Author Carrie Whitethorne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Carrie

Hi!

I’m Carrie and I write under two names. Carrie Whitethorne for paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and Shae Banks for contemporary romance.

I live in the north west of England with my husband and children, and I write full time.

I began writing just after my youngest child started school- three years ago now- and haven’t looked back.

In three years I’ve become a USA Today bestselling author, have published eleven books, and have my first author signing at the end of this month.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No.

I’ve always written, but I never believed I would write an entire novel and see it published.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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I’m in the process of marketing a reverse harem series. It has a strong Ancient Egypt theme and centers around a competitive eater and three genies.

I’ve always loved mythology. My first series explored European fae myths, and this one delves into the Egyptian gods and their roles.

As for the competitive eating, Kate Ovens is my tiny blond hero. I just don’t know how she does it.

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What are you working on now?

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Right now I’m writing the third book in my summer series. It’s another reverse harem, because I love having so many different personalities at play in one relationship and working out the dynamic between the characters, and is based on The Wizard of Oz.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

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I need music. I need to be able to block everything out.

I also need a constant supply of Pepsi max and an empty house. Some days are better than others. On the days the words won’t come I take myself out for a walk or turn up at a friend’s house begging for coffee.

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What are your hopes for the future?

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That I can keep writing. Each series takes hundreds of hours to write, weeks to edit with a beta reader, professional editor, and proof reader phase to pass through, and marketing is time consuming and a bit of a minefield.

It’s a labor of love, and I hope to keep working at it for many years to come.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

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Take your time.

A quality book isn’t written over night or cheap to produce.

Criticism isn’t bad. It’s a learning resource. Learn to take it, apply it, and grow from it.

Mistakes are the only way we learn. You’re going to make a lot of them, and that’s good. It means you learn more.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you.

Ultimately, I write for my readers and their continued support is what keeps me going.

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Buy links

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Carrie Whitethorne

Riftkeepers

Three Tricksters

Shae Banks

Discarded

Thanks we Lost

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Social media

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Carrie Whitethorne

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Whitethorne’s Works

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Shae Banks

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