Watch Out Interview: Author Charlene A Wilson

 

SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m pleased to bring you Charlene A. Wilson. Welcome to Watch Out, it is so great to have you here.

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Thank you so much for having me. It’s a real treat. 

SC: For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.

I live in a small community in Arkansas with my two daughters.  They are my biggest supporters and giggle partners.  And, of course, I can’t forget my cat, Chester.  He enjoys trying to hog the attention by sitting on my keyboard.

I love Paranormal Romance.  It stretches the imagination, pushes the limits.  Anything can happen.  My Chronicles of Shilo Manor series stories take you to other dimensions where magic, rebirth, and soul mates are a part of life…at least for the Shilo brothers and those in their lives.  I do have Urban Fantasy stories in revision and look forward to sharing those.

SC: Can you tell us a little about your current release?

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Sure, I’d love to.  Cornerstone Deep Echoes is the second instalment of the Cornerstone Deep books in my Chronicles of Shilo Manor series.  It’s a 2013 EPIC Ebook Awards nominee, Paranormal Romance division.

Cole and Mianna’s story continues.  All should be perfect, but that’s just not the case.  The past isn’t what it seemed and the truth comes out in a shocking surge of events.  Nothing will be the same…including Cole and Mianna’s relationship.  Lord Dressen makes sure of that.

Blurb:

Mianna’s return heals Cole’s soul and he promises to follow her for the rest of his existence.  But the past isn’t what he believes.  The fight for her has only begun.

Lord Dressen’s obsession grows as unexpected knowledge is revealed.  His search for Mianna has spanned six life times and he won’t give up now.  The courts stand behind him.  Power pulses through his veins.  Determination peaks and not even Cole Shilo can stop him.  He will win his prize.

Struggling to stay ahead, Cole’s anger explodes.  Nothing is sacred when it comes to keeping his love—not even covenants made with gods.  But, through all his efforts, lofty or damned, the truth remains.  Will echoes of another life cause him to fail?

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“Every breath you take is a song to my soul.”

 

 

SC: Which do you prefer eBooks or paperback?

I guess this depends on the mood I’m in.  I love to relax with an old fashioned turn the paper page book.  I love the feel—the paper edge on my fingertip as I turn the page and then run it down the print to flatten it to the book and read.  But, also love the ebooks.  I’m old-school and, to be honest, they are so cool!  It’s amazing!  Lol.  They both have their place in my life.

SC: What influences the topics, and genre’s that you pick to write a story in?

That would be the characters.  For so many of them, they are who they are.  Though I might try, there’s not much changing that.  I can’t stop Cole from reading emotions any more than I can stop James from manipulating the elements or Vincent from blowing things up with his energy bursts.  They’re from Meridian in my Chronicles series.  It’s their nature.  And Chad and Styne from Aumelan can’t help that they need a host to survive.

My characters tend to be sorts that would fall under a paranormal/fantasy title.

SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?

Maybe that most of my stories began as scenes in dreams I’ve had.  At least five books I’ve written have several scenes that come directly from those lucid dreams.  Chapters three and fourteen of Cornerstone Deep, book one of the Chronicles, is practically step for step what happened.  Cornerstone Deep Echoes also has clips from that dream.  Chapters twenty-six, and twenty-nine of Aumelan, book one of the Aumelan series, are also scenes from a dream that series grew from.  There really are several others, and I could also mention scenes within my YA stories, Tam and Treacle Tart, but this answer would get pretty long if I listed them all.  Lol.

SC: What is the biggest misconception you think people have about authors, and or the genre that you write?

Well, I think a big misconception about being a published author would be that we all are instantly famous, travel the world, and our books will be the next box office hit.  Lol.  Wouldn’t that be something if that happened to every author?  Hmm.

When I mention what genre my books fall under, I’ve often had people look at me with a wry smile and say, “A vampire book, huh?”  Paranormal Romance takes in such a broad range of topics.  And my books do too.  Dimensions, magic, otherworldly, reincarnation, soul mates, suspense…  Just not vampires.  Lol.  Well…  Aumelan does have a nation of outsiders that could be classified as…energy vamps.  Does that count?  Lol.

