Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author Interview - Karolyn James


What's your book/current WIP about?  Brothers of Rock follows rock band, Chasing Cross, and their lives not just on stage, but off. Each book is stand alone, featuring a member of the band. They’re best read in order because the chronological order follows 1-5. Right now, books 1 and 2 are out – following lead singer, Johnnie, and lead guitarist, Davey. Book 3 is due out the end of June.

What's your next project? Of course, I’ll be finishing the Brothers of Rock series. The response has been SO HUGE so far, we’re talking expanding the series beyond Chasing Cross. I do have another romance series planned but that may get pushed aside for more rockstars!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? How much I fell in love with the guys from Chasing Cross. I spend so much time with these men… in each book and in plotting the rest of them, I feel like they’re part of me now. I wake up and wonder what Chris would be doing… where Rick is… if Johnnie and Jess are at his cabin… ugh – I’m a total Chasing Cross fan now!

What sparked your interest in writing romance? LOVE. Love, emotion, and life and how they all connect together. We all experience love in our lives – whether it’s a hot summer romance or a forever kind of thing. I love being able to capture that and create stories.

Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears? They bring themselves to life. I needed names for Chasing Cross and as fast as I could write, their names came out… Johnnie, Davey, Danny, Chris, and Rick. And I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Plotter or panster? Oh my, I’m a plotter! I have to be with a series. The band appears in each book and they have a busy life of touring, interviews, special events, so I need to make sure everything if fully organized one book to the next. When I’m writing a stand alone book, I mix between plotter and punster.

Do you like background noise or do you prefer a quiet space when you write? Depends on the mood. In the morning, I need music (and coffee!).  In the early evening, I like the silence of my office. It just pulls me back into the writing.

What are you currently reading? The Chance by Karen Kingsbury and The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice.

What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer it? 
Have you ever had a rockstar experience yourself?
My answer… Well, that’s a private question, isn’t it? ;)  Put it this way… I know quite a bit about rockstars, concerts, the backstage area, and touring. How I know… I’ll never confess…

People think I'm weird because... I talk about guys from Chasing Cross like they’re actual humans… I use them in context like I’m going to hang out with them at night. What can I say… I LOVE my job!

About the Books:


***For fans of Nashville the TV show and Bella Andre, the BROTHERS OF ROCK series is dramatic, sexy, romantic,and entertaining. It sizzles!***


With ALL ACCESS, a contemporary romance series begins that explores, life, love, and music. Join the five band members of Chasing Cross as they find that there's more to life beyond the stage.


Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He's mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there's something hidden about him.
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As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can't believe she doesn't recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you're the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie's side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.
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After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn't know much about the band, but that's all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can't believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.
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Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie's passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess's dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it's not always an easy path to take.

Buy Links: Amazon || Barnes & Noble

The second book in the Brothers of Rock series is BROKEN SOUND, where lead guitarist, Davey, is faced with life changing decisions involving love, family, and as always, music.

Rockstars expect women to show up at their hotel room, but when a woman shows up with an infant and tells Davey he is the father, his world is turned upside down.
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Anna is a teacher and part-time waitress, desperate to make enough to pay off debts left to her by an ex boyfriend who made her life a living hell. When her boss schedules her for an extra shift, he tells her it's her job to take care of a special guest... lead guitarist of Chasing Cross, Davey. The second Anna meets eyes with Davey, she feels something she's wanted for a long time. But with someone famous? That's impossible. Besides, Davey is there with a date.
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When Davey returns to the restaurant, sans date, he asks to see Anna. She doesn't understand what he would want with her. He is a man with a big heart, kind eyes, and the true power that only a real rockstar could have. Then Anna learns the truth of Davey's life, from his haunted past to his rocky present. Still, she longs to be part of his future.  But when Anna's own past turns potentially deadly, life and love suddenly collide in a way that could hurt everyone and leave someone dead.

About the Author:
Karolyn James has been published over 100 times, reached bestseller lists on Amazon, and writes in both romance and erotic romance.  Her two newest series are the romance hit, Brothers of Rock, and the erotic romance series, Rock Her Curves. 
 
Twitter:  @KarolynWrites


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