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Character Interview: Anne Williams from Catherine Astolfo’s psychological suspense, Sweet Karoline



We’re thrilled to have here today, Anne Williams, from Catherine Astolfo’s new psychological suspense, Sweet Karoline. Ms Williams is a 33-year-old Executive Assistant living in Los Angeles, California.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Sweet_Karolina_Createspace_Front_CoverThank you so for this interview, Anne. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I’m not so sure Catherine Astolfo was entirely sympathetic to me. After all, I was going through a very rough time. I’d endured the tragic death of my best friend. I’d made several shocking discoveries that threw my entire world into turmoil. In fact, I likened it to an earthquake that changes the landscape. A person has no idea how to travel through the territory. I think it’s perfectly understandable that I was conflicted and somewhat bitter. Perhaps the author could have left out some of my more caustic remarks.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

As I mentioned, I believe the author could have focused a little more on my positive remarks and thoughts. Including everything I said or thought was a little bit much, in my opinion. I’m sure Ms Astolfo wanted to ensure the readers got the full picture, but when a person is down, do you take everything they say seriously? Did she have to include all the mistakes I made? Why not show my good side to the public instead of the whole person? People might misunderstand my personality.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I’m very smart. I worked hard at becoming the Executive Assistant at Grace Productions here in Los Angeles. I’m also loyal, a trait that is a rare commodity it seems.

Worse trait?

My worst trait is that I trust too easily.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Halle Berry. She looks like me (perhaps she’s a little older than when the book takes place, but she can easily be made to look younger).

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I certainly do. His name is Ethan Byrnes and he’s a wonderful man.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Oh, my, right from the first sentence. Talk about spilling your guts and misleading the reader!

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

I would not want to be Karoline. She only appears in flashbacks.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Once again, I think the author could have kept some things a secret. Why do readers have to know everything?

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Catherine, try to be a little less revealing, would you, please? Confessions are not always a good thing. Sure, the readers like it, but isn’t there such a thing as being circumspect?

Thank you for this interview, Anne. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I don’t think so. I’m pretty much retired. Unless something else happens to yank my life off track again…



IMG_2453aaCatherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education. She can recall writing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three, so she started finishing her books the day after her retirement became official. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of Canadian literary presses. Her story, “What Kelly Did”, won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Crime Story in 2012.

In the fall of 2011, she was thrilled to be awarded a four-book contract by Imajin Books for her Emily Taylor Mystery series (previously self-published), and has never been happier with this burgeoning second career!

Catherine’s books are gritty, yet portray gorgeous surroundings; they deal with sensitive social issues, but always include love and hope. They’re not thrillers, but rather literary mysteries with loads of character and setting. And justice always prevails.




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