Yo, yo, YO! I bet you thought I’d been carted off to the funny farm, didn’t you? Well, strangely enough… no. Let’s not go there. Let’s not spoil a wonderful February day when I’ve got the delightful Carlie Cullen sneaking into the asylum to spend some time with me. And, knowing Carlie, she may be here some time…
Anywho, let’s get on with the interview! Hey, I’m a poet! Who knew!?
What’s your name?
Carlie M A Cullen
I won’t ask if you’re related to Edward – you might bite my neck… Where are you from?
I was born in the East End of London, grew up in Herfordshire, and recently moved from Essex to Suffolk.
I’m feeling suddenly dizzy! Do you like living there? If not, where would your favourite place to live be? If yes, where would you least like to live?
I love the house I’m in now and the area is lovely. I’m really happy here. I’d hate to live in a block of flats on an estate where I’d be scared to go out because of gangs and drugs.
But think of the writing material! But, yes. I see your point. Here, in the asylum, we have gangs of orderlies with their needles. Not good… As you’re a writer, is this your ‘day job’?
Yes, it is now. I’ve had to give up work due to a disability so now I spend my days writing and editing – and I love it!!
So a silver lining to a dark cloud? Tell me about your latest project.
Heart Search: Betrayalis the final book in the trilogy. The series is a Paranormal Romance for New Adult and Adult audiences. It basically revolves around Remy and Joshua, my two main characters and is written in first and third person points of view. This final book is mainly about a traitor who is feeding information to another vampire who hates the occupants of Clavemont Hall (or the manor as the vamps call it), and harbours extreme desires for revenge against them. One of the coven is kidnapped. Jakki, a vampire who is also a psychic white witch, makes various predictions which are scarily accurate. Some of them find out they have powers/gifts. When the hater and his men attack, the coven find themselves overwhelmed, and it’s very much a case of who will survive and will the traitor be unmasked.
Wow. Exciting stuff! And? And?? Oh. I mean, how do you feel about bacon? A crazy person once said it was the food of the gods. OK, I admit that person was myself…
I totally agree with you, Sin. I adore bacon!
What is your favourite film?
Now that’s a really tough question to answer. There are so many films I love, that to pick just one is horrendously difficult.
Okay, I’ve narrowed it down until it came to a coin toss, so after a ‘flip and catch’, it’s come down to Interview With A Vampire.
Ooohhh, good choice. Watch it with those coins, though. You never know where they may lead! Have you always wanted to be a writer, or is it something you found yourself doing one day?
I’ve written since I was a child and it’s something I’ve enjoyed all my life. I’d always hoped to write a book and get it published, but it wasn’t until I’d finished writing my first novel that I realised it was more than a dream. It was suddenly within my grasp and the rest, as they say, is history.
Not all dreams are simply manifestations of our subconscious minds. Some dreams are solid, corporeal, meaty, juicy… Oh, I’m back on the bacon again… Do you have so many ideas they dribble out of your nose if you don’t get them down, or do you have to hunt around the floor and the back of your sofa to find where your Muse is hiding?
So far I’ve been lucky and not had to crawl around dark spaces to find my Muse. She’s been particularly verbose in the last few years.
That’s good to hear. I know someone who often has to play hide and seek with their muse until it can be caught unawares. If you were in an asylum, what would your particular delusion or psychosis be?
I think it would either be schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder. Apparently it’s quite common for people in my profession.
Very true. Not always a bad thing, though. What genre(s) do you write?
Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
Good choices! What genres(s) do you read?
Predominantly Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
If these are the same, what attracts you to them? If they’re different, why do you think that is?
I love the escapism. They take me to other worlds, fantastic places, and with wonderful characters and creatures. I’ve loved fantasy since I was a child and apart from the odd foray into different genres, I’ve always come back to the one I know and love.
I can soooo relate to that. I’m a big fan, myself. Bacon – just cooked or crispy?
Hmmm… I guess I’ll allow that. I prefer it a bit more well done – though you do, I understand, make a mean bacon butty. Now you’re in the asylum with me, how do you aim to get out? Do you have an escape plan?
Well, if I don’t then I’m sure one of my multiple personalities will have. Hang on, I’ll ask them… between us we intend to overpower one of the nurses, pinch the keys, and let ourselves out. If you want to come along with us, it’ll cost you!
Oh, ‘cos I have my wallet right here in my strait jacket. Yeah, thanks…
Hey! Where’d she go? Looks like one of her other hers managed to grab some keys while I was searching for my wallet. Well, if you want to find Carlie, look no further than:
Buy links: http://hyperurl.co/HeartSearch-Betrayal
You can find her books here:
Heart Search, book one: Lost: http://smarturl.it/HeartSearch-Lost
Heart Search, book two: Found: http://smarturl.it/HeartSearch-Found
Heart Search, book three: Betrayal: http://hyperurl.co/HeartSearch-Betrayal
Here’s a short bio:
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 always written in some form or another, but started to write novels in 2011. Her first book was published by Myrddin Publishing in 2012. She writes in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for New Adult and Adult.
Carlie is also a principal editor for Eagle Eye Editors.
Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. They have published four anthologies so far, two for adults and two for children, all of which raise money for a local hospice.
Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.
And here’s the ‘blurb’ for Heart Search: Betrayal. Sounds delicious!
One bite started it all . . .
Joshua, Remy, and the twins are settled in their new life. However, life doesn’t always run smoothly. An argument between Becky and her twin causes unforeseen circumstances, an admission by Samir almost costs him his life, and the traitor provides critical information to Liam. But who is it?
As Jakki’s visions begin to focus on the turncoat’s activities, a member of the coven disappears, and others find themselves endangered.
And when Liam’s coven attacks, who will endure?
Fate continues to toy with mortals and immortals alike, and as more hearts descend into darkness, can they overcome the dangers they face and survive?
Carlie is having a fantastic launch event, and here’s a link to an amazing giveaway!