SC: Your favourite part about being an author?

Easy answer.  Sharing my stories. J

SC: What are you currently reading?

Dark Heirloom, by J.D. Brown.  (Yeah, a vampire book. Lol).  Love it!

SC: What is your view on authors jumping into self publishing their books?

While self-publishing isn’t my choice, it works well for others.  I think each author should do what they feel is right for them.  I do hope they take steps to ensure the best final result.  As a reader, I get irritated when I buy a book and find care hasn’t been taken in edits and formatting.  I want to relax with a good read.  Stumbling over such things makes me grumpy, and I end up tossing it and passing on that author in the future—whether traditionally published or self-published. 

SC: What is your opinion on financial companies enforcing censorships on publishers with regards to the content that they are able to sell and not sell?

Ooo, a controversial topic, there.

Okay…  If I own a company, I want to be able to set my own rules.  Customers can always use someone else.  Of course, I’d lose some customers.  That said, I believe everyone has the right to publish what they want.   Nobody has the right to take away that freedom.

SC: Describe your books in 3 words.

Love is eternal. 

SC: Every author deals with rejection in their career. What is your advice when it comes to rejections?

You’re right.  We all deal with it, whether it’s from a publisher or a peer.  My advice would be to accept them and move on.  If the rejection comes with reasons, take a look at them.  Are they right?  Is there something you could do to make your writing better?  If so, utilize it.  Make it better, grow.  None of us are perfect.  We can always improve, hone our skill.

SC: What’s your cure for procrastination?

Um…I’ll answer this one later. *wink*

SC: How important is a book cover when it comes to your work?

Book covers are a book’s first impression.  While we shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover” or act on first impressions, the fact is, so many of us do.  I think care should be taken when creating a cover to represent your work. 

SC: As a reader how much do reviews impact your view about a book you want to read?

I do look at reviews as a reader.  But, even if there are bad reviews, I don’t pass on the book.  Some of the things that person didn’t like about it might be things I would.  It’s obvious when some reviewers just want to boost or tear down a work.  It’s a shame when that happens.  Those I ignore.

SC: What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?

Many authors follow the crowd and intentionally write a story to capitalize on the current trend.  My Chronicles and Aumelan books are original.  The settings, the plots, the direction…  These series take you to new worlds and ideas.  Want to get away from the norm?  Here you go.

SC: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?

Cornerstone Deep Destiny, book three of the Chronicles, and Aumelan, book one, are neck in neck right now.  I’d be happy to share. J

Cornerstone Deep Destiny – excerpt

Vincent paused and looked at her face more fully.  She really wanted to talk right now?  From the time he’d left to search for the beads, she’d end their calls with promises of intimacy upon his homecoming—promises that dominated his mind and drove him harder to find the charms so he could return as soon as possible.  He hitched his leg around hers.

“Well, for one thing, few know of the portal to begin with.  And of those few, none know of the realms, other than Meridian.  Nobody enters Meridian unless they hold a Meridian soul.  That is, unless led there by one who does.  Besides, only we know the portal’s location.”

Her face squinched into excitement.  “This is all so amazing!”  She turned to face him.  “Vince, I can’t believe all of this exists.  It’s really real.  Venus is real.  And she loves to grant prayers to those who desire children.”

Unease heated Vincent’s stomach.  “Elaina, you have your own gods.  Your veneration should go to them.”  He traced her cheek with his fingertip.  “Griffin, Taravaughn, and Arylin are very worthy of your prayers.  They created you.  You’re their child.  They know what’s best for you.”

Elaina’s sweet smile sent sparks to her loving eyes.  “But I’m married to a Meridian man.  A glorious, wonderful, chosen soul who travels the realms.  That has to mean that more gods are involved in our lives.”  She placed her hand on his jaw and kissed him with a feather touch.  Then, for the first time since they’d said their vows, she rolled over to her side of the bed.

Confusion morphed his mind.  Where was the heated embrace?  The desperate clinging?  The proclamations of love?  He kissed her strawberry hair, pulling her to him.  With a deep breath, he ground his hips into her backside and savored the dip of her firm buttocks against his groin.  Heat pulsed in his core.

