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August James Gang Interview

Each month, I interview authors or publishing insiders who have some form of "James" in their names or in their books. My August interviewee is author Karen Elaine, who has a character perfect for the James Gang!

1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why did you pick "Saint-James" as the name for your griffin’s family?

Because this family of griffins play the important role of administering justice in were society, it was important to me that they have a dignified surname. I came up with a lengthy list of ideas, and I kept coming back to Saint-James as the one that best suited my characters. It doesn’t hurt that the first date I ever went on was with a fellow named James either.

2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?

I enjoy writing paranormal romances. Love stories are always wonderful, but the freedom of something otherworldly opens up the door to add something unexpected and new. For me, it’s the magic of our everyday lives that keeps life interesting, and this just allows me to put an extra spin on it. So far, the books in my series have been contemporary, but this December, a Christmas story set in 1864 Victorian England will be released that details the romantic history of two established characters, Arrabella and Tristan Saint-James.

3. Tell us about your latest release.

The second Mythical Warriors book, Magical Currents, came out this past April. It continues where the first book, Twice Is Forever, left off, but with a new hero and heroine.

Magical Currents blurb:

While hurrying home to beat a storm, Margo Aleckson is attacked by a man who becomes a bear before her eyes. She is rescued by Graeme Stone, a frequent customer to her café, along with wergriffins Tobin and Riley Saint-James. As a former high school chemistry teacher, she struggles to find rational explanations for the wonders of this world of magic and alchemy that has suddenly been thrust upon her. The quiet man who lives in the lighthouse has turned out to be a bit more complex than she’d ever imagined.

Graeme is a powerful sorcerer who has discovered something is causing young shifters to attack and kill the potential mates essential to the continuation of the weres. The first time he’d brushed up against Margo, their essences had resonated in rare recognition. He never intended for his seduction of the enchanting brunette to begin with her being dragged into the web of dangers assaulting his world. How is he supposed to protect the stubborn woman from rogue wers and magical attacks if she insists on keeping him at arm’s length?

Once Margo starts keeping company with sorcerers, shifters and mythological creatures, she has unfamiliar faces peering back at her from mirrors, unexpected marriage proposals, lightning strikes on clear days and towering waterspouts in the bath tub. She also experiences the peculiar challenges of dating a magic user. When the quiet embers between Margo and Graeme flare into sparks of desire, she discovers the passion between them burns hot enough to singe an unwary woman. But only by working together is there any chance to maintain the fragile truce between sorcerers and werbeasts, get to the source of the genetic poisoning and keep Margo and the other potentials safe.

Magical Currents is available from:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Resplendence Publishing


4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?

In my stories, I try to stress the importance and power of love. The paranormal elements are the two groups of shape shifters—single animal forms such as wolves, panthers and lions that are referred to as wereanimals and multiple animal forms like griffins, rocs, flying lions and centaurs known as werebeasts. And then there are the sorcerers. Briefly, weres were created by sorcerers to fight in a war about five thousand years ago. Because weres were a merging of men and animals, society considered them tools and slaves. Of course, the warriors rebelled and put an end to their captivity. Now, an uneasy truce exists between the two groups.

One of the many responsibilities shouldered by the griffins is to protect their people from wizards, as well as to help maintain the peace between the two groups without exposing their existence to the world at large. Over the centuries, their skirmishes have shown up in history; for example, the Salem Witch Trials. In the current story line, a couple of sorcerers are creating problems for weres; one in particular had targeted the Saint-James family.

My slogan for the Mythical Warriors series is: Shape-shifting warriors and mesmerizing sorcerers. Prepare to be swept into a world of adventure and romance!


5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?

Each character holds a special meaning for me. In general, the ones I’m working with seem to be my favorites. It happens every time I get involved with a new project. Sebastian Saint-James, however, will always hold significant meaning for me. Not only is he the character that the rest of the series grew from, but he took over Twice Is Forever from another character as soon as he walked onto the page.


6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?

The ability to dream and create and indulge my imagination is one of the best parts of being an author. Sharing what I’ve written with an audience and having individuals discuss the characters I’ve developed in a way that shows they are as real to them as they are to me is a special experience.


7. Do you have any reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?

My characters have been mine alone for a while, and it has been fun to share them with an audience. I love reading through my readers’ comments and their reactions to the characters and the situations I put them in.


8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?

Aside from what my publisher Resplendence Publishing does, I have worked to create an online presence through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, my website, and through blogs like yours. My second book, Magical Currents, was featured in a newsletter and mentioned in a couple others, which has been exciting. Promoting has been a learning experience and is still a challenge for me.


9. What is your next project?

Right now, I am working on the Christmas story I mentioned earlier. After that, I will go back and finish the third book of the Mythical Warriors series, Truly Mated. Most of the characters in that story have been previously introduced, but a rogue griffin shows up which adds tension to the situation.


10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?

When you play the “what if game,” be sure to think way outside of the box! It’s much more rewarding.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog, Marcia! I love to hear from readers and can be reached at:

Email: karenelainestories@gmail.com
Website: http://www.KarenElaineStories.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenelainestor


Thank you, Karen! Stop by next month, when my interviewee with be author Ann Everett, who has a character custom made for the James Gang!

 

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