Jan 4, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Carolyn Crane plus giveaway

For my first Authors After Dark Author Spotlights, I am excited to introduce Carolyn Crane! *applause*

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

I went to AAD last year, so it will be my second time. You will have a nice time. It was such a fun crowd last year!

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

I’m most looking forward to sitting around and just chatting with other readers and writers, just the informal times, the sense of community and commonality. It’s so easy to be isolated as an author, because you work alone, make these big decisions alone. As a reader of the genres we read, too—it’s rare (for me, anyhow) to actually meet somebody in real life who has the same passionate feelings about the same books. So, for me, it’s all about interacting with people who have similar (and fierce!) reading passions as me, or other writers who are wrestling with the same sorts of issues.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

I’ve met a whole lot of the authors attending already at different cons, and really look forward to reconnecting with them, but one author who I haven’t met in person yet is Katie Reus! We were blogging buddies years ago. I was so stoked to find out she was going!!!

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

This is going to sound weird but, I got the call when I was on a train going home to Wisconsin, and my dad was really sick with cancer, and I was just so overwrought at the time. And it was like, I’d been working for years trying to get pubbed, and I had so much emotion loaded into it, and then I had so much emotion about my dad. So I get this call and I was shell-shocked—I didn’t know how to feel. And then I called my husband and told him, and he was excited, and I just burst into tears! He thought I’d gone insane.

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

Double Cross is my favorite book. There is something about it that just feels magical to me. Oddly, it’s the Marty interrogation scene I most love in it. It was an important scene for me.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

There’s actually a deleted Justine and Cubby scene from Mind Games that’s really dirty, but a little creepy, that I took out of an early draft. Cubby angry sex! I totally forgot about that until now.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

I love writing Packard. I love the charming criminal type of hero. Though, Simon is massive fun to write about, too.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

I’d have to say it’s Brisbane from the Lady Julia Grey series. He is so mysterious, so unusual. I think part of it is that he has so little stage time, I crave so much more of him!

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I never in my wildest dreams thought people would make so much of the hot tub scene in book #1…the cucumbery cock. When I wrote that line, I was sort of being silly, and I never expected it to become a focus, though I love that it did, and I think it’s so hilarious that it did. I think people took it as the silly thing it was, and it’s sort of fun to have that joke with readers.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

Haha! This is such a good question! And, YES! I remember that feeling of being in sixth grade, and all you want to do is shut out the world so you can read your book, and I lost that in high school and college.  I mean, I still loved books so much, and was an English Lit major, but not with that fierce passion. I rediscovered fantasy—and discovered romance—very late. I feel like I missed out on so much. But, I’m making up for it!!

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

I think I’ve blanked high school out. I can’t remember…uh, anything!

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

Ack, this is hard as it depends on my mood. I really love Remains of the Day, The Man Who Knew Too Little, The Age of Innocence. And The Usual Suspects made a huge impact on me as a writer.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Chocolate chip cookie batter ice cream.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Very much morning.

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

I eat a lot of health food. If you knew what was in the smoothies I drink, you would think I was crazy.

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASES:
The third book in your Disillusionists series, Head Rush, was released in December.  At the end of the book there is a single word followed by two more words.  It says “Simon.  Spring 2012”. *Squee* Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Oh, thanks!! The novella is about Simon and Fawna’s evolving love-hate relationship. It’s the most intense thing I have ever written. There are times when I feel it’s my best work. It also takes slight risks. But that’s the nice thing about the novella form, and the self-pub form, is that you are freer to try new things.

You also wrote a story that will be appearing in the Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance (releasing November 2012).  Tell us a little about the first non-Disillusionist story that will be appearing in the anthology.

My story, which is a slightly humorous one, is about a snarky woman tour guide at a seaside tourist trap in North Carolina (‘the haunted pier’) who wishes that a certain strapping young sea captain who died in 1870 and is now a ghost had a less pathetic haunting technique.

Thank you so much Carolyn for agreeing to be one of my Authors After Dark Author Spotlights.  And for being my first one – that takes courage.  😉

Thank you so much, Julie! I’m honored to be your first, and so looking forward to meeting up at AAD!

Super generous Carolyn is offering a SIGNED copy of either Mind Games or Double Cross!  To enter, just leave a comment before Sunday January 8th 11:59EST.  Contest open internationally.  Best of luck to everyone.  And thank you Carolyn for offering such an amazing prize!

