Sep 19, 2013

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Authors Asking Authors – Carolyn Crane

Carolyn Crane is one of my favorite people. She is smart, really sweet and incredibly talented.  She is also this week’s ‘answerer’ for Authors Asking Authors.

Carolyn CraneDo you have an old writing routine that you used to consider essential (ex: “I can only write if ——-“), that you now don’t need at all?  –  ML Brennan

Oh, yeah!  I had this really comfortable, perfectly roomy overstuffed chair that I had to sit in, and a specific pen I had to use (because I used to write longhand.  It’s how I wrote Mind Games and Double Cross).  I got really nervous about losing the pen (a slim papermate they don’t make anymore) because, how could I write with a different one?  So I went on ebay and found two more identical to it.  Now I write on the computer.  MUCH faster!

Do you have critique partners, beta readers, or even people you run early ideas by? What is your system for that?  –  Carolyn Crane

I am kind of a critique partner whore.  I have fabulous, smart author friends I pass work back and forth with.  I love thinking about their stories and getting their thoughts on mine.  This has been immensely valuable in my current book.  I’m good at taking what is useful and discarding what doesn’t work.  I have just lately been thinking about beta readers (readers who read the finished product, kind of a second pair of eyes).  I think that’s a good idea I haven’t been doing.

In reading reviews, have you ever stumbled on any useful insight about your work (punctuation quirks, plot holes, beloved/hated characters, story direction, errors your publisher missed) that changed the way you wrote future books?  –  Jenn Bennett

I will pay attention to themes, things that are showing up consistently that are good and bad. Actually the other day I was collecting reviews for Against the Dark to use in promo, and I was surprised how many people mentioned that the they loved how evil my villain was, and that it was fun to see him brought down.  It surprised me, because I tend to worry about scaring readers, so that was interesting and useful to see.

againstthedarkIf there was one thing about being an author or about the publishing industry that you’d want readers to know/understand, what would it be?  –  Kate SeRine

I think that most authors are on a learning curve, and are just muddling through, doing our best, just like anybody.

So I think most people will ask about process or inspiration, but I’m a shopping girl at heart. What was the first ‘present’ you bought yourself to celebrate a contract, a big cheque, or a great advance?  –  Sierra Dean

Out to eat at a restaurant.  I celebrate with food.  Always.  I eat pretty healthy, but I love an excuse for yummy, naughty food.

If you could go back and rewrite/change any aspect of your main character, would you?  –  Amanda Bonilla

I have definitely written some love her/hate her female characters, and it’s funny, because I always want readers to love my characters the way I do, and I’m sad when they don’t.  But I guess if I changed them, I think I wouldn’t love them.

mindgamesWhat book do you wish that you had written?  –  Jennifer Estep

I’m going to go with 50 Shades here, Jennifer!!  I’m not proud! I would weather all the criticism and all the controversy for that yummy 50 Shades money!  I’d give a buttload of it away to save tigers and whales and things like that and go on a fabulous vacation!  Wheee!

But, artistically – it would have to be one of Kresley Cole’s books.  Maybe Lothaire.  I was so admiring that the other day.  I think she is absolutely brilliant.

Have you ever wished you could visit the world your characters live in and, if so, what do you envision yourself doing in that world? Bartender listening to character woes?  Valued friend?  Frenemy?  –  Adrian Phoenix

Hah!  I would love to go eat at Mongolian Delites, the restaurant in the Disillusionists.  That would be fun.  If I lived in the world, maybe I could get a job there and hang out with the gang.  I don’t think I’d want to be on the team.  I’m not screwed up enough, which is probably a good thing.

Bonus Question!  What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever been recognized as an author or talked with someone about your books?

One of my favorite day job clients (I work as a marketing/advertising writer) reads my books.  So, we’ll be on a business call about some company’s ad campaign, and suddenly veer into talking about Packard, or else Zsadist or something.  It’s totally fun.

Giveaway time!  Carolyn is offering a copy of Against the Dark, the first book in her Associates series, to one lucky winner.  Leave a comment below by Monday September 23rd  11:59pm EST and you’re entered.  Giveaway open internationally.  Thank you Carolyn for this giveaway and for taking part in Authors Asking Authors.  🙂

Missed the previous Authors Asking Authors?  Check out Jennifer Estep’s answers here and Kate SeRine’s answers here!

  1. You are a new writer to me. But your books sound terrific! Will have to check it out next time I am in a bookstore!

  2. Thanks so much for having me, Julie! This is such a fun feature. Oh, I should note for people that the giveaway is an ebook! That release isn’t yet in paper.

  3. Love your answers, Carolyn! Count me in for a trip to Mongolian Delites!

  4. This was a great review !! The Disillusionists series has been on my wish list a really long time, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. This would be a great opportunity to give your work a try !

  5. Loved the Disillusionists series and I’m excited to check out this new series!

  6. Simon! (Wait we have moved on from that…..) 🙂

    Seriously I love Carolyn 🙂 🙂 🙂

    (PS I think everyone would love a bit of the 50 shades chunk change–because it is not chump change) 🙂

  7. I love this series of posts you’re doing, Julie! And I’d love an opportunity to be introduced to Carolyn Crane’s books, as she’s been on my radar for a while! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I love this series Julie (Authors asking Authors). I have also enjoyed Carolyn’s books. I would love to win a copy of this new series of hers.

  9. Can I just say that Packard is on my Top 5 UF book boyfriend list. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Sounds like a great read.

  11. Great questions. I’ve seen great reviews on this book. Adding it to my list. Thanks.

  12. Suzanne Edwards says:

    Thank you for this exciting opportunity to open the door to a new author for me 🙂

  13. Just wanted to say that I love Carolyn’s answers, specially 50 Shades’ one, that one was the best and super honest. 🙂

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