Interview with Authors HL Carpenter!

Please help me welcome, Helen and Lorri Carpenter, to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author.

HL Carpenter

HL Carpenter  (Helen and Lorri)

Thank you for coming today, Helen and Lorri.

Hello, Janice! So happy to meet you! Thanks for the opportunity to guest on your blog!

And hello, readers! We’re delighted you’re here!

Please tell us something about yourself.

We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter author duo. We write from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. Our books are family-friendly and suitable for ten-year-olds as well as kidults of all ages.

jjspina: It’s so wonderful that you work together to create your stories. I look forward to perusing your links and book. 

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Ideas shimmer in the air here in Carpenter Country. Sometimes we’re quick enough to capture them. Sometimes we buy them wholesale at the Land of What-if Idea Store. And sometimes we have to resort to more mundane tactics.

For example, the idea for The Ghost in The Gardens, our latest middle-grade mystery, sprouted when we read an article about a small botanical garden and a woman who spent her entire working career cataloguing the plants in that single garden. Her dedication was inspiring, and we were awed by the variety of plant life in such a small area and how difficult finding a particular plant is.

jjspina: This books sounds fascinating to me as a plant lover.

What projects are you currently working on?

In terms of writing work-in-process, we have a new cozy mystery ready for release and another in the draft stage; we completed the first draft of a themed collection of short stories and are letting the manuscript cool off, and we’re in the revision stage of a collection of contemporary satire. We also have a couple of completed cozies for adult readers that we’re thinking of publishing as a series, along with novellas featuring the same characters.

jjspina: Sounds like you have many projects in different stages.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Word games! Puzzles, board games, search-and-find, quizzes, crosswords, and television word-game shows.

We also love to read, and we enjoy the outdoors. We garden, bird-watch, walk, and journal the activities of the wildlife in Carpenter Country.

jjspina. You certainly have a lot to keep you busy. The puzzles must help you work out your mysteries in a methodical way.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

The central hub for all Carpenter Country adventures is, where you’ll find links to our social media and author pages, free reads, audio excerpts, reader’s guides, and photo-essay updates of the latest happenings in our neck of the human experience.

Our books are available everywhere fine literature is sold. Oh, yes, and they are also on Amazon. 🙂

Thank you again for this opportunity, Janice. And thank you, readers, for reading along with us!

jjspina: It was my pleasure to have you both on my blog today. I wish you both much success with your books. Please feel free to come back again when you have a new book to share now that you are part of the Jemsbooks Blog family.

About HL Carpenter

Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter 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, they enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

HL Carpenter Amazon Link

Amazon Author Page

 HL Carpenter Book Cover

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about these two talented authors. Please peruse their links and check out their intriguing book. I appreciate your support of my blog and all my lovely guests.


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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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8 Responses to Interview with Authors HL Carpenter!

  1. mihrank says:

    this is such exceptional interview with wonderful, great authors,,,,enjoyable and well introduced….Highly appreciate it!!

  2. HL Carpenter says:

    Thank you for featuring us today, Janice! We enjoyed answering your interview questions and appreciate the opportunity to meet you.

  3. Jennie says:

    The books sound excellent. Lovely interview!

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