Here’s where you can find Carolyn:


  1. I am entering 😀 Yes I do got both my copy of Double Cross sucks since I can’t read some pages cos of blurry ink (which is why one should always check that at once and now 6 months after, sighs). Let that be a lesson to all 😉

  2. I would be very happy to discover your books so please enter me for the first book of the serie

    thansk you for this generous giveaway

    all the best


  3. What a fabulous interview. I have Carolyn’s series sitting in my TBR pile…I was just waiting for the final book to come out before I read it. I need to pull it out now! smiles…

  4. Sherry Singh says:

    My absolute favorite series of 2011!

  5. It would be a huge thrill to own a signed copy of Mind Games by my most favourite author…drum roll…Carolyn Crane! Carolyn is also a great chick, and very generous, too 🙂

  6. Now I really wish I was going to AAD!!! I would love to meet both of you there!! I love your answer about what you are most looking forward to about AAD! I always have a hard time meeting people in my real life that feel the same way about books as I do, especially about the same genres. I really would love to make it to more events to get the chance to connect with other readers like me!

  7. What a great interview! I’ve heard so many good things about this series. I have a few friends that are book lovers, but none of them read romance or fantasy so it’s hard for me to discuss books I really love. That’s the main reason I made my blog! I wish I could go to AAD so incredibly bad, but I’m a poor university student. I’m an English minor though!

  8. I loved this series and I wish I could share it with some other peeps I know, so please enter me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Ohh Double Cross was fantastic. I love the series and the characters.

  10. I’d love to try Mind Games!

  11. I’ve heard only good things about this series!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  12. Barbara Elness says:

    I enjoyed the interview, and I’d love to win a copy of Mind Games since I haven’t had a chance to start this series yet. I’ve had it in mind for a while, but just haven’t had a chance to pick up the books yet.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  13. Thanks for the interview! Now I need to read the book that has the hot tub scene in it!

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  14. Great interview! I’ve had these books on my to read list, but after hearing from the author, they’re moving to the top! Thanks Carolyn for so generously offering a signed copy!

  15. I am a stand-up-and-cheer fan of the trilogy! I look forward to Simon’s story and I’m delighted that the Disillusionists live on. YAY!

  16. Northwoman says:

    This is so exciting! I know it’s time to go to bed at night when I get the latest email from your blog. It must be so fun to talk to all these authors. Carolyn Crane is from this area, so that is fun also. I am in the midst of reading her books.

  17. Best wishes to Carolyn on her upcoming projects. The novella about the tourist guide and the slightly pathetic ghost sounds like a fun read. I’ve got Mind Games and would love to win a copy of Double Cross.

  18. I love this series so much, I have the ebooks but I’d love to win a sign copy of Mind Games.
    I didn’t know about the Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance, that’s nice, I can’t wait to read that story.
    I haven’t had Chocolate chip cookie batter ice cream, but it sounds really good, next time I see it I’ll give it a try.
    Great interview and see you in AAD. *happy dances*

  19. If Double Games was your favorite book to write I would love to read it! Thank you so much for the interview and the giveaway.

  20. Thank you for the interview, I enjoyed reading it very much. And I wish you both lots of fun at AAD. I really want to go one year. I still have to start reading the first book, but it is on the table already.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  21. My favorite part of this interview was hearing what Ms. Crane’s favorite book is that she wrote.

    No need to enter me, I have both books!

  22. Julie Witt says:

    These books look awesome and I would love to be entered to win one!! Thanks so much for bringing this new to me author to my attention:)

  23. ohh that Authors After Dark thing looks awesome! I so wish i could go!!
    i would love to win book 1 in this series.. have heard such good things about it, that i would really like to try it! thanks for the chance to win!

  24. melissa grant says:

    Great interview. I loved both books and I have Headrush on my TBR pile. I would love a signed copy of either as I loved both.

    Melissagrantcpacfe at gmail dot com

  25. Great interview! I’d love whichever book comes first (sorry! I haven’t read anything by Carolyn Crane befor but I really want to). Thanks!

  26. I’d love to win a copy of Mind Games. I’ve heard such wonderful things about the series and I haven’t managed to pick it up yet.

    hankts AT internode DOTon DOT net

  27. Interesting interview. Glad to know more about my latest favorite author!

    This series is fabulous! Been dying to get my hands on a paperback copy of Mind Games. (the bookstores here have reaaaaally limited choice)


  28. Great interview. I am very exicted for AAD 2012 (Julie this will be my first too).
    Cant wait to read the stories. Thansk for sharing.

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  29. Dang it, I’m to late to enter the contest 🙁

    Great Interview by the way!!!, Love Carolyn Crane Disillusionists Series


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