Carolyn: Hi Qwill! Thanks so much for inviting me here. Hey, are you looking forward to AAD as much as I am? It’s really coming up soon. Sort of.
Qwill: Yes I am. I can't wait to see everyone and visit one of my favorite cities! And now a few questions:
TQ: What inspired you to become a writer?
Carolyn: I was inspired to become a writer by reading, by being moved, emotionally, by books. And the excitement and delight and escape of reading. I just knew it was what I wanted to be involved in.
TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Carolyn: I read that question and a million things flit across my mind. I would say it’s how long everything takes. Every novel takes so long to write. When I’m finished with one, it can take forever to get into a reader’s hand, especially if I’m traditionally publishing it, but even my self pub stuff feels that way. Or, I’m waiting for my agent on this, or an editor on that. Or even myself! I recently redid my website, and what should’ve been an afternoon project took forever. I get really antsy about everything!
TQ: What writing achievement are you most proud of?
Carolyn: Oh, you are naughty! You are leading my bashful Midwestern self to be boasterly! But honestly, I’m proud of my Disillusionists trilogy - writing it, publishing it, having it in the world. It did not blow anyone away in terms of sales numbers (quite the reverse!!) however, I wouldn’t write one word different. I feel so proud of it, just artistically.
TQ: What one thing should everyone know about your writing?
Carolyn: I had great fun doing it…most days!
TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.
Carolyn: I just put out a spin-off novella (which stands alone) called Devil’s Luck. It’s about my most reckless character. I also have two upcoming series: a paranormal spy romance, tentatively entitled MISTER REAL that takes place in rural Minnesota; it is a massively quirky project that I am in love with. It’s also a LOT hotter than the Disillusionists… a bit wild, in fact. lol.
My UF adventure series, DARK FOREST, is more of a traditional UF. It’s on the humorous and sexier side, and takes place in northern Wisconsin. Kind of a rural gothic book where even the deer heads on the walls of the rustic supper club look vaguely vampiric. Contains one of my favorite heroes I ever wrote.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Carolyn: Qwill, thank you so much for having me! See you in NOLA!
About the Disillusionists
Devil's LuckA Dissillusionists Novella
eBook. 32K words
THERE’S A THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND DOOM.
No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.
Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.
Head RushDisillusionists Trilogy 3
Samhain Publishing, December 6, 2011
eBook, 361 pages
Justine Jones faces her ultimate enemy: herself.
The Disillusionist Trilogy, Book 3
In an attempt to put her unhappy past behind her, Justine Jones throws herself into nursing school and planning her wedding to Otto Sanchez, the man of her dreams. But something is off. Random details aren’t adding up…and is it her imagination, or are her friends and fiancé keeping secrets from her? And what’s with the strange sense of unease, and her odd new headaches?
Justine tries to stay upbeat as Midcity cowers under martial law, sleepwalking cannibals, and a mysterious rash of paranormal copycat violence, but her search for answers leads her into the most dangerous mind game yet.
With the help of unlikely allies, including her paranoid dad and best frenemy Simon, Justine fights her ultimate foe…and unravels the most startling mystery of all.
Double CrossDisillusionists Trilogy 2
Spectra, September 28, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages
SOME SECRETS COME BACK TO HAUNT. OTHERS COME TO KILL.
Justine Jones lived her life as a fearful hypochondriac until she was lured into the web of a mysterious mastermind named Packard, who gifts her with extraordinary mental powers—dooming her to fight Midcity’s shadowy war on paranormal crime in order to find the peace she so desperately craves.
But now serial killers with unheard-of skills are terrorizing the most powerful beings in Midcity, including mastermind Packard and his oldest friend and worst enemy, Midcity’s new mayor, who has the ability to bend matter itself to his will.
As the body count grows, Justine faces a crisis of conscience as she tests the limits of her new powers and faces an impossible choice between two flawed but brilliant men—one on a journey of redemption, the other descending into a pit of moral depravity.
Mind GamesDisillusionists Trilogy 1
Spectra, March 23, 2010
Mass Market Papberback and eBook, 384 pages
JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.
Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.
Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.
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