Her new book, Jinn Nation, is a dark fantasy novel about road trip. Maybe anyone going on holiday would like to get a copy to read? Right now it is available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords but the paperback version is coming out very soon.
The Blurb :
Once, the vampire Dylan had feared nothing and no one. He'd rampaged throughout the world on a seemingly never ending quest to fill his eternal years with the finest, most outrageous extravagances; with exquisite, soft-limbed young women and copious amounts of rich, vibrating blood. But life, however full of joy, inevitably changes.
Finding himself alone for the first time in his long unlife, Dylan turns to the preternatural race of savage creatures called the jinn - a path that inevitably leads him to Christa, a strangely childlike woman with the power to control minds and read thoughts. Mutually intrigued by each other, they set out on a blood-soaked road trip that crosses the United States and the Atlantic Ocean, finally leading them beyond the world itself to the mysterious fae kingdoms of the Inbetween.
Read and excerpt of Jinn Nation
*Jinn Nation is currently for sale for the Amazon Kindle and at Smashwords for the
very special price of $0.99 / £0.95, but that's for a limited time only.
Or maybe you would prefer to win a copy? Read the interview and enter the contest below!
Amber - Welcome to Amberkatze's Book Blog! It is great to have you here as a guest! Could you start things off by telling us a little about your book Jinn Nation?
Caroline - Thank you, it's great to be here! Jinn Nation is a dark fantasy about the vampire Dylan and his relationship with a strangely compelling woman full of secrets called Christa. Christa has certain abilities - she can read minds and even control peoples' actions, turning them into zombies, basically - and Dylan finds that very alluring because he is attracted to
power (although he probably wouldn't admit that). Then there are the jinn... The jinn are a nasty race of creatures hell-bent on tearing their way through the human population. They're fierce, cruel and strong and after having magickally infused jinn stones inserted in his stomach in a fit of pique, Dylan is one of them.
Amber - How did you come up with the idea for Jinn Nation? Was it a long process or did it just come to you?
Caroline - I suppose it was more of a long process than a single flash of inspiration. I started with Dylan, who first appeared in my debut novel, Dunraven Road. The vampires didn't come to a good end in that novel, but I found that I liked Dylan so much I couldn't bear to kill him off with the others. So Jinn Nation began life as a question - What did Dylan do next?
The ensuing road trip with Christa, crossing the United States in a stolen RV, came from a completely different place. I've always wanted to travel but I've never really had the funds and one day I thought, why don't I have my characters travel to all the places I want to see? That way, I can go with them. I'd actually planned to have them visit more places than they
did, including Dylan's home city of Budapest, but as often happens, the characters took over and told me where they were heading instead of the other way around. I wanted the road trip across America in particular to have a demonic Bonnie and Clyde feel, so I hope I've managed to accomplish that.
Caroline - Jinn Nation can be read as a one off (you don't need to have read Dunraven Road to enjoy it), but I've left it open for a sequel. I'm working on something much closer to home at the moment, set in a Devon town. I can't tell you too much because I'm still working out the details myself, but it will definitely draw on faerie mythology, which I've been interested in for years.
Amber - Why did you decide to start writing? And how long did it take to get published?
Caroline - I've been writing for as long as I can remember, sat at the dining table with my mum's old typewriter. Mum always encouraged me because she's a writer herself, albeit unpublished (so far!) I started submitting seriously to publishers when I was still at university but it took another six years and two novels before somebody wanted to print my work. I'd previously published a handful of short stories in small press magazines, but there's nothing quite like the feeling of selling an entire novel.
Amber - Why did you pick the Paranormal / Fantasy genre? Or did it pick you?
Caroline - I think it definitely picked me. Fairy tales were always my favourite stories as a child and from there I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula Le Guin, real high fantasy stuff. My love of all things dark came later and as a teenager I devoured anything with vampires in it, particularly Anne Rice. It seemed inevitable that I would create my own undead heroes sooner or later.
Amber - I am sure that being an author has its ups and downs. What experiences have you had so far?
Caroline - You're right, being an author can be exhilarating one minute and deeply frustrating the next. I've been lucky enough to have some of my short stories and one novel published by traditional publishers, but the work doesn't end there. You have to learn to market yourself and your work because often a publisher won't be able to do that for you due to limited resources. That's something I found quite hard at the beginning because I'm naturally shy, but it also meant I got to experience things I would never have done otherwise, such as approaching book sellers and talking on local radio - something which led to me having my own community radio show.
Amber - I am a proud Kindle owner! Do you own an e-reader? and how do you see ebooks? Do you think they help increase an authors audience base? Or killing the lovely paper made book?
Amber - Alot of authors have 'soundtracks' for their books. Is there any music influenced your books?
Caroline - I always listen to music when I write and Jinn Nation actually has specific scenes based on songs, or my interpretation of those songs, anyway. I was listening to a lot of Evanescence and Placebo when I wrote it; a strange mix maybe but it worked for me!
Amber - What have you been reading and watching lately? Do you have any recommendations for us?
Caroline - I've been reading the very un-paranormal Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, actually, which is brilliant. I've also just picked up The Fire Lord's Lover by Kathryne Kennedy and that looks really interesting; you don't find many books about elves that aren't based in a high fantasy setting. As for TV, I've really enjoyed Game of Thrones although I'm ashamed to say I've yet to read the books!
Amber - Who or what has been the biggest Influence in your life?
Caroline - My literary influences range far and wide, from Emily Bronte to Stephen King, but the people who've had the biggest influence in my life have to be my mum and my husband. My mum encouraged me to write and then to submit my work to publishers, and she's always proofread all my stuff, while my husband showed me how to approach life with a different point of view, which has enormous impact on my writing. Oh, and Buffy... I've definitely been heavily influenced by the Slayer. ;)
Amber - If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be and why?
Caroline - A vampire, obviously! I wouldn't be a whiney, guilt-ridden vamp though; I'd embrace my strength and invulnerability and just have some fun. Actually, I'd be a lot like Dylan...
Amber - Thank you so much for being a guest on Amberkatze's Book Blog! I
hope you will come back again ;)
Caroline - Thank you for having me. :)
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