Interview with the Amazingly Wonderful Caris Roane plus a giveaway

It is my very great pleasure to have author Caris Roane with us today. Her books are nothing short of amazing. So if you’re into Vampires and excellent, not to mention a bit steamy, romances check out any of her books. First a little bit about Caris:

Caris Roane has published over fifty Regency romance novels and novellas under the pen name, Valerie King.  In 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance.  Having had a long-time love affair with vampires, Caris tackled the paranormal genre and built a unique vampire world based on ascending dimensional earths.  Her series is called Guardians of Ascension.

The first novel of the series, Ascension, debuted in January of 2011 and has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Award in the category of Vampire Romance.  Burning Skies was released in May, and the third novel, Wings of Fire, hit the shelves in September.  Her novella based on the series, Brink of Eternity, released July 12th as a $.99 e-read!  And most recently, on January 3rd, the fourth novel, Born of Ashes, opened the New Year.  The fifth novel, Obsidian Flame releases on April 24th.  Gates of Rapture, #6, comes out in September.

Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy.

Did you always want to be an author?

This is one question I wish I could answer with a big resounding yes!!!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get seriously bit by the writing bug til I was about twenty-five.  I’d been reading Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer then discovered that all these authors were writing Regency romance!  I was lost from that moment on.  Then all these years later, I discovered writers like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lara Adrian, and Gena Showalter, then the next thing I knew I absolutely had to write vampire romance!  It’s been an awesome ride.

How do you decide which story to write?

Well, in the case of my GUARDIANS OF ASCENSION series, because it’s a series the choice ends up defined by whatever happens in the current book.  For some reason, that story will always suggest the next story.  I just finished the 6th book of the series and it’s been a blast from beginning to end.  Each book has been a special adventure all its own.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release?

My latest release is BORN OF ASHES, which hit the market in early January.  This is the 4th book of my Guardians of Ascension series, set in a dimensional world at war, with wonderful hunky warrior vampires fighting to save all the decent ascenders on Second Earth.  But in BORN OF ASHES, my heroine, Fiona, discovers an amazing power to channel the powers of others, something that she and her wonderful French warrior vampire, Jean-Pierre, take advantage of to save the day more than once during the course of the story.

What drew you to the paranormal genre? And which is your favorite paranormal creature?

My favorite paranormal creature is, hands down, the vampire.  But I think I’ve always been drawn to the paranormal genre.  Early in my Regency writing career, for instance, I had Greek mythological characters come to life and take part in the story. Then later I wrote one vampire Regency novella and it was soooo much fun.

Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing?

I do a real back-and-forth as a writer.  I’ll spend time pondering the story I want to tell, I’ll brainstorm, do some whit-iffing, that kind of thing.  I always create a graph with a rising curve of high points, so that I remind myself visually and constantly what the goal of the story is, you know, build, build, build.  But usually early in the process, I’ll sit at my computer and just start writing, get the characters talking, name them, get a sense of who they are, create this scene or that scene, just write.  Then it’s back to my graph and some forms I use as well.  I start filling in all the blanks, then one day, I have the graph all filled in, and by then at least 25% of the story is written.  So it’s a ‘brainstorm, plot, write, plot, write’ process for me until the last word is written.

What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing their story?

I’m currently writing a proposal for my editor atSt. Martin’s.  We’re starting a new vampire trilogy in an entirely new setting, and the hero uses the phrase, “by all the wraith-lords on high”, which for some reason just cracked me up.  He likes to curse and uses many forms, both from his world and from earth.  His name is Griegarth, he’s six-five and hunky—of course—and already I know he’ll make me smile over and over again during the telling of his story.

Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you overcome it?

I think there are tons of forms of writers block.  For me, the most common occurs with sheer fatigue.  So, what I do is I take a break, I drink a glass of water because I really believe in hydration as an important part of the creative process, I’ll watch an episode of a crime show like Without a Trace or Criminal Minds, just to put my brain at rest for a time.  I also make sure that I get regular meals and never too much at any one time.  It’s amazing how just thinking in terms of self-care can really help with moments that feel blocked.  Once my brain has a chance to rest, to focus on other things, I can get back to work and usually the words flow.  If they don’t, even after all that, then I’ll usually surrender to the need for a full night’s sleep before trying again.

