Please give a warm welcome to author Carrie Weston
Tell us a bit about yourself…
My names Carrie Weston, I am a writer of twisted, paranormal thrillers with romantic veins. I live in the Herefordshire countryside dead opposite a graveyard (pun intended) with my crazy springer spaniel and family.
I am a lover of all thing’s chocolate as well as highly caffeinated, easily deducible from the coffee cups I stack up over a period of writing. When I’m not creating my own worlds, I can be found reading (I’m pretty eclectic), listening to music (Taylor Swift) or watching theatrical productions. I also love watching great tv series such as Shadow Hunters, Vampire Diary’s and Charmed too. I’m quite eccentric in my ways and can often be found with pencils and pens spineing my hair. I write from my heart weather it follows trend or not as I feel that they way I can give the best stories I have to give.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
Being a writer has been my dream since I was young. For me it is my dream job but I have had many other jobs to get to where I wanted to be – after all, bills have got to be paid.
I first started writing at the age of 13. I had no luck with my novels back then but was given some guidance from some big publishing houses. However, from that age up I did manage to get some poetry published. I never took writing or literature for A-levels as at the time most people didn’t view writing books as a career or even steady income related job- so I took a break from writing.
After the discovery of a pretty nasty disease, I began writing again until I found my way back to my dreams.
What was your inspiration for your current book/ series?
I have 2 book series at the moment;
Xander Chase – A YA paranormal thriller which all began with a question from my son; why aren’t there more unicorn books for boys?
So, I started to write him the story of Xander Chase and the Unicorn Code, where Unicorns weren’t all fluffy, friendly and innocent. Where they were more like us, good and bad. I twisted the classic stereotypes for a more modernistic feel to emphasise the dark quality of my writing.
A Dark Fairy Tale – A YA paranormal thriller series which began as the idea of communicating to younger readers that slavery and prejudice is BAD. It also has a romantic ‘beauty and the beast’ vibe to it, along with a lot of adventure with dragons, fairy’s and Queens.
This series starts off with a FREE prequel when you sign up to my newsletter on Home | Carrie weston and continues in novella form on amazon.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am in NaNoWriMo racing to write a book in one month. I am one third of the way through Xander Chase 3 – the final part of the trilogy and pushing forwards with A Dark Fairy Tale book 2.
As for release dates;
A Dark Fairy Tale; Pet Empathiser Team – is out November 30th 2021
Xander Chase 2 – is coming between now and early next year
I also have a few standalones due out next year.
Do you have any quirks whilst writing?
A weird hairstyle of pens and pencils is kind of a normal thing for me. A huge mug of coffee and when editing a project; a nail file. I file my nails when I’m concentrating on edits as it calms me down from overstressing that every single word is perfect; there is no perfect, – there is only your best.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to satisfy the literary need of my fans and followers in the dark, paranormal genre. My followers are those I write for and I would not be successful without them. I hope they will follow me on my journey to come through the writing my soul longs to share. I hope that in the future more people know my name; enough so that my books may end up on shelves in bookstores like waterstones, barns and noble and more-
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
No matter what believe in yourself. The whole process of getting published or self-publishing is not easy, but doable and if you always believe in yourself and never give up then you will get there.
If you are sending to agents/ publishers just remember its one person/ companies’ opinion- not everyone will feel the same way about your work so if/when you get refusals don’t let them get you down, take on board any tips/ hints they give you and move on because you can do this.
Do you have anything to say to your followers?
As always, there are not enough words in the vocabulary to express the gratitude I feel towards my followers. Without you, without your questions and wonderings about characters and the next books – I would not be writing. You hold a special place in my heart and as always – I send hearts and kisses.