I'm a romance novelist, a co-founder of NA Alley, and the owner of Forward Authority | Design Services. You can find my Mark of Nexus series (NA paranormal romance) at major e-retailers. :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tammy, Elvis, & the Katniss Cage Match

I've been abducted by Tammy Theriault for a crazy interview! The only way she'll let me go is if all of our friends stop by... *gulp* Can I count on you?

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Have a great week, guys! :)
Monday, April 21, 2014 Posted by Carrie Butler 13

Friday, April 18, 2014

[Blog Hop] Getting to Know You

You guys know about the Like a Virgin pitch contest hosted by Kristina Perez and Rhiann Wynn Nolet, right? Well, now that we’re just a few days off from judging, they’re hosting a special “Getting to Know You” blog hop. Since I’m judging, I thought I’d participate, too! :)

1. How do you remember your first kiss?
Awkward and forgettable—just like the guy who kissed me!

(The relationship didn't end well. Can you tell? LOL)

2. What was your first favorite love song?
When I was little, I used to love the song “Somewhere Somehow” by Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. 

3. What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
I stretch out, because I know I’m going to be glued to that chair for a while. Then it's time to reread where I left off!   

4. Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
Janet Evanovich. I loved the quirky, first-person POV she used in her Stephanie Plum series. It was easy to relate to, which made it all the more easy to get lost in.  
5. Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with? No, not even close. LOL
6. For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?
Plot! Strength—and ultimately, the whole Mark of Nexus series—started as a "what if" scenario. What if a unique, supernatural race lived among us? What if there was more than one? How would the world stay in balance? 

I listened to music while I plotted out a few points, and the 2005 Five for Five cover of "All I Know" came on. Oh my goodness. The lyrics—especially the first few lines about bruising each other—really struck me.  As I considered them, the figurative meaning morphed into a more literal scenario. How tortured a man with uncontrollable strength must be... falling in love for the first time... unable to touch the woman he loves without hurting her...  
That's how the romance element fell into place. ♥
Yes, that is my boilerplate answer to this question. LOL
7. What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing? Captivating. I want to hold their attention completely! (I guess I’m selfish like that. LOL) I’d settle for hilarious, though. ;)   

What about you guys?
Any of these questions you'd like to answer in the comments? :D

Have a great weekend!
Friday, April 18, 2014 Posted by Carrie Butler 30