Carlton Lamberth

Name  – Carlton Lamberth

Age – 59

Where are you from – NorthCarolina – USA

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

 I am a retired police officer.  I spent 30 years working for a municipal police department.  11 of those years were spent in the Criminal Investigations Division as a detective and later as a detective sergeant.  Promoted to lieutenant, I spent the last 15 or so years as a watch commander in the uniform Patrol Division.  I retired in 2007.  I have as Associate in Applied Science degree in Police Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.  I am currently married to a wonderful woman…my second marriage.  I have two children, a son and a daughter from my first marriage and two step-daughters from my current marriage.  All our children are grown and out of the house.  My wife and I  now baby our cat and dog.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?  My second novel was just released

“The Devil’s Sin”.  This novel is a contemporary erotic horror tale with a crime drama twist.  I am excited to get this novel out and I have high expectations for its success. 


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I guess I’ve always had a creative side to me.  I play guitar and have written numerous unpublished songs.  In High school I too Art class and learned to paint in oils and watercolors.  My specialty became pen and ink/water color drawings.  I never really got serious about taking on writing until after I retired.  With the eBook craze and so many publishers looking for unsolicited works…I decided to give it a try.  I figured I had nothing to lose but a little time.  So I started hitting the keyboard to see what would happen!  I’ve always thought being a writer would be a great creative life.  I always loved reading the works of Tom Clancy, Harold Robbins, Ian Fleming and Patricia Cornwell to name a few.  In high school I even liked Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe.  And of course my favorite author from the past…Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula!  I love the vampires!  


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer? 

Well, the jury may still be out on that one!  But seriously, in some ways I’ve been writing for the last 30 years – police reports; from simple basic misdemeanor type reports to more complicated felony type reports; ie larceny reports to homicide! But to further answer this question…I guess after my first novel was published and after it sold a few copies I felt like I had made it as a writer to some degree.  


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book? 

Hmmm, to be honest I had been considering trying to write my first novel for a couple months but had no real theme or plot in mind.  My wife had gone back to college and in 2013 graduated from college.  I attended her graduation ceremony.  While sitting in the concourse center waiting for the ceremony to begin, an idea popped in my head.  This idea evolved into my first novel, “Lustful Consequences”!


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

  Orderly Chaos!  I never really take notes.  My ideas are stored up in my head.  I sit down in front of the computer and start writing.  I never really know where I’m headed with the story or with the characters in the story.  As an example, in my first novel, “Lustful Consequences” the main character – Jenny originally was to be the antagonist in the story.  But as I continued to write and as her character evolved I began to like her and she became the story’s protagonist.  After I have written two or three chapters, I go back and self edit these chapters several times, adding and deleting.  I reach a point where I am sick of looking at my words and then I move on to writing the next chapters.  I guess I’m pretty unorthodox in my writing style.   


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?  

I never have a title when I start writing.  As I progress in the work something comes to mind.  My first novel had a different title for about ¾’s of my writing of this work.  Towards the end I decided I didn’t like the title and changed it to its present published title.  I decided on the title for my second novel after about a week of writing on this work and it didn’t change.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Yes and no.  I don’t take myself too serious.  Nor do I think my novels have any type of profound message.  My first novel dealt with the consequences of lust and fatal attraction issues.  It’s erotic but it’s also a love story and a story of forgiveness.  My second novel is the classic story of good versus evil…will good triumph over evil?  Read the book and find out!  Haha!


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

 “Lustful Consequences” could be your next Lifetime movie taken right off the pages of the latest Dateline script!  It’s very realistic and could happen in the real world.  “The Devil’s Sin” is pure scary, horror filled unrealistic fun!  It’s full of demonic possession and doppelgangers and exorcisms. I love horror stories and I had a blast writing this one!  


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

No character is based on anyone I know in either of the novels I’ve written.  But both of my novels contain police/crime drama – so of course I based to some degree the personalities on people I worked and on my own experiences when I was a cop.  


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

 Well, I’ve always liked horror stories.  I read Edgar Allen Poe in my youth…even though I found his works a hard read.  Then I discovered Bram Stoker’s Dracula and I was hooked on vampires! I became a B-movie horror movie addict!  Christopher Lee was my hero!  Hahaha!  As I got into adulthood I read my dad’s novels…from writes like Harold Robbins, Tom Clancy and Louis L’Amour.  I loved their novels.  After I became a police officer I started reading Joseph Wambaugh’s police novels.  And I discovered Stephen King…I love his twisted works!  As far as a mentor though, I guess Harold Robbins and Stephen King probably had the most influence on me as far as in a literary since.


Fiona: What book are you reading now? 

“Truth or Die” by James Patterson.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

No, I’m kind of stuck on Patterson right now.  But if I were to offer out someone…Madison Seiver.  I haven’t read any of her works yet but I’ve seen some of her reviews and based on them she sounds like a great writer.


Fiona: What are your current projects?  

Just finished my second novel – “The Devil’s Sin”!


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. 

Club Lighthouse Publishing has been a blessing…they gave me an opportunity and published me when no one else would.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? 

The jury’s still out in that one!  Hahaha!


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

 No, I’m pretty pleased with everything.  I think it’s a pretty good story! 


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

From reading.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?  Sure! 

