Friday, February 27, 2009

GCC Author interview and giveaway: Carolyn Jewel

Hey girlfriends! Today we're fortunate enough to chat with a member of the fabulous Girlfriends Cyber Circuit: Carolyn Jewel. She's here to tell us all about her paranormal romances, inspiration for her writing and also, Jet Li....

And it just gets better from there-- she's also generously
offered to give away a copy of her latest paranormal romance, MY WICKED ENEMY. Want to enter? Just leave a comment below. And now, on to the good stuff:


When did you first begin writing?

I suppose the pat answer is, ever since I can remember. I've always been making up stories. But I began writing seriously when I was 27 which was when it occured to me that my dream of writing a novel would never come true if I didn't start doing some actual writing.


Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Wherever I have to. As Jack London so famously said, You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. The inspiration I like best comes when I'm not looking for it. Those moments when my mind is occupied with other things; a great book, a movie, when I'm cooking or exercising. Alas panic seems to be a great inspirer for me. This makes me very sad as I would rather have the muse come down from on high and annoint me with sweet perfume and rose petals along with the answer to all my writing issues. But when I'm getting panicky about finishing and polishing something, I generally end up tuning out my editorial voice and inspiration kicks in. It's painful, but it works.



What are you working on right now?

Right now, I'm working on proposals for my next paranormal romances from Grand Central Publishing. Some people have classed them as Urban Fantasy, but they're marketed as paranormal romance. They're set in the present time and involve magic wielding humans who quite often aren't so nice and demons who are fighting for their survival. The first in the series was My Wicked Enemy, which came out in August of 2008. My Forbidden Desire will be out in June 2009.


How do you usually begin your stories—with a character or with a plot?

I am very much a character-driven writer. My stories develop from the characters and the plot depends on what they turn out to be like. Which means I throw away a lot of plot ideas as I write my characters. I have tried mightily and, I must say, in vain, to do more up front plotting.

It sounds so efficient! But it just doesn't work for me. All that happens when I do that is I waste time writing plots my characters refuse to fit in.


Do a quick character study on yourself: don't forget to add in the fun stuff, like favorite foods and things you love/hate!

I work as a Microsoft SQL Server database administrator, which means I am a geek with pretty much all that implies except for the pocket protector. My writing is the opposite of the kind of logical, technical knowledge required to support enterprise databases. I am detail oriented – to a fault, I'm afraid. I even drive myself crazy with that. I have an MA in English, which took me forever to get because I was working full time while I was in graduate school. The degree was one of the best things I ever did for myself and for my writing. The time management required for the combination of grad school, the day job, writing and parenting resulted in my learning to ignore things like neatness and to develop tunnel vision. I have to look at my monitor. Any glance to the side might result in the burning need to straighten up. Except in dire cases of writer's procrastination, I succeed in this.



I am organized, but you'd never know it from looking at my work space. My favorite food is chocolate (duh!). I used to be a coffee fiend and I often miss it but don't miss the cost. My now 13 year old son is two inches taller than I am and still growing. We love action movies and have been on a mission to see every move ever made by Jet Li and Jackie Chan. We have reached the point where there's not much we haven't seen by them. I know my martial arts movies. I am not-so-secretly in love with Jet Li. Swoon.


Thanks, Carolyn! Want to win a free copy of Carolyn's book? Just leave a comment below and you're entered! Want extra entries? That can be arranged.... Blog about it for another entry. Become of follower of this blog for another entry, too.

I'm so proud to tell you that this contest is part of the Book Giveaway Carnival which is being hosted by the fabulous Bookroom Reviews!


The winner will be announced on March 13th.


91 comments:

Jennifer O said...

Thank you for the article and for having the giveaway!

donnas said...

Great interview. The books sound really good.

bridget3420 said...

I love paranormal romance!!

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bridget3420 said...

I'm already a follower, not sure if that counts.

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

MJ said...

This sounds great!

MJ said...

I follow

Janel said...

I love Carolyn's comment that she's organized, but you'd never know it by looking at her workspace. I agree! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Janel said...

I am now a follower : )

Valorie said...

I would love to be entered!

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

I am a follower.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

Blogged:
http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/02/24/book-giveaways-0223-0301/

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Bingo said...

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I'd love to enter! The review is very interesting!

Bingo said...

Enjoyed the interview and would love to enter. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

Wrighty - said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for the review, I look forward to reading it. Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks so much!

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Wrighty - said...

I'm a follower.

Wrighty - said...

I'm adding this to my blog.
www.wrightysreads.blogspot.com

carlene said...

Please include me in your drawing. Sounds like a great book.
Thanks
Carlene
Willreadforever@verizon.net

Lady Roxi said...

