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.
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.
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?
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!