Can you describe your office or where you normally write?

When I’m fully engaged with the muse, I sit in a dark corner of my bedroom, in a very big comfortable chair, a low light to my left, sometimes my eyes are closed, sometimes open, as I tap away at my keyboard.  I have a big screen, as well, so that when my eyes are open, lol, I can see several files at once.  I love this set up.  It’s easy on my eyes, my back, and I can write for a good long stretch each time.

Where can readers find out more about you?

www.carisroane.com

Tell us about today’s giveaway:

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of the winner’s choice of one of the Guardians of Ascension novels, as well as a choice of hand-crafted, wing-based earrings.  I always include bookmarks and RTC cards as well.  This is an international Giveaway.

I enjoy chatting with readers so tell me today what makes a hero memorable for you?  Is it a quirk of his or perhaps his wound is super deep?  Tell me what moves you!

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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50 Responses to Interview with the Amazingly Wonderful Caris Roane plus a giveaway

  1. Bonnie Capuano says:

    Only a sister would say “you’ve never been normal” HA I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading one of her books. Thanks for a chance to do that.

    • Caris says:

      Bonnie,
      Who’s ‘normal’? Shall we talk about Linda? Shall we redefine ‘normal’???

      Hope you get a chance to try out my wonderful, wounded warriors!

      Caris

      • Hi Caris. I love your books. BTW, I have never claimed to be normal so don’t redefine it on my account.

      • Shauni says:

        I have a theory on normal.. consider this.. It is impossible for a person to actually be normal. In order to have a “Norm” you must first have at least two identical subjects to base the “Norm” upon.. Since no two people are exactly the same, it is scientifically impossible for a person to be normal. Therefore if you find that you are normal you are in fact .. ABNORMAL.. yeah.. I spend a lot of time thinking about really odd stuff.. *grins* just call me Abby..

      • Caris says:

        Linda, I’ll bet you’ll never tease someone about ‘normal’ again! LOL! Shauni, you must be right!

        Caris

  2. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Caris. I love the covers to your books. What makes a hero memorable to me is one that has flaws that he has to overcome, or is a tortured soul who needs a loving heroine to heal or redeem him.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

    • Caris says:

      Crystal,
      I love the tortured soul as well. Book #5, OBSIDIAN FLAME, has one of my most tortured of warriors. He’s been a leader in a terrible war for two thousand years and he drinks too much Ketel One. His woman is feisty and awesome, but he has to figure out how to win her away from the life of freedom she’s chosen.

      Caris

  3. Marta says:

    This was very interesting to read :)))
    What makes a hero memorable to me… I think it’s personality. A *real* personality. Not just some cliché or just one major bit about the person (which can be very important of course, but I always find that a personality consists of many things). What makes them special are the details – not *just* the history, not *just* a quirk, but all of it put together, also how they possibly change during the story, how they react, if they learn or not, etc.

    • Caris says:

      Hi, Marta,
      When I’m writing and getting to know the hero of the story, there’s always a point for me when I really get inside that man, and can ‘feel’ him, who he is. I can feel what he moves like, sounds like, the weight of him when he walks, his arms, his shoulders, his thighs. It’s an awesome moment! HOWEVER, communicating that on the page is another matter entirely, the real trick of everything when it comes to putting a novel together. By the time I write the last word, it’s always a guess whether I’ve done enough, especially to show how he’s changed, how he’s grown, how he’s become worthy of his new life.

      Caris

  4. JeanP says:

    The covers for your books are awesome. The heros that stand out in my mind are the ones that are flawed, some dark secret that they aren’t willing to share, only after the heroine breaks downs his barriers is he able to overcome his past.
    Jean
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    • Caris says:

      Jean,
      I always think of my heroines as these beautiful tornadoes that come through the lives of these men and turn them every which way! Of course, I think it happens for the women in exactly the same way because neither will be the same again!

