Today is Coreene’s book birthday! *singing* Happy birthday to you, happy birthday tooo you, happy birthday dear Coreene, Haaaapy birthdaaaaaaay too-ue youoooo! I made cupcakes 😀
Coreene Callahan is completely awesomesauce and has been so nice about my spazzing out over her dragons. <g> I read Fury of Fire, the first book in her Dragonfury series, in July and vlogged about it HERE and well, umm *blush*I kinda stalked Coreene a bit, cause I adored the book so much and cause she rocks! She doesn’t scare easy! lol She generously let me read the 3rd book, Fury of Seduction (out today!) and came to visit my virtual couch. I <3 Coreene! If you love paranormal romance you will LOVE her Dragonfury series. My review of Fury of Seduction is next. Click HERE
I invite you to get comfy and listen in on my fun visit with Coreene. She is giving one lucky commentor on The Book Tart a print copy of Fury of Seduction too! International entries welcome. Contest at the bottom of our chat.
Hi Coreene! Come on in and lets get comfy on my virtual couch I have snacks too! Oh, can I get you anything? Coffee? Tea? Hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows? Mmmm I love the changing seasons (and excuses for chocolate and marshmallows cause it helps you warm up! Lol) It’s starting to feel like winter… You’ve had a winter preview haven’t you? Do you still have snow?
Coreene: Hi Kat! Thanks so much for inviting me to visit today. *takes a seat on the virtual couch. Coffee would be lovely, thank you.* It’s great to be here, and…no, nary a snowflake in sight. Thank goodness! Otherwise, I would have killed myself on the walkway to your virtual front door in my new stilettos. Leopard print peep-toes. You like? (Did I mention I have a shoe obsession/addiction?)
Me: ooooh pretty shoes! I don’t just like, I love! Wants! 😛
Well… ummm in case you missed it earlier (I sang!) Happy Book Birthday! *places a tray of mini cupcakes on the coffee table* You, my darling- Rock the Casbah *singing* You are the kind of writer I adore so much. You write unique and intricate stories with fascinating characters and heart and heat! I am in awe that today is your 3rd book birthday of the year AND your 3rd installment of the Dragonfury adventures. *squee* Oh, sorry about your ears :p Can you tell me a bit about where your dragons come from and how you came to write them?
Coreene: Oh, my…*blushes*…thanks so much! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying the Dragonfury Novels. Each book is so much fun to write. The world Dragonkind inhabits, the guys, and the girls they fall in love with, keep me equal parts entertained and intrigued with all the naughty things they get up to!
So, anyway *reaches for a mini cupcakes* Where was I? Oh, right…dragons. I’ve had a love affair with dragons since I was thirteen and first saw one in a history book. I know, strange place to fall in love, but there you have it. I never imagined I would write about them, but while writing KNIGHT AWAKENED (book 1 in my paranormal historical series), three dragon showed up in the middle of it! I wasn’t expecting them. The trio simply barged in and made themselves at home—as dragon shape-shifters often do!—and I was hooked. Crazy curious. So I started digging, asking all kinds of questions and…boom! Bastian (the hero of FURY OF FIRE) walked into my head and premise for the Dragonfury Novels was born.
Me: <g> Well, I know I am not alone in my thankfullness that dragons roam your imagination. I love! Love! Love! your dragons.*daydreaming* Each of the guys is so unique and their interaction with the members of the Nightfury pack feel so natural. And the girls! I relate to aspects of each of them and wanted to be their friend. (the guys, I just want :p) Myst, in Fury of Fire, Angela in Fury of Ice and Tania, the heroine of your new book Fury of Seduction, are each strong, independent women who have concerns and struggles that felt very real and familiar. Tania is very fresh in my mind right now and I particularly connected with her struggle to juggle work and relationships and the guilt that she was going to let something drop… I appreciated that your characters are flawed and feel so real. How do you develop your characters and how do you keep them straight? Do you have a character bible or a bulletin board with pictures? Do you cast actors for your people or does that mess you up? *gasps for breath* ummmm *blush* whichever of those you want to answer 😯
Coreene: As women, that’s a real concern, isn’t it? We all understand what it’s like to have to-do lists a mile long and so many things on the go it’s hard to keep up sometimes. I understand the frustrations, worries and challenges because I encounter and live with them too. So when I’m creating a character, I build each one from the ground up. I think about what makes him or her feel real, what personality traits allow me to connect on a person-to-person level. Which makes me…
A nerd, I guess, because I love psychological profiles. Add that to the fact I’m fascinated by the study of human behavior, and you have the perfect storm…an overactive imagination coupled with an interest in the psychological impact of interpersonal relationships! Weird? Probably, but I can’t help myself, so before I write word one of a book I profile each of the main and secondary characters. I want to know their strengths, weakness, backgrounds, what they struggle with, how it affects them, what they think of themselves and the world around them…in other words, EVERYTHING! *I’m nosy that way*
Me: *bumps shoulders with Coreene* I’m a fan of your nosiness lol if that’s what makes your characters so multi-faceted and relatable, keep being nosy 😛
Coreene: I do keep a character bible of sorts filled with all the psycho-analytical stuff that makes my characters tick. I also have a vision board in my office. What’s a vision board? *oh, I’m so glad you asked!* It’s a fancy bulletin board pinned full of images, quotes, lists and all kinds of other things. I create one for every book I write, so each one is story specific. That way, if I get bogged down in the middle, I can turn to my vision board for not only inspiration, but answers too.
