, would have been spent together under the dripping wet tunnel-shaped roof of an Anderson shelter half-buried in the back yard. A construction that owed its shape to a handful of curved metal sheets bolted together with steel plates measuring 6’6” by 4”6”. This woebegone area was meant to hold the whole family. It was fitted with a steel shield entrance and earthen blast wall, but the doors often stuck and the floors flooded. Some shelters had bunks, some had camp beds, some just mattresses. But all of them were ridden by damp and smothered in condensation. They reeked of mould and no matter how much elbow... see more


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