"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Fated to Mate - A Date with Destiny!
Carla Cook is the pseudonym of an award winning author of over seventy books. She lives in the midwest with her husband, Frank and two spoiled dogs. She loves to order things she'll never use through catalogues and thinks exercise should be banned. She spends all of her free time reading and writing!
An Interview with Carla Cook
PNR: Carla you are quite a prolific writer. Romance lovers also know you as Carla Cassidy who in the last decade has written well over fifty series romance titles for the various silhouette lines. In addition to your June single title release, THE MAGICIAN from Love Spell, you have MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (SR #1602) in the new Tales of the Sea line coming out any day now, and SECRETS OF A PREGNANT PRINCESS (SIM #1166) coming in August in addition to several earlier 2002 releases . First of all what inspired you to become a romance writer? How do you keep the ideas coming, and how do you manage working on severalstories at a time? How do you keep the all straight <g>?
Carla C.: I always loved to write when I was younger, but stopped when I became ateenager and discovered boys! It was when I married my husband and became a full-time housewife that I re-discovered my love for both reading and writing. He didn't want me to work outside the home. (can you say, male chauvinist?) I realized it took only so long to clean and I had long hours of the day to fill.
As far as how do I keep the ideas coming? I'm really not sure what the answer is to this, except that to me, the imagination is kind of like a muscle, and the more you use it the stronger it gets. Ideas are not the problem, finding the time to write all the ideas is the problem!
often work on two projects at a time, but when I do the only way I
keep them straight is because I have a good capacity for compartmentalizing
in my brain.
no stranger to dark romance stories having been one of the feature
authors of the must lamented Silhouette Shadows line (four titles
and a novella). This type of contemporary gothic was much lamented
by our sub-genre readers until the publisher began their rerelease
as Dreamscapes, which has included three of yours so far. What inspired
you to write this type of romance? How did you decide that the time
was right for THE MAGICIAN?
about the MAGICIAN. It is a tale of fate and of destiny. Lucas Connelly
is a carpenter who comes into a sudden windfall as a result of his
fathers death, which allows him to indulge in his passion for
magic. Things are going fairly well for him until her begins to have
visions that make him fear for his sanity. Tell us about our hero
and his visions.
His expectations of life isn't much. Then he begins the horrifying visions of a little girl in danger and he finds himself with powers he doesn't understand. He becomes an ordinary man thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
PNR: The child of Lucass visions does exist. She is six-year-old Gina Marlowe, daughter of recently widowed Kathleen. Gina has been afraid to go to sleep since the night of her birthday. The nightmares are no typical childhood fear. What has Gina so frightened? What occurs that convinces Kathleen that Ginas concerns are serious?
believe young children and animals have a sense of evil, and that's
what frightens Gina. She knows she's in danger and she knows sleeping
makes her vulnerable to that danger. While Kathleen initially thinks
the bad dreams are just bad dreams, it isn't until Gina suffers an
episode where Kathleen thinks she stops breathing and Kathleen can't
wake her up, that Kathleen realizes something terrible is wrong.
Kathleen is reluctant to have anything to do with either man, she's
driven by a mother's fear...a mother's need to find help for her child.
Kathleen is afraid of the information Keith shares with her...but
Lucas frightens her on a much different level.
Carla C.: Initially, she doesn't trust Lucas. All she knows is that he's the one person who seems to possess some answers for what is afflicting Gina. Lucas doesn't know how he knows he can help the child...he just knows.
PNR: This feature is about fate and destiny. In addition to the sudden visions, Lucas is instantly aware at first glance that he has loved Kathleen in previous lives. How does this affect their relationship?
that these two have shared lifetime after lifetime makes their
matter was a bit darker than series romance and the length
me, certainly I hope to write more books under the Carla Cook pseudonym.
I'm already working on another dark story. And hopefully,
THE MAGICIAN - Katherine Mayfield knows it is lunacy to allow Lucas Connelly into her home, to trust the magician who shows up on her doorstep in the dead of night. To save her mysteriously ill daughter, though, she would do anythingeven strike a deal with the devil. And staring into Lucas's mesmerizing eyes she wonders if she has. His intense gaze robs her of all rational thought, and his touch fills her with a passionate longing. Katherine does not know if she is swirling closer to goodness or evil, to salvation or damnation. But as the telltale hour grows near, she will have to decide whether to act with her heart or her headwhether she has discovered love or a grand illusion propagated by a master.
"You're the one..."
Shy, scholarly Dr. Phoebe Jones blushed when sexy private investigator Kevin Cartwright uttered those words. But when the handsome ex-cop explained she was one of four lost siblings he'd been hired to find, she nearly fainted headfirst into his strong, sculpted arms.
Yet someone else
was also after the beautiful doctor and her heirloom necklace
the key to her mysterious past. Suddenly she and Kevin were posing
as lovers as they raced to the ocean to uncover the truth. But Phoebe's
passionate response to "make-believe" kisses was anything
but pretend...nor was her desire to hear the sworn bachelor say the
most magical words of all....
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