Jen: Today we welcome Karyn Gerrard to Romancing the Book. Karyn, will you share a short bio with us?
Karyn: Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a favorite. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods.
As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise, she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.
I have 18 releases and upcoming releases. I write for multi pubs, in multi-genres at multi heat levels, though sizzling hot is my preferred temperature.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Karyn: My upcoming release is THE WICKED BAD from Crimson Romance. It is approx 55,000 words and will be released under their SPICY line. The Wicked Bad is a contemporary and my longest story to date. It will be available April 15th. Check The Wicked Bad here on Crimson’s Romance Upcoming releases page http://www.
Nick Crocetti is an imposing figure in black leather riding his motorcycle about the town of Rockland. Owner of a bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past swirl around him. Dark and brooding, Nick is “the wicked bad” in looks and demeanor.
Veronica Barnes, leaving a husband from a disastrously quick Las Vegas marriage and her high-paying consulting job, returns home after ten years to follow a lifelong dream and open her own bakery.
Despite the mutual physical attraction—and a shared past—Nick and Veronica are wary of each other and have protective fences around their hearts.
Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against “the wicked bad”?
You will never guess where the idea came from. I used to play the video game, Sims 2. I would create characters, take snapshots within the game and write a story accompanying those shots. I loved the characters so much; I decided to see if I could turn it into a manuscript. Wow, I did! Sims 2 is great for story boarding. I highly recommend.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Karyn: Kind of a combination of both. I have a vague idea how a story is going to end, so I sit and start writing and let it take me to the finish. Sometimes it goes off in directions I hadn’t planned. Love that~ Generally, I am a pantser.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Karyn: And they do come at odd times! For me it’s usually around midnight, so I keep a notebook by my bed I can scribble in when a plot point or idea comes to me. I also carry a small notebook in my purse for those strange times an idea pops into my mind while out shopping or wherever. I seem to get a lot of ideas in the shower as well. I run for the bedroom after I get out and write them down.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Karyn: Can I say every romance author I have ever read? Really, they do. Even though I am a voracious reader, I only started reading romance about six years ago, can you believe it? If I had to pick one book and one author it would be Simply Love by Mary Balogh. (Historical) This is one of the first romance novels that really pulled me into the genre, reading and writing-wise. Also has a scarred hero (which I love!) My first scarred hero will be released later this spring, The Governess and the Beast from Decadent Publishing.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Karyn: I am reading Lover Reborn from J.R. Ward. My interest in this series has waxed and waned, but I am looking forward to Lover at Last. I’ll wait for the paperback.
My favorites consist of two favorite genres, historical and paranormal. For Historical, I adore Anna Campbell, Lorraine Heath, Lisa Kleypas (though she hasn’t done any lately) and Jennifer Ashley. For paranormal, Kresley Cole, Pamela Palmer and Jennifer Ashley (She writes both genres, love it!)
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Karyn: If the character is Irish for example, I will go to an Irish name site and see what fits together. Or if I am writing a Victorian era story, I check out what names were popular from the era. I have also sat and watched movie credits and copied down interesting sounding names.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Karyn: I am almost done writing the second story in my ‘Wicked Men’ Series at Crimson Romance. It concerns the secondary characters of THE WICKED BAD. I am enjoying it as the hero is Irish and drop-dead handsome and it turns out, has a very interesting past.
I am also working on my paranormal series, Blackthorne Clan, with Evernight Publishing. Three books published so far, working on the next two!
I have three erotic romance releases coming up from Decadent Publishing: Heart of Rock (rock star romance set in 1974), The Governess and the Beast (historical) and My Highlander Cover Model (time-travel) releases April 9th.