Author Charlene A. Wilson shared with us some tips about writing, why she loves her fans, and why you should read her new book, Fire and Fantasy.
Wilson started writing at a young age, fueled by her imagination. “I’ve had vivid dreams since childhood, and in my teens, I used to tell little stories about some of them. It was easy since dreamer’s omniscience lets me see many sides of what was happening. Several of my friends asked me to write them down, and it soon became a favorite pastime.”
Later on, writing became more than just a pastime. It became a habit. She writes almost daily, anywhere between one hour and ten hours, but she makes it a point to work on her books every day.
However, when she’s not writing, she tries to read. “Generally, I read anything that can take me away from our own time. I read to escape. But I love the Ema Marx series by J. D. Brown.” She also shares that though she doesn’t read as often as she thinks she should, some of her favorite authors are J. D. Brown, J. K. Rowling, and LaVyrle Spencer.
Her latest book is The Transformation of Anna, which is part of the Fire and Fantasy collection. The story started from a dream in which the villains became the heroes of the story. For centuries, Cole Shilo has harvested the homeless, wiped their memories, and delivered them as servants to the nobles of Cornerstone Deep. He despises what his life has become since he lost his soul mate so long ago. Still, Cole aims to please, doing whatever it takes to keep the noblemen content. When he is sent to harvest a second-class woman who has broken a new curfew, he expects indifference. But Anna Sinclair’s soul calls to him, and the moment their lips meet, Cole knows he’s made the biggest mistake of his immortal life. Reincarnation isn’t possible on Cornerstone Deep. Is it? The Transformation of Anna is the first book in the award-winning Cornerstone Deep series. If you like compelling alpha heroes, gripping love stories, and magical worlds, then you’ll love Charlene A. Wilson’s sensual fantasy romance.
Wilson’s favorite character from the series is Cole. “He’s so imperfect, struggles with himself, but is such a romantic. And when it comes to his soul mate, he’s fearless in doing what needs to be done to keep her safe.” Her favorite line from the novel is: “My life is a mirage of endless time. But you engulf me, rivet my mind, encompass my soul.”
It took Wilson eight months to complete the novel, but it took more than one draft before it was ready to publish. Wilson shares that editing is an extremely important part of the writing process. “I use several proofreaders. I don’t think just one can find everything from multiple points of view.”
Other than writing her novels, Wilson also loves her readers. “Hearing back from them is awesome! I have exclusive groups that I keep in touch with several times a week. But I e-mail my VIP list monthly.” She hopes that her readers fall in love with the characters as much as she has and that through this novel, readers will believe that love is forever.
Wilson also has some advice for aspiring writers. She shares with us her favorite writing tip: “Get it down on paper. You can edit poor writing. You can’t edit a blank page.”
Her final message?
“Believe in the magic that’s in you, its potential, what it can achieve. But most of all, believe in yourself, and create a world where dreams become reality.”
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