Interview with Karolyn Cairns-Black

Last week I was able to get an opportunity to interview Ruth Ann Nordin. This week, be prepared for an interview with a great Romance Novelist, Karolyn Cairns-Black. You will probably recognise her from her books “A Wicked Proposition” “A Wicked Deception” (Excellent books that will make you shed tears of sadness, yet bring huge smiles) and “The Libertine’s Wife”.

A Wicked Proposition

A Wicked Proposition

I would like to add that she is a true inspiration.

Why did you become a writer?

I always wrote stories from as far back as I can recall. I didn’t decide to actually try my hand at it professionally until my life was literally falling apart. I was depressed, unsatisfied with my job, my life, and myself. I went to see a therapist as most of us do, to help me try to figure out why I was so unhappy with so much to be thankful for. He asked me if I had a passion in my life. I was speechless, wracking my brain to think of one thing I loved to do.

Writing was the only passion I ever had.

He encouraged me to pursue this passion, saying it would save me from myself. He was so right. Fourteen novels later with number fifteen soon to be published, I must concur.

Why did you choose this genre – what is most appealing about it and most difficult?

I think a genre chooses you, not the other way around. I always read romance, from the time I could choose books for myself.  The most appealing thing about it is that somehow, you know the people in the story will wind up happy. The most difficult is trying to shape these people’s choices for them, and disappointing the reader as a result. As in the Wicked Series, the ideal, seemingly perfect man wasn’t right for my heroine. After I put the woman through hell and back, she became someone else, a person who could never be the same woman she was at that moment in time where she first fell in love. I followed my own heart there.

What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want the reader to feel when reading you book?

My first goal is to come up with a story line that is gripping, somewhat relatable, and flows easily.

I want the reader to feel empathy of course, for the heroine and the hero, their struggles and triumphs, but also realize they aren’t perfect, and I refuse to ever portray them as such.

They make mistakes just like we do.

When do you find the best time/place to write?

Anytime. Anywhere. I find the most optimal conditions to write late at night, when everyone is asleep and it’s quiet.

If you were to choose a favourite book you have written, which would it be?

I liked The Libertine’s Wife and The Gift Horse, the latter being under my other pen name, KJ Black. They were both fun to write, dealt with real issues between men and women, and though I’m proud of all of my books, those two are my favorites.

What is your favourite book you have read and author?

My favorite book is Gone with the Wind. I read it over and over again when I was in the fifth grade. Loved it. My favorite author of the moment is George R.R. Martin. I love Game of Thrones.

Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?

Join a writing circle or a critique group to help you get over your fear of criticism. They can give you great advice. But take charge of your own writing. Don’t over-value the opinions of others. Listen to your own gut about where your story is going. Another tidbit I’d share is to stay up on the trends, which means read more books, even those outside your genre for inspiration. I would also say toughen up, not everybody is going to like your books. Some might even crucify them with horrible reviews.

Don’t get too wounded over the opinions of others and become discouraged.

Like anything, you’ll improve as a writer by practice.

The Squatter's Daughter

The Squatter’s Daughter

Favourite colour: I’m very partial to pink.

Favourite flower: I love lilies.

Favourite food: I love Italian food.

Favourite day: I like Sunday. My husband and I usually spend the day together, cooking, playing with the dogs, or just taking it easy and being thankful for all we have.

Watch out for “The Squatter’s Daughter” coming out soon.

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