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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