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.
Do 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.
If 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.
What 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. 🙂