Category Archives: Writing

New year, new job

Happy New Year’s, everyone!  I’m starting a new job today, actually.  I’m not sure what to expect — the new boss was very cordial in person, but she sounds a little crazy over e-mail.  Still, most of my dealings with her should be in person from now on, so that has the potential to work out.

I’m also a little concerned about splitting my time between this new job, writing, and training for a marathon, eek!  I signed up for one in the first week of May.  This time I put the money down up front, because I’ve been pretty far through training before (my longest run in the past was 17 miles — getting up there!) but never gone through with it.  Now that I have an actual registration confirmation, I’m hoping this is the year I actually do it!

So as I was saying, it seems like it’ll be difficult to find time to write this year.  But that’s one of only two New Year’s resolutions I’ve come up with — write!  It’s funny, I’ve said I wanted to be a writer ever since I was a kid, but it’s so much easier to find time for a hundred other things besides writing.  There’s other stuff that seems more “necessary” — laundry, exercise, checking e-mail … But this year I want to make writing just as much of a priority as those other things.  Wish me luck!

Free short story up

I have a free short story up as part of Thrifty Thursdays at the Long and Short Reviews website.  It’s called A Christmas Reunion and it’s a fun, short little story about a meeting between old friends — or are they lost loves? — during the holiday season.

Long and Short Reviews is also running my first banner ad on their Whipped Cream author interviews page.  (I think Whipped Cream is an 18+ website, so be warned!)  I created the ad myself, based on Sable’s awesome cover art, and I’m a little nervous about it … but I think it looks pretty good and it’s awesome to see it up!

Another review

Lone Wolf has another review up.  Some highlights:

“LONE WOLF is a decent, slightly gritty, wolf shifter romance. The hero and heroine have an intense attraction and the plot is tension packed and kept me reading.”

“Jordana was a nicely developed heroine. I enjoyed her strength and her hard-fought independence.”

“Their attraction was instantaneous … their physical intimacy was scorching hot.”

“I do think the world Ms Carson has created shows potential but it was missing a lot of pieces. I hope she writes more novellas to flesh out what could be an interesting shifter world within the human one … the world is interesting enough that I will read a few more in the series should they be published.”

Overall rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

I really appreciate this review from The Romance Reviews.  Not to say I haven’t been grateful for all of them, because I have! but this one gives some pretty insightful critiques.  Beyond the quotes I already listed above, J9 (the reviewer) sounds like she wants a little more emotional development between the main characters, along with more description of the world as is described above.  I’ve gotten similar comments from my friends in “real life” who have read the book as well — my husband’s main complaint was that the book was too short, which I took as a compliment!  And I have to say I agree.

Lone Wolf was obviously my first foray into the world of romance novels, and it was a short, fast write for me — and I think that’s probably reflected in the comments I’ve been hearing.  The sequel, which I’m working on right now (although I will guiltily admit it’s been on pause for a few weeks …), will hopefully go more in-depth into both the world and the characters.  And it’s already longer than Lone Wolf, so I think I’ll have much more room to flesh out the story along with the hero and heroine.  So thanks for the critiques!  I will definitely try and incorporate them as I write the second book of Primitive at Heart.

A tentative new goal?

I think this spring I’m really going to try to run a marathon.  For real this time.

I’ve been toying with the thought for a few years now, and I’ve managed a couple of half-marathons.  The longest I’ve ever run in one day is 17 miles, which isn’t bad.  The problem with distance running is that it just requires so much time.  I’ve been trying to work on my speed for the past couple months, and I only run a mile or two.  That may or may not be the best way to do it, but hey, it takes around 20 minutes and then I’m done with my workout for the day.

But then I watch shows like The Biggest Loser (except I haven’t seen last night’s yet so don’t spoil it for me!).  The contestants start out ranging from 200-400 pounds, and this year they’re all going to run a marathon.  Granted, they haven’t done it yet, but previous contestants have challenged themselves similarly in the past, and succeeded.  So if they’re doing a marathon, gosh darn it I should do one too.