This sounds like a great read.

Thanks

Stacie said...

Please count me in.

techyone said...

I enjoyed reading the interview. Thank you. The book sounds great.

Marie said...

Wonderful interview! The book sounds great, I would love to read it!

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mindy said...

fabulous thanks for the giveaway

Shawn said...

Thanks for introducing me to Carolyn! Please enter me for a chance to win!

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GypsyLaKat (Missy) said...

these look like awesome reads

okbarbie5 said...

These look like great books! Thanks

lisacna said...

Looks like a good book!

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

thanks for the giveaway mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

I'm in heaven with all these giveaways!

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livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

follower

Indigo said...

I would to be entered in this drawing please! Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo

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She Became A Butterfly said...

i'd love to win this book!

she
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bridget3420 said...
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scottsgal said...

I'd love to win this - thanks for the giveaway

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micaela6955/Michele P. said...

enjoyed the interview! Please add me, I'd love to read this!

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RachieG said...

:) I think it's soooo great you started writing at such a young age!! 27! That's awesome. Congrats on your success! :)

Angela C said...

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway:)

Valerie said...

thanks for the chance
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Deedles said...

Sounds like a great read! Wonderful interview.

mommyjen99 said...

Please enter me to win!!!!
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Kaye said...

What?? Are you serious? No funnel cake, oh, I suppose that means there is no cotton candy, either! Rats! Well, I would still like to enter this drawing as the cover is most intriguing. florida982002[at]yahoo[dot]com
Thanks!

Kaye said...

I am a follower also
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Rue said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!
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paula h said...

I now have a new author to check out!

Steph Su said...

Please enter me for this contest. Thanks!

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Amy R said...

Sounds great! Thanks!
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Sherrylinn said...

Great interview! thanks for the chance to win.


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Belladonna1975 said...

thanks for entering me.

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Homemaker said...

I would love to win this book. Great giveaway

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mom2boys said...

looks like a great book. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

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kisah jackson said...

paranormal romance forever! please enter me....

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liane66 said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Blodeuedd said...

My favorite kind of book :) would love to enter

CrystalGB said...

I would love to win this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

demmi said...

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Carolyn said...

Great interview with a great author, thanks to you both for the chance to win.

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Nicole said...

I enjoy reading paranormal romance. Thanks!

Jinxy and Me said...

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this book. Thanks.
-Terra H.
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Steph Su said...

I'd like to be entered for this as well. Thanks!

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Jennifer said...

I love paranormal books. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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deltay said...

Beauty!

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Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
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Pam said...

I love paranormal romances. Thanks so much!!!!

Bcteagirl said...

Looks interesting, thank you for this contest! :)

Molly C. said...

Sounds like a great book.

jolt! said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I'm always looking for new books and authors to enjoy.

nhertel85 said...

I'd like to enter
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nhertel85 said...

I'm a follower
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nunya said...

wow looks like an awesome book!

kalea_kane said...

I would love to read a paranormal romance! This would rock! Tbank you sooooo much for the chance!

Kelly

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I'm a follower too. Thanks again!

Kelly

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

Qwill said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

bohemiangypsy said...

Very nice interview; the book sounds great. The jacket covers are really steamy and sexy. Wow. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I blogged about the giveaway :
http://theluckyladybug.org/2009/03/08/312-my-wicked-enemy-giveaway/
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'm following you on Blogger :)
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live42day said...

Paranormal Romance...now that sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the chance to win!
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okibi-insanity said...

-Thanks for the interview and for hosting the giveaway. I would love to win a copy.

-I follow your blog via reader.

-I blogged about this contest on my LJ:
http://okibi-insanity.livejournal.com/5816.html

Sue
okibi_insanity[at]yahoo[dot]com

live42day said...

I am following your blog too.

masonsgranny59 said...

ty 4 the awesome book giveaway and 4 the entry:)

LadyVampire2u said...

Great post. I'd love to be entered to win this book. Thanks!
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Prpldy said...

Great interview, please enter me.

Cynthya said...

I love paranormals. :) Yours have great covers, by the way, very eye-catching. Thanks for the giveaway!

photoquest said...

Sounds like a awesome book i would love to be entered in your contest to win a copy, I just started reading paranormal romance and really enjoy it. Wonderful interview also!

Heather said...

I would love to read this book!

Heather said...

following your blog

Dina said...

I'd like to read this book, too.

esther said...

This book sounds great!

esther said...

I follow.

Edna said...

I would love to win a book from you. I love reading and read every night for about 4 hours and I go through a lot of books.

Thanks

wanda flanagan said...

enter me pleaaase