Author Interview of the Week
Meet Carol A. Kauffman, author of the Time After Time series.
|Photo by William R. Kauffman|
What made you want to be an author?
Professionally, M.C. Beaton, the British author of the Hamish Macbeth series, and the Agatha Raisin series, as well as historical romantic adventures under he name of Marion Chesney. She showed me through her work how to mix genres, to defy the outline and the formula, and write with heart. I am so sad at the end of one of her books that she can’t write any faster!
So after I wrote BLUE LAKE and BELTERRA, I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing, and remembering all too vividly the floating box, I decided to just do it.
Okay, make that two words: loss and hope.
By the way, Nicole and Richard are a couple from literature. I leave hints, but will not reveal their identity until the final Time After Time book.
And getting fan mail has been an absolute thrilling experience, either online or those lovely notes that come in the mailbox in envelopes with stamps on them, telling me how much they’ve enjoyed the story, or loved the characters. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I keep every one of them. I carry the very first one around with me in my handbag.
Dr. Laura Martin, Chief Extraterrestrial Life scientist at the Touchstone Research Center, hires young Scott Connor as her very over-qualified personal assistant. They must fight a giant hostile alien fish-woman, the same one who captivated Scott’s missing father and now wants Scott. Expected to be done March 2014.
This is the sequel to BELTERRA, which was my 2012 bestseller, is a sci-fi romantic adventure. It picks up five years after the end of BELTERRA, where a race of bat-like, carnivorous lizards is taking back the planet that was once theirs. Braedon and Neeka must save the planet and what’s left of the human race. Due date is June 2014.
“WAIT FOR ME”, a Time After Time novel
A knock on the door. Misha answers it, and discovers her long, lost love from a previous life, Mick. They hug, they kiss, they revel in their joyous reunion, and Misha’s husband walks in and shoots the guy. Due September 2014.
Second, read as much as you can. Read the old guys, read the new ones. Find something in every book you read that you like, maybe the way the descriptive passages are used to slow down the action just enough to build suspense, or the way the characters function as multi-faceted, true to life people. You might have to look really hard, but find SOMETHING you admire.
Thirdly, keep pad and pencil close by at all times. That perfect character name always seems to come to me as I’m careening down the street, late for an appointment.
Fourth, connect with as many authors as you can. The online writing community is a treasure trove of helpful, wonderful, supportive people. Make friends. Do book reviews for them. Share their pages. Chat them up. Always be kind. You can be honest and still be kind.
Fifth and lastly, ignore the critics. Don’t let anyone discourage you. Rejection letter, bad review, nasty comment from a relative, whatever, read it once, take away from it anything constructive, then step over it, and keep on going.
Thanks so much, Carol for interviewing with us! Don't forget to follow her outlets listed below!
Carol A. Kauffman Website
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