MURIEL STOOD LOOKING AT her father as he lay in the hospital bed. Numerous tubes, cords and wires ran from his body to various medical monitors and automated drug dispensing machines. Her father, in a drug induced coma lay dying a slow and painful death from colon cancer. The cancer had spread rapidly throughout his body in the last few months leaving him frail and bedridden, devouring his life. He seemed so fragile and helpless now; nothing like the strong “man among men” figure Muriel remembered him to be all her life. Sickness from the cancer had deteriorated his once strong and handsome being down to a weak and frail, almost skeletal existence of a human being.

Muriel glanced over at her two sisters. Kathleen sat with her head lowered, as if in prayer. Hannah stared out the window into the dark night, her eyes red and tired from crying and lack of sleep.

Muriel’s husband walked into the room followed by Kathleen and Hannah’s husbands, each carrying Styrofoam cups in both hands.

“The coffee’s still pretty hot,” Muriel’s husband said, handing her a cup.

“Thanks Thomas.” Muriel managed a smile, but her voice crackled from the emotional build up inside her. She sipped the hot black liquid as she peered back at the all but lifeless body of her father. Kathleen and Hannah spoke softly to each other and their husbands, their conversation barely audible.

Muriel’s husband placed a hand on her shoulder and asked, “Any change?”

Shaking her head “No” Muriel leaned back, closed her eyes and rested her body next to his. “No, about the same I guess.”

Thomas smiled a sad smile and lightly kissed Muriel on the cheek. With her eyes still shut, she reminisced of a happier time when her mom was alive and her dad wasn’t sick. Those days seemed so long ago now.

* * * * *

HER MOM, DEAD FOR almost four years now from cancer that devastated the family. Her dad’s cancer surfacing almost two years ago seemed so unfair to everyone. Living in Virginia at the time, Muriel and Thomas received the bad news from Kathleen in a phone call.

“Hey sis, Kathleen here…well the test results are back. I’m afraid the news is not good. He’s got colon cancer.”

Muriel’s heart sank with her sisters words. Having lost her mom to breast cancer only a few years before, the thought of her dad now seriously ill seemed too much to bear. Cancer had struck a blow to her family once again.

The youngest of the three sisters, Muriel had turned thirty three years old a few months before her mother passed away. Now to be going through a similar illness with her dad in such a short time span seemed even more unjust. Born into a strict Irish Catholic family, Muriel’s religious upbringing and faith came into question during her mom’s illness. She became angry at God for not answering her prayers to heal her mom.

Muriel found herself in thought cursing and blaming God once again for unanswered prayers for her dad, “No, no, no. This isn’t fair God. Not my dad sick from cancer too. Why can’t our family get a break? I can’t lose him too. Patrick Doherty is a good man…he doesn’t deserve this. You could heal him if You wanted to. Damn You if You take him from me too. Why should I pray to You–a God who is so cruel?”

Now in transition in a move from Richmond to Charleston, Muriel and her husband somehow found time to include trips to Charlotte to visit her dad as he battled the disease. Originally from Charleston, her parents moved to Charlotte right after Muriel was born. Fortunately her two sisters continued to live in or near her father; Kathleen and her husband living in the city of Charlotte, Hannah and her husband in Greensboro. Being close, they were able to assist her father on a more regular basis during this trying time.

On one of their final moving trips to their new home in Charleston, Muriel got a call on her cell phone from Kathleen:

“Sis, y’all better get to the hospital. Doctors say dad doesn’t have much more time.”

Although less than two hours from Charleston, Thomas turned the car around and they headed back north to North Carolina. Muriel and Thomas had brought their two children with them this trip with plans to show them their new home in South Carolina. That would have to wait now.  “The Devil’s Sin”.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 I tend to write the way I talk…I have to watch myself!  Hahaha!


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

  I guess my favorite writers are Harold Robbins, Tom Clancy and Stephen King.  King continues to amaze me in the amount of work he puts out in such a short period of time! 


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 No not yet.  I hope the novels continue to do well to justify that someday! 


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 T.L. Davison from Club Lighthouse Publishing.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 Hmmm, maybe the self-editing…I’m very critical of me.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

Hmmm, from my latest novel, “The Devil’s Sin”, maybe don’t make Satan mad!  Hahaha!


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

  Hang in there, keep trying, never give up or listen to someone who tells you you can’t write! 


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 I hope you enjoy my novels.  It means a lot to me when someone spends there hard earned cash on something I wrote.  I want them to feel they got their money’s worth! 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

  Hmmm….no but maybe the Bible.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 Life!  J

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

  Charles Dickens!  I love “A Christmas Carol”!  It’s my favorite Christmas story and movie (the George C. Scott version).

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

 He enjoyed life and didn’t take it too serious!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

  I play guitar, I read and I do woodworking.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 I love the History Channel; I watch tons of movies on Netflix; Yes, I watch Family Guy!  Hahaha!  My favorite movie is Forest Gump!

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:

 Spaghetti; blue; Rock & Roll especially The Beatles and the Allman Brothers Band.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 Hmmm…well I was a cop for 30 years, does that count?  Hahaha!

 Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

  No, but I am on Google+; Facebook; Twitter and Linkedin.

Amazon Authors Page http://www.amazon.com/Carlton-Lamberth/e/B00NP0M6T0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1438156570&sr=1-2-ent

Lustful ConsequencesThe Devil's Sin