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Friday, May 8, 2020

{FUN FACTS FRIDAY}: Carol Underhill

Fun Facts Friday is a brand new feature here on the blog where authors answer questions about their characters, and then share fun facts about themselves, and / or their books!



Today, we have the lovely Carol Underhill and her Christian holiday romance, Angelica's Christmas Wish.

Let’s start by learning a bit about you. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, what you write, etc.
My name is Carol Underhill. I’m a mom to 3 adult children and a spoiled Lab. I live in a small village in rural Michigan with a stoplight and a convenience store famous for their large hand-dipped ice cream cones. I write Christian romance. My first published work was my Christmas novella.


Welcome, Carol! We're thrilled to have you here today. So, let's get started, shall we? Who is your character’s favorite color? 
Forest green. She receives a purse in that color as a Christmas gift to replace the one stolen from the accident scene.

FUN FACT: My favorite color is maroon. When I went away to college, I took my ten-speed bike. It was silver and maroon. When I bought my first car, it was silver with maroon interior. Later, when my husband and I were able to buy our first good car, it was maroon, because he knew it was my favorite color. The van I drive now is also that color.


Where does your character live?
Chicago.

FUN FACT: One year I planned a trip to Chicago in February to celebrate our anniversary. We took our kids with us. We walked around downtown to see some of the sights and nearly froze. It was in the days before Uber, and besides, we didn’t have a cell phone with us if we’d wanted to call for a ride. I decided that if we take another trip to Chicago, it will be in the summer, when we can walk around downtown without freezing.


What does your character do for a living? 
My character is a legal assistant.

FUN FACT: My first real job was as a receptionist in a law firm. I had no previous secretarial experience. In high school my timed typing speed was only 21 words per minute. I had studied Spanish in Mexico, and was hired to work for a bilingual attorney. With practice, I became faster and more accurate at typing, and I transitioned from receptionist to legal secretary.


Is your character religious? If so, what do they practice? Do they attend church?
My characters are Christians, but their faith has been weakened by the tragedies in their lives. They attend a Christmas Eve candlelight service because the little girl is singing in the children’s choir.

FUN FACT: The scene from the candlelight service is based on a similar experience in my life. When our children were little, we took them to a candlelight service one Christmas. We didn’t think anything about our kids taking a candle to hold, until we had to pass the flame. Talk about a nervous parent!


What is your character’s favorite food? 
Biscuits and gravy.

FUN FACT: I was first introduced to biscuits and gravy when I was a young adult. My family stopped at a popular breakfast place when we were on a trip. I didn’t understand the draw then. I ordered a sausage sandwich, which I ate with ketchup, of all things. A few years later, I visited the restaurant and ordered the popular biscuits and gravy. I was hooked. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts foods now.



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When Serena Cole sees a car careening toward a little girl, she jumps in to save the child with no thought for her own safety. Later, Serena wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. Everyone calls her a hero, but she doesn’t recall anything—not even her name.

Mark Harper, the child’s widowed father, isn’t looking for romance, but the beautiful stranger who saved his daughter’s life captures his interest. But when no one steps up to identify her, he brings her home with him. He doesn’t realize that his decision may make his daughter’s Christmas wish come true.









ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I’m one of five siblings raised on a farm. I have a large extended family. We attended a little country church where I learned Bible verses and songs that have carried me through life. I’m widowed with three adult children who inspire me to chase my dreams. Our household includes a spoiled black Lab and several rescued cats. My favorite things are reading, spending time with family and listening to music. I like quiet mornings with a cup of hazelnut coffee.

You can follow Carol on her website, Facebook, and Twitter


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