      Caris

      • Shauni says:

        Caris, you are so good at explaining in a wonderfully descriptive manner. I love some of your phrases.. I think it was in Ascension that I literally tumbled head first in love with your phrasing.. “She felt pinned to the spot where she’d landed, her bare feet stuck like chewing gum to cement”

        Even this response.. how you think of your heroines like beautiful tornadoes.. *sigh* I wanna write like that..

  5. LINDA B says:

    HI CARIS! MAN DO YOUR BOOKS LOOK HOT! HAVE TO ADD THESE TO MY WHINE FOR LIST TO SCROOGE! HOPE # 2 IS LUCKY FOR ME! LOL

    linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

    • Caris says:

      Dear WONDERFUL WHINE!
      Keep whining! Scrooge needs to cough it up, I mean SERIOUSLY!!!

      And yes, these books are hot, and getting hotter! *ssssssttt*

      Caris

  6. kimberleyc says:

    Great Interview. Thanks for the giveaway. I am seriously in love with this series!

    kcnrhtx (at) charter (dot) net

  7. kimberleyc says:

    Sorry, hit post before I was done.

    I like a hero who isn’t perfect and knows it. They have to have something to overcome and they have to realize they have feet of clay ( as the saying goes).

    • Caris says:

      Kimberley,
      You just made my day! So glad you’re loving this series! I can’t tell you how much I’ve LOVED writing it. Every day that I sit down with these characters, especially when starting a new book, is like catching up with old friends. And it is the most enjoyable thing in the world to bring two wonderful, worthy people together, even when it’s clear they’ve both got some growing to do before they can have an HEA. Thorne’s book coming up, OBSIDIAN FLAME – April 24th, really has two people NEEDFUL of transformation. That they know each other really well and, **ahem**, tend to fall into bed together a lot, makes this a crazy ride. Thorne’s book was especially meaningful. I think you’ll love how far they travel and where they end up…but I can’t say more, even though I’m dying to!

      Caris

  8. Caris says:

    Good morning, Everyone!
    We’ll be chatting off and on all day about memorable heroes or anything else that strikes your fancy about vampires or romance or writing…just anything! Shout away!

    I love alpha males, especially the wounded powerful type who are just waiting for the right woman to show up!

    Caris

  9. Sonia Cristina says:

    Caris, how are you?

    If I ask who’s going to be Endelle’s man, will you tell? I’m so curious! Initially, I thought it would be James, but then I read book 3 and saw about Braulio and Endelle’s reaction made me think. I haven’t yet read book 4, so I don’t know if there’s some more information about Braulio…

    • Caris says:

      Sonia Cristina,
      Oh, how you tempt me but I have a feeling that if I spilled the beans about Endelle’s upcoming love life that I would get in biiiiiggggg trouble with all those fans who like to be kept guessing until the last minute! What if I just said that both men might be involved…and I’ll let your mind work through this. You can email me privately at carisroane@gmail.com if you MUST HAVE more information. And even then, I’d need a pint of blood as proof of your intention to maintain secrecy, lol!

      Caris

  10. Caris says:

    Hi, again, Everyone,
    I wanted to make sure that you all knew that there are NO ANGELS HERE — JUST VAMPIRES!!! The covers may show hunky guys with wings, and one beautiful woman also bearing wings, but they’re all vampires, ascended to Second Earth!

    Caris

  11. Tawnya Peltonen says:

    Hi Caris! I absolutely LOVE the Guardians of Ascension series. I’m so addicted to it, I recommend it to EVERYONE! Definitely one of my top 5 series of all time. I particularly like that though your characters are vampires, they’re not typical vampires. As a lover of paranormal romances, it’s always nice to read about something new.

