Hi everyone! Before I get started with today's awesome interview, I want to update you on my challenge progress. As I mentioned, I'm participating in a winter novel writing challenge to write 40K between Jan 9 and Feb 13. So far I'm on track and as of yesterday have completed 5705 words toward the goal.
Okay, back to the regularly scheduled interview. I'm very happy to have the lovely Regina Carlysle with us today. I'm sure you'll enjoy her as much as I do!!!
Regina, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.
Ha. Nothing all that ‘intriguing’, I promise. I roll out of bed whenever I damn well please because I’m an empty nester now. Moms with kids at home? Please don’t come huntin’ for me! Believe me, your time will come and you’ll enjoy sleeping in as much as I do. Usually I’m up between 8 and 9, I get coffee, write a bleary blog and answer email. By ten or so, I’m wide awake and I’ll write as long as possible, taking a few breaks for household stuff and maybe lunch. If I’m lucky and the muse is active I might write at night, but I usually don’t. I tend to relax a bit with the hubster and then I’ll retire to the computer to work on promotion.
Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?
Sort of. Usually, I jot down lots of notes on basic things or I’ll find a quiet place to just relax and ‘think’ about the story. I’m pretty much a pantser so it’s more of a mental thing than something meticulous and planned out.
What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?
I’m kind of all over the place really. With some stories, it’s like pulling teeth to get the thing finished and with others, they fly. Those stories that seem to fly on their own are some of my best stories, I think. At the moment, I tend to see around six stories per year released but I hope to improve on that number this year.
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m hammering out a story for EC’s Cougar Challenge series and I hope to finish in a few weeks. This one is called Drilled about a 40-something woman who returns to her Texas hometown after a painful divorce and hooks up with a 30-something man who is drilling for oil on her property. Then I will be writing the third book in a series I’m doing with Desiree Holt and Cindy Spencer Pape. This is a series about Texas siblings. After that I plan to write the fifth book in my High Plains Shifters series (EC) and another Jaguar shifter ménage, also for EC. I’ve also been tossing around ideas with Ciana Stone and Desiree Holt for another contemporary Texas-themed series.
What’s your favourite genre to write?
I never thought I’d say this but paranormal. I adore shifters, love writing them.
I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?
I love funny stuff. Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Sandra Hill write drop dead funny books and I love to laugh so they are always an auto buy for me. I love historicals and paranormal, of course, but only when I’m not currently writing one.
Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?
Yes. Ha. I have so so many talented friends who support me as I support them and I wouldn’t dare name names for fear of leaving someone out. They, however, know who they are and that I love them.
Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.
I’ve always written something. Angsty, pitiful poetry as a teen, news stories as a journalist, movie reviews. The thing was, I knew I wanted to write just didn’t know WHAT. In 1992, I was bitching to my sister about a book I was reading. She gave me one of those ‘raised eyebrow’ looks and suggested I quit complaining and write something of my own. The idea of writing fiction had never occurred to me but once I made the decision, I worked steadily at it for the next 15 yrs. Back then, I wrote and researched regency since it was my favorite genre. I have several of those early books shoved under a bed at the moment. My contribution to the Writing Goddess, I think. I almost gave up but didn’t. Rejections were particularly painful in the old days and I figure I could wallpaper my office with all those nasty little letters. After one rejection after another, I continued to write but didn’t submit anything until I finally decided to give e-publishing a try. In the end, my first book came out in 2007 and I never looked back. I’m honestly proud of myself for not giving up.
How many books have you had published and for whom?
I currently have 12 ebooks and 5 print books at Ellora’s Cave; three titles at Resplendence Publishing and three books (print and ebook) at The Wild Rose Press under my Rita Thedford name.
What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?
My latest book is Jaguar Hunger, a shifter ménage. This is the story of a young unmated jaguar female who goes to the wilds of New Mexico to experience her first shift. She fully believes, because she doesn’t have the two mates required by her species, that she will die as she experiences uncontrollable lust and shifts into her beast unaided. Noah Littlehawk and Aaron O’Malley, unmated jaguar males, long ago decided that because of their close friendship they would together search for their mate. They own their own PI firm and have been hired to ‘watch’ a woman whom they are told is a wealthy man’s mistress. Instead they meet Violet and learn that not only is she no man’s mistress but she is an unmated female jag going into her first shift.
Don’t really know how I got the idea but I DID know I wanted to write another ménage. I’ve done a few of them and enjoying writing them so much. I tend to switch to ménage when I’m feeling a little stale in the other genres I write. So this was a good switch up for me. Maybe I was feeling the press of cold weather but I wanted to set this in the winter time and in the mountains. Loooove the mountains.
What’s your writing space like?
I work in my son’s converted bedroom. My desk sets off in a little corner and the area tends to be a little bit messy. Just like me. I have a nice entertainment center than sets behind me along one wall and it holds a shelf full of my print books and a television along with other assorted junk.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m gorging on my news shows (I’m a political junkie) or watching some of my favorite television series. My current favorites are True Blood, Big Love, and Dexter. I usually choose one day each week for my ‘errand running’ when I’ll head out to the dry cleaners or the grocery store. I’m pretty much a hermit so I plan my days out very carefully.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?
Not really. I think I’ve pretty much said it all.
Coke or Pepsi? Both. I can’t choose. Lately I’ve been more hooked on Diet Coke
Bronte or Austen? Austen. Without a doubt.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars. Love the whole ‘good versus evil’ theme. Han Solo is my favorite. Love him.
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Team Jacob. He’s real, earthy and he doesn’t sparkle. Don’t get the whole sparkly thing.
McDonalds or Burger King? When I’m being bad, I hit Burger King and try not to think about that goofy commercial with the creepy KING and his plastic head.
Regina, I think that king head is creepy too! Thank you so much for being here today! Readers, you can find Regina at:
Her blog: http://www.reginacarlysle.blogspot.com/
Her website: http://reginacarlysle.com/