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Top Drawer News — A Chat at the Cafe — Part 1!

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Picture of Kindle open to the short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature, by HL Carpenter, with a coffee mug and reading glasses in the background. Image source: HL Carpenter.
Image source: HL Carpenter

We participated in the chat at Love Romance and More Cafe this past weekend, and Dawn, the moderator, had some great questions for Musa authors. We dished about our latest release, The Demise of Fyne Literature, and—well, here, read the first interview for yourself!

Hi, there! We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter writing duo, and we’re happy to be in the Cafe today! Thanks for inviting us, and for letting us talk about our writing. It’s one of our favorite things to do.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

We plan them–or we think we do. They sort of spring themselves on us, and sometimes they’re not exactly who they said they would be.

How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?

Tons. And more tons. Megatons. And interesting tidbits? Oh, yes. Here’s one we discovered while researching our latest short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature: Did you know the FBI publishes statistics on serial murder, and that a monograph is available?

What main genre do you write in?

We write a lot of young adult books with fantasy overtones. We also like mystery and humor.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

They read the ones in print. They’re still leery of them there new-fangled e-book readers.

What are your hobbies?


If you had to choose one person from history (alive or dead) to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Eleanor Roosevelt. Why? Blunt, outspoken, honest, common-sense proponent of human rights–and probably a saint to put up with her hubby. Great role model for our young adult book protagonists.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not in the latest one. The Demise of Fyne Literature is actually a short story, and it was fun to write. We’re happy with the way it turned out.



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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