Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Regina Carlysle

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.

Last questions…
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:
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Bronwyn Green said...

Awesome interview ladies, and Reg, I'm with you - the Burger King creeps me out! You just know he's sneaking into bedrooms at night watching people sleep - shudder.

Brynn, awesome just on your word count!!!

Dakota Rebel said...

Drilled. I LOVE it! What a great title.

Lovely interview guys. I just adore Regina and love when I get to hear more about her.


Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks for having my today, Bron! Just slogging out of bed and this was nice to wake up to. Congrats on the massive word count. WOW. Don't know if I could do this.

Regina Carlysle said...

EWWWW. Yeah, Bron, he's just creepy as hell. Is he, um, supposed to appeal to little kids? I swear, I thought Ronald McDonald was creepy this King Plastic Head is ookey.

Regina Carlysle said...

HA. Thanks Dakota. Normally I suck rocks at titles but this one just seemed "right" for a guy who drills for a living. snicker. Couldn't resist. Great to see you and congrats on you MARRIAGE!!!! I checked out the pics of your wedding. Just beautiful.

Paris said...

Great interview ladies! I can't wait to read "Drilled"...what a perfect title;-)

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Hey Reg, totally with you on the King being creepy. Love your shifters too!

Lex Valentine said...

Hey I did the angsty teen poetry too! Lately, BK has the best fries. We don't have a McDonald's near us.

Anny Cook said...

Drilled it hot... I'm the critique partner so I get to peek!

Desiree Holt said...

Can I say that writing with you is a privilege and a joy? I love your creative mind and your stories are fascinating. Jaguar Hunger is a definite reread for me.

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks Paris. Drilled is the story I've been blogging about lately. Hero had heroine pressed up against the wall with her boob in his hand for about a WEEK!!!! Crazy stuff. Poor characters with the numb body parts. Moving on with it now and it feels good.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey Cindy! Gotta say I never thought I'd write shifters but I've always loved them and now I'm sorta hooked.

Regina Carlysle said...'ve got me hungry for fries now. What IS IT with the salty stuff. I hit the drive-thru knowing the fries will go on one ass cheek and the burger on the other. siiiiigh.

Regina Carlysle said...

Awwww, well Anny, I'm lucky cuz as your critique partner, I get to read YOUR WORK too!!!!

carol said...

Enjoyed your interview! And I SO agree about the creepy Burger King's plastic head.

Nice interview, lady!

Regina Carlysle said...

RUNNING TACKLE HUGS, DES!!!! Glad you liked Jaguar Hunger and yeah, writing with you is always a BLAST. Hope we continue that!

Regina Carlysle said...

Hi Carol! Thanks and I think we all agree on the creepy king. He's just ICK.

Kelley Nyrae said...

Hey, Reg! Great interview. Have to say, love the title, Drilled. That is just great. Love everything you do and can't wait for this one.

Tessie Bradford said...

Reg, I love your shifters!

Regina Carlysle said...

Awww, thanks, Kelley! It was actually the first time I didn't have to agonize over a title. Now I just need to get the damn story finished! :-)

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks, Tessie! I actually always thought I'd simply be a regency writer. Funny how things turn out. I loooove writing shifters, either m/f or menage.

Cris Anson said...

Hey Regina! Your output makes my head spin. Congrats on your latest, and boy, am I looking forward to DRILLED!


Genella deGrey said...

Seriously. Couldn't they just cast a hot guy for the King?
There are so many of them out there looking for work . . .

Regina Carlysle said...

Ha. Me too, Cris. Just have to get that little baby written and put him to bed, ya know?

Regina Carlysle said...

I've wondered about that very thing, Genella. A hot guy would work and completely knock every last one of us off our diets. A friendly REAL face might be good too. snicker. I've always thought the college mascots were pretty stupid looking but at least they don't look like creepy sexual predators.

Kathy K said...

Excellent interview Brynn and Regina. I'm always fascinated by writers and how they manage to do what it is they do.

And the Burger KING? Oh HELP... I'm actually loathe to enter one of their restaurants for fear I'd meet up with it. *shudder*

Laurann Dohner said...

Great Interview. Drilled is a wonderful title and I can't wait to read it. I love all of Regina's books but I'm real fond of her shifters!!!

I'm so glad I'm not the only one creeped out by Burger King guy. My husband laughs at me but that one commercial they had with him outside the window... SCARY!!! There's something wrong with McD's Ronald too. Not as scary as a plastic head but not PC either...big red clown guy hanging with little kids. LOL. I want them both to hire cover models and do commericals like Carl's Jr has. Put a hot guy on a mechanical bull eating a burger in hardly nothing... and I'll BUY! LOL

Regina Carlysle said...

LMAO!!!!!!!! Remember the Burger King ad with him showing up in this dudes living room and King Plastic Head wanted the GIRL??? Yeesh. Made me shudder and that window one...Laurann, I swear, cracking up here. EWWWWWW.

Regina Carlysle said...

Ha. Nothing all that fascinating about it, Kathy. I tend to think we're all just a little bit nuts.

Molly Daniels said...

'Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us...' Always liked BK 'cause they could give me one with mustard only and I didn't have to wait. But McD's fries...hands down AWESOME!

Wow Reg...Didn't know you'd be here today; otherwise I'd have saved my own 'lovefest' for tomorrow, hee hee:)

I'd run tackle hug you, but the asthma's acting up. Don't want to cough all over you! GREAT interview!!

Regina Carlysle said...

Okay. Dating myself here. I still remember all the words to the 'two all beef patties, special sauce lettuc cheese" jingle from Micky D's.

You are just the BEST, Molly! Thanks for all the very nice stuff you said about Lone Star Lycan on your blog! Ya know I luuuuvs ya, chicky.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Whoa nelly you got a lot of comments. Yay Regina! You write some good books!

Regina Carlysle said...

And so do you, Miz Julia! Yeah, I think everyone wanted to discuss the Burger King Dude. snort.

barbara huffert said...

What a great interview! Sleeping in? Could you explain that to me please?

Regina Carlysle said...

Doubt you would understand that concept, Barb, since you get up at the ass-crack of dawn. :-) You honestly get up earlier than anyone I've ever met.

Genella deGrey said...

College mascots - hehe!

While I'll admit Tommy Trojan (USC) is the best, he still needs to pump some serious iron.

Again, they didn't let me cast that role.

Kris Norris said...

Okay, I am more than tossing stuff at your head. Sleeping in? Geesh, if we're not up for school then it's the damn hockey on the weekend. I HATE 5am.
Great interview girl. Sorry this is a bit late.
I like BK, but in my town, you'd best have a good 20 min just to get your order. I'm afraid the teenagers here move veeerrrrryyyyyy sssssslllllooooowwwwlllllyyyy.


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Sandra Cox said...

Great interview, Ladies:)