Please welcome Carrie Ann Ryan to Mark of the Stars.
Carrie Ann Ryan is a paranormal and contemporary romance author. Her first book, An Alpha’s Path, is the first book in her Redwood Pack series. She’s also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She love meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.
Congratulations on your upcoming release, An Alpha’s Path! How long have you been writing with the hopes of publication?
CAR: I started writing novels about a year ago. I only started thinking about publication and sharing my work since July. It’s been an interesting year to say the least.
How did you get started?
CAR: I’ve read over 5,000 books in the last three years and found myself thinking about additional characters or storylines that just wouldn’t go away. So I sat down on my computer and wrote a horribly done short story about a family and their children. Honestly, it was a sad little attempt at a romance novel. But it started a bug in me and I couldn’t stop writing.
Now I’m working on a seven book series and thinking about what I can do next!
CAR: It’s a book about finding your true love. Someone to complete you. Sounds cliché – but really – who doesn’t want to find that. Mel is a brilliant chemist who’s never really had a decent date and Kade is a century old werewolf coming off a bad breakup. Together there is a connection of hope and sweaty goodness.
Oh and did I mention it was a blind date?
They may have great chemistry – yes I just laughed at my own joke – but that doesn’t mean they can stand it in the long haul. You’re just going to have to read to find out.
Where did the idea for An Alpha’s Path come from?
CAR: Some of you may know I’m a chemist by day. So, while sitting at my lab bench I thought of what would happen if I mixed my world with the supernatural.
And no, my husband is not a werewolf – though he does grow a full beard in like a day. LOL
What are you working on now?
CAR: An Alpha’s Path is the novella to start my Redwood Pack series. So I’m very excited to work on Book 2 and Book 3. A Taste for a Mate, Book 2, is Jasper’s story. I’m having an interesting time finding a darker part of the world. Book 3 is Trinity Bound, Reed’s story, and has taken me to a new direction I’ve never thought I’d right about.
An Alpha’s Path starts my Redwood Pack world, but Books 2-7 are part of a huge story arc that’s making me want to smile and pull my hair out. But what writer hasn’t felt that way?
What? I’m alone in this? Uh oh.
Not alone at all. Can you describe your daily writing routine?
CAR: It varies actually. I wish I had a set routine, but my daily job doesn’t allow that. But after work, I get home, make dinner, hang out with the hubby and kittens, then sit at my laptop and write.
I try to get at least 1000 words a day. Even if the words are just a free write or an outline. I try to immerse myself in my world at least once a day.
I’m a huge plotter, so taking time every day to put words down help.
That is great discipline. What genres do you enjoy reading? Writing?
CAR: Romance. LOL. I read everything in it. Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Western, a mix of all of them. I’m not picky of the genre – as long as the author put their heart into it, I’ll read it.
At the moment I’m writing paranormal. I’ve done contemporary before and will go back and write some more in that genre. I have this little story in the back of my head that is a modern western, so I may go there as well.
But I don’t have the patience or research for historical or Sci-Fi. I love reading about them, but I don’t think I could ever do the daunting task of them.
I don’t mind genre hopping in my own work – as long as it’s in different series. I can’t wait to see what I come up with.
What author(s) have influenced your writing style?
CAR: Um, that’s a hard one. Rebecca Royce was the one who got me to start to write. She’s a huge influence in my writing life.
In the way I describe things I took a page from Nalini Singh and Devon Monk. I love the way they describe colors, textures and tastes. I know I don’t have a fraction of their talent – but it’s my goal. 🙂
Yes, kudos to Rebecca Royce. She is a huge inspiration to me as well. 🙂 Where do your best ideas come from?
CAR: My sarcasm? I really don’t know where they come from. Day to Day experiences or the voices in my head. Honestly, I just start typing and the characters do what they want.
Voices in your head? Um, I thought that was just me. LOL Now, I know you’ve read tons of books in the past couple years, but what one would you say is your favorite?
CAR: Oh my, Jessica! You don’t hold back do you? Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh, Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Coming Undone by Lauren Dane… That’s the three that just came to me. But I have a different favorite every day LOL. The best book I’ve read this week was Courting Darkness by Yasmine Galenorn. Loved it.
Is there anything else my readers should know about you?
CAR: I love talking with people. So find me on Twitter or Facebook and I will totally have a conversation LOL.
I also am mildly – okay largely – sarcastic. Anyone that can make me laugh has made a friend in me.
Where can my readers find you?
CAR: My Blog: http://carrieannryan.blogspot.com/
Facebook Friend: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002584098860
Where can my readers find your books?
CAR: An Alpha’s Path will be released on Dec 5th. You will be able to find it then on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in eBook format.
Thanks Carrie Ann! It was great having you hear. 🙂 All the best with this release and those in the future!
Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she’s to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date – a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she’s to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – be he is more than what he appears and Melanie’s analytical mind goes into overdrive.
Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?
An Alpha’s Path Excerpt
Melanie sat at her table and checked her watch. He was only three minutes late. That didn’t mean he was going to stand her up. Right? He just wasn’t a perpetually early person like her. It wasn’t evidence that they weren’t compatible.
Compatible? Gawd. She needed another drink. This was just for one night. One night only – if he even showed.
She let out a deep breath and was about to order another drink when she caught sight of an absolutely gorgeous specimen of man.
His body towered over six feet with wide shoulders and a trim waist. The kind of guy displayed on one of those silly romance novel covers. Dark brown, almost black hair, that barely reached his shoulders begged for her hands to tangle in them. A few luscious locks fell into his eyes.
Deep green eyes set under dark lashes. Pools of jade, swallowing her whole. They were piercing and shifted throughout the room, taking in his surroundings. Yet it felt as though he never let his eyes leave her. Oh my. Mel fanned her face before blushing when she realized what she was doing. Damn he was beautiful.
He practically prowled through the room drawing the attention of almost every woman and even some of the men. An almost animalistic wave of seduction ebbed from him.
Please, if there was a God, let this be the mysterious Kade Jamenson. Please. Larissa didn’t give her a picture or description of his looks as she said it would ruin the moment of first meeting. Melanie hadn’t agreed when she read that, but if this were Kade she would take back anything bad she ever thought about her best friend.
Carrie Ann Ryan is giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate. Leave a comment for your chance to win! Draw will be held December 4, 2011.