Interview & Contest: Karyn Gerrard

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJen: 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.

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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 wicked badCrimson’s Romance Upcoming releases page http://www.crimsonromance.com/upcoming-releases-romance-ebook/the-wicked-bad/.

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.

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31 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Karyn Gerrard

  1. Karyn, like you my ideas come to life at the strangest times too, and often in the middle of the night. Must be something about having a brain that isn’t bogged down with all of life’s other details. Congrats on all the titles you’ve released – and on those in the works. Sounds like you have your hands full!

  2. My plot ideas invariably come to me when I am driving. It must be the fact that I can’t really do anything else that ideas begin to swirl. Of course I can’t write them down…so I started attempting to record them in my phone. The results have been hilarious!

    Can’t wait to read Wicked Bad!

  3. Maria D. says:

    I do love bad boys but I have to be honest and say that I like to see them get reformed:) Wicked Bad sounds good – thanks for the giveaway

  4. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Karyn on the new release! I tend to like supernatural “bad” boys the best. I think I excuse their alpha bad boy behavior to their “otherness”. Otherwise, the rest turn into alpha-holes and I can’t stand them!

    • Thanks so much! I lean toward the paranormal bad boys as well. You’re right, the supernatural element gives them an ‘excuse’ to be alpha bad. There is a thin line between bad to a-hole! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Kristina Haecker says:

    I think any type of ‘bad boy’ works for me. I have to say though, I love a man on a bike with some tattoos.

    Glad to know I’m not the only person to get story ideas in the shower!

    • Hi Kristina! I like all bad boys, especially the tortured ones. Whoops, believe it or not, my biker does not have any tattoos. Even the heroine is shocked, lol~ thanks for commenting! And cool I’m not the only one who gets the ideas in the shower too!

  6. BookLady says:

    I like bad boy heroes, especially vampires! Bad boy characters are usually more interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Mary Preston says:

    Bad boys belong in books, not so much fun in real life. An historical rake is a favorite.

    • I agree about the bad boys in books. However if in RL you can find a bad boy who really has a heart of gold, that might work. Or not, lol~ Thanks for commenting!

  8. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I love Bad Boys Heroes ! I read Victoria Roberts’s Bad Boys of the Highlands and loved both her books.! I love Highlanders, Rakes, Shifters, I am new to your books and would love to read one in exchange for a nice review. Nice to meet a Canadian writer, I live in Quebec!

  9. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I just couldn’t resist, I just bought your book “My Highland Cover Model” . too tempting!

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