Thursday, March 22, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Carolyn Crane

Please welcome Carolyn Crane as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

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 Luck
A Dissillusionists Novella
eBook. 32K words


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 Rush
Disillusionists 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 Cross
Disillusionists Trilogy 2
Spectra, September 28, 2010
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 336 pages


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 Games
Disillusionists Trilogy 1
Spectra, March 23, 2010
Mass Market Papberback and eBook, 384 pages


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.

About Carolyn

Carolyn Crane lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daring cats. She works as a marketing writer for her straight job and has also put in time as a shop clerk, a cocktail waitress and a plastics factory worker, which she was dismal at (think I Love Lucy). Also, she can relate almost any life experience to one or another Star Trek episodes, and if you invite her to your party, your entire cheese plate will be in grave danger. She can be found reading in bed, running, helping animals, or eating Mexican food.


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Devil's Luck, the Simon eNovella, from Carolyn!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

On what device do you read your eBooks?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you!

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I wish I could say an ipad but I can't afford one:( I read my ebooks on my laptop.
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  2. It's the same for me, for now I haven't bought a ereader, but I really need. So now I read them on my computer, it doesn't bother me. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

    I'm a follower: Melliane


  3. I have a basic Sony I got free with points, a Kindle Touch I got basically for free using Staples Rewards and after a $20 rebate. I still prefer paper though e-readers can't be beat for taking on vacation.

    GFC Anne38

  4. The Disillusionists series sounds great. Would love the novella.

    I have been reading e-books on my laptop with the Kindle PC app for well over a year. Like everyone else - I can't afford a reader. It would be nice but it's also nice to have that paper book.


  5. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! I'm a bit behind in this series but I loved Mind Games.

    I have a wonderful family who gifted me with a Kindle last year and a Kindle Fire this year. I wuvs it! And I've also somehow managed to accumulate an electronic TBR pile now along with my physical one!

  6. [+1] I read my ebooks on my smartphone :)

    [+1] GFC follower.

    [+1] Twitted about your giveaway at:!/cherrymischivus/status/182898981595127808

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-blackward [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. Hey everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! Also, it is so interesting what people read ebooks on. I have an ancient Sony, and I have been feeling like everyone on the planet has a kindle, but look, it's not so at all. Well, good luck to you all!

    And Qwill! Thanks so so much for having me here! So fun and lovely, as always.

  8. I read my ebooks on my Kindle gen 3...I wish I had a Kindle Fire. That will be my next upgrade. Thx for the giveaway op!
    Following via GFC/FB/email
    barbbattaglia @

  9. I read my book on my Kindle keyboard - I love it! I have a bad habit of stroking it when I'm reading...just like I used to with books. :)

    GFC name - mel S

  10. I am a follower and email subscriber. I read books on Kindle. Please enter me in contest.

  11. I hve many devices. I like my Sony best and then the Nook.
    follower debby236 at gmail dot com

  12. Before I had a Kindle I read on my computer using a Kindle for PC but that was seldom since it wasn't comfortable. I now read on my Kindle.

    GFC: Na

  13. I've been lucky enough this past year to have an array of reading devices to choose from: an ipad, Sony, Kindle, & Nook.

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  14. I read my ebooks on my Samsung Tablet with epub or PDF format. Just two format was enough for me:)

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  15. I use both a Kindle and Sony Reader.

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  16. Kindle Cloud

    I follow the blog.


  17. I use Adobe Digital Editions for .epub files on my laptop. I have the Kindle App on my HP Touchpad and that's device I use most often to read ebooks on because of the portability.

    GFC: ML

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com