    Oh! I forgot to answer your question. A memorable hero to me is one that’s strong but has something to overcome. If he has a sense of humor (particularly if he can laugh at himself) that’s even better.

    Also, will the winner get to choose ONLY the books currently out, or will they be able to choose Obsidian Flame as their prize, even though it’s not been released yet? I’ve read them all so far and cannot wait to read Obsidian Flame. So I’m crossing my fingers that I win!

    lovey_20_81@hotmail.com

    • Caris says:

      Tawnya,
      Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for telling everyone about my beloved warriors! You know these men live in my house, right? Jean-Pierre just brought me a French martini! And Thorne’s red-rimmed eyes look sooooo much better since I finished his book, which leads me to, YES, OF COURSE, the winner could pick OBSIDIAN FLAME, which comes out April 24th! I can’t wait for you to read it! And I totally agree, a sense of humor, especially laughing at self, is a great thing in a worthy man!

      Caris

  12. Sara Correa says:

    Hello Caris,

    I can’t wait for Thorne’s book to come out…I’m like dying here. No really I’m dying to get my hands on that book :). I pretty much think you have the formula down to a T on what a memorable hero is. For me a flawed individual who has a closet full of secrets. Also they have to be super funny! And maybe wear a lot of animal clothing (Endelle reference here…she is such an awesome character). April 24 please come faster. Also will you be at the open to the public book signing for RWA?

    • Caris says:

      Hi, Sara,
      And I’m dying for you to read Thorne’s book! I wish I’d be getting some ARCs, believe me I’d put one into your hand, but apparently they’re not sending them out anymore…I thing just digital. 😦

      As for RWA, I won’t be attending this year. Oh, that’s two blows. How can I make this up to you? Uh, let me see…oh, my most creative assistant is designing bookplates/signing stickers. So, shoot me an email and when they’re done, I’ll send you one for OBSIDIAN FLAME. Have I redeemed myself yet?!?

      Caris

  13. Laurie says:

    Hi Caris, thanks for the interview. I’ve had these on my TBR list and I’m really looking forward to reading them. The most memorable heros to me are the ones with a tortured past they have to overcome, stuggle so hard to be the person that deserves to be loved, and the heroine who can look past the hard shell to what is unerneath and bring it out. Also those hot sexy alphas are hard to forget too! Thanks for the giveway! lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

    • Shauni says:

      Laurie this is a fantastic series.. Caris has moved to the top of my “Must Read” authors list..I just wish she would write faster.. I mean I can read one of her books in a day, shouldn’t she be able to write one in a day *grins and waves at Caris*

      • Caris says:

        Oh, Shauni, I wish, I wish, I wish! Then we could get to Third Earth faster…and you won’t believe what’s going on ‘up’ there!

        Caris

  14. Phyllis says:

    LOL Linda! Loved the remark about never being ‘normal’ by your sis. But really, normal is sooooo over rated! 🙂
    Hi Caris, and thanks for a really great interview on your thought process and the ‘Guardians’. I am currently reading ‘Ascension’ and have ‘Burning Skies’ already lined up. I’m enjoying the book immensely! I think what makes a hero memorable for me is when he is a tortured soul, imperfect(physically or psychologically), but strives to battle to do the right thing, overcoming all obstacles. What moves me is when the hero truly does not understand his worth and put the needs of others ahead of his own, sacrificing what he desires. I’m a real sucker for a wounded man!
    Thank you, ladies, and have a wonderful day! brandypm@optonline.net

    • Caris says:

      Phyllis,
      I’m so glad you’re enjoying ASCENSION! And I think you’ve said it exactly right: ‘strives to battle to do the right thing’. It’s been fun matching all these wonderful and hunky warriors against impossible odds. And then it’s really fun to bring the women on the scene and let them get their hands muddy, too! Teamwork!

      Caris

  15. Shauni says:

    Caris the real question is.. what will Endelle be wearing?
    As you may know, so far Born of Ashes is my absolute favorite book in the series.. I may have mentioned that a time or two but I am all set to embrace Thorn’s book… and Leto’s too!!

