Welcome To Beck's Book Picks. I am very excited to have Carrie Pilkinen on the blog today.
First off, tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a single mother to two beautiful girls. I'm also a high school teacher. I live in Texas with my kids and two dogs, and we are all having the times of our lives!
Why did you decide to wrote paranormal and erotica together?
My dad got me into paranormal stuff by watching movies all the time. Dracula, Wolf Man, Frankenstien...I've seen them all. Ghosts and the metaphysical have always fascinated me, so I'm naturally drawn to that sort of thing when I write. As for the erotic part...well, it just sort of came out that way. I didn't plan on being an erotic author when I first started, but sex became a vital part of every story. I think they go well together, because love making can be even more intense when you throw in psychic abilities and magical powers!
Tell us a little about your latest release.
My latest release is called To Catch a Spirit. It came out in April, and it's about a psychic who's afraid of ghosts and a millionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power. They both have to explore their psychic abilities and catch a ghost before they can make a relationship work.
Do you find writing paranormal to be easier then a regular romance?
I do. In paranormals, I get to make up everything. Entire worlds if I want to. For me, it's so much easier to write when I'm not confined to the "human world".
How is it being an e-book author?
It's great! Ebooks become more popular by the minute, and I'm honored to be a part of the future of reading.
Can we find your writing anywhere else on the web?
I have a blog where I occasionally ramble about this and that. I also post excerpts from upcoming novels there. http://carrie-pulkinen.blogspot.com You can also find information on where to purchase my books.
What gets your creativity flowing and puts you in the mood to write?
Blue October is my muse. Most of my story ideas have come while listening to their music. If you've never listened to them, you should give it a try. I highly recommend the band. Also, a glass of wine, my recliner, and my dog snuggled up next to me...that's pure heaven for writing.
Any writing quirks?
Hmm...none that I can think of.
A fun fact that everyone might not know about you?
I grew up next door to a cemetery. Literally. A row of bushes and a narrow dirt road were all that separated my house from the graveyard. It's no wonder why I write paranormal! :)
Any tips for new writers you might like to share?
Don't give up. Finding a publisher or agent is hard work. Harder than writing the book. Just keep honing and editing and doing what you love.
Lastly, is there anything you would like to share?
Her Guardian Lover, my newest novel is due to be released in October. Check my blog for updates.
And now onto a giveaway! Carrie is giving away an e-copy of her book To Catch a Spirit to one lucky winner. This is open to anyone. Giveaway will end August 5th, 2011. Simply fill out the form below.
Check out my review HERE of Carrie's book: Sweet Release