“Elaina,” he breathed.

“Hmm?”

“I’ve been gone for a week, searching for Father’s beads.”  He led his lips to her neck and slid his hand along her abdomen, allowing the softness and warmth of her skin to heighten his desire.

“Oh, Vince.  I really am so tired.  And it’s going to be a big day tomorrow.”  She peeked at him from the corner of her eye.  “Let’s get some sleep.  Okay?”

Sleep?  Is she serious?  As she settled into her pillow, she cupped his hand with hers, halting the tender caresses.  Dear, God.  Shock rushed him.  She’s is!

 

Aumelan – excerpt

He lifted his brow.  Somehow, the earth-toned montage looked charming on her.  She wasn’t the same girl he had tried so hard to lose games to in his youth.  The flash of thrill that would light in her eyes had set endearment in his heart each time.  If only he’d known his father had called for her penitence when she bested him—he would never have lost.

Long hair brushed at her cheeks as she watched her steps along the trail.  Her mouth moved with silent words, her lower lip dipped into a natural pout.  Shadow overtook half her angular face as her hand twitched in time with the raising of her brows.

Reciting instructions again, Dee?  He grinned, knowing well her habit.

Slowing his pace, he allowed her the chance to walk beside him.  She shuffled to a stop and her brown eyes peered at him with a hint of question.  He gazed into them, his slate stare teasing the perimeter of their placement.  She flushed and looked away.

His lips pressed into an understanding smile.  It wasn’t a fair act on his part, he knew, but the nerves danced in his stomach.  It would take only a word, or in his case a directed thought, and she’d be as close as he desired.  He blinked to the side.  But, would it also be her desire or a response to his command?

With a tempered sigh, he scrubbed at the back of his neck and stepped into a turn.  His short hair stood on end and itched at his scalp as they gradually broke from the sweaty hold.  He swiped at it again, this time plastering it to his head.

Lifting his crystal torch, he veered off the main tunnel and into a narrow byway.  She shared his love of excursions through the Hollow Hand—of that, he was sure.  It will have to be enough.

His thoughts paused as he attempted to put it out of his mind.  Light reached deep into the pass.  Water trickled, its faint echo playing alongside the scuffle of their steps.

The subject returned.

Keeper and server.  He shook his head, denying the fact.  Agitation bubbled in his gut, as he couldn’t push the topic aside.  With each footfall, his heart beat out possibilities.  Would she want him if it were allowed?  If the only thing that separated them was the space between them?

Images of holding her warmed his blood and he took a deep breath to relish the sensation further.  His palm tingled.

She’d meet his gaze without hesitation—and hold it.  No worry of a master’s rebuke would exist.  No walls of status would stand in the way.  She would lean into his palm as he brushed back her dark hair.  Those pouty lips would welcome his into a soft kiss.  Her body would melt into his.  She…

Sparks flashed and air punched from Chad’s lungs.  He rolled back on his heal, landing a firm foot behind him to brace his stand.  Scrubbing at his brow, he opened his eyes to the jagged ledge.

Reality rushed back to him.  Low passage.  He looked at his servant and her gaze darted to the rubble floor.  Damn.

Despite his embarrassment, the corners of his lips curled.  He tilted his head to peer at her.  She couldn’t hide the sparkle in her eyes behind that straggled brown hair no matter how much she might try.  He smiled and his voice held a touch of mirth.  “You may say it.”

Wide chocolate eyes looked up at him and her head jerked to the side as if she caught her show of refusal mid-shake.

He upped his scratched brow.  “Dee, speak truthfully to me.”

She bit her teeth into a timid comment.  “You are too tall to fit through there without bending over.”

 

SC: Any advice for new writers out there?

Learn all you can.  Ask questions, take advice, and believe in yourself.

 

SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work? 