    Can’t wait to meet your sexy new characters.

    • Caris says:

      Shauni,
      Endelle…God bless her! My beautiful scorpion queen! I wish I could transport you into the future for just a sec so that you can see what she’s wearing in Leto’s book…I may have just gone over the top, even for Endelle, with a certain outfit she wears at a certain spectacle event, but more I won’t say.

      In Thorne’s book, OBSIDIAN FLAME, Endelle is a little more subdued but only because she and Thorne have a few issues to work out before either can move forward. He and Endelle have a couple of my all-time favorite scenes…***now zipping the lips***

      Caris

  16. Caris, Just wanted to stop by and say “HI”. My memorable heros are funny, stubborn, somewhat arrogant. He is a major alpha with flaws. I love your books. Can’t wait until April 24. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.
    Sherrie S
    shstroup@charter.net

    • Caris says:

      Hi, Sherrie,
      So glad you could stop by. I love a ‘major alpha’ as well, bigger than life in every possible sense, including his flaws and his arrogance. (I know…you thought I was going to say something else!!!)

      Have a great weekend as well!

      Caris

  17. Brandy Warrix says:

    A hero for me is not perfect has flaws maybe rough around the edges or even walks the thin line between good and evil but in the end would do anything for there mate and family because underneath an exterior of rough and bad a** has a heart bigger than most

    • Caris says:

      Brandy,
      I REALLY enjoyed that definition! I’m with you 100%. When a warrior will do anything for his ‘breh’, it slays me. Oh, and Jean-Pierre just brought me a second French martini. He says to say ‘Allo, to Brandy.” Did you hear his French accent? Okay, Jean-Pierre slays me! All my hunky men do!

      Caris

      • Brandy Warrix says:

        Oh I understand I have been a fan since I first picked up ascension because no matter what I kept coming back to the cover it was like screaming at me and then i hooked my book club on your series from there I fell in love with all these fine and defined warriors. When I first described the book to my club it went like this “Black leather kilt wearing(and we love kilts) vamp warriors with wings ” didn’t need anything else one of our brave women put down her books for lent yes she is brave but Born of Ashes is the first on her list to read we just love your books

      • Brandy Warrix says:

        Allo to Jean Pierre right back if he gets bored he can come over to my house I love a French Martini……

  18. Caris says:

    Hi, Laurie,
    You’re welcome for the interview! I hope one day my warriors find you! Wounded is good and creates the imbalance that needs to be righted. The heroines in my series are also wounded and have to find their way to new levels of power as well as intimacy. I work hard to show an arc of growth for both the warrior and his woman. Writing this series, maybe for that reason, has been one of the best experiences of my life.

    Caris

  19. DebraG says:

    I have never read one of these but would sure like a a chance. They look amazing!
    Debby
    debby236 at hotmail dot com

  20. Caris says:

    Debby,
    Then I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! But in case you don’t win, see if you can borrow a book from a friend! Or check out the library. I know some of my fans have found me in their local library!

    Caris

  21. Caris says:

    Last post of the night!
    It’s been great visiting with everyone today and this evening! Here’s hoping for many black-leather-kilt wearing, winged-vampire-warrior days to come! Woot! Woot!

    And thank you, Linda! You have a wonderful blog following!

    An ocean of blessings to all,
    Caris

  22. LINDA B says:

    YEAH CARIS BUT I’D HAVE BETTER LUCK WITH MY DAUGHTER!! LOL

    linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

  23. Joan Woods says:

    I haven’t read too many Vampire books but the ones I have I enjoyed very much. I am sorry to say I have never read any of your books. Just heard about you from Linda Andrews newsletter.

  24. LINDA B says:

    TALL DARK AND NEKKIDD! LOL

  25. Sherrie Swilley-Stroup was chosen as the winner of Caris’s book. Congratulations Sherrie!

  26. LINDA B says:

    CONGRATS SHERRY YOU LUCKY GAL!!

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