Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Welcome to our Author Spotlight segment! Please welcome Paranormal Romance Author, Carol Shenold


Hi…I am editor Ally Robertson with The Wild Rose Press, and I am so excited to introduce Carol Shenold and her clever little short story, Fairy Dust set to release Wednesday, July 3. Carol is a fabulous author with a wonderful imagination. It was a true joy working with her. And the fact that she’s a fellow Okie makes it all the better!

Thank you for joining us, Carol. Our readers would like to learn a little more about you, so if you don’t mind, let’s get started…

 Tell me about yourself. What makes you angry, happy, sad, snoopy dance?

Happy is being on the patio to journal, drink good coffee and watch the birds, or any time I can dance. Moving to music, true happiness. Happiness is watching baby smiles, listening to children giggle, seeing squirrels chase each other in circles, Vivaldi anything, a new book, a movie I have not seen.

 Sad is intolerance, violence, greed, the stuff of wars.
 
Nice images. I can’t say I disagree. What inspired you to write your first book?

 I tried writing a romance once. It was bad. I kept having this notion that someone should be killed off and the murder solved, magic should happen. Didn’t work. So now I’ve combined my favorite things, paranormal and murder. Works for me.
 
Yes, being a suspense editor and author, I totally get the ‘somebody has to die’ mentality.  What are some unique methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?
    I’ve been known to leave business cards on restaurant tables, stick them in my bills and put them on random bulletin boards.

What is your favorite holiday? And why?
    I’ve always loved Halloween, spooky stories. I grew up reading Poe, O’Henry, Saki. Loved horror comics as a kid. Watched every scary movie I could get my hands on. Still love those

I also LOVE Halloween. Go figure. What type of stories do you like to write and why?
    I love writing urban fantasy. I like to put ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances and see how they are going to deal with the fact that the monster under the bed is alive and real.
What type of stories do you like to read and why?
 
    Mystery, horror, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, urban fantasy all have that sense of danger I like and a different reality to escape to. That is what I enjoy the most. Same with my movie and television choices.
Hmmm. Seems like we have more in common than the fact that we both live in Oklahoma. Who would you say modeled your career? Who would readers compare your work to?

    I would love to have my work compared to Jim Butcher or Dean Koontz. They are two of my favorites, plus the small town feel of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse books.

When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)
 
    I write any time I can snatch a few minutes, during lunch, after work, on the weekends. I take any bits of time I can find.

When do you read?  Where?

I read whereever, whenever I can. My favorite time to read is first thing in
the morning, when I can sit with coffee and a book on the patio, listen to the
birds and read. Or in the evening, outside, a glass of wine, a book, heaven.
But, really, anytime, anywhere, on my Kindle, with a paper book, inside,
waiting rooms, waiting in line, at lunch, I just love to read. Used to get in
trouble with the nuns in nursing school because I carried a novel with my
medical text books. That was fifty years ago. Still reading.
 
In Oklahoma during the summer, I would imagine at times it gets too hot on the patio to read. Or do anything else. Where do you go to think?

 I go outdoors when I have a chance. Nature, birds, critters sounds, all help me center and connect to the universe, muse or whoever helps us poor writers keep going as we try to put words on a piece of paper.
 
Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?

    A lot of what I write, especially growing up in Dallas or living in small town Texas, shows up in my books, one way or another. Many characters are a mixture of people I’ve met or known at some point in my life.

Why do you write?
 
    I write because it’s what I do. It’s the process, not the finished project. You have to love the process since it takes so long. For me, it’s just a fun thing to do. Now, editing something for the 4th or 10th time, that’s not as much fun.

Even as an editor, I agree, editing 4 to 10 times is NOT fun. Do you have an upcoming release?  You do! Oh please tell us all about it.


My current WIP is “Dead Fairies. Ande from “Fairy Dust” is working with CAL for the PIA. Someone is murdering fairies and ripping off their wings. Ande’s fae half- sister shows up-Cal is fascinated. Ande sees fairy ghosts.


The murders are thought to be the work of a powerful human witch and threatens the balance between good and evil. Not only is Ande and the rest of the world in danger, but even the Queens of Fae could become involved, including Mother Nature. You don’t mess with Mother Nature.
 
Sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it! What do you do for relaxation?

I love to paint pastel portraits and play the hammered dulcimer. I discovered Zentangle this year, I kind of directed meditative ink drawing(doodling). You can check out some of my drawings on my blog: http://carol-carolsinkspot.blogspot.com
 
Wow…I’m impressed. Very nice. I wish I had an artistic flair like that. So when you’re not working, writing, or painting, what TV shows do you watch? 

    Big surprise, I watch Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Falling Skies, Touch, Walking Dead(love zombie shows) True Blood and can’t wait for Kings “Under the Dome.” However, if OETA has Agatha Christie, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, I’m there. Big fan of British costume drama.
LOVE True Blood. I’ve intended to start watching Walking Dead. Must add that to my schedule. Have you been inspired by any particular movies or shows you have seen?

I have adored movies since I was in grade school, and went to the Saturday matinee every week for years. Still love them. Faves include, Sixth Sense, Practical Magic, Independence Day, Sleeping with the Enemy, The Spiral Staircase, Gaslight, The House of Wax(original-Vincent Price)
 
What type of music do you favor?

    I fell in love with Celtic music as a kid, for no apparent reason and love it to this day. I also love Classical, especially baroque, John Williams, Danny Elfman.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
 
    I love Autumn because of the colors, cool air. It always reminds me of Colorado in the summer, which is my favorite place in the world but I only get to go once a year to see the bears and chipmunks.
Fun question (possible blackmail material down the line, LOL) What is the most uncharacteristic thing you have ever done? Please, no censoring. I have no qualms about placing a content warning on my blog!

    I can tell you I’m 71, have a tattoo, I’ve been a nurse for fifty years, learned to play pool watching my daughter sing in honky tonks in north Texas and have clog danced in front of hundreds of people at a Texas Clogging competition.
     I also have flying monkeys and I’m not afraid to use them. Remember, the monster under the bed IS real.
 
Okay…you passed the test. Those were some juicy tidbits. J Thanks so much for joining us, Carol. I enjoyed chatting with you.

Carol would like to extend an invitation to all of you…
 
Come to my blog  http://carol-carolsinkspot.blogspot.com,  Between July 1 and July 10 and leave a comment about your favorite books. I’ll be drawing twice for two commenters to win the first two Tali Cates books, Privy to Murder and Bloody Murder.
 
Contact Carol at:
cshenold@cox.net
www.carolshenold.com
Blog http://carol-carolsinkspot.blogspot.com
http://facebook.com/carolshenold
Buy Link http://tinyurl.com/crq2vf6

 Fairy Dust Blurb
Half fae/half witch, Ande Ryan’s deepest desires are simple: a stress-free, fun evening with a nice guy, to earn the respect of her peers in the Paranormal Investigation Unit, and at long last, learn to use her Goddess given fae magic.

Instead, she fights a demon, gets mugged by a pixie, meets her soul mate and oh yeah, has to try and defeat a wizard with the help of a six-foot elf and a wolf—Cal Masterson.

Cal had no idea that his first encounter with Ande Ryan would include a fight with a demon or an intense attraction to the red-haired fairy who displays as much courage and determination as any wolf in his pack. Will Cal overcome his need to protect her as they both fight the odds and allow her fulfill her destiny?







Review Five Star on Amazon
As there were no reviews on this ebook, I was not expecting much. I was actually very pleasantly surprised. This was a quick read, with lots of action and intrigue. In fact, I was up all night, because I could not put it down. It was that engrossing. I would put this writer right up there with some of the better urban fantasy romance writers. Check it out. You won't be disappointed!

Bio

I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Mysteries. There are three books in the Tali Cates mystery series that features a small town, Love, Texas, Tali Cates and her family, along with various and assorted spirit guides, ghosts, witches, were wolves and vampires. The people in this tiny, Texas town must face the reality that the monster under the bed is real. The first book in the series, "Privy to Murder", features a murder in the outhouse and a very angry ghost. In "Bloody Murder", book 2, things heat up when a new man comes to town. Tali's son thinks he's a vampire, but that's impossible...or is it. "Museums are Murder" is a short Tali mystery.