The problem is that the people on The Biggest Loser luckily get a few months of their lives where they are not doing anything else!  Whereas most people have a full-time job and some people have kids (I don’t, another reason to try to run a marathon now while I have more free time) and I’m also trying to find time to write the sequel to Lone Wolf, which has been going at a snail’s pace as of late.  We need more hours in the day, don’t you think?

Maybe if I cut out reality shows like The Biggest Loser itself, I’d gain a couple of hours right there …

Nah, let’s not get crazy with it.

My first review!

All right, I’ve been oscillating between scared and excited about this — the first review of Lone Wolf!  It’s been reviewed by Ollie over at Bitten by Paranormal Romance.

Here are a couple of quotes from the review I liked:

“Jordana tries to resist Marcos but how can she when Marcos is so damn sexy and wakes every cell in her body.”

“This is a short, sweet read.”

And the bottom line — Rating: 3 – one good howl (out of 5); Sexual: HOT!

From Lone Wolf‘s Goodreads page, it looks like Mandy over at Smexy Books has also finished the book and her review will be coming soon — I’m excited to read that one, and will definitely post it here as soon as it’s up!

Read the whole review at Bitten (or, as always, feel inspired to buy the book itself!).

On a little vacation

I am up in Cape Cod for a few days at a friend’s house.  It’s always fun to come here with her because she spent all her summers here, so her family knows all the best places to eat and shop and hang out, and I get to just go along for the ride.  Plus, the off season is nice since it’s so much quieter, and just as beautiful.

Cape Cod beach
I actually thought about setting my next book on Nantucket – yep, I kind of wanted to combine werewolves and a fancy tourist island … I’m not 100% sure of what I’m doing with that yet, but I’m leaning towards not putting them on Nantucket because there’s just so much history associated with it.  This would be the perfect opportunity to do some “research” on the area to make sure though.

Writing rapid-style

I recently realized I treat writing pretty similarly to how I treat reading.  That is: impatiently.

I’ve always gotten caught up in books.  When I was really young, my parents used to try to punish me by sending me to my room, but it simply became a solace with a pile of books in there.  They’d be all, “Okay, you can come out now,” and I’d be like, “Nah, I’m good, thanks.”

When it comes to suspenseful books I get particularly hooked.  Last year I was on a red-eye flight, wanting to get to sleep, but not quite ready to shut my eyes yet.  A little light reading, I thought, just the thing to send me off to dream-land.  Too bad the book I’d brought was The Hunger Games.  I stayed up until I finished it — and then re-reading it instead of getting any rest at all.  (I polished off the rest of the trilogy as soon as I got my hands on them, too.)  There’s kind of a boiling point for me with books — maybe halfway or three-quarters of the way through, and then I just devour it until I get to the end.

It’s turning out that writing is kind of the same for me.  I’m writing a follow-up to Lone Wolf, and I’m probably less than a third of the way through.  Now I’m getting pretty into the characters and the storyline and I really want to get to what happens next — I have a vague outline in my head, but I want to read the actual story.  I’m racing through as fast as I can (there will be a lot of editing to do sooner or later!).  I don’t think this kind of writing will work for everything, but I’m always happy to see more words on the page, so I’m not going to argue with it.

Title for my series!

I brainstormed for a few hours last week and finally came up with the title for my series of romance novels, which is about how werewolves manage to live in a world where humans are hunting them to extinction.  The series will be called Primitive at Heart.  When I hit upon it I was pretty certain that was exactly what I’d been looking for, so I’m happy with it!  (I suppose I can still be open to constructive criticism … although, at the same time, I don’t know if I could even change it now if I wanted to!)

I mentioned the other day that I already started on the second book in the series, but after a couple of chapters I’ve decided I actually want that to be the third book instead.  Which means I’m going to start again, on what will hopefully be the real second book this time …

It’s funny how easy it is to switch around plot lines once you start writing a whole book.  For Lone Wolf, I thought I knew exactly how it was going to go, but then I actually switched a couple of chapters with each other and it improved the flow by a lot.  I even wrote an extra chapter in between two others, and that somehow made the whole thing much more sense.  And now I’m planning to insert a whole book into the series, but I think it will make much more sense than how I’d originally planned it.  I guess the conclusion is, it pays to be flexible with your plots when you’re writing!