This is a “Free Week”, a week without a specific topic. We decided to do one a month, mainly for the purpose of promoting writing,or writings. Since I have nothing to tout right now,I have invited guests for the next few months.This week I asked author Charlene Wilson to join us.I just had the privilege of being a “beta reader’ for Charlene, that is, reading her latest work,Aumelan, with fresh eyes. It was an easy gig,I can tell you!
So, here is Charlene with a book excerpt and to answer a few questions I threw at her at the last minute.She turned the tables on us and asked us a question in return!
But first an excerpt from her most recently published novel:
Charlene, welcome! If you’d like to answer a few questions to let me and our guests learn a little more about your work:
You write fictional/fantasy romance. Do you reach out into other areas? Did you get right into novel writing? Do you delve into any other forms of writing?
I do write a lot of fantasy type stories. My Science Fiction is on the lighter side and is mostly classified Sci-Fi because they take place in other dimensions – new ways, politics, contraptions, and such. But I do have a few titles waiting in the wings that are contemporary and Urban Fantasy.
The first full story I wrote was novel length. Or…more like four novel lengths. Lol. The characters kept right on talking until their story was almost done. I had to study up on how to break them into a series.
When I was in my teens I love to write poetry and short stories. Though the poetry left a lot to be desired. Lol. I don’t think I’ll push it in that area! I do write shorts along with my novels. One for Kami is the first one to be publish. I came out in January through Astraea Press.
You write about different worlds and strange cultures. What are your inspirations?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. My biggest source, though, has to be my dreams. They’re magical, anything and everything happens in my lucid dreaming. The trick is describing it for others to understand and picture. In these dreams, I’m able to view things from multiple points of view. I know what several characters are thinking, feeling, what their pasts were like, why they do things, and what’s about to happen next in some cases. My Cornerstone Deep series and Aumelan series both came from dreams that made such an impact that I had to bring these characters alive and tell their stories.
But when it comes to relating some of the instances and mechanisms in the dreams, I have to look for common ground for the reader to understand them. I research, I watch people, I look at shadows and linings in the clouds. Inspiration is everywhere!
Do you like the control you have over worlds of your making? Do you tend to make them better or, (I know in some cases), more frightening or dangerous than your readers’ lives? [At least, I hope it is more dangerous!]
Danger can come in many forms, can’t it? From new creatures to demands from governments to outlooks on life that are different from ours and weapons… I think some of the biggest dangers come from the hearts of people. And some say I enjoy torturing my characters way too much. Lol.
Despite the different cultures, your characters are basically human. Do you strive to make your characters identifiable in ways to your readers?
My characters are very relatable. Yes, most are human in different circumstances than ours, but they all have a universal need. Even the Gods in my Cornerstone Deep series and Soley, the wolf, in my Aumelan series fight for that eternal bond. Love.
Can you give us an idea of what we should be looking forward to from you in the future?
Kami and Ian’s story continues in One for Ian, which I’m working on now and hope to submit next month. Aumelan is making its round to agents, and book three of the Cornerstone Deep series, Destiny, will be out this fall. There’s a lot going on this year. I hope you follow along!
Anything else you’d like us to know?
Thank you for letting me visit with you all today! It’s a real treat.
Now, I have a question for you… If you could be a character in a book, what would you be?
The pleasure is all ours, Charlene! Hmmm…I am rather a Cinderella-character in my life,so I’d like to change it for a book! My biggest problem is convincing people that , although there are elements of our life in my WIP, the main couple are not autobiographical of my husband and me! Whatever my character,I’d like a Happily-Ever-After.
Thank you for being with us,Charlene, and I wish you continued success with your work.
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Please, leave a comment or question for Charlene and perhaps tell us what character you’d like to be!
Love the blurb! Love the excerpt! Immediately bought the book on Amazon. Reading it will be my reward this weekend for completing seven days of meetings, sports, other commitments, and overall craziness. 🙂
How wonderful! You sound like you have a cup-runneth-over life,Jo; do take sometime to relax. I am glad that you stopped by and found “One For Kami” to help you kick-back.
Thank you so much stopping to comment, and I am certain Charlene appreciates the kind words,(and the sale!)
I sure do! 🙂 And Jo is an amazing woman! She’s a firecracker…or…a bonfire. I don’t know where she gets the energy to do all she does. LOL.
Hi, Jo, thanks for stopping by! So glad you’re taking Kami to relax with this weekend. You are a busy, busy person. 🙂
Great to see you here at 4F1H, Charlene. I didn’t even realize you knew Tonette.
Enjoyed reading the interview responses. I’m particularly curious why you (apparently) dropped your poetic writing.
My dream life is also a rich source of images, characters, situations, and sometimes even dialog.
I’ll have to think about what book character I’d like to be.
I guess Charlene and I basically met through you,Jeff as mutual friends on FB and here.
I also meant to address her poetry, as we poets don’t seem to run across each other very often.
How about it,Charlene; care to talk about poetry?
Jeff, as long as you aren’t a zombie in a book,I’m good with that!
I have a hand full of poems I wrote a few years ago. But I don’t spend much attention on that side of my creativity. The more I read over them, the more I realize how much my outlook on life has changed since I was a teen. LOL. Somehow, along the way, things went a little dark. 😉
Hi, Jeff. Thanks for the warm welcome. 🙂 I still dabble in poetry a bit. Mianna in the Cornerstone Deep series has a “poetic tongue” and I get to throw some prose out there through her. Poetry is so much more than rhythm and rhyme. Back then I rhymed and spilled my feelings on paper. I guess I’m too shy about putting my things out there now since I haven’t studied up on the real way to do it. lol.
Dreams are amazing. Maybe some day there will be a something that can plug into a mind and show it all on screen. Wouldn’t that be a cool movie!
Thank you so much for having me here today! This was so fun to put together and I’m tickled for you to present One for Kami and my ramblings. 🙂
The pleasure is ours and we’re not through yet! Many more stop in and read and we usually have a few who come in later and post,(especially other Foxes). Drop in during the weekend if you aren’t getting notifications,Charlene.
I look forward to chatting with everyone and will be checking in for sure. 🙂
Lovely to have your here Charlene! Like the sound of your book 🙂
We’ve talked about dreams and the importance quite often already. It’s an interesting subject.
As for the character in a book … I might have to come back to that one 🙂
I hope you do,Iris! Jeff has gotten way too busy this weekend.
Thanks for taking the time to drop in.
Ditto here … as for being busy … 🙂
Thanks for dropping by, Iris. So glad to see you here. 🙂
I enjoyed reading your interview, Charlene. Sorry I’m so late here) First off, I have to answer your question. I would be the Princess Bride if I could be the heroine in a book. 🙂 I’ve always thought that SUCH a romantic story!
Your writing sounds much like my interests and that you have written some interesting TBR reads! Like you, I have dreams. Unlike you, I can’t remember them! LOL! I remember enough to know they were very interesting well plotted out stories, but not enough to write them down, when I wake, as I wish I could. 😦
Ohhh, I love The Princess Bride too, Janette! Good choice. 🙂 I don’t always remember the whole dream. But sometime bits and parts make great scenes for books I’m writing on at the moment.
Thanks for commenting!
Better late than never, Janette! I warned her that some would be stragglers, esp. a couple of the Foxes.
Well,Buttercup,I agree about the Princess Bride, (although the Hound doesn’t ‘get’ it.) I used to remember my dreams, but not often anymore.One that did stick with me reminded me of one that my mother had; I wrote about hers.
Glad you made it in!