I can be found all over the web.  Here are a few places:

Author site: http://CharleneAWilson.com

Blog:  http://CharleneAWilsonblog.blogspot.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlene-A-Wilson-Romance-Author/162568770441255

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/AuthorCAWilson

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/charlene-a-wilson/15/989/1b8

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4550595.Charlene_A_Wilson

Look me up!  I’d love to connect.
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Chronicles of Shilo Manor

Media Kit

Charlene A. Wilson

Short Bio

Charlene is an author of paranormal suspenseful tales that sweep you away to other dimensions. She weaves magic, lasting love, and intrigue into multi-layered story lines to immerse you into the lives of her characters.

Author Links

Author site: http://CharleneAWilson.com

Charlene Blogs:  http://CharleneAWilsonblog.blogspot.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlene-A-Wilson-Romance-Author/162568770441255

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/AuthorCAWilson

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4550595.Charlene_A_Wilson

Series site:  http://ShiloManor.com

 

Series Intro:

Chronicles of Shilo Manor

It’s their nature – long lives and rebirth. They’re from another dimension, one gifted with advance abilities, but they serve in Cornerstone Deep. They’re the Wizards of Shilo Manor.

“We are of another plane. Only by ancient covenant do few know our true natures. We walk this world among you, beside you, loving you.”

 

Cornerstone Deep blurb

They outlive the mortals of this realm by thousands of years, and when it comes to love the cruel fact is reinforced. Reincarnation doesn’t exist on this plane. They lose their wives to death with no hope of reuniting. Yet they continue to accept others for whatever time they have together. Save for Cole. His love for his last wife still burns in his soul four centuries after her death.

When the service they render to the noblemen of Cornerstone Deep brings him face to face with Anna, something unexpected happens.  In a realm of silent souls, hers calls to him.  He responds with a kiss—one that joined with the spell of servitude she inhaled, binds her soul.

Breaking ancient covenants, angering the lords, and bringing the gods’ wrath upon him, Cole tries desperately to undo his wrong and free his love—despite the determination of the nobleman to keep her.

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“My life is a mirage of endless time. But you in this moment engulf me, rivet my mind, encompass my soul.”

 

Cornerstone Deep Echoes blurb

Mianna’s return heals Cole’s soul and he promises to follow her for the rest of his existence.  But the past isn’t what he believes.  The fight for her has only begun.

Lord Dressen’s obsession grows as unexpected knowledge is revealed.  His search for Mianna has spanned six life times and he won’t give up now.  The courts stand behind him.  Power pulses through his veins.  Determination peaks and not even Cole Shilo can stop him.  He will win his prize.

Struggling to stay ahead, Cole’s anger explodes.  Nothing is sacred when it comes to keeping his love—not even covenants made with gods.  But, through all his efforts, lofty or damned, the truth remains.  Will echoes of another life cause him to fail?

~ * ~

“Every breath you take is a song to my soul.”

 

Buy Links All Books:

Class Act Books: http://bit.ly/cabWilson

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/KToofN 

Cornerstone Deep Echoes – book trailer

http://youtu.be/nE8ITk9oZ1g

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Comments (7)

Shelley MunroJuly 10th, 2012 at 4:17 am

It’s great to meet you, Charlene. I wish I could remember my dreams! It sounds as if you have some excellent ones :)

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Charlene A. WilsonJuly 10th, 2012 at 8:44 am

Good morning, Shelley, great to meet you too. Thanks or stopping by. It’s that overactive imagination that comes out to play at night. Lol

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Charlene A. WilsonJuly 10th, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hi, Savannah! Thanks for having me over today. You’re such a doll to work with. :)

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Charlene, the pleasure is all mine. thank you so much for being my guest. I loved getting to interview you.

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J.D. BrownJuly 10th, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hey, I had to stop in and support one of my favorite authors, Charlene Wilson! Wow, I wasn’t expecting to see MY name in this! Thanks, Charlene.

I think this is your best interview yet, Charlene, and you’re totally right about Cornerstone Deep being original. I’ve never read anything like it before. The Chronicles of Shilo Manor challenges its readers in all the good ways while still delivering a classic love story. Beautiful!

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Charlene A. WilsonJuly 10th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks for stopping by, J.D. I appreciate the support. I’m glad you enjoyed Cornerstone Deep. :)

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Barbara MazzucaJuly 11th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Hi Charlene Hi Savannah enjoyed the interview very much. Good luck to you.

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