*phew…sorry, I was a bit long-winded there! Takes a sip of coffee*
Me: *snort* Never apologies for talking here 😉 I’m all for the chatting and would love to see your character bibles for your books… And the one you’re using now. *hint-hint* What can we look forward to from you next in the Dragonfury series and tell us a bit about your next book birthday at the beginning of December… I think you just like birthdays
Coreene: Okay, you caught me red-handed. I DO love birthdays! *sneaks red velvet cupcake with pink icing…yum!*
FURY OF DESIRE (book 4) is up next in the Dragonfury series. It’s Wick’s story, and I’m having a tremendous time writing about him. He’s the strong, silent type, and a tough nut to crack, but I love him all the more for it!
Me: *does the couch Kermit flail* oh! oh! really? Yay! Yay! I love Wick! Well, I love all the guys and they’re each so unique and have different qualities that I love but I have been intrigued by Wick for a while and am especially curious after he opened up and actually talks a smidge in Fury of Seduction. *flail* ummm *blush* ok… you may continue
KNIGHT AWAKENED, the first book in my paranormal historical series, hits shelves (cyber and real) on December 4th, 2012! I’m really excited about sharing the story with readers. I’ve fallen head over heels for the characters and love all the trouble they get into. Par for the course when dealing with a group of elite assassins. But these guys are TROUBLE with whip cream and extra chocolate sprinkles on top (my favourite kind!).
Marked for death by the leader of their old order, they are not only fighting to survive, but to find new purpose in the world. They find it when the hero and heroine of Knight Awakened collide in a contest of wills so compelling that while writing the book all my well-laid plans went out the window. Xavian and Afina dictated the story’s path. I simply scrambled to keep up!
Me: mmmmm, I can’t wait to talk to readers about Knight Awakened in just a few short weeks… *dreaming*
Ok, I’m back
*pops a mini cupcake in my mouth* Re-ru? *swallows* Excuse me! 😛 Are you ready for Silly Time?
Coreene: Sure! The sillier the better!
Me: I just made up a word MICRODRAGOSATOR please create a definition and use the word in a sentence. 😛
Coreene: It’s a machine that Gage (the Nightfury’s gear-head and all around gadget lover) invented. A high-tech gun, it shrinks an enemy dragon’s head. Just point and shoot.
* Grabbing the microdragosator off the workbench, Gage pointed it at his friend’s head. “Keep messing with my stuff, and you’re gonna need a Voodoo high-priestess to unshrink your noggin.”
Me: Bwahahaha! unshrink your noggin! *chortles* I can just hear him saying that too.
lol Is your writing influenced at all by the eating habits of your children? And what about shoes?
Coreene: Not really. I’m not a foodie, so I don’t think about it much. Although, I must admit I eat a ridiculous amount of chocolate while writing! Shoes, though, are a different story. I have a real problem resisting beautiful footwear. I gave Tania (the heroine of FURY OF SEDUCTION) the same affliction. I appreciate that about her! *grins* And while reading my books, you might notice that I toss in references to gorgeous shoes every now and then.
Me: <g> I did notice Tania’s pretty shoes and was jeolous of them and her purses! I’m glad your creativity is fueled by chocolate. You are a girl after my own heart. 😀
What is the 1st line on the 100 page of your new release?
Coreene: Hmm, let me go look. *hops off the couch to slip Fury of Seduction from Kat’s bookshelf* All right, here it is:
Flanked by rows of town houses, Tania slowed down.
Me: How could you compare your writing process to a hockey game?
Coreene: It’s a contact sport. Played at body-torqueing speed. I always stickhandle the story in the hopes of getting a breakaway. But when I lose control and race into the corner to dig out an important turning point, I generally get blindsided, then smacked around by a HUGE defenseman (aka…story problem) and, while in a crumbled heap on the ice, yell…“Why? Why, oh, why, couldn’t it be easy…just this once?!”
Me: *giggle* great comparison lol I am so glad you tough it out and tell the defenseman to work with you and get the story told !
Summarize your new novel A Fury of Seduction twitter style, 140 characters or less… Go!
Coreene: *gasps* That’s difficult! But I think I’ll go with:
In love, as in war, great sacrifices must be made.
Me: *Wide eyed* good job! 50 characters and plenty of room to add a link to your site and the books’ page!
Now it’s time for The Book Tart Quickie
- Last tv show you watched?: Elementary (new take on Sherlock/Watson). I’m totally addicted! (*squee!* me too! Didn’t think I’d like it, but I do!)
- Fictional character you’d like to meet? Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings
- What are you wearing right now?: My PJs (Guess I should’ve gotten dressed today, huh?)
- Super power you wish you had? The ability to become invisible. Can you imagine what I’d learn? (O_o)
- Favorite snack food?: Chocolate!
- Night owl or morning person? : Morning person
- Ebook or print? Both. My book addiction doesn’t discriminate. (good one!)
- Ringtone on your phone? Old fashioned ring (boring, I know!) <g>
- The name of your favorite lipstick/lipgloss? Covergirl Lipstain. It doesn’t have a name, but the number is…415.
- What is your dream vacation? Clamoring around a castle in Scotland (or Wales!) (I’d tag along *sigh*)
Me: Coreene, you are a darling for chatting with me and putting up with my prying. I can’t wait to see what other stories you will share with us and please know that my couch is always open
Coreene: Thanks so much for inviting me to hang out with you today, Kat. I had a blast chatting with you! *eating your delicious cupcakes, too!*
The Queen of Tarts
a print copy of Fury of Seduction