Long and Short Reviews welcomes H K Carlton, whose erotic time-travel book, Lost Time, is going to be available in print next month! This is exciting news for H K, since having a book in print was one of the goals she had set herself as an author. Leave a comment on this interview, and you might win a copy of this book.
The inspiration for this story was a collaboritive effort–there was not one thing. H K’s publisher put out a Halloween call, a friend of hers went on the vacation from hell, and H K loves anything and everything UK.
“It was a perfect literary storm,” she said.
But, it was her first story that inspired her to seek publication. She had always written for her own pleasure–she didn’t share her words with anyone, not even her sister who is the person she normally shares everything with.
“It wasn’t until the idea for You Found Me came to me and the characters would just not leave me alone. I had dialogue floating around in my head. I had to put it down on paper, just to get it out. When I finished, I knew that it was something special, something a little different than anything else that I’d penned to that point,” she explained. “I asked my sister to read it, knowing, good or bad she would tell me the truth and with her encouragement I started approaching potential publishers. And that began my journey.”
Since then, she’s written six books that have either been published or soon will be. She has another out on submission. And she also has six in a family saga series that she’s not yet submitted, along with several other works in progress. I asked her which was her favorite.
“It’s difficult to pick a favorite. It seems whatever I’m working on at the present is. But my first book Swap will always be special because it was my first book ever accepted and published. You Found Me is because it was my first book and the one that sent me on this writing journey. I really enjoyed writing Lost Time, it was one of those pieces that was just a joy to write, not only creatively but it was also something I’d never tackled before. And The Devil Take You, I love because my hero Gard, is not a typical hero at all. He’s really not a nice guy. It’s different, I think. You end up loving the guy even though he is terribly flawed. I also enjoyed all the research for this one. Being a historical romance, I really had to do my history homework and tried really hard to keep things like wardrobe, dialogue, architecture and the geography for the time as authentic as possible.”
H K tries not to write in the same sub-genre–she likes stepping out of her comfort zone and writing something new. Her first book Swap was contemporary erotic romance; Lost Time is time-travel, and Streetlight People is ménage à trois. She’s also recently signed a new contract with eXtasy Books to write her first m/m story. She has also written two historical novels, You Found Me and The Devil Take You.
“And this is why my blog is entitled Pick a Genre Already, because I just can’t stick to one,” she explained.
“What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?” I wondered.
“I have a contemporary family saga series that I would like to see in print someday. Next year would be awesome. But realistically I think it might be a while. I’ve learned a few things since I first penned it and I think I should revisit it and put some of that newfound knowledge to good use. I also think everything happens for a reason and maybe it’s not the right time but I eventually think it will find a home too.”
Half of H K’s published books have a British/Scottish influence–her mother is British and her paternal great-grandfather was Scottish, both immigrating to Canada as teens. H K has always been fascinated by the history of England and Scotland.
H K’s favorite contemporary author is Karen Marie Moning. She started out reading the Highlander Series and then moved onto the Fever Series. Charlotte and Emily Brontë are the authors she admires the most and can read their works over and over again, followed closely by Charles Dickens.
“What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?” I wondered.
“I think my most interesting writing quirk is that I tend to tell myself parts of the story, while I’m trying to go to sleep at night. Like a bedtime story, which goes way back, I guess, I’ve always done that. I come up with some of my best ideas and dialogue then, but the hard part is remembering all that good stuff when I wake up in the morning. I like to keep paper and pen right beside the bed so I can jot these things down, but my husband gets a little snarky when I wake him.”
Finally, I asked, ”
- What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”
“Don’t give up. Keep trying. Keep learning your craft. If at first you don’t succeed go back and make it better. Your work will eventually find a home. I also think authors should write out of what they think is their genre. I thought when I began writing seriously, that historical romance was what I wanted to write and that it was ‘my genre’. But I have found a love for writing erotic romance. And I challenge myself to write in as many different sub-genres as I can. Sometimes your greatest success can be somewhere else and not what you have boxed your creativity into. ”
About the Author: H K Carlton is a Canadian author of erotic, historical and contemporary romance. She resides in Ontario with her hardworking hubby, lovely teenage daughter and will also admit to having two handsome grown sons. She loves to read and write.
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