Jen: Today we welcome Karolyn James to Romancing the Book. Karolyn, will you share a short bio with us?
Karolyn: Karolyn James is the author of several bestselling series. With over 100,000 ebooks sold, Karolyn has seen success in both romance and in erotic romance. Her current series include the smash hit Brothers of Rock romance series.
Karolyn James also writes under the pen name, Claire Charlins, writing western romances. Upon releasing the first book in the Mail Order Romance series, West For Love, the book shot straight to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts! The second book in this mail order bride romance series is now available, titled Finding Love West!
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Karolyn: My latest release is Buried Notes which is the fourth book in the Chasing Cross series of the Brothers of Rock books. It follows the bassist of Chasing Cross after he admits a long held secret… he’s married. The woman he married after a wild rock n’ roll night now wants a divorce and he must make the decision to give her what she wants, but first, he wants to see her one more time. The idea really came from the readers. A lot of readers wanted to see Chasing Cross in their early days and this was a way to do that. The story has a large section set in the past with the band as their breaking big. It was a blast to write!
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Karolyn: A little of both. I have a lot of notes but I don’t follow a set plotline. I like to take notes to just get ideas on paper. Get the characters on paper, get to know them, etc. I usually end up with a notebook full of ideas before I tackle a series.
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Karolyn: Real. Honest. Romance.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Karolyn: I try to write as early as possible. I try to get up between 4 and 5 am (CRAZY!!!! – lol) so I can have the house to myself. I have two little boys at home so the morning becomes flooded with food, backpacks, running around, and taking care of the house. So I write early in the morning and late at night.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Karolyn: I was doing dishes when Brothers of Rock came to me! I was washing a pan and all of a sudden I had an idea for a rock band and having the band members come off tour and fall in love with women. It just built from there.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Karolyn: See Brothers of Rock reach bestselling lists on Amazon. The series has been amazing and the readers have enjoyed it. On top of that… I get to see Brothers of Rock continue in 2014.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Karolyn: The fifth book for Chasing Cross – Last Song – is coming the end of October! Then the Brothers of Rock series will continue in 2014 with a new band, Fallen Tuesday. I also have my western romance series going and have another contemporary romance series coming in early 2014.