Today we’re welcoming Sandra Carmel to the blog, an Australian-based romance author. She’s here to tell us about her newest novel, Capture.
Welcome to the blog, Sandra! Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress?
Capture is book one of my paranormal romance trilogy, The Cure, on pre-order now and on general release on 27th August 2019. I’m currently completing edits for Discover, book 2, due out later this year, and have also been working on Reckoning, book three.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a hybrid, a ‘plotser’. But my aim is to work towards becoming more of a plotter. In the long run, I think it’ll save me a lot of time when writing, rewriting and editing. Pantsing is great and exciting because I enjoy not knowing exactly where the plot is going, but it can also lead me down diverting paths that are either not relevant to or don’t strengthen the story, wasting precious writing and editing time.
Do you have a favourite character in your books?
I have a soft spot for a secondary character, Hugh, from Discover, book two of The Cure. He’s a full caste, Violet clan vampire, with violet eyes and black hair, who’s quirky, resourceful and a real sweetheart.
Hugh is born in the Middle Ages and is changed when he nearly dies while out fishing. He roams the earth helping others, and in search of his elusive soulmate.
Around the time of the second world war, he’s captured and imprisoned in a human-run compound named Sub Rosa, and is subjected to years and years of experimentation. But he never gives up hope. In the mid 1990s, he escapes with the help of a sympathetic researcher and hides out in the Tasmanian wilderness, where he meets a full human named Indigo.
Hugh knows she’s the one when his eyes tear up, a special trait that no other full-caste vampires possess. But can there be a happily ever after when Hugh’s a fugitive who can be found at any moment, and Indigo discovers he’s a creature of the night?
How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?
I found conducting a time diary over a week really useful. It helped me work out where I spend my time, and how much, on different tasks. Then I used that data to determine where I could slot in some writing/editing.
For me, getting up early, works best. I find I’m more creative and energized in the morning and there are no distractions, except for my needy, no-idea-of-personal-space cats who try (and succeed) to crawl all over me while I attempt to type on my laptop.
Setting aside writing time first thing in the morning ensures I fit in at least 45-60 minutes a day. I also prioritise time for exercising, socializing, getting out to the theatre/galleries and doing road trips to explore the wilderness for pleasure, but also these activities have a positive impact on my writing. They’re inspiring. Without experiencing things, it’s hard to develop well rounded, believable, relatable characters and plots.
What do you like best about being a writer?
The ability to spend time indulging in my imagination and translate my ideas into words. I love the creative process and sharing what I create with others. Writing puts me in a state of flow. I love that I have the control (in consultation with my characters, of course) to make things happen how I want them to. I’m kind of a novel God, and it’s great because love, justice and happiness will always win…eventually in my constructed world.
What are your favourite paranormal novels and films?
The Twilight series is up there, of course, as is The Hunger Games series. Both were great reads and I very much enjoyed the movie adaptations as well.
Though, there are two older films, that hold a special place in my heart—
The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan based on the novel, Second Sight by David L. Williams, and
Somewhere in Time based on the novel, Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson.
Both films feature time travel (it seems I have a bit of a thing for time travel. Maybe I should consider writing a time travel story for a future project?) and I’ve watched them to death. I’m surprised I didn’t wear the DVDs out!
If you had one piece of advice for aspiring authors, what would it be?
If you love writing, make time for it, fit it into your routine, learn about writing craft and most importantly be persistent. I’ve found that the one recurring theme in creative fields is—talent is important, to a degree, but persistence is key.
Erasing the past is the only way to survive the future…
It’s beyond love at first sight the day geneticist Richard Hall spots secretary Eva Fjelstad. They have so much in common—a love of rare steak, red wine and music, and they work for the renowned, yet enigmatic research corporation Sub Rosa.
The beauty of being a bright young geneticist is that Richard has access to cutting-edge technology, including a newly developed soulmate serum. A sip of the serum and a brush of hands confirm Richard and Eva are destined to be together.
But there’s a problem.
Sub Rosa in the swinging sixties isn’t as peace-loving as it seems, and when Richard uncovers corruption at the very core of the company—a secret that goes to the heart of his parents’ disappearance—he’s faced with a decision no man wants to make.
For generations, the Jade and Violet vampire clans have roamed the world, posing little threat to the blissfully ignorant human population. However, it’s Richard who unearths Sub Rosa’s genocidal scheme to eradicate the vampire species from existence.
Should Richard stay true to his moral compass and risk his relationship with Eva to expose the agency’s deep-seated cruelty and deception? Or does he toe the company line, let vampires vanish from the world and keep his soulmate safe, secure and by his side forever?
About the author
Sandra Carmel is an Australian-based author of engaging, thought-provoking romance novels, novellas, short stories and poetry, who writes for the pleasure of stimulating herself and others with words. An obsession with classic romance novels, particularly Jane Eyre, combined with marrying her own Mr Rochester were key motivators in commencing her romance writing journey. So far, she has taken the scenic route from contemporary to paranormal to erotic, creating provocative stories that delve beneath the surface of desire. She reads and writes a lot, frequently disrupted by her ever-attentive, cheeky cats, and sinfully amorous husband.