Now, let's take a minute and get to know Carolyn better! :)
1- Tell us about your road to publication: Was it a fast track or a gravel road filled with potholes? How long have you been writing?
My road to publication was filled with very deep potholes. It took ten long years of writing, learning, submitting and rejections before I published my first book in 2003. That book, A Catered Affair from Avalon Books, is a sweet romance written under my real name, Carolyn Matkowsky. It would take me four years to sell another book. But I never gave up.
I don't write in only one genre. A Catered Affair is a traditional romance. Logan's Redemption, published in 2007 from The Wild Rose Press and now available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook, is a sensual romantic suspense. Murder, Mi Amore, available now from The Wild Rose Press, is a sensual romantic suspense novella. Cursed Mates, available now from Noble Romance Publishing, is a dark, sensual paranormal romance. However, the genres may be different, but all my stories have the same theme: second chances, and ultimately redemption. I've also discovered a love of writing short stories. In the past year I've sold nine short romance stories to the confession magazines-True Love, True Romance, True Confessions and True Experience. When I was at my lowest, ready to give up writing, I sold my first "Trues." My short stories have kept me in the game. I love writing them.
My perfect writing place would be a terrace overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. But I have to settle for a small office overlooking a rather spindly rose garden.
Oh, yes, I couldn't do without my critique partners. I'm a writer who needs critique. My first critique group was wonderful. They taught me so much and were responsible for my selling my first book. We split up but remain friends. But having no critique group is better than having a bad group that either tears you down or doesn't help you improve. My second critique group was more of a social thing, no help at all. That group ended on a bad note. There are five us in my current group. One of my critique partners has published over twenty books with Harlequin. Another partner has over ten books with several large publishers. One, while still unpublished in book length, is a newspaper columnist. And the other, a medical doctor, is still unpublished but is very talented and I have no doubt you'll soon be reading her books. They've helped make my stories better, even if I sometimes chafe at their critiques. I believe in critique groups as long as you have a group that supports you but challenges you to write better.
I have to struggle to bring out my characters' full emotions. I find my heroes are easier to write than the heroines. I can really delve into my heroes' feelings. I have a harder time with the women. I think it's because I tend to fall in love with my heroes.
I've recently completed a sweet novella, but it still needs a lot of revisions. This past December I had two books released within days of each other-Murder, Mi Amore and Cursed Mates. I've been very busy promoting them. Each book is different, yet with similarities. I love each of them in a different way, much as a parent loves each child in a different way. Murder, Mi Amore is set in Rome and tells the story of an innocent American tourist, Lexie, caught up in intrigue involving jewel thieves, terrorists and a mysterious hunky Italian named Dominic. Cursed Mates is set in an eerie village in Maine. My heroine, Kyla, is an elite were-hunter with a scarred past. My hero, Nick, is a former duke and reluctant werewolf for 500 years. Their love is forbidden. She's duty-bound to kill him. But they have to join forces to fight an even greater evil.
Also, here are the links for Logan's Redemption:
I love making video trailers. I've made a trailer for Murder, Mi Amore and Cursed Mates. You can view both of them here:
Thanks so much for being my guest today, Carolyn! I wish you many more successes in your writing:)