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Get to Know Boise Book Fest Author ME Carter!

Welcome to “Get to know Boise Book Fest Author” session!

Boiseimages-30Name: ME Carter
Social media links:
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Purchase Links:
Change of Hart – http://amzn.to/20cpIv,
Hart to Heart – http://amzn.to/25cTieb,
FriendTrip – http://amzn.to/1TqOysG,
WeddedBliss – http://amzn.to/1OCC9xi
Juked – https://www.amazon.com/Juked-ME-Carter-ebook/dp/B01GU0Y2C0
Genre: Mostly Sports Romance. Also some Chick Lit


Formalities aside, let’s get started with getting to know Author ME Carter!

 

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
ME: Real life. Change of Hart started with a news story about a local football player and turned into a romance in my brain. Hart to Heart came from some volunteer work I used to do. FriendTrip and WeddedBliss…ok fine. Those are 100% my imagination. But bouncing off of Sara made it fun to just mess around. Juked has some elements of my own life experiences in it. But I can’t say what quite yet.

BBF:  Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
ME: I don’t always write in the same genre. I tell the story in my head. The next one I’m working on is much more gritty and dirty of a romance. The one after that…it’s not romance at all. It’s just…disturbing. Or at least, I hope it is. 😉  *wink*

BBF: This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?
ME: I hate picking names. The ones I like are probably over used and I’m not creative that way. Half the time the name is picked because I was taking a break from my thought process and someone pops up on my FB newsfeed. No lie. However, I have incorporated the names that were contenders for my kids. Addison, Megan, Lindsay, Matthew, Bennett…all contenders at one point.

BBF: How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
ME: It varies. Change of Hart was named by Brenda Rothert, an author friend of mine. Jason’s name was originally Jason Prince and she said “I wish you would name him Jason Hart so you could call the book Change of Hart.” Done. My mother named FriendTrip in a hotel room while Sara and I bounced ideas around. And my friend John named Juked. Huh. I just realized how terribly uncreative I am.

BBF: Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?
ME: Her name is Tiffany. And you’ll find out why. Just not quite yet. 😉

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
ME: Oh gosh, I really…no. They all mean different things to me. So, not at this point.

BBF: Can you tell us a bit about your writing process? How long does it usually take? And is the process the same for each of your books?
ME: For me, it varies from book to book. But my life has also changed from book to book. For instance, I wrote Change of Hart in 3 weeks. The story was running so fast in my head that if I didn’t get it out, I was going to explode. So I just wrote. When Hart to Heart, I was pregnant and pissed off. It took me longer because I had to do more research, but I wrote in between naps and vomit sessions. FriendTrip and WeddedBliss were so different because I was working with a co-author. So I would write a chapter, send it to her, she would write a chapter, send it back. Honestly, it was the easiest writing process so far. Juked…well it had a full on outline. I’ve never done that before. But with a very difficult baby, I don’t have the luxury of just cranking it out while the other kids are at school anymore. I have to write for an hour here and two hours there. So I had to outline it as much as possible so I wouldn’t forget.

BBF: What are you currently working on? And what can we expect from you in the future?
ME: I’m writing a second book in the Juked series. It’s called Groupie. It is raw and gritty and I feel dirty writing it. It’s stretching me out of my comfort zone. I love it.

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
ME: I’ve never been to Idaho!! I love potatos!!!!

BBF:  Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned– can you tell us something random about them, too?
ME: Random, random, random….Ok…I was a foster parent for 10 years, 8 of those when I was single. 2 of my kids came from that experience. And no, I didn’t foster to adopt because I couldn’t have a baby. I just did it in a more backwards order than most!


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words: Fun, happy, pretty sure I just lied about half of my books

Favorite thing about your genre: The fantasy of it all. Who doesn’t want the famous athlete to fall for the everyday girl?
A genre that I would love to write: YA. I always get caught up in the steam!! Makes it embarrassing when my dad reads them One thing readers would be surprised to know: I actually hate writing. I just love STORYTELLING. And I know a lot of people who have helped groom me so I know how to do the writing part.
When writing, night owl or morning person? Night!!
When I’m writing I must have: FB open. Its like I have to reset my brain every few hundred words
Pantser or Plotter? Both
I’m currently reading: A beta read for a new author
My favorite cover from your books: Can’t tell ya yet. 😉
Which character from your books do you most identify with: I think there are parts I identify with in all my main women
Number one book boyfriend is: HOLDER!!!!

AH! That’s all the time we have folks! Hope you enjoyed getting to know ME before she comes visits Idaho for the first time! Be sure to stop by her table and check out all her amazing work!

And THANK YOU, ME  for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book Fest on October 15th, 2016.

Until next time!

Get to Know Boise Book Fest Author Cathlin Shahriary

Welcome to “Get to know Boise Book Fest Author” session!

Boiseimages-10Name: Cathlin Shahriary
Social media links:
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Purchase Links:
InknBeans: http://bit.ly/1TtDyua
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1VyCkRQ
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2324gN1
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1SGcoAg
Nook: http://bit.ly/1NuS31J
Latest Release: Return to Fae (expected release date: June 24, 2016)
Genre: YA Fantasy


Let’s get started with getting to know Author Cathlin!

