Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paranormal Romance Blog Tour Author Interview - Kessie Carroll

Another day, another Paranormal Blog Tour post. Today's post is an interview with Kessie (K.M.) Carroll, the author the fascinating YA paranormal novel, Malevolent.

Have you ever dated/married a paranormal creature?

It's fun to think about, isn't it? How hot a vampire or a werewolf or some other creature would be. In reality, I think it would be like one of those sad stories you hear about with the psychopathic guy who keeps the girl locked up until she runs for it. I was almost in a relationship like that, once. Thank goodness the guy I'm married to now came along, with his boatload of normal. Monsters are fun in books, but for real life, give me boring, predictable, comfortable normal.

What's your favorite paranormal romance book?

Maggie Stiefvater continues to wow my socks off with her Raven Boys series. Since all paranormal romance is Beauty and the Beast, I'm also fond of Robin McKinley's Beauty, as well as Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. Does Cinder, by Meyer, count as paranormal? It's futuristic fairytale, so I'm going to add it to the list.

How did you get the idea for your current book? 

I'm currently working on the sequel to Malevolent, which will be called Malcontent. For Malevolent, I had been mulling over the idea of bees that collect magic for a long time, but I didn't have a story to go with it. Then I had the idea of a vampire or other monster who has to eat this honey, and the magic keeps him human. Then I read an article that had lots of authors talking about how the things they write often come true, and how creepy it is.

I have an urban fantasy series set in Arizona, and we wound up moving there from California. So, laughing evilly, I decided to set this story with bees and monsters in California's Central Valley, where I grew up. I took almond orchards and farming and beekeepers for granted, and it had never dawned on me that there's lots of people out there who would find this setting exotic and strange. And so far, people have found my farmer-loving bee-propaganda romance entertaining.

What current projects are you working on? 

I'm working on Malcontent right now, but I also have another installment in my historical paranormal romance in the hopper, awaiting edits. In my Regency Shifter Series, so far I have a romance between two werewolves, and between a woman and a werebear. The new book takes on a werewolf and a werefox (were-vixen?). I'm afraid it leans more toward romantic suspense, because the hero and heroine keep dangerous secrets from each other. As everybody knows, that never ends well.

I also have another installment drafted for my urban fantasy series. It deals with a catgirl who can convert space to thread, and weave it into a cloth that allows you to step into it and enter whatever space the thread is from. Except she's tasked with gathering up the drifting ghosts of a magically-damaged person and weave them back together, before this person can cause an inter-dimensional war.

Thanks for inviting me over for an interview!

Kessie Carroll