Literary Escapes Podcast Episode 105 Exploring Mississippi with author Carolyn Haines

Ep 105: Exploring Mississippi with Author Carolyn Haines

Join us as we tour the US through books, one state at a time.

This week we are headed to Mississippi with author Carolyn Haines and her Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. Our book of the week is Them Bones, a delightful mix of mystery, laughter, and the supernatural that leaves you feeling like you’re in Mississippi right alongside the characters.

Laugh along with Becki and Carolyn as they talk about Carolyn’s incredibly diverse writing career that has taken her from the bustling newsroom, where she once covered an armed robbery on horseback, to publishing over 80 novels. She has also gone undercover in a prison and danced the night away with some surprising partners. Don’t miss this fun interview!

Meet Carolyn Haines

Author Carolyn Haines

When I was growing up in the small town of Lucedale, Mississippi, I had big dreams. I wanted to be a cowgirl, a writer, and Nancy Drew. Life has surely thrown me more than a few twists, but dreams are hard to destroy. Today, I’m all three–sort of. Of course the only mysteries I solve are in Zinnia, Mississippi. And I have the help of Sarah Booth Delaney, Tinkie, Cece, Coleman, Millie and a host of other characters. They’ll be quick to tell you they do all the hard work–I’m just the writer.

Before I wrote fiction I worked for nearly a decade as a journalist. That experience has been invaluable as a writer. It was a fabulous life for a young woman, and I had some terrific adventures. I once covered an armed robbery on horseback and on another occasion had to climb a tree to cover a hostage situation in a graveyard. It’s a good thing I was a tomboy growing up.

Sarah Booth and Jitty came to me in tandem, arguing just as they do in the books. When such fully developed characters visit a writer, it’s truly a gift. I didn’t know Sarah Booth was a private investigator–in fact she didn’t either–until I’d started writing the book (Them Bones). Now, it’s become my challenge to give her interesting cases to solve.

Listen to Episode 105 Here

Exploring Mississippi with Author Carolyn Haines

In This Episode

We had so much fun chatting with Carolyn and here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Her work as a journalist including an undercover assignment at a women’s prison
  • Reading while at work at the local drugstore
  • Her attempt at writing a romance
  • Getting started at Harlequin Intrigue
  • Writing 80 books and still going
  • The inspiration for Jitty’s wardrobe
  • and more!

Books Mentioned in this Episode

Them Bones

Them Bones by Carolyn Haines book cover

Summer of the Redeemers

Summer of the Redeemers by Carolyn Haines book cover


Touched by Carolyn Haines book cover

The Darkling

The Darkling by Carolyn Haines book cover

Lights, Camera, Bones

Lights, Camera, Bones by Carolyn Haines book cover

Blue Christmas Bones

Blue Christmas Bones by Carolyn Haines book cover

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia book cover

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Books Set In Mississippi with map outline of Mississippi and stacks of books in the corners

Books Set in Mississippi

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