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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Welcome Author Carrie Pulkinen

    Where do you hail from? What do you love most about your hometown?
I'm originally from Manvel, a small town in Southeast Texas. What I loved most about it was all the space. We lived on three acres of land, so I had a Wonderland of a back yard. The town is growing now, but my parents still live on the same plot of land I grew up on.
    As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career?
My mom tells me I wanted to be a dancing ballerina cheerleader ice skater…with pom-poms. Needless to say, that didn't happen. But, I did dance for about 14 years, and I think that helped build my character.
    What do you do for fun?
You mean besides writing? ;) I absolutely adore live music, so you can find me at a concert whenever I get the chance. I also like to do things with my family—take the kids to the pool, bake, have BBQ's, etc.
    How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing?
I grew up next door to a cemetery. Literally. The only thing separating my yard from the graveyard was a row of bushes and a narrow dirt road. And, my dad has always been into monster movies. So, writing about the paranormal comes naturally for me. I find it fascinating.
    Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
My latest release is To Catch a Spirit. It's about Allison, a psychic who's afraid of ghosts, and Logan, a millionaire who doesn't know he's an empath. Logan's house is haunted, and he needs Allison's help. But Allison doesn't work with spirits anymore. Not after the horrifying incident last Halloween…
Her Guardian Lover will be out in October. April, a small-town teacher, is gifted, but it takes a school shooting—in her classroom—for her to realize her potential. Her co-worker Damian, whom she despises yet can't get enough of, has a secret.  But will it be too much for April to bear?
    How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?
Titles are the hardest part of writing for me. I usually have friends read my books, and we bounce ideas off each other until something sticks.
    Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
I've used events that have happened in my life, but nothing "ripped from the headlines".
    Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
If I'm in the middle of a book, I just keep writing. Even if it's garbage. I can always go back and edit junk, but I can't do anything with nothing.
    Who is your favorite author and why?
My favorite author changes. At the moment, it's Paulo Coelho. His books are inspiring…almost life-changing.
    How did you deal with rejection letters?
I'm pretty good with rejections. Sure, it's disappointing. But I remind myself that (in most cases) it's only one person's opinion. If I keep trying, someone will love it!
    What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Lots of time and patience. I have neither, unfortunately.
    Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
Gore isn't my thing, so I don't get into that. As for erotic content…my publisher has made me push my boundaries, and I'm happy with the result. I like to write the erotic scenes, but they have to be filled with emotion. I don't write sex for the sake of sex.
    Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
Absolutely. The setting for To Catch a Spirit came from a show I saw on the SyFy channel. I did some research, and boom, the ideas started flowing. I didn't end up using much of the original information at all, but it definitely got me going.
    Which is your favorite of the books you have written?
My favorite is To Catch a Spirit. It's deeply personal; a lot of it comes from personal experience. It was kind of therapeutic to write.
    What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I went on a ghost hunt and cleared the spirit energy from the location. Is that weird? It wasn't for me. J
    Where can we find you on the net?
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4569077.Carrie_Pulkinen
    Where can we find out more about your books?

To Catch a Spirit: A psychic who's afraid of ghosts and a millionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power find that only love can catch a spirit. With love, all things are possible-especially if you need to catch a Spirit.
Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she's never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire's true emotions to slip through Allison's shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn't willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn't work with spirits anymore.

But the ghost is the least of Logan's problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it's about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.
Sex and money. That's all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he's plagued with recurring visions of his future wife's death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He's given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She's everything he's ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.
If she'll even have him. Allison's lost too much already - her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can't help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment...and ghosts...or face spending the rest of her life alone

Excerpt:  She sensed them as they drew closer to her - many different spirits, their energy buzzing on varying frequencies.
"One at a time, guys. Please." she said. But they didn’t listen. These were the spirits of the mentally ill, after all. Taking turns wasn’t their concern, and they all rushed her. She felt their presence closing in on her like an avalanche, and she was consumed. Every mental illness imaginable was thrown into her psyche as she tightened her grip on Gage’s hand and slumped down in her chair.
"Allison! Allison, are you okay?" Gage’s voice was a distant echo as she fought to hold on to herself. She was slipping. Sliding into the depths of despair and the spirits were pulling her down.
"It’s . . .No . . .There’s a light . . .You need to . . .You need to go to it." She tried to help the spirits cross over, but they wouldn’t listen. There were too many. Twenty at least, and they were so consumed by their own illnesses they thought of nothing else. Paranoia, depression, anxiety. Allison felt it all, and it was going to kill her. The pressure. So hard to breath. Her hands cradled her head as the migraine overtook her. Sharp, pounding pain had her crumpled on the floor as she drew her knees into her chest and rocked back and forth.
"Make it stop. Please, just make it stop." She was paralyzed. Frozen by the anguish of the tortured souls that forced themselves upon her. Hot tears streamed down her face and blood trickled from her nose. She gasped for air as she heard a faint voice call, "Get her out of here!"

Sweet Release: The day Miranda Billings dies isn't the worst day of her life—but it's close. Then again, if she'd lived, she never would've made love to Andre.

The day Miranda Billings dies isn't the worst day of her life—but it's close. Miranda dreams of adventure and escaping her boring existence, but death might be too much of an escape. With the help of Andre the demon slayer, she discovers the excitement she craves. If only he’d let her share his quest as well as his bed.
When Andre, the half-demon EMT, finds the woman he loves crushed by a bus, he reawakens her soul with his magic and his blood. Now, Andre must decide if he’s willing to let her join him in his perilous quest to slay demons and save humans. He almost lost her once. Is he willing to risk losing her forever?


Valerie Mann said...

Your book sounds wonderful and the cover is gorgeous. I love a good paranormal and it's nice to see one without vampires or shifters, LOL (even though I enjoy those, too!)

Marketing Director said...

Thank you for hosting Carrie today. Great post.
Marketing Director with Breathless Press

Dominique Eastwick said...

Great Interview and I am completely in love with that COver. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, everyone! :)