I also write Urban Fantasy, "Fairy Dust", introduces Ande Ryan, half fairy, half witch, all woman, who joins her friends to fight off a wizard. Join Carol and the crew at http://carol-carolsinkspot.blogspot.com or www.carolshenold.com.

I live and work in Oklahoma City with my daughter, two cats and a spoiled dog. I work full time in the nursing profession as well as write, paint portraits and play the hammered dulcimer. I love to read Urban Fantasy but lately I've been hooked on post apocalyptic zombie and vampire books.

Excerpt
The thing coming at me barreled out of the trees, leaping from shadow to shadow.

Its rotten-meat smell drove me back. It didn’t hesitate before it threw itself at the circle shield. Sparks flew off, crackling in the air and weakening the shield. It kept coming, like the crazy it was, slamming itself into the arc, weakening it more and more until one of the impacts threw me back, into my own energy and through it.

Okay, out of protection here. I threw myself over to land on my knees and came up in a crouch.

The ghoul looked around as if it couldn’t figure out where I went. When it saw me, it let out a snarl and flew toward me. I sent a stream of earth fire at his sorry ass but missed because I levitated at the precise moment I let the stream of fire loose. Ahhhhh.

It always happens at the wrong time. If I ever get control of the flying thing, it will be so great.

Now the darkling was truly confused, and I sent another tiny but forceful fire stream toward him. This time I didn’t miss, and he burst into flame, at least his arm did.

He screamed with frustration because he couldn’t see where I was, flailed around a bit, and ran back into the trees.

“Damn it.” I needed down before the hell dog came back so I could get rid of it.

What if some kid came along. Not one child but several, in a group, with a leader came skipping toward the bridge. Damn, I shouldn’t have had that thought out-loud.

“Go back,” I yelled as loud as I could. “Hurry. Run.” The kids were chattering at the top of their lungs. The leader tried to push them faster, wanting out of the park before the sun set altogether I guessed. They didn’t hear a word I said.

Shadows crept toward them, and one shadow moved away from the others. It was back and heading straight toward the kids.

“Up here, idiot. Leave the kids alone. I’m your prey. Come on, use that one cell you have for a brain.”

“Oomph.” I dropped like a dead fairy, directly in front of the thing. I was toast.

 

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Callie Lynn Wolfe,
Senior Managing Editor
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Editing Staff:
 Lill Farrell
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 Eilidh MacKenzie
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 Nicolette Smith
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 Lara Parker
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7 comments:

  1. Carol, what an unusual interview. Have to admit some interviews are so blah, but not yours. We're in the same age group and love some of the same things. Sookie Stackhouse, Stephen King, reading till our eyes fall out and writing weird stuff. Even though I write historical romance, I love demons, Supernatural, urban fantasy. Thanks for a great read. Going over to your blog to get in on the book giveaway. Oh, we're also both published by The Wild Rose Press.

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  2. I'm so sorry to be late popping in. Wanted to say, Happy Release Day! And thank you for submitting your wonderful story to me. It is a joy being your editor.

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  3. Hey Velda. Good to talk to you. I'm leaving for Thriller fest in NY next week, hope to rub elbows with Ann Rice and RL Stine. Glad we're fellow Roses.

    JL. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Be sure to come over to the blog and enter to win a book.

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  4. Hello, Ladies!

    What a wonderfully informative interview. Congratulations, Carol, on your release today. I will admit to loving the same shows and dark stories as you:)

    I look forward to reading your story and it sounds a great addition to the Black Rose collection. Wishing you all the best.

    Callie Lynn Wolfe
    Senior Editor
    Black Rose Imprint

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  5. Hi Carol :)

    Loved the interview and had to laugh about carrying a book around among your textbooks. I often got into trouble for the same thing!!!

    I love Fae stories and will definitely be adding your new work to my reading list.

    Lill Farrell
    Editor
    Black Rose Imprint

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  6. Hi, guys. Glad to meet you too. I was corrupted by the horror comics in the fifties and Dark Shadows.

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