Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Heart Search 2 Guest Interview with Author Carlie Cullen

Today we have a very special treat, author Carlie Cullen has stopped answer a few questions. Also, don't forget to check out her upcoming book Heart Search 2.

Hi College Crawl! Thank you for inviting me here today. Where do you want to start?
-What inspired you to create the story?
As often happens, the idea for Heart Search popped into my head out of nowhere. The more I thought about it, the more it took shape and I started to rough draft an outline. The next thing I knew, Remy and Joshua wandered into my head, pretty much fully-formed. I became fascinated by the story they wanted me to tell and basically, sat down at my computer and began to write. The rest, as they say, is history.
-Is there a certain author you admire and is your writing style similar to them?
There are many authors I admire: J R R Tolkein, J K Rowling, Alison DeLuca, Connie J Jasperson, Ross M Kitson, Shaun Allan and James Clemens, to name but a few, but I wouldn’t say my writing style is similar to any of them. I’d like to think I have my own style.
-What is a funny story from college or during your early 20's?
I didn’t attend college or university (although I wish now that I had). The funniest thing that springs to mind was going to a place called Bailey’s in Watford for my twenty-first birthday celebration. It was a cabaret venue where you could get a meal, dance to a band and watch a famous singer or comedian perform. On this particular night, one of my favourite comedians was on the bill. Part way through his act, I needed the bathroom and tried to sneak out without disturbing anyone, but he spotted me and called out in front of everyone, asking where I was going. Of course, I wasn’t going to tell him in front of everyone so I said the first thing that came into my head, which was, “I’m off to find a comedian.” The whole place erupted into laughter.
I have to say, the comedian took it very well and responded by wishing me good luck!
-Are any of your characters based off of people in reality?
Actually, yes. Remy is very loosely based on my daughter, and Remy’s best friend, Jakki is sort of based on my best friend, but all other characters are purely figments of my imagination.
-What are some books you're really into right now?
I’ve just finished reading War of the Flowers by Tad Williams, which was totally amazing. I’m really into the Darkness Rising series by Ross M Kitson, The Tower of Bones series by Connie J Jasperson and the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris.
-Do you hope your book gets turned into a movie?
I would love my books to be turned into either movies or a TV series. It would be beyond awesome.
-Is there anything you would love to expand more on in your book that you couldn't?
I guess the only things I would have loved to write more about are the back stories of the other vampires in Heart Search. I think it would be great to explore them in more depth. Maybe I can write some novellas to accompany the series. What do you think?
-Was there any scenes that were cut out for any reason?
I honestly can’t remember cutting any scenes. However, some were shortened in book one. One of them was where Joshua was reminiscing about meeting Remy for the first time; there was too much back story and it slowed the pace down too much. I didn’t want it to become boring so I took my editors advice and cut it down.
-What author do you hope to meet one day?
That’s another hard one as there are several I’d really like to meet. If I had to pick just one, I think I’d choose J K Rowling. She’s very inspirational.
-Is there a message in your book you would like readers to grasp?
Yes, there is. The message is to have faith, follow your heart, and have the courage to not give up even when the odds seem against you.
-Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Loads – but I’m sure your followers haven’t got all day! *chuckles* To put it succinctly, read as much as you can, write every day to hone your craft, and never publish anything without getting it edited first.
-Do you have a character that is your favorite?
You do like throwing tricky ones at me, don’t you? I love all my characters for different reasons, but if I had to choose just one, I think I’d have to pick Remy. I admire her courage, the strength of her love for Joshua, her tenacity, and the fact she’s a warm and caring person.

I’ve had a lovely time answering your questions today, Sam, even the tough ones. Thanks so much for having me here.
Hey guys, check out the book trailer below before you go!

Carlie M A Cullen

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and was also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing until recently.

She has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This was launched October 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and book two, Heart Search: Found, is now available. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.
Carlie is also a professional editor.
Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology, The Other Way Is Essex, was published September 2012 under Myrddin Publishing Group. Their second anthology, Creepy Tales for Boyz and Ghouls, has just been released. Both anthologies raise money for charity.
Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.

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