BBF: To start things off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, your books?

CS: I’m an elementary school teacher as well as an author, so most of my writing is done in the evenings, weekends, and over breaks from school. I’m a HUGE reader and totally fangirl over other authors. Besides books I tend to fangirl over TV shows like Supernatural, the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Dr. Who (to name a few).

I’ve always loved fantasy and believing in magic. Ianthe, my first book, came from my love of YA fantasy books, especially those dealing with fairies from authors like Holly Black, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, and Quinn Loftis. Ianthe, my first book, centers on a seventeen year old girl with quite a bit of emotional baggage who discovers that she can see Fae in their true forms. These Fae are not your sweet little Tinkerbells, they’re manipulative creatures who take pleasure in toying with humans.

So far I have finished two books in the Fae Realm series, and am currently writing a third, but I also have ideas for several more.

BBF: Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
CS: Most of my ideas start as a dreams I’ve had. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and can sometimes recall my rather crazy dreams in the morning. Once I have the spark of an idea I loosely think about where I want the story to go, but I’m not one to map out my books ahead of time. My characters usually end up hijacking my stories while I’m writing and lead me into directions I had not considered.

BBF: Do you see yourself writing in the same genre? How important or not important is including romance in what you write?
CS: While I love fantasy, I definitely don’t see myself always writing fantasy. I actually have a couple of projects I’m working on right now. One is in the Fae Realm series, but two are not. One is Young Adult realistic fiction and the other is more New Adult romance. Personally I love a good love story, so I do tend to include some romance in my writing.

BBF: This is something I’m always curious about, probably because I’m so picky about it when I write, but how do you choose names for your characters? Is it whatever comes to mind, or do they have meaning?

CS: I love this question because I actually am very particular about my names. Almost all of my names are researched. My Fae names are mostly Gaelic, Irish, or Scottish (as is the origins of most fairy folklore). They also usually hold special meaning for the characters. Ianthe’s name is Greek for purple flower, Conall’s name is Irish for strong prince, and Casimir is Polish for destroyer of peace. I also tend to use my friend’s names for humans (Callie is the name of my college roommate and one of my best friends), but not always.

BBF: How do you choose the titles for your books? And do the titles usually come before or after you’ve written the novels?
CS: With Ianthe I knew that I wanted her name to be the title. It was unique and the book focuses on her journey. Return to Fae, my second book, took a while longer to title. I was probably half way through it before the title struck me. So, I guess for me it varies. Sometimes the titles seem so obvious while other times they like to be a little more allusive and take time.

BBF: Who’s your favorite villain from your books? Who is it and why?
CS: Oh, Casimir. I love writing the scenes with Casimir. He’s just so creepy and twisted, that it I’m usually not quite sure how far he’s going to push things or where the scenes will lead until I’m writing them.

BBF: Do you have a favorite character from your books? Who is it and why?
CS: I don’t think I could pick just one favorite, especially now that I’ve added a second book to the Fae Realms series and introduced more characters. I love them each for different reasons. I love Conall’s loyalty and Callie’s humor. I love Grace’s nurturing and Ianthe’s internal conflict.

BBF: What are you most looking forward to about visiting Boise Book Fest?
CS: This will be my first signing at a big venue like Boise Book Fest, so I’m super excited. I know how exciting book events are as I’ve attended many as a reader, and I hope to meet so many readers from the other side of the table. I’ll be sharing a table with my sister, Kristann Monaghan, which will definitely make for a good time.

BBF: Before we say our goodbyes, can you tell us something random about yourself? Just for funsies. And then that favorite character you mentioned– can you tell us something random about them, too?
CS: I’m a total klutz. I own walking boots for both feet, crutches, and know the number of someone from whom I can borrow a knee scooter due to previous injuries. Ianthe is a closet Belieber, although she probably wouldn’t admit to it.


Lightening Round

Describe your books in 3 words: (this is so difficult!) magical twisted escape
Favorite thing about your genre: Being able to create a new world with new sets of rules.
A genre that I would love to write: Historical Fiction, but I’m not sure if I could do all of the research involved in order to write it well.
When writing, night owl or morning person? Night owl all the way
When I’m writing I must have: background music or the TV on
Pantser or Plotter? Pantser
My guilty pleasure: brownie batter
My favorite cover from my books: Ianthe (Murphy Rae from IndieSolutions by Murphy Rae is amazing!)
Which character from your books do you most identify with: Ianthe
Number one book boyfriend is: Soo hard to pick just one!!! Maybe Roth from Dark Elements trilogy by Jennifer Armentrout, or Will Cooper from Slammed by Colleen Hoover, or Day from Legend trilogy by Marie Lu (I just want them all)

Next release, title and Dates: Return to Fae (book 2 in the Fae Realms series) June 24, 2016

Thank you so, so much for dropping by! We’re super excited to have you at Boise Book Fest on October 15th, 2016.